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18 July 2007, 09:00 am
Rankings Released 18 July 2007
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ISAF World Sailing Rankings

The Aussies are the big winners in the latest release of the ISAF World Sailing Rankings, holding three of the top spots following on from a great team performance at the ISAF Sailing World Championships in Cascais. The Brits are also back on track, whilst there are four changes in the #1 spots.
After Great Britain and Australia finished one and two respectively in the medal table at Cascais, it is no surprise to see these nations featured so strongly in the latest Ranking release. An outstanding performance from the Aussies gives them three #1 spots courtesy of newly crowned World Champions Tom SLINGSBY (AUS) in the Laser and Nathan WILMOT and Malcolm PAGE (AUS) in the Men's 470, and 2006 World title winners Darren BUNDOCK and Glenn ASHBY (AUS) in the Tornado.

The Brits lose one top spot but gain one thanks to new 49er World Champions and now world #1s Stevie MORRISON and Ben RHODES (GBR). They also add one more #2 spot and one more #3 and are now level with Germany as the nation with the highest number of crews ranked in the world top three.

Following on from the wind and waves in Cascais, Qingdao is next up the Olympic Classes for the second Olympic Test Event this August. With each nation getting just one entry per event a very different challenge awaits.

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About The Rankings

The ISAF World Sailing Rankings rate skippers based on their performances over the last two years. Skippers score points by competing in ISAF Graded events. The top finishers at all ISAF Graded events score Rankings points, with the highest points awarded to the event winner and then decreasing down relative to position. The most points are up for grabs at World Championship events, followed by ISAF Grade C1 events, Grade 1, Grade 2 etc.

The tables show the new events included in this Ranking release. The next Rankings release will be on 29 August 2007, following the ISAF Grade 2 Olympic Test Event in Qingdao, China.

1. Men's Windsurfer - RS:X

ISAF Grade Nation Event
Grade W POR ISAF Sailing World
Championships
Grade 3 GER Warnemuende Week
World Champion Ricardo
SANTOS
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Przemek MIARCZYNSKI (POL) makes it three-in-a-row at the top of the Men's RS:X Rankings after a silver medal performance at the ISAF Sailing World Championships in Cascais. Joao RODRIGUES (POR) stays at #2 after a fourth place finish on his home waters and Ivan PASTOR (ESP) is also unmoved at #3. Newly crowned World Champion Ricardo SANTOS (BRA) moves up one place to #7.

Julien BONTEMPS (FRA) again proved himself the top French performer under pressure with a seventh place finish in Cascais helping him gain four places up to #10 in the Rankings. Another mover in the top 20 is young Israeli windsurfer Shahar ZUBARI. The 20 year old outshone his Olympic Champion team mate Gal FRIDMAN (ISR) in Cascais, finishing eighth overall to move up from #20 to #15.

Outside the top 20 the most significant risers are Nikolaos KAKLAMANAKIS (GRE) and Yuanguo ZHOU (CHN). KAKLAMANAKIS, the 1996 Olympic gold medallist and silver medallist in Athens, finished tenth in Cascais and goes from #36 to #24. ZHOU was the top Chinese finisher, coming in ninth overall to make a big gain from #105 to #69.

Men's Windsurfer ISAF World Sailing Rankings

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2. Women's Windsurfer - RS:X

ISAF Grade Nation Event
Grade W POR ISAF Sailing World
Championships
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Zofia KLEPACKA
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Marina ALABAU (ESP) holds on to the Women's RS:X world #1 spot, although she now has new World Champion Zofia KLEPACKA (POL) piling on the pressure just behind her. ALABAU just missed out on the medals at the ISAF Sailing World Championships in Cascais, but stays at the top spot thanks to a fantastic start to the season in Europe. KLEPACKA's first World title lifts her up to #2, whilst Romy KINZL (GER) falls back one place to #3.

Charline PICON (FRA) is the one new entry into the world top ten at #8 after she outperformed her team mate and Athens gold medallist Faustine MERRET (FRA) to finish seventh in Cascais. Also moving up are windsurfing legends Barbara KENDALL (NZL) and Alessandra SENSINI (ITA). KENDALL recovered from a poor second race in Cascais to storm back and win the silver medal, whilst SENSINI started with two bullets but an OCS in race 7 put a big dent in her hopes of defending her 2006 World crown. They both gain over ten places in this Ranking release with KENDALL up to #17 and SENSINI #18.

