Williams retains Match Racing World Champion title

Ian Williams of Bahrain Team Pindar, match racing skipper extraordinaire, has retained his world title taking out the 2008 ISAF Match Racing World Championship trophy.

Williams led the championship point score with 92 points going into the final event of the World Match Racing Tour. His nearest rivals for the title, Sebastien Col and Mathieu Richard, had to make it to through the quarter finals of the Monsoon Cup to stay in the hunt for the championship trophy.

Both Col and Richard were knocked out of the quarter finals leaving the pathway open for Williams to storm through and hold onto the coveted World Championship trophy.

Williams' World Match Racing Tour results this year saw him on the podium for only four of the eight events his team contested. The results were a third in the Brasil Sailing Cup, fourth in the Match Race Germany, second in the Korea Match Cup, ninth in Match Cup Sweden, first in the Danish Open, second in the St Moritz Match Race, seventh in the Portugal Match Cup and fifth in the King Edward VII Bermuda Gold Cup.

In the final event of the Tour, the 2008 Monsoon Cup, Williams was effectively handed the World Championship title after Col lost his last quarter final match against Peter Gilmour after a technical protest.

'It was a strange to win on a protest decision that didn't involve us, but I really felt we deserved it, The way we sailed today, we deserved to win. Mathieu (Richard) sailed really well against us and we just didn't give him any chances. To beat him 3-0 is unprecedented.

'We are really satisfied with the way we performed when the pressure came on. When it came to the quarter finals, Mathieu threw down the gauntlet by choosing us and we responded extremely well and stepped up our game.'

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2008 Monsoon Cup website http://www.monsooncup.com.my