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4 May 2005, 10:57 am
Rankings Released 4 May 2005
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ISAF World Sailing Rankings

Following the first ISAF Grade 1 Olympic class racing of the European season at the Semaine Olympique Française, there are three changes at the top of the ISAF World Sailing Rankings.
They say it is tight at the top and this could not be truer of the new ISAF World Sailing Rankings' number one in the Laser, Paul GOODISON (GBR). The British Olympian finished ninth in Hyères on countback and as a result sits at the top of the Laser Rankings by the narrowest of narrow margins - a mere three points, or 0.059% of his Ranking points total, separates him from second place.

Along with GOODISON there are another two changes at the top of the ISAF World Sailing Rankings. In the Laser Radial, Keamia RASA (CAN) has moved into pole position whilst Roman HAGARA and Hans-Peter STEINACHER (AUT) have reclaimed the number one spot in the Tornado, after seeing it briefly assumed by the Americans John LOVELL and Charlie OGLETREE.

The next release of the rankings will be 1 June 2005.

Single-handed Dinghy Men - Laser

  • ISAF Grade 1 Events - Semaine Olympique Française, France
  • ISAF Grade 2 Events - Europa Cup, France; US Laser Nationals, USA
  • ISAF Grade 3 Events - Laser Europa Cup, Italy; Spring Championship, Hungary; Emirates Open Regatta, UAE

Paul GOODISON (GBR) has claimed top spot in the Rankings by the narrowest of margins. After finishing ninth in the Semaine Olympique Française in Hyères GOODISON finished the ranking period with 5048 points, just three ahead of Slovenia's Olympic bronze medallist, Vasilij ZBOGAR. GOODISON finished tied on equal points with fellow Brit, Mark HOWARD in Hyères. Thanks to his single victory in race six, GOODISON took ninth on countback and, as a result, the number one spot in the Rankings. ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year, Robert SCHEIDT (BRA), has lost his place at the top of the Rankings and now lies in third behind GOODISON and ZBOGAR. However, SCHEIDT will not be too worried, as since his gold medal in Athens he has been focussing on the Star fleet.

Victory in Hyères was not quite enough to launch Tom SLINGSBY (AUS) into the top ten, but he still climbs seven places up to 13. New into the top twenty at a career best 19 is Greece's Vangelis CHIMONAS. An eighth place finish in Hyères has lifted him up from his previous position of 28.

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Single-handed Dinghy Women - Laser Radial

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    New Radial number one,
    Keamia RASA
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    ISAF Grade 1 Events - Semaine Olympique Française, France
  • ISAF Grade 2 Events - Europa Cup, France; US Laser Nationals, USA
  • ISAF Grade 3 Events - Laser Europa Cup, Italy

There is also a new number one in the Laser Radial Rankings. Twelfth place in Hyères combined with results from three other events sees Canada's Keamia RASA move up sixth places to take the number one spot.

The following three sailors all move up thanks to high finishes in the US Laser Nationals. American's Leah HOEPFNER and Nicole BUECHLER now occupy second and third positions with ninth in the Nationals enough to catapult BUECHLER up from 16. In fourth Mexico's Tania ELIAS CALLES is having a good start to her Radial career after she finished third in the Nationals. She is the only sailor in the Radial top ten to be in the top ten of the final Rankings for the previous single-handed dinghy women equipment, the Europe.

Number one at the last Rankings' release, Miranda POWRIE (NZL), now lies fifth in front of team mates Jo ALEH (NZL) and Jane MACKY (NZL). The US Sailing Team at the Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship will once again feature, Paige RAILEY (USA). Number one in the first ever Radial Rankings' release, RAILEY is currently eighth in the Rankings after not having competed since her victory in the ISAF Grade 2 Princess Sofia Trophy.

After racing in Hyères, the Europeans are finally beginning to make a show in this new Olympic equipment. Spaniards, Alicia CEBRIAN and Fatima REYES are the first Europeans in the top ten after Lenka SMIDOVA (CZE) dropped out at the beginning of March.

Sophie DE TURCKHEIM (FRA) won in Hyères in her first ISAF Graded Radial event. She enters the Rankings at 32, two places below her team mate, Solene BRAIN (FRA), who finished second to DE TURCKHEIM in France but added to that victory in the Europa Cup.

Since the last Rankings' release of the 30 March another 37 sailors have joined the Radial Rankings with over twenty of them transferring from the Europe.

