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Rankings Released 6 June 2007
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Claire LEROY holds the top spot in the Women's Rankings for her 20th consecutive release

ISAF World Match Race Rankings

There is no stopping Claire LEROY (FRA) as the French skipper holds the world #1 spot for the 20th consecutive release of the Women's ISAF World Match Race Rankings. In the Open Rankings, Ian WILLIAMS (GBR) also stays at #1, although he has the on form Mathieu RICHARD (FRA) hot on his heels.

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 25 July 2007 following on from the ISAF Grade WC Match Cup Sweden. This will be the fifth 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 Germany
Grade 1 USA Congressional Cup
Grade 2 AUT Open Match Race
ITA Blurimini Match Race
Grade 3 GER German Match Race
FIN FIM Match Cup
FRA Roucas Match Racing
SWE GKSS Spring Cup
GER Westfalen Cup

Ian WILLIAMS (GBR) holds on to the world #1 spot, keeping the on form Mathieu RICHARD (FRA) at bay. Although WILLIAMS could only place 11th and lost his World Championship lead at the latest stage of the World Match Racing Tour, his brilliant early season form keeps him safely in the top spot. However RICHARD has taken a big chunk out the gap between the top two, as the ISAF Nations Cup winner enjoyed a fantastic May. First of all he donned the Crimson Blazer after winning the ISAF Grade 1 Congressional Cup in Long Beach, before zipping back across the Atlantic to take second place at the ISAF Grade WC Match Race Germany and the overall lead in the World Championship Standings.

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Paolo CIAN's win in Germany
lifts him up to world #3
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Richard Walch

The major move at the top of the Rankings come from the winner in Germany Paolo CIAN (ITA), who climbs up two places to #3. After impressing in Valencia behind the wheel of the South African challenger Shosholoza, the Italian looked very impressive on his return to the smaller boats and his win on Lake Constance boosted him up to second in the World Championship Standings.

It was also a great May for Russian skipper Eugeniy NEUGODNIKOV (RUS), who finished fifth at Long Beach before recording a World Tour-best result of fourth in Germany. The 25 year old Russian consequently moves up to enter the world top five, just behind Sébastien COL (FRA).

Along with CIAN, another Shosholoza man making an impact on the top 20 is Ian AINSLIE (RSA), runner up at the ISAF Grade 2 Open Match Race Cup in Austria and third place finisher at the ISAF Grade 2 Blurimini Match Race. The three-time Finn Olympian jumps up 13 places to #14. Winner in Austria Eric MONNIN (SUI) also climbs up from #15 to #11, although victory at Blurimini does not alter Pierre Antoine MORVAN's (FRA) position at #13.

Further down the Rankings, Markus WIESER (GER) is one of the biggest climbers, jumping up from #214 to #90 after winning the ISAF Grade 3 International German Match Race. Patryk ZBROJA (POL) is the highest of over 20 new entries in this Ranking release. A top-three finish at the ISAF Grade 4 Zegreze Match Race and victory at the ISAF Grade 5 Bergkamen Cup help him jump straight in at #333.

ISAF World Match Race Rankings - Open

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ISAF World Match Race Rankings - Women

ISAF Grade Nation Event
Grade 1 USA Santa Maria Cup

Claire LEROY's (FRA) reign as the women's world #1 match racer continues as she stands firm at the top of the Rankings for the 20th consecutive release. Since knocking Marie BJÖRLING (SWE) off the top spot on 4 May 2005, the 27 year old French skipper has recorded ten ISAF Graded event wins and 21 top-three finishes to maintain her world #1 Ranking. However, LEROY's dominance of the World Rankings has yet to be reflected in the ISAF Women's Match Racing World Championship, a statistic she will be looking to put right when the Worlds come to her home waters in France this August.

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Sally BARKOW won in
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A two-time winner of the Women's Worlds, Sally BARKOW (USA), also got the better of LEROY at the latest event on the women's circuit, the ISAF Grade 1 Boat U.S. Santa Maria Cup in Annapolis, USA. BARKOW brought her Yngling crew Debbie CAPOZZI and Carrie HOWE to Annapolis and teamed up with Laser Radial world #1 Anna TUNNICLIFFE (USA) to form what proved to be a formidable team. The Americans dominated right from the off, going 17-1 in the round robin and eventually sweeping past LEROY 3-0 in the final to take the title. BARKOW's recent focus on her Yngling campaign had seen her Match Race Ranking drop to #22, but her win at the Santa Maria Cup gives her a boost back up to #13.

Back at the top, Lotte MELDGAARD PEDERSEN (DEN), Klaartje ZUIDERBAAN (NED) and Silke HAHLBROCK (GER) are unchanged at #2-4 respectively. Nicky SOUTER (AUS) climbs three places to #5 and ahead of her compatriot Katie SPITHILL (AUS). Annapolis semi-finalist Christelle PHILIPPE (FRA) gains four places up to #7, whilst the fourth semi-finalist at the Santa Maria Cup, Liz BAYLIS (USA) also improves her Ranking by four places up to #16.

ISAF World Match Race Rankings - Women

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The next Rankings release will be on 25 July 2007 following on from the ISAF Grade WC Portugal Match Cup.

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