The ISAF World Sailing Rankings for 4 February 2013 have been released.
World Ranking Leaders - 4 February
Making its first appearance at ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami, the eventual Nacra 17 victors would go on to take the World #1 spot in the first Nacra 17 rankings release. After impressing all week long on Biscayne Bay in Miami, Sarah Newberry and John Casey (USA) take the World #1 spot after a convincing five point victory. It's an all American top three with Sarah Streater and Matt Whitehead taking second and Taylor Reiss and Sarah Lihan in third.
Martine Grael and Kahena Kunze (BRA) had a great start to life in the 49erFX after regatta victories at the 49erFX North Americans and ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami to move to the World #1 spot. The pair won 420 girls gold together at the 2009 ISAF Youth Worlds and have teamed up again the 49erFX to campaign for Rio 2016. Alex Maloney and Molly Meech (NZL) followed up their ISAF Sailing World Cup Melbourne victory to take another 49erFX gold at Sail Sydney, they are World #2.
Mat Belcher and Will Ryan (AUS) remain at the top of the Men's 470 rankings following a regatta victory at the 100-point Sail Sydney. Austria's Matthias Schmid and Florian Reichsteaedter climb up to World #2 after they sealed the 470 North American title and a silver at ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami whilst Miami victors Stu McNay and David Hughes move from World #7 to World #5.
Brazil's Fernanda Oliveira and Ana Luiza Barbachan move up to World #1 for the first time in their career. The pair have back-to-back regatta victories to their name after the 470 South American Championship and ISAF Sailing World Cup. It marks a fantastic start for their Rio 2016 Olympic Games campaign. Lara Vadlau and Jolanta Ogar (AUT) also make a significant jump up the rankings from World #18 to World #3. After a North American Championship victory they finished fourth in Miami to help their rise.
Brendan Casey (AUS) remains as World #1 in the Finn after another impressive performance on the ISAF Sailing World Cup circuit. Casey finished fifth in Miami to retain his top spot. Miami victor Caleb Paine (USA) jumps up to World #2 and runner up Greg Douglas (CAN) climbs to World #3. Both rankings are personal bests for Paine and Douglas.
Tobias Schadewaldt and Hannes Baumann (GER) shift ahead of Allan Norregaard and Anders Thomsen (DEN) at the top of the 49er World Rankings. Both teams count six regattas held over the last 12 months with a narrow margin separating them at the top. ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami gold medallists Frederick Strammer and Zach Brown (USA) climb up the rankings from World #56 to World #27.
Sitting atop of the Men's RS:X Rankings is Switzerland's Richard Stauffacher. The Swiss sailor brings five regattas to his points tally and is just three points ahead of Julien Bontemps (FRA) who holds four regattas. ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami gold medallist Ivan Pastor (ESP) climbs from World #22 to World #8.
Olympic silver medallist Tuuli Petaja (FIN) moves to World #1 for the first time in her career. The Finnish sailor continues to impress following another silver medal performance at ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami. Flavia Tartaglini (ITA) remains in second and after a sixth place in Miami, Isobel Hamilton (GBR) goes from World #16 to World #3.
Tom Burton (AUS) remains top of the tree in the Laser after his fantastic 12-month period. ISAF Sailing World Cup silver and bronze medallists Karl Martin Rammo (EST) and Charlie Buckingham (USA) move into the top six. Gold medallist Jesper Stalheim (SWE) remains in the World #11 spot.
Krystal Weir (AUS) steps up to World #1 as she counts six regattas compared to former World #1 Marit Bouwmeester (NED) who now counts five. ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami gold medallist Paige Railey (USA) leaps up to World #3 whilst Tatiana Drozdovskaya (BLR) moves to World #2, her best ranking position in her long career.
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