To win the World Match Racing Tour more than once is impressive enough, but Ian Williams has won it an unprecedented five times. You can watch a video here of the Monsoon Cup, final event of the 2014-15 season that won him that amazing fifth world title.
Ian Williams was born in Exeter in 1977. His early sailing career saw him dominate domestic match racing. He claimed the World and UK Youth Match Racing Championships; he was crowned Senior National Champion in 1997 at the age of only 19; he added the Grade 2 British Open Championship to his tally and a second senior UK Match Racing Championship. Ian Williams had to cope with disappointment early in his promising career, when match racing was dropped from the Olympic Games just as he was reaching his potential in the discipline.
However, with a professional match racing circuit well-established, there was another stage for him to perform on, and he gave up a promising career as a solicitor to race professionally and soon got his reward. Ian Williams has claimed five ISAF Match Racing World Championship titles since he started competing on the Tour. Williams has now surpassed match racing legend Peter Gilmour of Australia in the world championship hall of fame. He is currently fighting hard to win his sixth world title.
His performance in 2015 ( see Why Ian Williams should be celebrated) has been enough for his name to be included on the shortlist for the 2015 boats.com Yachtsman of the Year Award (see Yachtsman of the Year shortlist announced).
Ian Williams career highlights
2015 World Match Racing Tour Champion.
2012 World Match Racing Tour Champion.
2011 World Match Racing Tour Champion.
2008 World Match Racing Tour Champion.
2007 World Match Racing Tour Champion.
2000 Second in the British Olympic Sailing Team Trials (Soling).
1995 Youth Match Racing World Champion.
1996 Youth Match Racing World Champion.