The Official
Website of the
International
Sailing Federation

www.sailing.org
7 February 2007, 12:00 pm
Rankings Released 7 February 2007
Mathew BELCHER and Nick BEHRENS
Mathew BELCHER and Nick BEHRENS (AUS) rise to the top in a great Rankings for the Aussies

ISAF World Sailing Rankings

Changes abound as six new crews hit the top spots in the latest release of the ISAF World Sailing Rankings on 7 February. Unmoved despite the reshuffle are the Brits, who retain all three of Ranking leaders and are still the top performing nation, but they now have Australia and Germany right behind them.
It is no surprise to see Great Britain hold onto their place as the top nation in the Rankings, after the GBR team completed one of their most successful years ever on the Olympic Classes circuit in 2006 and then began 2007 with five medals at the ISAF Grade 1 Rolex Miami OCR in the USA. Even though there have been major changes in virtually every class, Paul GOODISON (GBR), Christina BASSADONE and Saskia CLARK (GBR) and Nick DEMPSEY (GBR) all managed to maintain their world #1 status in the Laser, Womens 470 and Men's RS:X Rankings. In fact now GOODISON and BASSADONE and CLARK now jointly hold the honour of being the longest leaders on the Rankings, having held pole position since 31 May 2006.

It is not all success for the Brits though as they loose two of their top 3 spots. Both DEMPSEY and GOODISON are also now holding very slender leads as their spectacular form from the early part of 2006 begins to fade away.

Australian And Germany Shine

Behind the Brits, it is a terrific Ranking release for both Australia and Germany. Neither nation had one Ranking leader throughout the entirety of 2006, but now each have two. Darren BUNDOCK and Glenn ASHBY (AUS) predictably take the Tornado top spot after building on a sensational year in the multihull with a win in Miami. More of a surprise are new leaders Mathew BELCHER and Nick BEHRENS (AUS) in the Mens 470, Jan-Peter PECKOLT and Hannes PECKOLT (GER) in the 49er and Ulrike SCHUEMANN, Ute HOEPTNER and Julia BECK (GER) in the Yngling. These three crews gain the top spot after two years of finishing amongst or just outside the medals in their class toughest fleets.

No ALT tag specified

The other new Ranking leaders come from Spain and Belgium. Twenty-one year old Marina ALABAU (ESP) is back as the world #1 in the Womens RS:X after recovering from Medal Race heartbreak at the Worlds last year to secure the OCR title with a bullet in Miami. Another 21 year old hits the summit in the Laser Radial, with European Champion Evi VAN ACKER (BEL) gaining the world #1 spot for the first time.

Coming Up

Next up for the Olympic Classes is the ISAF Grade 1 Singapore Airlines Sail Auckland, which begins in New Zealand this Friday 9 February. The windsurfing line up looks particularly strong, highlighted by long-time Olympic rivals Alessandra SENSINI (ITA) and Barbara KENDALL (NZL) facing off in the RS:X. The Laser and Laser Radial fleets are also packed with talent and will give the Kiwis a chance to catch up with their Australian rivals in the Rankings.

With lots of chopping and changing in the Laser and Laser Radial Rankings, the ISAF Grade 1 Laser Midwinters East is also set stir up plenty of interest towards the end of February.

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 7 March 2007, following the ISAF Grade 2 Athens Eurolymp Week.

1. Men's Windsurfer - RS:X

ISAF Grade Nation Event
Grade C1 USA RS:X North Americans
Grade 1 AUS Sail Melbourne
USA Rolex Miami OCR
Grade 3 ESP New Year's Race
CYP New Year International
Regatta
No ALT tag specified
Przeymslaw MIARCZYNSKI
was the form sailor in Miami
Dan Nerney/Rolex

Nick DEMPSEY (GBR) completes his third Ranking released in the Mens RS:X world #1 spot, whilst there is plenty of movement in the remaining top 10. Behind the British Athens bronze medallist, Nicolas LE GAL (FRA) moves up to 2 after strong finishes at the ISAF Grade C1 RS:X North Americans and ISAF Grade 1 Rolex Miami OCR. Top five finishes in both Miami competitions give former #1 Ivan PASTOR (ESP) a boost up to 3 from 6.

