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25 July 2007, 12:00 pm
Rankings Released 25 July 2007
SPITHILL celebrates three in a row
SPITHILL celebrates three in a row

ISAF World Match Race Rankings

Claire LEROY (FRA) and Ian WILLIAMS (GBR) both continue to reign at the top of the ISAF World Match Race Rankings. With the ISAF Women's Match Racing World Championship fast approaching, LEROY will be working hard to keep her from and claim that elusive title. WILLIAMS will also face some more challenges in the coming months as match racers return to the Graded circuit following the conclusion of the 32nd America's Cup.

How The Rankings Work

The ISAF World Match Race Rankings rate skippers based on their performances over the last two years. Skippers score points by competing in ISAF Graded events. Each skipper can count a maximum of four events in each of the two most recent years, which are calculated over a rolling 24 months. The most points are up for grabs at World Championship events, followed by ISAF Grade 1 events, Grade 2 etc.

The tables show the new ISAF Grade WC and ISAF Grade 1-3 events included in this Ranking release.

The next Rankings release will be on 22 August 2007 following on from the ISAF Grade WC St Moritz Match Race. This will be the sixth release of the ISAF World Match Race Rankings in 2007.

ISAF World Match Race Rankings - Open

ISAF Grade Nation Event
Grade WC GER Match Race Sweden
Grade 1 ITA Roberto Trombini
Challenge Trophy
Grade 2 SLO Slovenia Match Race
Cup
POL EUROSAF European
Championship
Grade 3 ITA 4th Trofeo Match
Race G Marconi
RUS Seven Feet Cup

The top four of the Open Rankings remain the same this month so Ian WILLIAMS (GBR) continues his reign at the # 1 position, holding off the on form Mathieu RICHARD (FRA) for another day. At # 3 and # 4 respectively are Paolo CIAN (ITA) and Sebastien COL (FRA).

The ISAF Grade WC Match Race Sweden (GKSS Match Cup) was won on a stormy final day by Bjorn HANSEN (SWE) and he finishes off the top five after climbing four places from # 9. Second place went to HOLMBERG whilst Jesper RADICH (DEN) is the biggest gainer, finishing in third place and climbs 50 places back into the top 50 at # 38.

With the America's Cup over, the open rankings can expect to see the return of some of the big names as they come back to the Graded event circuit. James SPITHILL (AUS) is one such skipper and earlier this month he won his third consecutive ISAF Grade 1 Roberto Trombini Challenge Trophy in Ravenna, Italy, defeating Paolo CIAN (ITA) 3-0 in the final. This victory for SPITHILL sees him climb 11 places back up the rankings to # 10 and also sees him take home the Trophy himself which is only awarded to a skipper who wins the event three times.

Winners of the two ISAF Grade 2 events in Slovenia and Poland were Peter WIBROE (DEN) and Ian AINSLIE (RSA). WIBROE uses the points gained to climb five places up to # 12 whilst AINSLIE uses his to climb three places to # 13. Solid results at these two events pay dividends for Pierre Antoine MORVAN (FRA) as well, and after his win at the ISAF Grade 2 Blurimini in May not affecting his position, he takes the points from his second place in Poland to make his debut in the top ten at # 9.

Making his debut into the top 20 is Mads EBLER (DEN) who climbs five places to # 19 after

Further down the Rankings, Phillippe PRESTI (FRA) begins his climb back to the upper ranks and his fouth place in Ravenna sees him climb 33 places to # 59 whilst Gavin BRADY (NZL), helmsman for BMW Oracle Racing climbs from # 102 to # 65 after finishing fifth in Sweden - his appearance at the ISAF Grade WC Troia Portugal Match Cup this week marks him down as one to watch for the next ranking release on 22 August.

ISAF World Match Race Rankings - Open

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ISAF World Match Race Rankings - Women

ISAF Grade Nation Event
Grade 1 POR Portugal Women's
Match Cup
Grade 2 USA Mayor's Cup

Claire LEROY (FRA) makes it 22 consecutive releases at the # 1 position and event manages to extend her points lead over world # 2 Lotte MELDGAARD PEDERSEN (DEN). Her third place finish at the recent Portugal Women's Cup adds to her string of podium finishes and keeps her as a firm favourite to win the World title on her home waters in France next month. Silke HAHLBROCK (GER) and Klaartje ZUIDERBAAN (NED) swap places at # 3 and # 4 respectively.

Triumphant in Portugal was Jenny AXHEDE (SWE) and she uses these points to climb three places up to # 5, her highest position for nearly two years. Runner up to AXHEDE in Portugal, defeated 3-1, was Sally BARKOW (USA), fresh from her silver medal at the ISAF Sailing World Championships just across the water in Cascais. BARKOW consequently moves up five places back into the top ten at # 8.

Liz BAYLIS (USA) and Sandy HAYES (USA) are the other gainer in the top 20. BAYLIS put in an emphatic performance in California at the Mayor's Cup and picks up a further three places on the rankings up to # 13, whilst HAYES makes a gain of five places after finishing in second place.

The next event for the women's match racing circuit is the ISAF Grade 1 Lysekil Women's Match Race in Sweden and then it's the big one - the ISAF Women's Match Racing World Championships in St Quay Portrieux, France which gets underway on 6 August. The line up was announced back in March and the top six skippers from this ranking release will all be present, battling it out for this coveted title. Follow the latest from St Quay on the ISAF website and via the event website at the link below.

ISAF World Match Race Rankings - Women

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The next Rankings release will be on 22 August 2007 following on from the ISAF Grade WC St Moritz Match Race.

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