Monsoon Cup – Ian Williams in Quarter Finals
Ian Williams and his GAC Pindar crew made a strong statement on the final day of qualifying with a convincing victory over title rival Taylor Canfield in the eagerly anticipated showdown between the pair. Williams went on to beat home-favourite Koo in his final race of qualifying to secure the all-important first pick in the quarter finals draw.
Commenting on the day’s racing, Williams said, “It was great to finish top of qualifying and get such a strong start in the quarter finals as it really shows how well we’re working as a team. The guys have been great so far this week and that showed in the race against Canfield. It was tight at the start, but we stuck to our game plan and were able to pull away for the win.”
“We’ve started the quarter finals well taking an important 2-0 lead. However, we’re not getting ahead of ourselves as tomorrow is a new day and Gilmour will come out fighting. We’re just taking each race as it comes”.
Not to be outdone, Canfield was similarly brutal with his chosen opponent, Wild Card entry Pierre-Antoine Morvan, also going 2-0 up. With Monnin v Robertson also on 2-0, the only evenly balanced Quarter Final is between Mathieu Richard and Keith Swinton who sit on 1-1.
The Australian skipper is happy just to be racing after being laid low the previous day with a bug. “I feel a lot better than this time yesterday, feel like I’m on an upward curve. Ricky [McGarvie, Swinton’s bowman] was even more ill than I was, was at hospital for quite a bit longer. They put him on a drip, and this morning he was still feeling average. So, thanks to Jeremy Koo for lending us Don McCracken for a race. We held on and we’re happy to get to the Quarters.”
The quarter finals will continue tomorrow, with racing commencing at 10.00 am (GMT+8).
Monsoon Cup – Quarter-Finals Results
Ian Williams (GBR) GAC Pindar bt David Gilmour (AUS) Team Gilmour 2-0
Taylor Canfield (ISV) US One bt Pierre-Antoine Morvan (FRA) Vannes Agglo Sailing Team 2-0
Eric Monnin (SUI) Team SailBox bt Phil Robertson (NZL) WAKA Racing 2-0
Mathieu Richard (FRA) LunaJets vs Keith Swinton (AUS) Team Alpari FX 1-1
Monsoon Cup – Final Results of Qualifying
1 Ian Williams (GBR) GAC Pindar 10-1
2 Taylor Canfield (ISV) US One 10-0
3 Phil Robertson (NZL) WAKA Racing 8 (7.5)-3 (0.5 point deducted for damage)
4 Mathieu Richard (FRA) LunaJets 7-4
5 Pierre-Antoine Morvan (FRA) Vannes Agglo Sailing Team 6-5
6 Eric Monnin (SUI) Team SailBox 6-5
7 Keith Swinton (AUS) Team Alpari FX 6 (5)-5 (1 point deducted for damage)
8 David Gilmour (AUS) Team Gilmour 5-6
9 Björn Hansen (SWE) Hansen Sailing Team 4-7
10 Johnie Berntsson (SWE) Stena Sailing Team 3-8
11 Maximilian Soh (SIN) Team Red Dot 1-10
12 Jeremy Koo (MAS) Sime Darby Foundation / 1 Malaysia Match Racing Team 0 (-0.5)-11 (0.5 point deducted for damage)