The form sailors of the past month has been Przemyslaw MIARCZYNSKI (POL). After winning the bronze medal at the RS:X Worlds last year, the 27 year old Pole won both the North Americans and Miami OCR by a considerable margin to mark himself out as an early challenger for DEMPSEYs world #1 spot. Another name to look out for is Athens gold medallist Gal FRIDMAN (ISR), who won the ISAF Grade 3 New Year International Regatta before going on to finish tenth at the Miami OCR. Still on counting six of a possible seven events, FRIDMAN moves up from 42 to 28.

Just behind FRIDMAN, Makoto TOMIZAWA (JPN) is also on the rise, gaining five places to 35 after winning the ISAF Grade 1 Sail Melbourne. Young Dutch windsurfer Dorian VAN RIJSSELBERGE (NED) also makes impressive gains, moving up from 89 to 42 after the 18 year old came in fifth at the North Americans and 12th at the Miami OCR.

Men's Windsurfer ISAF World Sailing Rankings

No ALT tag specified

2. Women's Windsurfer - RS:X

ISAF Grade Nation Event
Grade C1 USA RS:X North Americans
Grade 1 USA Rolex Miami OCR
Grade 2 AUS Sail Melbourne
Grade 3 ESP New Year's Race
CYP New Year International
Regatta
No ALT tag specified
World #1 Marina ALABAU
Dan Nerney/Rolex

Marina ALABAU (ESP) is back in the world #1 spot after a Medal Race bullet won her the title at the ISAF Grade 1 Rolex Miami OCR. The 21 year old Spanish star enjoyed a fantastic couple of weeks in Miami, taking the silver medal at the ISAF Grade C1 RS:X North Americans before picking up the Miami OCR crown a week later. With previous leader Olga MASLIVETS (UKR) in New Zealand preparing for Sail Auckland, ALABAU, who came within a whisker of winning the inaugural World Championship title last year, leaps up into the top spot.

Behind her Miami runner up Bryony SHAW (GBR) moves up two places to second, whilst Lisa VIDAL (FRA) climbs up from 10 to 3. A new look world top 5 is completed by Marta HLAVATY (POL) and Romy KINZL (GER).

Along with HLAVATY, there is a strong Polish push, with four-time ISAF Youth World Champion Zofia KLEPACKA (POL) gaining eight places to 9 after winning the North Americans, whilst Anna GALECKA (POL) and Malgorzata BIALECKA (POL) are both new entries into the top 20, at 11 and 12 respectively.

Competing against MASLIVETS at Sail Auckland will be World Champion and triple Olympic medallists Alessandra SENSINI (ITA). The Italy windsurfing legend has been on top form so far down under, winning the ISAF Grade 2 Sail Melbourne and the New Zealand nationals. Still with just two events counting in her Ranking points total, she lies at 48.

Women's Windsurfer ISAF World Sailing Rankings

No ALT tag specified

3. Men's One Person Dinghy - Laser

ISAF Grade Nation Event
Grade 1 AUS Sydney International
Regatta
AUS Laser Australians
AUS Sail Melbourne
USA Rolex Miami OCR
Grade 3 ESP Christmas Race
CRO Laser Europa Cup
DOM Caribbean Laser Midwinter
No ALT tag specified
Tom SLINGSBY hits a
career-best world #2 spot
Dan Nerney/Rolex

Paul GOODISON (GBR) holds on to the top spot in the Laser Rankings, but behind him Tom SLINGSBY (AUS) closes the gap on the leader as he moves up to a career-best world #2 Ranking. The 22 year old Australian ended 2006 with his fourth ISAF Grade 1 victory of the season at the Sydney International Regatta and second place at the ISAF Grade 1 Laser Australians, before gaining second again at the ISAF Grade 1 Rolex Miami OCR. GOODISON was less active, racing to a solid fifth place in Miami, and consequently the gap between the top two has narrowed to just 66 points.

