Legendary Australian sailor Peter Gilmour announced retirement from the Alpari World Match Racing Tour and professional match racing here on Wednesday.
For the four-time ISAF Match Racing world champion, the ongoing Monsoon Cup would be his last regatta. And as luck would have it, Gilmour will finally get to take on his son David for the first (and last) time in an international regatta on Thursday.
“It would be fabulous to finish my career with a win here but the Monsoon Cup is always very tight, it goes down to the wire each day. I’m not as athletic as I used to be and I used to win one or two events per year and we haven’t won an event for a few years now. The other teams aren’t necessarily getting that much better, I’m probably just slipping a bit. It’s good to finish while I’m still at the pinnacle of the sport,” said Gilmour.
Meanwhile, Ian Williams, looking to equal Gilmour’s record of four Tour titles, had the perfect start to the final leg by winning all five matches. “It was a great start and we also had loads of luck today. We were behind in at least three of those races but the important point was to keep the pressure in tact on our opponents and we succeeded in doing so.
Our goal is to keep improving and if we progress the same way, we have a very good chance of winning the Monsoon Cup, and thereby, the title too,” said Williams, who is the only one to remain unbeaten in this leg so far.
Qualifying: Round 1: 1. Ian Williams (GBR/GAC Pindar) 5-0; 2. Keith Swinton (AUS/Black Swan Racing) 4-1, 3. Taylor Canfield (ISV/USone) 4-1, 4. Peter Gilmour (AUS/YANMAR Racing 4-2; 5. Adam Minoprio (NZL/Alpari Racing Team) 3-2