Rolex Middle Sea Race
21 Oct 14
After three complete days at sea only three boats competing in the 2014 Rolex Middle Sea Race have passed the northwest tip of Sicily, roughly the halfway point of the race.
Taylor Canfield (ISV) maintains his World #1 spot in the Open Rankings for the second successive release. Canfield took in the Knickerbocker Cup in Manhasset Bay, USA finishing sixth but the result doesn't affect his points total and he remains 234 points clear of World #2 Ian Williams (GBR).
David Gilmour's steady rise up the Open Rankings continues after three strong performances at ISAF Grade 2 regattas. Gilmour took a victory at the ISAF Grade 2 International Match Race for the Detroit Cup in August and followed up with a third at the Knickerbocker Cup and a fourth at the Oakcliff International Match Race. His performances have pushed him up to World #12 from World #15, a personal best for the young Australian.
Denmark's Nicolai Sehested enjoyed back to back victories at the Knickerbocker Cup and the Oakcliff International Regatta in August and September. As a result the Danish match racer moves into the top ten for the first time. Coming in at World #8 the Dane has moved up four spots.
Moving back into the top 100 and into a best ranking position of World #64 is Stephanie Roble (USA). Fifth place finishes at the Knickerbocker Cup and Detroit Cup ensured the American moved up the rankings.
Dutch Youth Open National Championship runner up Dirk-Jan Korpershoek (DEN) moves up from World #99 to World #72 this month whilst winner of the ISAF Grade 3 regatta Yasar Celal Tumsen (TUR) climbs to World #102 having fallen to World #184 since his last regatta appearance in November 2012.
With plenty of global Open Match Racing action in towards the end of August and throughout September plenty of changes are prevalent in this month's ranking release.
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There are no changes in the top five of the ISAF Women's Match Race Rankings as Lucy Macgregor (GBR) holds a healthy advantage over Camilla Ulrikkeholm (DEN), Ekaterina Skudina (RUS), Lotte Meldgaard Pedersen (DEN) and Anna Kjellberg (SWE).
Helsinki, Finland played host to the sole Women's Match Racing event this month, the ISAF Grade 3 Vauraus Women's Finnish Championship.
Mikaela Fors took the honours and moves back into the Women's Match Race Rankings for the first time since 16 May 2012. With maximum points from the Grade 3 event she sits at World #51 with her previous best of World #24 coming on 22 May 2003.
Runner-up Susanna Kukkonen (FIN), who is ranked at World #63 in the Open Rankings after some steady performances, sits at World #57. Her best of World #46 came in May 2012.
With a handful of Women's Match Racing events to go in 2013 potential shake ups throughout the rankings are possible.