SLINGSBYs run of form has been mirrored by his fellow Australian and reigning World Champion Michael BLACKBURN (AUS). The 36 year old beat SLINGSBY to gold at the Laser Australians and then came in third at Miami to make a massive climb up the World Rankings from 45 to 8. Gustavo LIMA (POR) lies just ahead of BLACKBURN having gained to places to 6 after victory in Miami, amazingly his first victory in an ISAF Grade 1 event since winning the ISAF Worlds in 2003.

Another Australian, Ashley BRUNNING is the highest new entry into the top 100, moving up from 119 to 75 after top 10 finishes at the ISAF Grade 1 Sail Melbourne and Laser Australians. Melbourne winner Kristian RUTH (NOR) shoots up, gaining over 100 places as he moves from 205 to 94.

Men's One Person Dinghy ISAF World Sailing Rankings

No ALT tag specified

4. Women's One Person Dinghy - Laser Radial

ISAF Grade Nation Event
Grade C1 USA Laser Radial North
Americans
Grade 1 AUS Sydney International
Regatta
AUS Laser Radial Australians
USA Rolex Miami OCR
Grade 3 ESP Christmas Race
CRO Laser Europa Cup
No ALT tag specified
New world #1 Evi VAN ACKER
Evi Van Acker

European Champion Evi VAN ACKER (BEL) hits the world #1 spot for the first time after a major reshuffle at the top of Laser Radial Rankings. Behind the Belgium, 2006 ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Paige RAILEY (USA) drops out of the world top 10 for the first time ever following on from her triple yellow flag infringement at the ISAF Grade 1 Rolex Miami OCR.

VAN ACKER hits the top spot following on from a bronze medal performance in Miami and a superb 2006, where she never once finished outside the top six in the eight ISAF Graded events she entered, four of which ended in victory for the 21 year old. Mexicos Tania ELIAS CALLES hits a career best Ranking of 2 following sixth places in Miami and at Fort Lauderdale a week later in the ISAF Grade C1 Laser Radial North Americans.

Former world #1 Anna TUNNICLIFFE (USA) drops two places to 3, whilst two new entries both posting career-best Rankings make complete a new-look top 5. Katarlyna SZOTYNSKA (POL) won the Worlds three times before the Laser Radial became Olympic equipment and is also a former ISAF Youth Worlds Champion in the class. After an inconsistent 2005, she stepped up a gear last year and a fourth at the North Americans moves her up into the world #4 slot.

After finishing in fourth place in the Europe at the Athens Olympic Games, Sarah BLANCK (AUS) has made the switch to the Radial, in which she faces a tough battle for Beijing with Krystal WEIR (AUS). The two traded blows over the summer season down under, with BLANCK winning the ISAF Grade 1 Sydney International Regatta, but the ISAF Grade 1 Laser Australians going to WEIR. BLANCKs trip to Miami proved the crucial difference, with her 11th place giving her sufficient Ranking points to climb from 11 to 5, whilst WEIR drops from 3 to 7.

Another former Europe star on the move up, climbing from 19 to 11, is Sari MULTALA (FIN), whose dominant win in Miami and second place at the North Americans is an ominous sign for the rest of the Radial fleet.

Women's One Person Dinghy ISAF World Sailing Rankings

No ALT tag specified

5. Men's Two Person Dinghy - 470

ISAF Grade Nation Event
Grade C1 USA 470 North Americans
Grade 1 USA Rolex Miami OCR
Grade 3 ESP Christmas Race
No ALT tag specified

New world #1s Mathew
BELCHER and Nick BEHRENS
Dan Nerney/Rolex

There is plenty of action in the men's 470 fleet with numerous position changes, including a new #1 team of Mathew BELCHER and Nick BEHRENS (AUS). Podium positions at both events in Miami shift the newly crowned Australian champions to the coveted top spot replacing Gabrio ZANDON and Andrea TRANI (ITA) who slide down the rankings to #4 after not making the medal race at ISAF Grade 1 Rolex Miami OCR and not competing at the ISAF Grade C1 70 North Americans.