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Single-handed Dinghy Open - Finn

  • ISAF Grade 1 Events - Semaine Olympique Française, France
Second place in the Grand Final race
off in Hyères lifts MAIER into
the top ten
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Rafa TRUJILLO (ESP) keeps his place at the top of the Rankings with a top ten finish in Hyères. Olympic gold medallist, Ben AINSLIE (GBR) may not have raced in the Finn since Athens but he climbs two places to second as Karlo KURET (CRO) and Mateusz KUSZNIEREWICZ (POL) lose places due to the rolling two-year calculation of the Rankings . Fourth place in France is good enough to see Denmark's Jonas HOEGH-CHRISTENSEN climb back into the top five for the first time since May last year.

The winner of the 'Grand Final', trialled for the first time in Hyères, Emilios PAPATHANASIOU (GRE) remains stationary at number eight, now just four points behind Guillaume FLORENT (FRA). Second place behind PAPATHANASIOU in France is good enough to lift Michael MAIER (CZE) one place and into the top ten, whilst third place finisher, Ed WRIGHT (GBR) climbs 17 places to 61.

The top twenty of the Finn Rankings has a distinctly European look with just Brazil's Joao SIGNORINI at nine, Australia's Anthony NOSSITER at twelve and New Zealand's Dean BARKER at 19 otherwise getting a look in.

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Double-handed Dinghy Men - 470

  • ISAF Grade 1 Events - Semaine Olympique Française, France
  • ISAF Grade 2 Events - XXX International 470 Spring Cup, France
  • ISAF Grade 3 Events - Spring Championship, Hungary

Gabrio ZANDONA and Francesco DELLA TORRE (ITA) continue to dominate the rankings, although their margin ahead of the world's top sailors has narrowed to 57 points. Those closest to the Italians are Alvaro MARINHO and Miguel NUNES (POR) who rank as the world's number two team, but chasing hard only four rankings points behind the Portuguese, are Eugeniy BRASLAVETS and Igor MATVIYENKO (UKR).

With a win at the XXX International 470 Spring Cup and a third at Hyères, the Ukrainian pair have climbed up the rankings from ten to the world's number three slot.

Despite two top three finishes at the 470 Spring Cup and Hyères, brothers Benjamin BONNAUD and Romain BONNAUD (FRA) have only improved their world ranking by one place to 21 from 22. Only needing a handful of points to break into the world's top 20, they will no doubt be hoping to jump into the world's top five over the European season, a ranking environment in which they were very familiar just over year ago.

Gidi KLIGER and Gal EHUD (ISR) dominated at Hyères, and on this their fifth appearance at the event, will have been delighted to take the bullet, and convert their result into a five place move up the world rankings to number four. Hyères is the first event KLIGER and EHUD have contested since the Olympic Games, where they finished 15.

The world's top ten sees the same sailors, but in different positions, with the only new arrival in the top 20 being Lucas ZELLMER and Heiko SEELIG (GER), who move up to 19 from 21, as a direct result of their second place at the XXX International 470 Spring Cup. Their move up has displaced Philippe GILDAS and Nicolas LE BERRE (FRA) down to 22.

There are eight new entries into the 232 crews on the ISAF World Sailing Rankings.

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Double-handed Dinghy Women - 470

  • ISAF Grade 1 Events - Semaine Olympique Française, France
  • ISAF Grade 2 Events - XXX International 470 Spring Cup, France

Counting just two events, with both carrying weighty ranking points, and both contested by the world ranking leaders, it is no surprise to see Ingrid PETITJEAN and Nadege DOUROUX (FRA) remain at the top of the leaderboard. A sixth at the XXX International Spring Cup and first place at Semaine Olympique Française sees them safe at the top for another month at least.

Behind the French team, there is no change with Vlada ILIENKO and Natalia GAPONOVICH (RUS) ranked second. With a second place at Hyères, Nike KORNECKI and Vered BUSKILA (ISR) have converted a fourth place ranking to a third, a career best for this team.

Whilst the Israelis celebrate, Jenny ARMSTRONG and Belinda STOWELL (AUS) are the victims falling down from third to fourth.

Things get interesting behind the top three, with considerable shuffling of places. With a third at Hyères, Natalia VIA-DUFRESNE and Laia TUTZO (ESP) have jumped up one place into fifth, knocking down fellow 2004 Olympic medalists Therese TORGERSSON and Vendela ZACHRISSON (SWE) to sixth.

A new entry into the world's top ten for Katie MCDOWELL and Isabelle KINSOLVING (USA), another career best.

