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Argo Group Gold Cup - Williams on a quest for glory

by Colin Thompson on 21 Sep 2011
Ian Williams and Team GAC Pindar are among the favourites to win this year’s Argo Group Gold Cup Bermuda Gold Cup/ Charles Anderson ©
The Argo Group Gold Cup is set to get underway on October 3rd and Team Pindar’s Ian Williams is among the favorites to take the title and it’s certainly not difficult to see just why as the 34-year-old Englishman has been in sparkling form on this year’s World Match Racing Tour (WMRT).

Williams and his Team GAC Pindar team mates already have two Tour wins under their belts and if all goes accordingly they hope to make it three when next month’s Argo Group Gold Cup rolls around. Yet while two-time WMRT champion Williams has expressed optimism over his chances of winning a second King Edward Gold Cup this year he is also cognisant that he and team mates have their work cut out for them in Bermuda.

'I think that all nine Tour Card holders are attending plus Bjorn Hansen, who has also been a regular on the Tour this year, so it will be another very tough year,' Williams told The Royal Gazette. 'The level on the Tour goes up every year so we need to keep moving our game forward in order to be competitive.'

By their own lofty standards Team GAC Pindar did not enjoy the best of times during last year’s Gold Cup as they failed to reach the quarter finals. But Williams hopes his team’s fortunes will take a turn for the better this time around. 'The format of the Bermuda Gold Cup means that you need to have a bit of luck early on to get into the quarter finals. Hopefully the luck will be more on our side this year,' he said.

If they are to mount a strong bid for a second Gold Cup and first since 2006 Team GAC Pindar will have to quickly acclimatise themselves to the sailing characteristics of the International One Design (IOD) racing sloop as well as sailing in Bermuda’s notorious shifty breezes. It’s a challenge Williams relishes.

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