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3 June 2009, 04:00 pm
ISAF World Sailing Rankings - 3 June 2009
Paul GOODISON at the Delta Lloyd Regatta
Paul GOODISONis win at the Delta Lloyd Regatta helps propel him back to the top of the Laser Rankings

ISAF World Sailing Rankings

Spain move top in the national standings after gaining one of two new world #1 crews in the latest release of the ISAF World Sailing Rankings on 3 June 2009.
The top stars from the Olympic sailing world were out in force for event five of the 2008-09 ISAF Sailing World Cup at the Delta Lloyd Regatta in Medemblik, with results having a major influence at the top of the new Rankings lists published today.

New Leaders

Rafa TRUJILLO (ESP) narrowly missed out on winning his first ISAF Sailing World Cup medal at Medemblik, but another top-five finish propels the consistent Spaniard up to the top of the pile in the latest Ranking release. It's the first time Trujillo has held the world #1 Ranking spot since May 2005 and helps lift Spain to the top of the national standings in this Ranking release, with two skippers in world #1 position and one at #3.
Chart showing nations with top-three ranked sailors

The other new Ranking leader comes as little surprise with Beijing Olympic gold medallist Paul GOODISON (GBR) returning to the top of the Laser Rankings. Goodison took a short break following his success in Qingdao last August, but has returned to the Laser fleet in sensational form, winning both of the World Cup events he has competed in at Hyeres and last week in Medemblik. In contrast, former world #1 Tom SLINGSBY (AUS) has struggled on his return from a disappointing Olympic Games. He finished way down in 59th place at Hyeres, bounced back with a dominating win at the ISAF Grade 2 Expert Olympic Garda, but struggled again at the Delta Lloyd Regatta, although his 13th place earned the Aussie his first World Cup points of the season.

Amongst the other Rankings leaders, May was a bumper month for Brazilian Star pairing Robert SCHEIDT and Bruno PRADA who scored wins at Garda and Medemblik along with a second place at the Star Eastern Hemisphere Championship held in Hyeres, France. Italian brothers and 49er pairing Pietro SIBELLO and Gianfranco SIBELLO have also enjoyed some top performances, winning at Garda and then picking up a silver medal at the Delta Lloyd Regatta. Men's 470 world #1 crew Sven COSTER and Kalle COSTER (NED) also put in a strong performance at Medemblik to earn a silver medal.

For the top Olympic sailors there is a new challenge in 2009, with the ISAF Sailing World Cup linking together seven of the world's premier events to form a new series. Points are awarded in Grand Prix-style to the top 20 at each event, with first overall scoring 20 points, second 19 points etc., down to 1 point for twentieth place. (In contrast the World Rankings are based over a 24-month period with a more complicated set of calculations involving the Grading of an event, the number of competitors taking part, the Ranking of those competitors etc.) After five of the seven World Cup events, US Laser Radial skipper and Beijing gold medallist Anna TUNNICLIFFE is the only sailor to hold the double honour of a world #1 Ranking and top position in the World Cup Standings.

World Ranking Leaders - 3 June 2009

Men's One Person Dinghy (Heavyweight) - Finn
Rafa TRUJILLO (ESP)

Women's One Person Dinghy - Laser Radial
Anna TUNNICLIFFE (USA)

Men's One Person Dinghy - Laser
Paul GOODISON (GBR)

Men's Two Person Dinghy - 470
Sven COSTER and Kalle COSTER (NED)

Women's Two Person Dinghy - 470
Ingrid PETITJEAN and Nadège DOUROUX (FRA)

Men's Two Person Dinghy (high performance) - 49er
Pietro SIBELLO and Gianfranco SIBELLO (ITA)

Men's Keelboat - Star
Robert SCHEIDT and Bruno PRADA (BRA)

Men's Windsurfer - RS:X
Julien BONTEMPS (FRA)

Women's Windsurfer - RS:X
Marina ALABAU (ESP)

Movers and Shakers

The new Australian 470 crew of Mathew BELCHER and Malcolm PAGE made a return to the World Cup series at Medemblik with a strong sixth place finish helping them climb 16 places in this Ranking up to #24. In the Laser Rankings, Canadian David Wright makes similarly impressive gains after a top 10 finish at the fifth World Cup event, moving from #51 to #36.

In the Star Rankings, the new French pairing of Xavier ROHART and Pierre-Alexis PONSOT already have the lead in the World Cup Standings and also break into the top five of the Rankings this month, gaining five places up to #4. Ireland's Peter O'LEARY and Tim GOODBODY are even higher climbers, moving up from #18 to #9 after winning the Eastern Hemisphere Championship and then making the Medal Race at Medemblik.

Croatians Pavle KOSTOV and Petar CUPAC, who lent their boat to the eventual gold medallists Jonas WARRER and Martin Kirketerp IBSEN (DEN) during the 49er Medal Race at the Beijing Olympic Games, have started their new Olympic campaign strongly. After finishing 11th at Hyeres they improved to seventh at Medemblik and gain three places in this Ranking to a best-ever position of #15.