Moving up seven places to the # 3 position are Nathan WILMOT and Malcolm PAGE (AUS) as the battle for the Australian slot in 2008 heats up even more. Multiple world champions WILMOT and PAGE claimed the silver medal at the North Americans and fifth at the OCR and rest 102 points behind their team mates at the top spot.

A return to the circuit for 2004 Olympic silver medallists Nick ROGERS and Joe GLANFIELD (GBR) began well with a fifth at the North Americans before the duo clinched the gold medal at the OCR and subsequently move up 29 places to # 14. Two other teams also return to the top 20, and they are Onam BARREIROS and Aaron SARMIENTO (ESP) who move up 15 places to # 12 and Stephen and Philip KEEN (NZL) who make their top 20 debut at number 17.

The only other event to count for this ranking release was the Christmas Race which took place in Palamos, Spain. The points gained from this ISAF Grade 3 event were not enough for any of the top five to count and winners Luke PATIENCE and Chris GRUBE (GBR) hold their position at #35.

Men's Two Person Dinghy ISAF World Sailing Rankings

No ALT tag specified

6. Women's Two Person Dinghy - 470

ISAF Grade Nation Event
Grade C1 USA 470 North Americans
Grade 1 USA Rolex Miami OCR
Grade 3 ESP Christmas Race
No ALT tag specified

Marcelien DE KONING
and Lobke BERKHOUT pile
the pressure on the 470
leaders
Walter Cooper/Rolex

It's very tight at the top of the Women's 470 rankings and whilst current world champions and gold medallists from Miami, Marcelien DE KONING and Lobke BERKHOUT (NED) may be hopeful of claiming the # 1 position they are going to have to wait just a little longer. Christina BASSADONE and Saskia CLARK (GBR) continue their now eight month reign at the top spot after claiming the North American title. There are now just 110 points separating these two teams and althugh DE KONING and BERKHOUT are posting more first place finishes, the consistency of BASSADONE and CLARK is holding them firm at the top.

Climbing back up a place are Ingid PETITJEAN and Nadege DOUROUX (FRA) after they claimed the silver medals at the North Americans and Rolex Miami OCR. Just 23 points behind them are Sylvia VOGL and Carolina FLATSCHER (AUT) whilst Lenka SMIDOVA (CZE) stays at #5. There are other minor shifts in the top 20 and just one new team joining this group. Erin MAXWELL and Isabelle KINSOLVING (USA) march up seven places to # 17. Seventh places finishes at both events counting toward this release mean MAXWELL and KINSOLVING now count their maximum of seven regatta results from a previous five.

An even bigger gain is made by 2004 Olympic bronze medallist in the Europe, Signe LIVBJERG who has teamed up with Rie CHRISTIANSEN (DEN) to campaign the 470. LIVBJERG and CHRISTIANSEN posted two ninth place finishes at both Miami events and bring their total events up to four and their ranking position up from 63 to 39.

The ISAF Grade 3 Christmas Race did not carry enough weight for gold medallists Giula CONTI and Giovanna MICOL (ITA) to add the points to their total but two sixth place finishes in Miami helps them to a career best in the 470 just outside the top 10 at #11.

Women's Two Person Dinghy ISAF World Sailing Rankings

No ALT tag specified

7. Skiff - 49er

ISAF Grade Nation Event
Grade C1 USA 49er North Americans
Grade 1 USA Rolex Miami OCR
Grade 3 ESP Christmas Race

Morgan LARSON and Pete
SPAULDING surge up the
49er Rankings
Dan Nerney/Rolex

Jan-Peter PECKOLT and Hannes PECKOLT (GER) give Germany their first top spot in the Rankings for over as year as they move up to become the world #1 crew in the 49er. The German brothers consistency has taken them to the world summit and was typified by recent sixth and third places at the ISAF Grade 1 Rolex Miami OCR and ISAF Grade C1 49er North Americans respectively.

