LYMINGTON-based Ian Williams became the first skipper to win the World Match Racing Tour title five times on his way to Monsoon Cup victory.

Williams, 37, overtook four-time champion Peter Gilmour after his GAC Pindar crew had reached the final in Johor Bahru, Malaysia.

It signalled the end of a season-long duel with Taylor Canfield and his US One team and earned Williams and co $186,000 in prize money for overall tour and event victory.

Williams told the GAC Pindar website: “It’s an incredible feeling. The team deserve so much credit as we sailed very well all week.

“It is a dream come true and something I couldn’t have imagined when I started sailing on the south coast in the UK.

“When I decided to take up sailing professionally, I dreamt of winning a world title but I never thought I’d win five.

“This really vindicates my decision to choose sailing as a career.

“I’d like to thank the crew for what has been an incredible effort over the season.

“We’ve worked incredibly well and it has been an honour to sail with them.”

Williams’ crew comprised Gerry Mitchell (mainsheet), Mal Parker (trimmer), Chris Main (pit and tactics) and Graeme Spence (bowman).

They secured their safe passage to the final – and tour victory – with a 3-0 win over Eric Monnin in the semis.

GAC Pindar team principal Andrew Pindar said: “It’s a fantastic achievement for Ian and the crew.

“Ian’s commitment, resolve and dedication shone through this week and he got the result he deserved. We’re absolutely delighted for him.”