Karol JABLONSKI (POL) spent the year at the top of the Open Rankings, whilst Marie BJORLING (SWE) produced a similar feat in the Women's Rankings. This year, things are going to be very close with many of the former America's Cup helmsmen, tacticians, trimmers and crews returning to the full time match racing circuit.
There are eight rankings releases planned for 2004, the first being this Thursday, 15 January. This rankings release determines who will be invited to the BoatUS 2004 ISAF Women's Match Racing World Championship, to be held at the Eastport Yacht Club, Annapolis, USA from 6-12 June.
Last year it was Swedish skipper Malin MILLBOURN who took the World Championship title, and who along with her crew was subsequently shortlisted for the 2003 ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Award. She will be certain to be in Annapolis to defend her World Championship title this year.
There are a grand total of 14 ISAF Grade 1 Open Match Racing events, with the first being the Marseille International in France from 10-14 March. There are six Grade 1 Women's events currently scheduled, with the first big one being the VI International Women Match Racing Criterium in Calpe, Spain from 27 April - 1 May.
Further details on Match racing, including the grading criteria and the ranking calculations, can be seen by following the link below.
ISAF Match Race Rankings - 2004 Release Dates
|Release Date||Up to and Including results from|
|15/01/2004||Invites to the 2004 Women's MR World Championships|
|17/03/2004||Marseille International Match Race|
|28/04/2004||Congressional Cup and Invites to Open MR World Champs|
|28/07/2004||Open MR Worlds|
|01/09/2004||Lysekil Women's Match Cup|
|27/10/2004||King Edward VII Bermuda Gold Cup|