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28 September 2007, 12:16 pm
Match Race Rankings - 26 September 2007
Claire LEROY at the BoatU.S. Santa Maria Cup
Claire LEROY and her team remain way ahead in the Rankings

ISAF World Match Race Rankings

Great Britain's Ian WILLIAMS and France's Claire LEROY hold on to the top spots in the latest release of the ISAF World Match Race Rankings on 27 September.
Ian WILLIAMS (GBR) may not have made the semi-finals at the ISAF Grade WC Latium Match Cup but his sixth place is enough for him to hold on to the world #1 spot. In the Women's Rankings, World Champion Claire LEROY (FRA) remains well ahead of her closest rivals with a lead of over 1,000 points.

The top four in the Open Rankings remain unchanged, with WILLIAMS leading Mathieu RICHARD (FRA), Paolo CIAN (ITA) in third and Sebastien COL (FRA) fourth. The principle mover at the top is Staffan LINDBERG (FIN), who moves up three places to #5 after he recorded victory at the ISAF Grade 1 Yava Trophy in Moscow.

Australian youngster Torvar MIRSKY (AUS) is one of the headline performers in this Ranking release. Over the last couple of months the 21 year old has been demonstrating his talent on the European match racing circuit and looks like becoming the next star in the Aussie match-racing canon. A second place finish at the ISAF Grade 1 ACI Match Race Cup in Split helps him jump six places up the Rankings and he now lies just outside the world top ten at #11.

The Aussies also impress in the Women's Rankings with Katie SPITHILL (AUS) holding onto her #3 spot and Nicole SOUTER (AUS) moving up two places to make it an Australian double in the top ten at #9.

At the top LEROY's lead continues to look insurmountable for sometime yet, whilst Lotte MELDGAARD PEDERSEN (DEN) is also looking comfortable in second place.

The big event on the women's match racing circuit this month was the ISAF Grade 1 Women Trentino Match in Italy. Sally BARKOW (USA) impressed throughout and defeated SPITHILL in the final to take the title. Consequently the American skippers moves up six places to #4 in the Rankings, just ahead of Jenny AXHEDE (SWE).

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