Ian Williams in First Time German Victory
Tuesday 25 June 2013 08:23
In an authoritative victory, Ian Williams of Team GAC Pindar won this year's Match Race Germany in Langenargen. This marks his very first success in the event, and has given him a promising position to work from going into the rest of the 2013 Alpari World Match Racing Tour.
It was not necessarily a thrilling final race, as on the final day, only one encounter took place between Williams and his adversary Adam Minoprio of Team Alpari FX. The 2009 victor had trouble with his pre-start, which ultimately cost him the race, and left him with second place. Once he got going, he could do nothing other than follow a more than competent GAC Pindar crew around the course. Credit must go to Williams and his team, as their near-perfect race never gave Minoprio a chance to recover.
Winds were extremely light on Lake Constance, and the racing was ended prematurely as a result, a decision which was unanimously agreed with. The single victory gave Williams the win, though Minoprio was extremely gracious in defeat, commenting on the fact that he’d been beaten in the one encounter with Williams, and that the Brit had also come first in qualifying, making him deserving of first place. He was also pleased with second place, awarding enough points to begin as a real force in the competition. At this stage, one final loss should not significantly harm his chances of success.
In a post-match interview, Williams said that he was pleased with the way he and the team sailed, and had high hopes for the rest of the tour. He also commented on his liking of the much larger Bavaria40s boats used in Germany, which are heavy and more difficult to manoeuvre; it is partly down to this that Minoprio’s pre-start was poor. Tactics and forward planning are essential with these boats, as they accelerate slowly; speed has to be maintained.
Williams’ GAC Pindar boat included an American and Australian crew of Mal Parker, Bill Hardesty, Graham Spence, and Willem Van Waay. Minoprio’s Alpari FX crew included Nick Blackman, Chris Main, Tom Powrie and David Swete.
The tour is currently on its second stop in Korea, with another four events to follow, the competition drawing to a conclusion on the 7th of December. It’s too early to predict the outcome, but both Williams and Minoprio are tipped to do very well throughout.