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 17 times winner on the Tour with 46 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.