Sylvia VOGL and Carolina FLATSCHER (AUT) have performed strongly at both graded events, taking the title at the XXX International 470 Spring Cup and a fourth in Hyères, which have converted into a two place climb up the rankings to 16 from 18. A similar result for Katarzyna TYLINSKA and Zuzanna GLADYSZ (POL) who placed a second and sixth respectively to move up to 22 from 25.

Four new entries into the 470 fleet with Maria SAMPATI and Chiona MIRTO (GRE) and Lauren JEFFERIES and Rike ZIEGERLMAYER (AUS) who both competed at Hyères taking an entry ranking of 64 and 67 respectively.

Eagerly awaited at Hyères was the performance of Olympic gold medalist Siren SUNDBY (NOR) in the 470 fleet, since her conversion from the Europe. With crew Kariane MELLEBY, SUNDBY contested the ISAF Grade 2 Princess Sofia Trophy in Palma, but did not finish high enough to gain ranking points. An improvement in results in Hyères, with their best result a third in the opening race, sees the team make their debut world ranking appearance at 65.

Another conversion from the Europe Class are sisters Teja CERNE and Alja CERNE (SLO). Both sisters were sailing the Europe, with Teja representing her country at the Olympic Games, and still carrying a world ranking of 14. They sailed well at Hyères in their first outing to carry ranking points, placing 15 in the 27 boat fleet. However, with two Slovenian crews currently above them in the 470 fleet, they have a challenge ahead.

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Double-handed Dinghy Open - 49er

  • ISAF Grade 1 Events - Semaine Olympique Française, France
49er action in Hyères
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There is no change to the top two of the 49er rankings with Chris DRAPER and Simon HISCOCKS (GBR) remaining at number one ahead of Rodion LUKA and George LEONCHUK (UKR). Marcus BAUR and Max GROY (GER) return to the top three after finishing second in Hyères, whilst Chris NICHOLSON and Gary BOYD (AUS) slip down to number four and Pietro and Gianfranco SIBELLO (ITA) round out the top five. The Sibellos had a phenomenal start in Hyères, taking the bullet in the first four races but were unable to maintain their form and eventually finished eighth overall.

Jan-Peter and Hannes PECKOLT (GER) topped the podium and subsequently collected enough ranking points to boost them back into the top 20 to number 18. Nico DELLE-KARTH and Niko RESCH (AUT) join the top ten for the first time at number six after finishing fourth in Hyères and are the highest climbers in the top 20.

40 boats competed in Hyères in the 49er fleet and there are now two new teams joining the 49er rankings. Thomas STANCZYK (POL) has made the switch from the 470 and teamed up with Pawel KUZMICKI in the 49er. Mixed results in Hyères, where they finished 21 overall, sees them entering the rankings at number 106. The second new entry comes at 107 and that is Serge DE PRIE and Ferdinand VAN WEST (NED) who also had mixed results in Hyères including three DNFs, a bullet and three seconds.

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Multihull Open - Tornado

  • ISAF Grade 1 Events - Semaine Olympique Française, France

Olympic gold medallist Roman HAGARA and Hans-Peter STEINACHER (AUT) have reclaimed their spot at the top of the ISAF Sailing Rankings. The Austrian due only just managed to overhaul their American rivals, John LOVELL and Charlie OGLETREE after a finish of 18 in Hyères. Also moving up is Spanish duo Fernando ECHAVARRI and Anton PAZ after they secured a top ten finish in France.

The top of the Tornado Rankings now looks incredibly tight with just 90 points separating the top five sailors. A higher finish in Hyères could well have seen Mitch BOOTH and his son Taylor (NED) claim the top spot, but by ending up the week in France in 23 they drop a place to fourth. Rounding out the top five is 2004 Tornado World Champions and 2004 Olympic bronze medallists, Santiago LANGE and Carlos ESPINOLA (ARG).

Victory in Hyères has not had a massive effect on the position of Xavier REVIL and Christophe ESPAGNON. They climb just two places to 16. Runners up in France, Rob WILSON and Mark BULKELEY (GBR) fair a little better, rising five places to number 30. It seems the biggest beneficiaries from Hyères are Oskar JOHANSSON and Kevin STITTLE (CAN) and Roland GAEBLER and Gunnar STRUCKMANN (GER).

