Ian Williams - a madforsailing profile

Two World Youth and one National Match Racing title

Friday November 3rd 2000, Author: Sian Cowen, Location: United Kingdom
Ian Williams Where were you born?

What’s your date of birth?
26th March 1977.

What age did you start sailing?
I was cruising from birth but started racing at nine.

What was your first regatta win?
The Promotional Regatta at the 1989 Cadet Worlds.

What’s your biggest championship win?
Two Youth World Match Racing Championships.

Any other notable regatta wins you’d like to mention?
National Match Racing Championships 1997.

Where did you grow up?
Exmouth, Devon.

What job do you do?
A student - but I start work as a solicitor next September.

If you weren’t doing the job you are, what would you be doing instead?
Sailing full-time.

What other sports do you do outside sailing?

Any other hobbies or interests?
No time for anything else.

Favourite method of relaxing?
Socialising with friends.

Favourite bar or pub?
The Dear Leap in Exmouth.

What inspired you to take up sailing?
My parents.

Where was your first sailing club?
Exeter S.C.

Which class did you first race in?

How did you buy your first boat?
My parents bought me my first Cadet.

Have you ever used a coach and who where they?
Yes - the National Coaches appointed by the RYA.

What professional links do you have to the sport?
I do some coaching.

What’s your most memorable moment in sailing?
OneAustralia sinking - 1995 Louis Vuitton Cup.

What’s your biggest remaining goal in sailing?
Winning the America’s Cup.

How much time do you spend on the water each week?
Entirely variable depending on other pressures, e.g. college.

Do you have a sponsor, and if so, who?
Musto, my parents and the Student Loans Company!

Who are your Sailing heroes and why?
Pete Goss for his rescue of Raphael Dinelli.

What is the best excuse you’ve ever made for a poor performance in a race?
Not getting round the course quick enough.

What’s your favourite sailing venue?
Cayman Islands.

What’s the single thing that could most improve the running of championship regattas?
Paid Race Officers.

What’s your greatest strength in sailing?
Keeping calm under pressure.

What’s your greatest weakness in sailing?
Ability to focus at the right time.

What’s the single most important piece of advice you could give to younger sailors?
Enjoyment is the most important part of sailing, keep smiling and remember it’s only a boat race.

Would you rather sail with your friends - or with Russell Coutts?
I sail with the best sailors who become my friends.

Who’s the best sailor in Britain?
Ian Walker - for winning Olympic medals as both helm and crew and in both dinghies and keelboats.

Who’s the best sailor in the world?
Brad Butterworth.


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