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2 May 2007, 12:00 pm
Rankings Released 2 May 2007
The 49er in action at Hyères
The Olympic Classes had great conditions for the finish in Hyères

ISAF World Sailing Rankings

The first of the year's ISAF Grade 1 European regattas brought a record number of entries and well over 1,000 sailors to Hyères, France. After a disappointing performance in Palma, the Brits came back with a bang, claiming two gold medals a result which consolidates their position as top nation in the latest release of the ISAF World Sailing Rankings.
Less than three months remains until the start of the ISAF Sailing World Championships in Cascais, Portugal and the first of the years major European regattas brought all the top stars of the Olympic Classes to Hyres. Light conditions through the early part of the regatta made for tricky conditions and threw up a number of surprises before the easterly breeze arrived for the last two days of racing, providing perfect conditions for the Medal Races.

The shifty breeze through the early part of the regatta left many of the pre-regatta favourites languishing down the leaderboard, including world #1 crew Christina BASSADONE and Saskia CLARK (GBR) and double World Champions Marcelien DE KONING and Lobke BERKHOUT (NED) in the Womens 470 fleet. Whilst the World Champs were able to fight back, the Brits could not and consequently the two trade places at the top of the Rankings, the one change across the eleven world #1 spots.

The other British world #1 Paul GOODISON (GBR) does hold on to his top spot and is the Rankings longest leader, having been at the summit of the Laser Rankings for nine consecutive Ranking releases. The Brits also have one other #2 spot and two #3s giving them top nation in the Rankings ahead of Germany, who together with Australia and Spain, hold two top spots.

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There is now a short break until the ISAF Grade 1 Holland Regatta from 23-27 May.

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 30 May 2007, following the ISAF Grade 1 Holland Regatta.

1. Men's Windsurfer - RS:X

ISAF Grade Nation Event
Grade 1 FRA Semaine Olympique
Franaise
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World #1 Ivan PASTOR
Neil Pryde RS:X

There is no change for Ivan PASTOR (ESP) in the Men's RS:X Rankings and he stays at the #1 position for another release. Behind him though there is plenty of jostling for position. Przemek MIARCZYNSKI (POL) moves up three places to #2 at the expense of Nick DEMPSEY (GBR) who slides down to #4. Nicolas HUGUET (FRA) hangs on at #3 and Joao RODRIGUES (POR) finishes off the top five at #5.

Julien BONTEMPS (FRA) continues his steady rise up the rankings, adding a further five places to #14 following his bronze medal ISAF Grade 1 Semaine Olympique Franaise in Hyres. Another outstanding performance by Tom ASHLEY (AUS) in Hyres gives him back-to-back ISAF Graded event wins and another place up the Rankings to #8. The silver medal in Hyres was snapped up by Shahar ZUBARI (ISR) and he now moves up be the highest ranked Israeli windsurfer at #23.

Men's Windsurfer ISAF World Sailing Rankings

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2. Women's Windsurfer - RS:X

ISAF Grade Nation Event
Grade 1 FRA Semaine Olympique
Franaise
Bryony SHAW celebrates
victory in France
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Marina ALABAU (ESP) holds on to the top spot in the Womens RS:X Rankings, but world #2 Bryony SHAW (GBR) has closed the gap on the leader to just 31 points. SHAWs win at the ISAF Grade 1 Semaine Olympique Franaise, secured with a Medal Race bullet, puts her within touching distance of the Spaniard and another strong finish at the upcoming ISAF Grade 1 Holland Regatta should be enough to push her into the world #1 spot.

Not that beating ALABAU in the Netherlands will be easy. The world #1 has already picked up two wins and a third this year, and was sixth overall in Hyres. Her Spanish team mate and current European Champion Blanca MANCHON (ESP) took the silver medal in France but is unchanged at #16 in the Rankings. Likewise Romy KINZL (GER) stays at #3, although in contrast to MANCHON, her performance in France was far from her best, as she came in down in 22nd overall.

