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30 March 2005, 12:57 pm
Rankings Released 30 March 2005
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ISAF World Sailing Rankings

This, the third ranking release for 2005, includes the results from one ISAF Grade C1 event, three ISAF Grade 2 and two ISAF Grade 3 events. Unfortunately, the racing at the Izola Spring Cup did not take place over the weekend as Slovenia, like much of Europe, suffered from a complete lack of wind. There is one newcomer to the number one position and the Laser Radial ranking list continues to grow at a phenomenal pace.

Single-handed dinghy men - Laser

There has been one ISAF Grade C1 event, three Grade 2 and two Grade 3 events to count for the Laser in this ranking but none of these have affected the positions in the top 20. Robert SCHEDIT (BRA) stays at the top ahead of Paul GOODISON (GBR) and Michael BLACKBURN (AUS).

At the top of the podium at the Central and South American Championship was the Chilean representative in Athens, Matias DEL SOLAR and he subsequently moves up seven places to number 25. Del Solar is the biggest mover in the top forty which also has one new entry, David WEAVER (NZL). Second to Del Solar in Peru was Brazilian Andre DELANHESI STREPPEL and this helps him to climb 29 places up to number 57.

The Antigua International Laser Open, an ISAF Grade 3 event was won by Karl JAMES (ANT) who subsequently rejoins the ranking list at number 768. James has participated sporadically in the Laser since 1996 and represented Antigua at the 1996 Olympic Regatta in Atlanta but since 2000 has not collected any ranking points. The highest new entry is Luis Alberto OLCESE (PER) whose ninth place at the Grade C1 Central and South American Laser Championship enters him at number 299 in the rankings. Like James, Olcese has sailed the Laser at an Olympic Games, competing in Sydney in 2000, but has not been a regular on the circuit for some time.

There are now 919 Laser sailors on the ranking list and as the European season gets underway this is set to increase, the question remains however, how long will it be before somebody topples Robert SCHEIDT from his perch?

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Single-handed Dinghy Women - Laser Radial

It's New Zealand all the way at the top of the Laser Radial rankings with Miranda POWRIE, Jo ALEH and Jane MACKY remaining at one, two and three respectively. Below them however, 31 new sailors have joined the ranking list and there are numerous changes to positions. The most notable ones in the top 20 are the arrival of Aranza GUMUCIO (CHI) at number 11, a climb of 30 places, and an enormous leap of 47 places by Alicia CEBRIAN (ESP) to number 20.

The Laser Radial fleet are counting the results of three ISAF Grade 2 events and one ISAF Grade C1 event and it was strong finishes at two Grade 2 events that has pushed Cebrian up so far. Second at the XI Barcelona Olympic Sailing Week and eighth at Princess Sofia give her three results to count and makes her the only European sailor in the top 20. Gumcio's rise up the ladder is due to the addition of her seventh place finish at the ISAF Grade C1 Laser Radial Central and South American Championship in Peru to her points.

The winner in Peru was Adriana KOSTIW (BRA) and she subsequently enters the rankings at number 25 - the highest new entry and the highest ranked Brazilian sailor. There was only one sailor to collect ranking points from the Central and South American Championship who was already on the ranking list and that was Gumcio, the rest all join the list between 25 and 35.

There are still not many of the top Europe sailors making the change to the Radial at this stage and the highest ranked is now Mexico's representative in Athens Tania ELIAS-CALLES who has moved up eleven places to number seven after winning the Grade 2 Laser Midwinters West and finishing fifth at Princess Sofia. The ranking list now totals 115 sailors, an increase of 31 since the previous ranking release on 4 March.

Single-handed dinghy open - Finn

Rafael TRUJILLO-VILLAR (ESP) remains at the top of the Finn rankings ahead of Karlo KURET (CRO) and Mateusz KUSZNIEREWICZ (POL). Trujillo Villar has been back out on the water since winning the silver medal in Athens and has clocked up a second at the XI Barcelona Olympic Sailing Week and sixth at Princess Sofia, both Grade 2 events.

The top 20 remains pretty much the same and there are only some minor adjustments in the top 40 aswell. Sweden's Daniel BIRGMARK enters the top 40 for the first time since entering the Finn rankings in June 2004 and following his fifth place at Princess Sofia, he moves up seven places to number 34. Other notable climbers are Great Britain's Ed WRIGHT who finished 13 in Palma and moves up 26 places to number 78, and Diego FRUCTUOSO (Jnr) (ESP) who climbs a massive 75 places up to number 97 after finishing fifth in Barcelona.