Also scoring best-ever Ranking places are Zach RAILEY (USA) and Tapio NIRKKO (FIN) in the Finn fleet. Both skippers impressed with top 10 finishes at Medemblik to move up four places to #6 and #7 respectively. Britain's Giles SCOTT is another Finn sailor on the rise. After winning in Palma earlier in the year he came within a whisker of another World Cup gold medal in Medemblik, just missing out in the Medal Race to team mate Ed WRIGHT (GBR). Scott's performances this year have marked him out as a name to watch in the London 2012 campaign and he climbs up seven places in this Ranking to a career best of #17.

Tatiana DROZDOVSKAYA of Belarus is another sailor to achieve a career-best Ranking this month. After winning the 2007 ISAF Sailing World Championships in Cascais, the Belarusian had flattered to deceive on the international stage but suddenly found her form again in Medemblik, winning a closely fought Medal Race to earn her first World Cup gold medal. She gains four places in this Ranking to #7.

Like DROZDOVSKAYA, Ricardo SANTOS (BRA) also won gold at the 2007 ISAF Worlds, but unlike the Belarusian, the Brazilian windsurfer has rarely been off the pace at the front of the RS:X fleet since. After a run of three top-five World Cup finishes at Palma, Hyeres and Medemblik he moves up four places to equal his career-best Ranking of #2.

The next release of the ISAF World Sailing Rankings will be on 29 July 2009 following on from Kieler Woche, event six of the ISAF Sailing World Cup, the Finn Gold Cup and 49er World Championship.

Visit the ISAF World Sailing Rankings homepage at www.sailing.org/rankings for more on the latest Ranking release and dates for all 2009 Ranking releases.

Events Included

Results from the following events have been included in the rankings since their last issue (4 February 2009):

Class Event (Grade)
Star Expert Olympic Garda - Eurolymp (2); Star Eastern Hemisphere Championship (C1); Delta Lloyd Regatta (1)
Laser Laser Europa Cup - France (2); Laser Atlantic Coast Championship (2); Spring Dinghy Championship (3); Expert Olympic Garda - Eurolymp (2); Palavska Regatta (3); GKSS Regatta (3); United 4(ll) (3); Laser Europa Cup - Netherlands (3); Canadian Olympic Classes Regatta (Icebreaker) (3); Delta Lloyd Regatta (1); Pfingstbusch Young European Sailings (3)
Finn Expert Olympic Garda - Eurolymp (2); Palavska Regatta (3); Delta Lloyd Regatta (1)
Laser Radial Laser Europa Cup - France (2); Expert Olympic Garda - Eurolymp (2); GKSS Regatta (3); United 4(ll) (3); Laser Europa Cup - Netherlands (3); Delta Lloyd Regatta (1)
49er Expert Olympic Garda - Eurolymp (2); Delta Lloyd Regatta (1)
Men's & Women's 470 Expert Olympic Garda - Eurolymp (2); United 4(ll)M-470 (3); Delta Lloyd Regatta (1)
Men's & Women's RS:X RS:X Festival on the Beach M-RS:X (3); Delta Lloyd Regatta (1)

Events Not Included

Graded events which have not been included are:

Event

Classes not included

Reason

Regatta Port Bourgas - Bourgs Sailing Week

M-470 (3); W-470 (3); Laser (3)

Not enough entrants

Regatta Port Bourgas - Bourgs Sailing Week

Finn (3)

Not eligible to enter, only one nation

Spring Dinghy Championship

Laser Radial (3)

Not enough entrants

Spring Dinghy Championship

W-470 (3); M-470 (3)

No Racing

Expert Olympic Garda - Eurolymp (2)

W-RS:X (2); M-RS:X (2)

Not enough entrants

Expert Olympic Garda - Eurolymp (2)

W-Match Racing

No Racing

Palavska Regatta (3

Laser Radial (3)

Not enough entrants

GKSS Regatta (3)

W-470 (3); M-470 (3); Finn (3); 49ER (3)

Not enough entrants

United 4(ll)

United 4 (ll) (3)

Not enough entrants

Canadian Olympic Classes Regatta (Icebreaker)

Laser Radial (3)

Not eligible to enter, only one nation

Canadian Olympic Classes Regatta (Icebreaker) (3)

49er (3)

No Racing

RS:X Festival on the Beach

W-RS:X (3)

Not enough entrants

Laser No Coast Championship

Laser (3)

Not eligible to enter, only one nation

Laser No Coast Championship

Laser Radial (3)

Not eligible to enter, mixed results

Pfingstbusch Young European Sailings

Laser Radial (3)

Not eligible to enter, only one nation

Pfingstbusch Young European Sailings

W-470 (3); M-470 (3)

Not eligible to enter, mixed results

The results of the above regattas, full ISAF World Sailing Rankings, lists of graded events throughout the year and the method of calculation for the rankings may be found on the ISAF website.

ISAF World Sailing Rankings - www.sailing.org/rankings

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