Fourth place in the final race in France saw JOHANSSON and STITTLE finish eleventh overall, lifting them into the top ten of the Rankings at number ten. Whilst GAEBLER and STRUCKMANN have moved up to number six, their highest ranking in the last two years, after their sixth place finish in France.

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  • The initial ISAF World Sailing Rankings for the Multihull Open published on 4 May 2005 did not include Roland GAEBLER and Gunnar STRUCKMANN's (GER) sixth place finish in the ISAF Grade 1 Semaine Olympique Française, and consequently placed them at number eleven in the Rankings. With the Rankings' points now amended to reflect their sixth place in France, GAEBLER and STRUCKMANN's ISAF World Sailing Ranking has been amended to number six.

Keelboat Women - Yngling

  • ISAF Grade 1 Events - Semaine Olympique Française, France

The first ISAF Grade 1 event to be held in Europe in 2005 has had quite an impact on the Yngling rankings with plenty of action and changes of position. Old timers faced up against new crew combinations in the Hyères and with Olympians galore, this was a high class fleet. Kristin WAGNER (GER) with Anna HOELL and new crew member Angela STENGER, retains her position at the top of the rankings despite finishing ninth in Hyères and Dorte JENSEN, Helle JESPERSEN and Christina OTZEN (DEN) hold on to second.

A fifth place in Hyères has boosted Anne LEHELLEY, Marion DEPLANQUE and Catherine LEPESANT (FRA) up to number three at the expense of Olympic gold medallists Shirley ROBERTSON and crew Sarah WEBB and Sarah AYTON (GBR) who slip down to number five. ROBERTSON is taking a break from the Yngling, but her crew have taken up the challenge with Ayton at the helm. A second place in Hyères, sailing with Annie LUSH and Lisa MACDONALD (GBR) was an excellent result at their first ISAF Grade 1 event and their climb up the rankings begins with a rise of three places to number 37 after completing two events.

Triple Olympic medallist Ruslana TARAN and her crew of Anna KALININA and Sveltana MATEVUSHEVA (UKR) move up into the top ten for the first time to number nine following a sixth place in Hyères where they only once finished outside the top ten. The top podium place in Hyères went to the 2004 ISAF Women's Match Racing World Champions Sally BARKOW, Carrie HOWE and Debbi CAPOZZI (USA) who went into the final day tied with the Brits but pulled off a bullet and a sixth to win the event and move four places up the rankings to number twelve.

There is just one new team joining the Yngling rankings and that is the Russian trio of Vlada ILIENKO, Natalia GAPONOVICH and Ekaterina KOVALENKO. Ilienko and Gaponovich have been in the top three of the women's 470 rankings since October 2003 and could be an exciting team to watch in the Yngling. Finishing seventh in Hyères, the team join the Yngling rankings at number 39.

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Keelboat Men - Star

  • ISAF Grade C1 Events - Star Western Hemisphere Championship, Bahamas
CAYARD swept to victory in the
Bahamas
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The results of the Star Western Hemisphere Championship have caused numerous movements within the Star rankings although the top three remain firm. Fredrik LÖÖF and Anders EKSTRÖM (SWE) stay in the number one slot ahead of Iain PERCY and Steve MITCHELL (GBR) and 2005 World Champions and 2004 Olympic bronze medallists, Xavier ROHART and Pascal RAMBEAU (FRA) in third.

Victory went to Paul CAYARD with crew Brian SHARP (USA) and sees them rising six places up the rankings to number nine. Also making a move of six places is George SZABO and Eric MONROE (USA) who finished ninth in the Bahamas and move up to number 14. Returning to the top 20 are Philippe PRESTI and Jean Philippe SALIOU (FRA) who rise up to 18 from 24.

Recently selected to the Irish Sailing Association team for the 2008 Olympic Sailing Competition, Maurice O'CONNELL and Ed PEEL were one of the few non-American teams who made the trip to the Bahamas and a creditable 15 helps them climb 24 places up the rankings to number 50. Another big move is the 35 place leap of Howard SHIEBLER and Hal HAENEL (USA). Now counting the results from five events following their eight place in the Bahamas the team have climbed to number 53. It comes as no surprise that the biggest movers and shakers are the USA sailors who competed in Bahamas.

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Windsurfer Men - Mistral

  • ISAF Grade 1 Events - Semaine Olympique Française, France
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A fifth in Hyères means
OBEREMKO holds on to his
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With just one event to count, Maxim OBEREMKO (UKR) continues his assault at the front of the pack, holding the number one sport for the fourth consecutive rankings release. OBEREMKO's fifth place at Semaine Olympique Francaise in Hyeres, France was enough to hold his points margin over Julien BONTEMPS (FRA), especially with BONTEMPS not racing at Hyeres.

