Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race
21 Dec 14
Warwick Sherman never really wanted to do the Rolex Sydney Hobart, he'd done plenty of ocean racing, but bashing his way across Bass Strait to get to Tasmania just didn't grab him.
Jim Gale, RSHYR media
Up to World #3 is Mathilde De Kerangat (FRA) with a fourth place at the Delta Llyod Regatta whilst a twelve point climb sees Chloe Martin at World #4.
Back on Weymouth waters, Olympic gold medallist and ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Lijia Xu (CHN) won gold at Sail for Gold regatta and climbs to World #31. Solid performances at two 100-point regattas sees 2010 Youth Olympic Games athlete Niki Blässer (FIN) climb 84 plaes up to #62.
Brendan Casey (AUS) holds firm at the top of the Finn rankings ahead of Caleb Paine (USA). Moving up to the #3 spot is Andrew Mills (GBR) who adds two more podium positions to his 2013 scoresheet, second at Sail For Gold and third at Delta Lloyd Regatta, both 100-point regattas.
Ninth place at the 100-point Garda and Trentino Olympic Week gives Giorgi Poggi (ITA) a boost of 20 places up the rankings and he now counts points from four regattas.
London 2012 Star gold medallist Max Salminen sailed his second regatta since the Games in the Finn, finishing fifth at the 100-point Delta Lloyd Regatta and climbing a further 30 points up the rankings to #54.
There's no change at the top of the 49erFX rankings with Alexandra Maloney and Molly Meech (NZL) leading the way ahead of Martine Grael and Kahena Kunze (BRA) and Giulia Conti and Francesca Clapcich (ITA).
In her third regatta as skipper, Charlotte Dobson sailed to victory with Nicola Groves (GBR) at the 100-point Sail For Gold Regatta. In consolidating her position at #4. Winner of the only other regatta to count, Tina Lutz (GER) maintains here posiiton at World #6.
Second place at the 100-point Garda and Trentino Olympic Week is enough to boost Mathieu Frei and Yann Rocherieux (FRA) to the top of the 49er Rankings. Just three points behind them are another French team, Julien D'Ortoli and Noé Delpech who move up one place to #2 counting a sixth in Garda and third place at the Delta Lloyd Regatta. Completing the top three are Frederick Strammer and Zach Brown (USA).
David Evans and Edward Powys (GBR) move up 16 places to #4. Only counting results from four regattas, Evans and Powys add points from a fifth place finish at Sail For Gold and second at the Delta Lloyd Regatta.
Jonas Warrer and Peter Lang (DEN) are the prime movers this month, taking the gold medal at Delta Lloyd Regatta to climb 27 places up to World #41.
The top four in the men's RS:X rankings stay the same with Ivan Pastor Lafuente (ESP) in pole position with an impressive score sheet from the ISAF Sailing World Cup and RS:X Worlds. Ricardo Santos (BRA) holds onto the World #2 position ahead of Ho Tsun Leung (HKG).
Elliot Carney (GBR) breaks into the top ten for the first time in his career wtih valuable points from his silver medal at the 100 Point Sail For Gold Regatta. The highest new entry is Mihovil Fantela (CRO) who enters at #94 after racing in Medemblik and at Garda, his first outing ranked events since the 2011 ISAF Worlds in Perth.
The top five RS:X Women remain the same with Bryony Shaw (GBR) holding the World #1 position ahead of Flavia Tartaglini (ITA). Climbing nine points to sit just outside the top five at World #6 is Isobel Hamilton (GBR) following a podium finish at Sail For Gold and fifth in Garda.
With four regattas under their belts in the Nacra 17 a gold medal at the 100-point Garda Trentino Olympic Week boost Thomas Zajac and Tanja Chiara Frank (AUT) to the top of the rankings. Just two points behind are Lucy MacGregor and Tom Phipps (GBR) who claimed their first medal in the class, winning a silver at Sail for Gold.
Third place for Renee Groeneveld and Karel Begemann (NED) at the Delta Lloyd Regatta secures their position at #3 just nudging out the French team of Moana Vaireaux and Manon Audinet who beat them to the gold in Medemblik.
Mat Belcher (AUS) continues his unbeaten run in the men's 470, picking up wins at the 470 Europeans and the Delta Lloyd Regatta with crew Will Ryan. Now counting 16 consecutive regattas at the top of the podium, Belcher has topped the ISAF Rankings since August 2010.
Sofian Bouvet and Jeremie Mion (FRA) move up nine places to World #8 after claiming the European title and finishing fourth at the Garda and Trentino Olympic Week, they now count results from four regattas.
Austria fields two teams to complete the top three, Matthias Schmid and Florian Reichsteaedter stay at #2 with David Bargehr and Lukas Mähr move up three places to #3
Anne Hageer and Briana Provancha (USA) take over the top of the women's 470 rankings, a lifeftime best for the team. Showing the power of consistency, Haeger and Provancha finished in sixth place at the 470 Europeans and second at the Delta Lloyd Regatta. Hot on their heels are 470 European championship bronze medallists, Lara Vadlau and Jolanta Ogar.
Power movers in the women's 470 are Alisa Kirilyuk and Liudmila Dmitrieva (RUS) who finished tenth at the Europeans and climb 26 places up to World #13.
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