Former leaders Pietro SIBELLO and Gianfranco SIBELLO (ITA) fall back one place to second, whilst Marcus BAUR Hannes BAUMANN (GER) climb three to give Germany two crews in the world top 3.

After a fantastic couple weeks in Miami, it is no surprise to see Morgan LARSON and Pete SPAULDING (USA) rocket up the Rankings from 29 to 10. Wins in both the Miami OCR and North Americans means the pair are now the top Ranked of the seven USA teams on the 49er Rankings.

A young team to watch for the future are Nathan OUTTERIDGE and Ben AUSTIN (AUS). 21 year old triple ISAF Youth Worlds gold medallist (in the 420 and 29er) OUTTERIDGE teamed up with AUSTIN last year and the pair have been making fast strides ever since. A 16th at the OCR followed by a tenth in Miami helps them climb up five places to enter the world top 20 for the first time.

Skiff ISAF World Sailing Rankings

No ALT tag specified

8. Heavyweight Dinghy - Finn

ISAF Grade Nation Event
Grade 1 USA Rolex Miami OCR
USA Finn Midwinters
Grade 3 USA Coaches Regatta
No ALT tag specified
Jonas HOEGH-CHRISTENSEN
dominated the Finn Midwinters
Dan Nerney/Rolex

Jonas HOEGH-CHRISTENSEN (DEN) makes it five in a row at the top of the Finn Rankings, with the Danish World Champion having held the world #1 spot since June last year. Although he missed up on gold in the Medal Race at the ISAF Grade 1 Rolex Miami OCR, he dominated the fleet at the ISAF Grade 1 Finn Midwinters to extent his Ranking points lead to 239.

A fifth place in Miami helps move Dan SLATER (NZL) up into the world #2 spot as Ed WRIGHT (GBR) drops a place to third. Per MOBERG (NOR) hits a career-best world #5 spot after his win in Miami. Pieter-Jan POSTMA (NED) also moves up to his best ever Ranking of 8, after finishing sixth in Miami and then second at the Midwinters in Fort Lauderdale.

With a lot of the class established stars off competing for Americas Cup teams, the past year has given ample opportunity for the new faces to make a name for themselves. Of the world top 10, five are currently on their first Olympic campaign in the Finn and it looks as if this trend is set to continue, with another six skippers joining the Rankings on this release.

Heavyweight Dinghy ISAF World Sailing Rankings

No ALT tag specified

9. Multihull - Tornado

ISAF Grade Nation Event
Grade C1 USA Tornado North Americans
Grade 1 USA Rolex Miami OCR
No ALT tag specified
World Champs and world #1s
Darren BUNDOCK and Glenn
ASHBY
Dan Nerney/Rolex

Darren BUNDOCK and Glenn ASHBY (AUS) add the world #1 spot to their World title as their recent success in Miami puts them top in the Tornado World Rankings. Multiple Tornado World Champ BUNDOCK and multiple A-Catamaran World Champ ASHBY teamed up to officially launch their Olympic campaign last year and have barely had an opportunity to lock their trophy cabinet since. Wins in Palma and Kiel were complemented by victory at the ISAF World Sailing Games in the Hobie Tiger, and then came the big one, as the Australians swept to victory at the Worlds in Argentina.

Through 2006 the pair also established a reputation for excelling in the Medal Race, one which they were to reinforce with a gold medal winning second in the decider at the ISAF Grade 1 Rolex Miami OCR. The pair completed a great display in Miami by taking second place at the ISAF Grade C1 Tornado North Americans, despite being sunk in race 3 after they were hit by another boat.

Behind the Aussie leaders, Fernando ECHAVARRI and Anton PAZ (ESP) remain in the world #2 spot, with Johannes POLGAR and Florian SPATZEHOLZ (GER) moving up to 3. North American winners Roman HAGARA and Hans-Peter STEINACHER (AUT) gain 11 places, moving up from 18 to 7.

