Ian is best known for his success in match racing. He is the only skipper to have won 6 World Championships and also has 6 National Championships and 3 Youth National Championships in the discipline. He was the first Briton to win the match racing World Championships and as of the end of the 2017 World Match Racing Tour Season, is a 16 times winner on the Tour with 43 podium finishes.
Ian is also well known on the professional big boat circuit as an accomplished tactician, having won regattas in many different classes.
He has been shortlisted three times for the ISAF World Sailor of the Year Award and also three times for the British YJA Yachtsman of the Year Award.
2015/16 ISAF World Match Racing Tour Champion and winner of the Monsoon Cup and Perth WMRT regattas
M32 Scandinavian Series – overall winner and winner of Gothenburg, Aarhus, Helsinki and Stockholm regattas
M32 Mediterranean Series – winner of Ibiza regatta
2014/15 ISAF World Match Racing Tour Champion and winner of the Monsoon Cup
Winner of 2 World Match Racing Tour events (Match Race Germany and Sopot Match Race)
Winner of Match Race Germany WMRT regatta
World Match Racing Tour Champion and winner of 2 World Match Racing Tour events and 1 Grade 1 match racing event
World Match Racing Tour Champion and winner of 3 World Match Racing Tour events and 2 Grade 1 match racing events
Tactician on board “Pace” IRC TP52, winners of class at Palma Vela
Tactician on board “Pace” IRC TP52, winners of class in Warsash Spring Series and Vice Admirals Cup and on board “Pugwash”, winners of class at US IRC East Coast Championships
Skipper of China Team for the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series, beating Greek Challenge, Shosholoza and Areva overall.
World Match Racing Tour Champion and winner of the Danish Open World Match Racing Tour Event
Winner of SB3 class at Skandia Cowes Week and tactician aboard “Tiburon”, winners Club Swan 42 US National Championships
World Match Racing Tour Champion and winner of 2 World Match Racing Tour Events
Tactician on board Farr 40 “Warpath” winners of Acura Miami Grand Prix
Tactician on board “Piper”, winners of Swan 45 Class at Voiles de St. Tropez
Winner of Bermuda Gold Cup, World Match Racing Tour Event.