Athens silver medallist Jian YIN (CHN) also continues her rise up the Rankings, gaining ten places up to #29 after finishing tenth in Cascais. Jessica CRISP (AUS) is another of the stars from the Mistral class making gains in this Ranking release. Her bronze medal performance in Cascais helps her break into the top 50 on the Women's RS:X Rankings at #40.

Women's Windsurfer ISAF World Sailing Rankings

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3. Men's One Person Dinghy - Laser

ISAF Grade Nation Event
Grade W POR ISAF Sailing World
Championships
Grade 3 ARG Corbeta Patagon
CAN Waves Week
AUT Europa Cup Austria
GER Warnemuende Week
Tom SLINGSBY
© PTVela2007/JFF

Tom SLINGSBY (AUS) finally hits the world #1 spot in the Laser Rankings following on from his World Championship victory in Cascais. After five months in the #2 spot, the young Australian has at long last toppled the 13-month reign of Paul GOODISON (GBR) after outperforming his British rival at the ISAF Sailing World Championships in Cascais.

GOODISON finished fifth in Portugal and now sits at #2, with World Championship silver medallist Andrew MURDOCH (NZL) at #3. Chile's Matias DEL SOLAR and Portugal's Gustavo LIMA complete a very international top five.

Within the top 20, Thomas LE BRETON (FRA) is the big mover, gaining nine places up to #13. World Championship bronze medallist Deniss KARPAK of Estonia also moves up to a career-high #14. Another sailor to watch out for is Sweden's Karl SUNESON. After two years campaigning a Tornado, the Sydney and Athens Olympian is back on the Laser trail and impressed with a 12th place finish in Cascais. He is one of this month's highest climbers, gaining from #286 to #145.

Men's One Person Dinghy ISAF World Sailing Rankings

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4. Women's One Person Dinghy - Laser Radial

ISAF Grade Nation Event
Grade W POR ISAF Sailing World
Championships
Grade 3 CAN Waves Week
AUT Europa Cup Austria
GER Warnemuende Week
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World Champion Tatiana
DROZDOVSKAYA
© PTV2007/JFF

Anna TUNNICLIFFE (USA) holds on to the Laser Radial world #1 spot for the third successive Ranking release after a fifth place finish at the ISAF Sailing World Championships in Cascais. In a fleet that continually throws up surprises, TUNNICLIFFE has proved herself the most consistent performer at the top events over the past two seasons. Mexico's Tania ELIAS CALLES also stays at #2, with bronze medallist in Cascais Petra NIEMANN (GER) up to #3.

New into the world top ten are World Championship silver medallist Sari MULTALA (FIN) and Sophie DE TURCKHEIM (FRA) at #9 and #10 respectively. Newly crowned World Champion Tatiana DROZDOVSKAYA (BLR) moves up eight places to #17.

Outside of the top 20, amongst the sailors on the rise this month are Cecilia CARRANZA (ARG), up from #71 to #56 and Nufar EDELMAN (ISR), up from #77 to #57 after finishing in seventh place in Cascais.

Amongst five new entries is the first Indian skipper on the Laser Radial Rankings, Rohini RAU.

Women's One Person Dinghy ISAF World Sailing Rankings

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5. Men's Two Person Dinghy - 470

ISAF Grade Nation Event
Grade W POR ISAF Sailing World
Championships
Grade 2 ITA Intervela
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Nathan WILMOT and Malcolm
PAGE
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Newly crowned World Champions Nathan WILMOT and Malcolm PAGE (AUS) are the new world #1 crew in the Men's 470 Rankings. The Aussie pair were dominant winners in at the ISAF Sailing World Championships in Cascais, lifting their third World title in four years with a 24-point winning margin. The other top crews in Cascais complete the world top three, with bronze medallists Gideon KLIGER and Udi GAL (ISR) moving up to #2 and silver medallists Sven COSTER and Kalle COSTER (NED) to #3.

Just six points behind the Dutch crew, Mathew BELCHER and Nick BEHRENS (AUS) gain two places to move up to #4, whilst the big losers this month are Gabrio ZANDONA and Andrea TRANI (ITA) who fall back from #3 to #9 after a very disappointing 28th place finish in Cascais.

