After moving up to the occupy the world #1 spot in December, Sébastien COL (FRA) retains his narrow points' advantage over world #2 ranked skipper Ian WILLIAMS (GBR), the 2007 and 2008 ISAF Match Racing World Champion. COL's fellow French Match Racing Team skipper Mathieu RICHARD (FRA) completes the world top three.
With relatively few ISAF Graded events over the festive period and the World Tour circuit taking its annual break, there is little movement at the top of the Rankings. Of three new entries into the world top 50, Monaco's Michele PERRIS is the highest following strong finishes at the ISAF Grade 3 Finale du Championnat de Mediterranee in Marseille and the January Match Race in Scarlino.
Claire LEROY (FRA) stays top of the Women's Rankings as there are no changes amongst the world top 10. Linda RAHM (SWE) stays at #2 with Silke HAHLBROCK (GER) completing the world top three.
A number of the world's top skippers are competing at US SAILING's Rolex Miami OCR, where Women's Match Racing is making its debut appearance at the ISAF Sailing World Cup. World #5 skipper and European Champion Lucy MACGREGOR (GBR) has been the star of the show to date, winning all 11 of her matches in the opening round robin. Italy's Giulia CONTI, a two-time Olympian (first in the Yngling keelboat at Athens and then the 470 dinghy at Beijing) and accomplished match racer, also started strongly with 10 wins and just a single loss, to MACGREGOR. It has been a more mixed bag for world #4 skipper Lotte MELDGAARD PEDERSEN, whose 7-4 records leaves her fourth in the round robin standings. Stay up to date with all the latest action from the ISAF Sailing World Cup at www.sailing.org/isafsailingworldcup.
The next release of the ISAF World Match Race Rankings will be on 4 March 2009.
ISAF World Match Race Rankings - www.sailing.org/mrrankings