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Ian Williams storms through to Korea Match Cup quarter finals

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Ian Williams and the GAC Pindar crew, Mal Parker, Bill Hardesty, Graeme Spence and Willem Van Waay, winners of the 2013 Alpari World Match Racing Tour in Germany.

Ian Williams and the GAC Pindar crew, Mal Parker, Bill Hardesty, Graeme Spence and Willem Van Waay, winners of the 2013 Alpari World Match Racing Tour in Germany.

Near-flawless qualifying performance from Team GAC Pindar

UK – 31 May 2013 – Ian Williams, Skipper of Team GAC Pindar, has secured his place in the quarter finals of the Korea Match Cup with an outstanding 10-1 record in the round-robin qualifying round.

The Korea Match Cup is the second event in the 2013 ALPARI World Match Racing Tour, with the racing taking place in Jeongok and Jebu off the west coast of Gyeonggi Province. Conditions have proved to be mixed over the past three days, with a mixture of sunshine and colder, foggy weather, but Ian Williams, the reigning Match Racing World Champion, secured his quarter-final berth early on, racing to an 8-0 lead at the end of day two, and topping qualifying today with a near-flawless performance. However, defending Korea Match Cup champion Bjorn Hansen bowed out of the competition, failing to make it past the round robin stage.

Ian now faces Australian David Gilmour, skipper of Team Gilmour, in tomorrow’s quarter finals and will be hoping to secure his passage to Sunday’s semi-finals and final.

Ian commented: “We’ve worked hard to make our way through qualifying here in Korea and the racing has been far tougher and closer than the results might suggest. I’m pleased with how the week has gone so far, but we know that there is still a long way to go and our attention right now is completely focused on tomorrow’s quarter final.”

Andrew Pindar, Team Principal of Team GAC Pindar, added: “Ian is in scintillating form right now and he has proven his class over the past three days, but nothing can be taken for granted as we move into the knock-out stages of the Korea Match Cup and Ian and the Team GAC Pindar crew are going to face some stiff competition over the weekend.”

About GAC Pindar

GAC Pindar is your first port of call for integrated specialist services for the marine leisure sector, including yacht transportation, superyacht services, air sea and road freight, yacht spares logistics, sailing event management, ship agency and corporate hospitality. It is the winning combination of the global strength and resources of the GAC Group with the insider understanding of the yachting world represented by the Team Pindar professional sailing team.

Launched in 2011, GAC Pindar is headquartered at the heart of the yachting community – in the UK sailing hub of Southampton.

In addition to providing services to the worldwide yachting community, GAC Pindar is a familiar name on the international race circuit, frequently featuring in the winning line-up at premier sailing events.

GAC Pindar is the official logistics provider for the Extreme Sailing Series.

About Team Pindar

Team Pindar is a world-class sailing team competing in international competitions, including the Extreme Sailing Series and the World Match Racing Tour since 1980 when it first competed in the North Sea Race.

About GAC Group

GAC is a global provider of integrated shipping, logistics and marine services. Emphasising world-class performance, a long-term approach, innovation, ethics and a strong human touch, GAC delivers a flexible and value-adding portfolio to help customers achieve their strategic goals.

Established since 1956, GAC employs over 10, 000 people in more than 300 offices worldwide.

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