Amongst three new crews into the top 20 are Kan YAMADA and Kenichi NAKAMURA (JPN), with the Japanese pairing moving up eight places to #19 after finishing 15th in Cascais. Another Asian crew who impressed in Cascais were Changju KIM and Jihoon KIM (KOR). They outperformed the more senior Korean team helmed by multiple Olympian Daeyoung KIM and move up from #102 in the Rankings to #73.

Men's Two Person Dinghy ISAF World Sailing Rankings

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6. Women's Two Person Dinghy - 470

ISAF Grade Nation Event
Grade W POR ISAF Sailing World
Championships
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Marcelien DE KONING and
Lobke BERKHOUT
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Marcelien DE KONING and Lobke BERKHOUT (NED) remain as the world #1 crew in the Women's 470 Rankings and nobody can doubt their standing after a third consecutive World title at the ISAF Sailing World Championships in Cascais. The Dutch duo were awesome in victory, recording a string of bullets on their way to a 19-point overall win.

World Championship silver medallists Ingrid PETITJEAN and Nadege DOUROUX (FRA) remain at #2 in the Rankings, whilst Giulia CONTI and Giovanna MICOL (ITA) move up to #3 after finishing sixth in Cascais. Just behind them are the British former world #1s Christina BASSADONE and Saskia CLARK, who won the Medal Race in Cascais to take home the bronze medal. Behind this European quartet there is a more international feel to the rest of the top ten, with the USA's Amanda CLARK and Sara MERGENTHALER at #5, Japan's Ai KONDO and Naoko KAMATA at #6 and Australian youngsters Elise RECHICHI and Tessa PARKINSON at #10. Also moving up in the top 20 are Brazil's Fernanda OLIVEIRA and Isabel SWAN, who climb up to #16 after finishing seventh in Cascais.

New into the top 50 this month at #49 are Melinda HENSHAW and Olivia POWRIE (NZL). The newly formed Kiwi crew are ones to watch for the future after finishing an impressive 15th in Cascais.

Women's Two Person Dinghy ISAF World Sailing Rankings

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7. Skiff - 49er

ISAF Grade Nation Event
Grade W POR ISAF Sailing World
Championships

Stevie MORRISON and Ben
RHODES
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Stevie MORRISON and Ben RHODES (GBR) left Cascais as 2007 49er World Champions and now claim the title of world #1 crew as well. The British team were clear winners at the ISAF Sailing World Championships and consequently knock their training partners Jan-Peter PECKOLT and Hannes PECKHOLT (GER) off the top spot.

A poor Medal Race cost Pietro SIBELLO and Gianfranco SIBELLO (ITA) the bronze medal in Cascais, but that does not stop the Italian brothers moving up to the world #3 spot. The team which beat them to bronze, Aussies Nathan OUTTERIDGE and Ben AUSTIN, move up seven places to a career-high Ranking of #12. World Championship silver medallists Nico DELLE - KARTH and Nikolaus LEOPOLD (AUT) climb three places up to #8.

Amongst seven new entries in the latest 49er Rankings are US Virgin Islanders Anthony KOTOUN and Cy THOMPSON. KOTOUN is a former J/24 World Champion whilst 19 year old THOMPSON has an impressive track record at the Youth Worlds and their combination of youth and experience could make them a team to watch in the 49er fleet.

Skiff ISAF World Sailing Rankings

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8. Heavyweight Dinghy - Finn

ISAF Grade Nation Event
Grade W POR ISAF Sailing World
Championships
Grade 2 ITA Intervela
Grade 3 BUL Regatta Briz
GER Warnemuende Week
The Finns in Cascais
© Robert Deaves

2006 World Champion Jonas HOEGH-CHRISTENSEN (DEN) just missed out on the medals at the ISAF Sailing World Championships in Cascais but holds on to his world #1 spot for the 11th consecutive Ranking release. Emilios PAPATHANASIOU (GRE) was fifth in Cascais and moves up to #2, just ahead of Ed WRIGHT (GBR).

The latest winner of the Finn Gold Cup, Rafael TRUJILLO (ESP), is only rewarded with a one-place climb in the Rankings up to #10. World Championship silver medallist Pieter-Jan POSTMA (NED) stays at #7, whilst bronze medallist Gasper VINCEC (SLO) climbs three places to #5.