There are several new entries to the Finn rankings, the highest being Alberto VADELL SABATER (ESP) with a fourth in Barcelona and 18 in Palma but perhaps the most notable is Peer MOBERG (NOR) who joins the Finn rankings at 124 after finishing ninth in Palma. Is this a new challenge for the world number 16 and three time Olympian in the Laser? Watch this space to find out if Moberg really is making plans to compete in the Finn in Beijing!

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Double-handed dinghy men - 470

Two ISAF Grade 2 events are counting toward this new ranking for the men's 470 - Barcelona Olympic Sailing Week and the Princess Sofia Trophy. The top 10 remain unchanged but world number one Gabrio ZANDONA (ITA) with new crew Francesco DELLA TORRE has not had it all his own way. Zandona had to settle for second in Barcelona with the top podium position going to Marc PATINO JORDI and Omar JUAN (ESP). Patino and Juan then went on to finish eighth in Palma and move one place up the rankings to number 43.

The victorious duo at Priness Sofia was the British team of Nick ASHER and Elliott WILLIS and with this, their first ISAF Graded event win, they climb two places up the rankings to number 27. Ronan DREANO and Ronan FLOCH (FRA) also had a good result at Princess Sofia and their third place helps them to climb five places up to number 36 and enter the top 40 for the first time.

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Double-handed dinghy women - 470

The women's 470 fleet are counting the results from just one regatta this ranking, and that is the ISAF Grade 2 Princess Sofia Trophy. There are no changes to the top 20 and Ingrid PETITJEAN and Nadege DOUROUX (FRA) hold on to their number one position which they have held since 1 October 2003.

Victorious in Palma were Sylvia VOGL and Carolina FLATSCHER (AUT) with second place going to Natalia VIA DUFRESNE and Laia TUTZÓ (ESP) and third to Christina BASSADONE and Saskia CLARK (GBR) - both the latter skippers sailing with different crew to those they competed with in Athens - but none of these teams change their position in the rankings. Sixth place went to Manuelle and Virginie ADAM (FRA) who now have seven results to count toward the ranking position and move up two places to number 26.

The highest new entry is Pippa WILSON and Sheena CRAIG (GBR) at number 74. Wilson won the gold medal at the 2002 Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship in the 29er and a bronze in the 420 in 2004 and joins the ranking list wih Craig after an impressive tenth place at Princess Sofia. Also joining the women's 470 rankings are Lucy MACGREGOR and Julia SCOTT (GBR) at number 75. The big news in Palma was the arrival of Olympic gold medallist in the Europe, Siren SUNDBY (NOR) with crew Karianne UNDRUM, but after an average regatta they do not join the women's 470 rankings this time.

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Double-handed dinghy open - 49er

The 49er fleet are also counting two ISAF Grade 2 events, Barcelona Olympic Sailing Week and the Princess Sofia Trophy, but these regattas have not attracted the big names or upset the top of the ranking list. Chris DRAPER and Simon HISCOCKS (GBR) hold on to the top spot ahead of the Ukraineans Rodion LUKA and George LEONCHUK. The only change to the top 20 is that Marcin CZAJKOWSKI and Krzystof KIERKOWSKI (POL) have moved up one place to number 19 after their victory at Princess Sofia.

Alberto PADRON and Javier DE LA PLAZA (ESP) won in Barcelona and finished second in Palma and subsequently move 12 places up the rankings to number 30. There are some other big climbers in the middle of the fleet. David EVANS and Rick PEACOCK (GBR) shoot up 19 places to number 92 after finishing 16 in Palma, whilst Steve WILSON and Tom DAWSON (GBR) climb a massive 46 places to enter the top 100 at 98.

There are two new entries to the 49er rankings and they are Lennart BRIESENICK-PUDENZ and Morten MASSMAN (GER) who join at number 135= and Julien D'ORTOLI and Ulysse HOFFMAN (FRA) at number 139, both teams competed at Princess Sofia, finishing 22 and 23 respectively.

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Multihull open - Tornado

Congratulations to John LOVELL and Charlie OGLETREE (USA), silver medallist at the 2004 Olympic Sailing Competition and the 2004 World Championships, who have now finally made it to that coveted number one slot. Lovell and Ogletree take over the top spot from Olympic gold medallists Roman HAGARA and Hans Peter STEINACHER (AUT) who slip to number two but maintain their position ahead of the now number three ranked team of Mitch BOOTH and Herbert DERCKSEN (NED). There are some other minor movements in the top 20

The Tornado fleet are counting the results from two ISAF Grade 2 events for this ranking release - the XI Barcelona Olympic Sailing Week and the Princess Sofia Trophy. Victory in Barcelona went to Fernando ECHAVARRI and Anton PAZ BLANEO (ESP), who also finished fourth in Palma, but these results do not boost them any further up the rankings and they remain at number five. Andrey KIRILYUK and Valery USHKOV (RUS) finished in second place in Barcelona and move up one place to enter the top ten for the first time.

