470 World Championship
13 Oct 15
Launching off the beach into the warm azure waters off Haifa Bay, the 2015 470 World Championships got underway today in Israel.
International 470 Class
Ian Williams (GBR) remains at the top of the Open Rankings, a position he hasn't relinquished in 2012 but there has some light movement below the leader.
Just one ISAF Grade 2 Open Match Race took place since the last rankings release and it went the way of Johnie Berntsson (SWE) at the CPH May Days in Skovshoved, Denmark. The Swedish match racers win against his compatriot Bjorn Hansen in Denmark has moved him up one place to World #7. Hansen also moves up one place to World #4.
Denmark's Peter Wibroe finished behind the Swedes at CPH May Days but his podium finish moves him from World #84 to World #45.
At 22-years-old Will Tiller (NZL) is one of the youngest match racers on the scene and he is making his mark. Tiller has moved up to World #15 following a victory at the Korea Match Cup.
Robert Nyberg (FIN) moves up to World #33 after his victory at the ISAF Grade 3 Icebreaker Cup in Pirita, Estonia. And after a busy month of ISAF Grade 3 regattas there has been plenty of movement from World #26 to World #100 with the top 25 remaining within.
Despite picking up gold at the Semaine Olympique Francaise in Hyeres, France, ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Anna Tunnicliffe (USA) has been knocked off the top of the Women's Rankings by Lucy Macgregor (GBR).
Both sailors count consistent results amongst their rankings points within the last two years with very little separating them. Several key regattas are on the horizon and more movement is expected as Claire Leroy (FRA) will also challenge for the World #1 spot.
Australia's Olivia Price continues her march up the Women's Rankings at a rate of knots and moves up to a personal best of World #9. The Australian has been showing good consistency in 2012 with a number of podium finishes and following a ninth place in the big Hyeres winds she breaks into the top ten for the first time.
With many of the London 2012 Women's Match Racers ramping up their preparations many of those aiming for the national selection are moving towards the top of the rankings.
The next release of the ISAF World Match Race Rankings will be 13 June 2012.