Multihull ISAF World Sailing Rankings

No ALT tag specified

10. Women's Keelboat - Yngling

ISAF Grade Nation Event
Grade C1 USA Yngling North Americans
Grade 1 USA Rolex Miami OCR
No ALT tag specified
The Yngling Medal Race gets
away in Miami
Dan Nerney/Rolex

With the ISAF Grade C1 Yngling North Americans and ISAF Grade 1 Rolex Miami OCR counting points to this ranking release, its all change at the top of the Yngling Rankings. Long time leaders Monica AZON, Sandra AZON and Graciela PISONERO (ESP) did not make the trip to Miami and suffer badly by falling from the top spot to # 8. Taking over the reins are Ulrike SCHUEMANN, Ute HOEPTNER and Julia BECK, the second of two German teams rising to the top. Their six place climb to the # 1 position is a testament to their consistent performances over the last two years, most recently fifth at the OCR and eighth at the North Americans.

Moving up to # 2 are Vlada ILIENKO, Nina SHTROMERGER and Ekaterina KOVALENKO who have fellow Russians Anna BASALKINA, Ekaterina MAXIMOVA and Vlada UKRAINSTSERA hot on their heels just five points behind at number #3. Losing out the # 2 spot are the new North American Champions Sarah AYTON, Sarah WEBB and Pippa WILSON (GBR) and they slip to # 4 but not by much: only 14 points separate these two teams.

Defending their title at the Rolex Miami OCR were Sally BARKOW, Carrie HOWE and Debbie CAPOZZIE (USA) but their gold medal success after an exciting Medal Race is not enough to change their ranking position of six.

With their eye on the 2007 Worlds in Portugal this summer and Beijing next year, Norwegian Yngling crew, Lise Birgitte FREDRIKSEN and Alexandra KOEFOED are trying out for a new helm and this brings a partcuarly notable new entry to the Yngling rankings. 2004 Olympic gold medallist in the Europe, Siren SUNDBY (NOR) has been focussing on her studies since Athens but a 14 place finish at the OCR and seventh place at the North Americans sees SUNDBY enter the Yngling rankings at number 39 and will be one to watch in the build up to the Worlds.

Women's Keelboat ISAF World Sailing Rankings

No ALT tag specified

11. Men's Keelboat - Star

ISAF Grade Nation Event
Grade 1 USA Rolex Miami OCR
Fredrik LOOF and Anders
EKSTROM are back in the
world top 5
Dan Nerney/Rolex

Robert SCHEIDT and Bruno PRADA (BRA) remain top of the pile in the Star Rankings, with little change amongst the leaders in this release. Xavier ROHART and Pascal RAMBEAU (FRA) and Hamish PEPPER and Carl WILLIAMS (NZL) are also unchanged in the world #2 and #3 spots respectively. The one change in the top 5 sees ISAF Grade 1 Rolex Miami OCR winners Fredrik LOOF and Anders EKSTROM (SWE) move up one place to 5.

Outside of the world top 5, European Champions Diego NEGRI and Luigi VIALE (ITA) move up nines places to 9. Further back, Athens silver medallists Ross MACDONALD and Mike WOLFS (CAN) showed that, despite much time away from the class, they are still a formidable partnership as they came in third in Miami.

Eivind MELLEBY and Petter Morland PEDERSEN (NOR) are the highest new entry into the top 100, moving up from 108 to 63 after posting a very impressive 14th in only their third ISAF Graded regatta together. Also new into the top 100 are Bermudas four-time Olympian Peter BROMBY and crew Bill MCNIVEN. After a break since Athens the Bermudian pair have returned to the Star class with a ninth at last years North Americans followed by a 14th in Miami.

Men's Keelboat ISAF World Sailing Rankings

No ALT tag specified

The next Rankings release will be on 7 March 2007, following the ISAF Grade 2 Athens Eurolymp Week.

ISAF
Share this page
Isaf TV
Latest News
News Archive
© 2014 Copyright ISAF/ISAF UK Ltd. All Rights Reserved Privacy & Cookies delivered by Sotic powered by OpenText WSM