There are now 121 teams on the Tornado ranking list and it is a particularly international line up - the top 15 sailors representing 15 different nations and four continents. There's a new entry at number 100 for sixth place finishers in Barcelona Javier PADRON TORRENT and Miguel PEREZ QUINTANA (ESP).

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Keelboat Women - Yngling

This is the first ranking release which has included results for the Yngling this year and these come from the ISAF Grade 2 Princess Sofia Trophy in Palma, Mallorca and although there is no change at the top there is one notable new entry. Palma welcomed twelve Yngling teams and there were many familiar faces competing.

Topping the podium was the Dutch team of Janneke HIN, Petronella DE JONG with new team mate Klaatje ZUIDERBAAN who is better known on the match racing circuit. This victory has boosted the team up four places to number 19 and thus displaces Trine PALLUDAN who drops down one place to number 20 and Lisa ROSS who moves down to 21. Second in Palma was Monica AZON sailing with her sister Sandra and Graciela PISONERO (ESP) but she remains at number nine in the rankings and there is no move either for third placed Ekaterina SKOUDINA (RUS).

The new entry to the Yngling rankings is Olympic gold medallist Sarah AYTON (GBR) who has moved to the back of the boat and begun her own campaign for Beijing 2008. Sailing with Annie LUSH and Lisa MACDONALD, Ayton finished sixth at the Princess Sofia Trophy and joins the Yngling rankings at number 40.

Kristin WAGNER, Anna HOLL and Veronika LOCHBRUNNER (GER) remain at the top of the Yngling rankings ahead of Olympic bronze medallists Dorte JENSEN, Helle JESPERSEN and Christina OTZEN (DEN). Shirley ROBERTSON, Sarah WEBB and Sarah AYTON (GBR) remain in third.

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Keelboat Men - Star

There have been no ISAF Graded events for the Star since the last release of the rankings on 4 March. There has subsequently been very little change in positions and the top ten remains exactly the same. Fredrik LÖÖF and Anders EKSTRÖM (SWE) remain at the number one spot ahead of Iain PERCY and Steve MITCHELL (GBR) in second and the 2005 World Champions Xavier ROHART and Pascal RAMBEAU (FRA) in third.

There are some minor adjustments in the rest of the top twenty due to the rotating ranking calculation. Paul CAYARD and Phil TRINTER (USA) move up two places to 15 at the expense of Leonidas PELEKANAKIS and George KODOGOURIS (GRE) who slide three places to 18.

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Windsurfer Women - Mistral

There has been no change at the top of either the men's or the women's Mistral fleets, despite the addition of points from the ISAF Grade 2 Princess Sofia Trophy.

Olympic gold medallist Faustine MERRET (FRA) remains at the top of the women's ranking with Alessandra SENSINI (ITA) in second and Olga MASLIVETS (UKR) in third. There are only minor movements in the rest of the top 20 with the highest mover being Blanca MANCHON (ESP) whose third place at Princess Sofia moves her one place up to number eleven at the expense of Anja KAESER (SUI).

There is just one new entry to the women's ranking and that is Regina STADLER (GER) who finished seventh at Princess Sofia.

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Windsurfer Men - Mistral

The top nine sailors of the men's Mistral rankings remain the same but there is a new sailor at number ten. The Cypriot representative in Athens, Andreas CARIOLOU joins the top ten for the very first time after finishing sixth at Princess Sofia. The biggest news in the top 20 is the arrival of Nicolas BEUDOU (FRA) who finished fourth in Palma and climbs eight places back into the top 20 at number 20.

The top podium spot at Princess Sofia was claimed by Ivan PASTOR LAFUENTE (ESP) who dominated the regatta with five bullets and four seconds in the eleven race series, but his ranking position of seven does not change. Second place went to Francisco Curro MANCHON DOMINGUEZ (ESP) and his position does change, a climb of five places to number 29. The world number one, Maxim OBEREMKO (UKR) didn't have a particularly good regatta, finishing third, but is still not to be dislodged from his position at the top, a nail biting 19 points ahead of Julien BONTEMPS (FRA).

There are three new entries and the highest is Karim ACHOUR (TUN) at number 155. The others are Fabian HEIDGGER (ITA) at 156 and Javier JURADO (ESP) at number 159.

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The next ranking release on 4 May will include the results of events up to and including the results from Semaine Olympique Française in France. There should be some major movements as it will include the results from two ISAF Grade 1 events and numerous Grade 2 and 3 events as the European season gains pace.

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