Hyeres was won by Ivan PASTOR LAFUENTE (ESP), who just claimed first place one point ahead of Piotr MYSZKA (POL), and as a result LAFUENTE shifts two places up the World Rankings to sit at number five, marking the highest position he has yet achieved on the World Rankings.

The jump for MYSZKA is greater, moving up four places from 19 to 15.

Quentin HENRY (FRA) claimed an exceptional third place at Hyeres, not bad considering he placed 16 in 2004. This result not only moves HENRY 20 places up the rankings to sit at 61, but also marks his best ever finish in not only an ISAF Grade 1 event, but any Graded event in which he has competed.

Hong Kong's Ho CHI HO made a return to Hyeres after a two year absence, and his sixth place has propelled him into the world's top 10, his highest ever ranking.

Taking a significant move down is Ricardo SANTOS (BRA) who so narrowly missed out on a medal at the 2004 Olympic Games, and drops from 6 down to 13, with no events to his name since Athens.

Overall it is not the sailors who have changed in the world's top 20, just their positions.

With the French dominant in Hyeres, it is not surprising to see the French dominating the rise in ranking positions, with the most significant mover Olivier GUIDE (FRA) moving up 21 places to sit at 34.

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Windsurfer Women - Mistral

  • ISAF Grade 1 Events - Semaine Olympique Française, France

As per the men's fleet, the women are only counting Semaine Olympique Française to this issue of the rankings, which was won by Antonia FREY (GRE) to provide her with her first career move into the world's top 10 tussle.

Whilst Olga MASLIVETS dominated the bullets in Hyères, claiming wins in the first five races, she was unable to hold her consistency in the final three races placing double figures, to see her finish third overall. Despite this, Olga will be delighted with her performance, which sees her claim the number two position in the world, up one place from number three, knocking Alessandra SENSINI (ITA) down.

With no events to count since the 2004 Olympic Games, it is no surprise to see Alessandra slipping down to sit in fifth overall. However, Alessandra has little to prove in Hyères, having won the event every time she has raced!

Moving into third place on the rankings is Natasha STURGES (GBR), who since representing Great Britain in Athens is another sailor who has not competed. However, the rolling nature of the rankings means that whilst the results of sailors who were ranked higher than Natasha no longer count, Natasha's remain on her ranking and hence her move up.

Finishing second in Hyères was 2000 Olympic bronze medalist Amelie LUX (GER), who claimed her second place overall on countback over Olga. As a result Amelie moves up one slot in the rankings to sit in sixth overall.

China fielded a strong team in Hyères, focusing on their mission for Beijing 2008, with their three sailors finishing in the top twenty, two of them in the top 10. Jian YIN (CHN) placed fifth, closely chased by Mingli DUAN in second. Whilst Jian's result maintained her seventeenth position on the rankings, Mingli's performance has provided her debut on the world rankings, which she enters at number 72.

Overall three new sailors enters the world's top 20, with Irina KONSTANTINOVA (BUL) in 16 from 21, Wai Kei CHAN (HKG) up to 18 from 26, and Anna GALECKA (POL) up to 20 from 23.

Joining Mingli DUAN (CHN) in making her debut entry on the ISAF World Sailing Rankings is Laura LINARES (ITA) who enters at 75 after finishing 19 at Hyères.

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The following ISAF Graded Events (ISAF Grade indicated in brackets) were not included in the Rankings for the stated equipment, for the reasons given below.

  • Emirates Open Regatta, UAE - Laser Radial (3). Not enough entrants
  • Spring Championship, Hungary - 49er (3); Finn (3). Not eligible to enter
  • Spring Championship, Hungary - Laser Radial (3); Star (3); 470 women (3). Not enough entrants
  • Trofeo Accademia Navale e Citta di Livorno, Italy - 470 men (3); 470 women (3); Laser Radial (3); Laser (3). Not eligible to enter
  • Torneo de Otoño, Argentina - 470 women (3); 470 men (3). Not enough entrants
  • Torneo de Otoño, Argentina - Laser Radial (3); Laser (3). Not eligible to enter
  • International Spring Cup, Croatia - Laser Radial (3); Laser (3); 470 women (3); 470 men (3). Could not obtain results
  • Semaine Olympique Française, France - Star (1). No racing
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