There are five new entries in the Finn Rankings, including Venezuela's Johnny BILBAO, straight in at #121 after finishing 50th in Cascais.

Heavyweight Dinghy ISAF World Sailing Rankings

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9. Multihull - Tornado

ISAF Grade Nation Event
Grade W POR ISAF Sailing World
Championships
Fernando ECHAVARRI and
Anton PAZ
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Darren BUNDOCK and Glenn ASHBY (AUS) remain top of the Tornado Rankings despite missing out on the medals at the ISAF Sailing World Championships in Cascais. A poor start cost the Aussie pair dearly and Fernando ECHAVARRI and Anton PAZ (ESP) capitalized fully to win their second World title in three years. The Spaniards stay at #2 in the Rankings with Yann GUICHARD and Alexandre GUYADER (FRA) moving up two places to #3.

A little further back another strong finish for the Greek team of Iordanis PASCHILIDES and Konstantinos TRIGONIS helps them climb up three places to #5, whilst World Championship bronze medallists Mitch BOOTH and Pim NIEUWENHUIS (NED) also climb three places up to #9.

The Belgium team of Carolijn BROUWER and Sebastien GODEFROID put in a fantastic performance in Cascais to record by far their best result yet in the Tornado. The World Championship silver medallist move up four places in this Ranking release to #21.

Multihull ISAF World Sailing Rankings

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10. Women's Keelboat - Yngling

ISAF Grade Nation Event
Grade W POR ISAF Sailing World
Championships

Sarah AYTON, Sarah WEBB
and Pippa WILSON
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Team GBR

The American team of Sally BARKOW, Carrie HOWE and Debbie CAPOZZI hit the top spot in Yngling Rankings after winning the silver medal at the ISAF Sailing World Championships in Cascais. Newly crowned World Champions Sarah AYTON, Sarah WEBB and Pippa WILSON (GBR) move up to #2, with these two crews early favourites for Olympic success in Qingdao.

BARKOW, HOWE and CAPOZZI have been remarkably consistent over the past three seasons, winning medals at the 2005, 2006 and 2007 Worlds, and are finally rewarded with the world #1 spot. Former #1 crew Ulrike SCHUEMANN, Ute HOEPFNER and Julia BLECK (GER) fall back to #3. World Championship bronze medallists Shirley ROBERTSON, Annie LUSH and Lucy MACGREGOR (GBR) move up six places to #30.

Two of the younger crews in the Yngling fleet make their debut in the world top 20 this month, with Victoria RAWLINSON, Sue MONSON and Emma RAWLINSON (GBR) at #19 and Silja LEHTINEN, Maria KLEMETZ and Livia VARESMAA (FIN) at #20.

Women's Keelboat ISAF World Sailing Rankings

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11. Men's Keelboat - Star

Robert SCHEIDT and Bruno
PRADA
© ISAF
ISAF Grade Nation Event
Grade W POR ISAF Sailing World
Championships
Grade 3 CAN Waves Week
SUI Rostige Kanne

It's as you were at the top of the Star Rankings with ISAF Sailing World Championships silver medallists Xavier ROHART and Pascal RAMBEAU (FRA) holding onto the #1 spot. Mateusz KUSZNIEREWICZ and Dominik ZYCKI (POL) stay at #2, whilst new World Champions Robert SCHEIDT and Bruno PRADA (BRA) are at #3 in an unchanged top five.

The major changes come further down the Rankings, with bronze medallists in Cascais Iain PERCY and Andrew SIMPSON (GBR) moving up 12 places to #25 and Peter BROMBY and Bill MCNIVEN (BER) gaining six places to #29.

Other high climbers are Torben GRAEL and Marcelo FERREIRA (BRA), with the reigning Olympic Champions moving up from #95 to #59 after a 13th place finish in Cascais. Finnish match racer Staffan LINDBERG and his crew Erkki HEINONEN also make a big gain up from #182 to #88 after finishing 34th in Cascais.

Men's Keelboat ISAF World Sailing Rankings

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The next Rankings release will be on 29 August 2007, following the ISAF Grade 2 Olympic Test Event in Qingdao, China.

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