With nine Chinese sailors in the fleet of 71 in Hyres it is no surprise to see them on the move up the Rankings. With three sailors finishing in the top ten and seven in the top 20, China demonstrated they have fantastic strength in depth in the Womens RS:X fleet and are going to present a formidable challenge for the Olympic gold medal in Qingdao next year. Athens silver medallist Jian YIN (CHN) dominated the first half of the series in France before fading as the wind kicked in towards the end of the series and dropping to fourth overall. She moves up from #40 to #33, but it is ISAF World Sailing Games Champion Quibin CHEN (CHN) who is the highest Ranked of the Chinese sailors, climbing up from #21 to #17 after finishing 16th in France.

Women's Windsurfer ISAF World Sailing Rankings

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3. Men's One Person Dinghy - Laser

ISAF Grade Nation Event
Grade 1 FRA Semaine Olympique
Franaise
Grade 3 NED United 4 Sailing
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Paul GOODISON stays in
the world #1 slot
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The top three is unchanged in the latest release of the Laser Rankings, with Paul GOODISON (GBR) occupying the world #1 spot for the ninth consecutive Ranking release. Tom SLINGSBY (AUS) stays at #2 after a strong finish to the ISAF Grade 1 Semaine Olympique Franaise took him to the second level of the podium, whilst Chiles Matias DEL SOLAR is at #3.

A massive Laser fleet of close to 200 sailors descended on Hyres and the very light conditions early on almost caused some massive upsets, with GOODISON and Olympic bronze medallist Vasilij ZBOGAR (SLO) only just making the gold fleet cut, DEL SOLAR relegated to the silver fleet and Palma winner Julio ALSOGARAY (ARG) to the bronze.

Whilst GOODISON and ZBOGAR were both able to fight back to post top ten finishes, neither could mount a serious challenge to eventual winner Michael BLACKBURN (AUS). The reigning World Champion found consistency where nobody else could to record a comfortable overall victory in Hyres and move up four places to the world #5 spot. One place ahead of him at #4 is Andrew MURDOCH (NZL), with the young Kiwi skipper adding a bronze from Hyres to his silver in Palma.

Three new entries into the top 20 are headed by 2004 ISAF Youth World Champion Nick THOMPSON (GBR) at #13, whilst a little further back Uruguays 23 year old Alejandro FOGLIA gains nine places up to #40 following a terrific 16th place in France.

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 1 FRA Semaine Olympique
Franaise
Grade 3 NED United 4 Sailing
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The Radials at the start in
France
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The top three is unchanged in the Laser Radial Rankings, with Evi VAN ACKERs (BEL) win at the ISAF Grade 1 Semaine Olympique Franaise keeping her in the top spot. In contrast, Tania ELIAS CALLES (MEX) will have been disappointed to only finish 20th in Hyres, but stays at #2, just ahead of Anna TUNNICLIFFE (USA), who was back on form in France after an uncharacteristic 17th in Palma.

Just behind TUNNICLIFFE, two former stars of the Europe class are on their way up, with Sarah BLANCK (AUS) climbing two places to #4 after a strong start to the season, and Petra NIEMANN (GER) up from #12 to #6. Elin Maria SAMDAL (NOR) was the surprise package in Hyres, leading for most of the regatta before a poor Medal Race relegated her from first to fifth. She climbs to her best Ranking for well over a year at #20.

Also impressive in France was youngster Marit BOUWMEESTER (NED). The 2006 Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship silver medallist, who turns 19 this year, finished ninth in France to jump up ten places in the Rankings to #60. Another young Dutch skipper, Michelle BROEKHUIZEN, aged just 14, is also on the rise. Following victory at the ISAF Grade 3 United 4 Sailing on her home waters in Hoorn she moves up from #317 to #260.

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 1 FRA Semaine Olympique
Franaise
Grade 2 FRA International 470
Spring Cup
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Winners in France Pierre
LEBOUCHER and Vincent
GAROS
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Mathew BELCHER and Nick BEHRENS (AUS) make it four releases at the top spot despite not making the Medal Race at the ISAF Grade 1 Semaine Olympique Franaise in Hyres. The gap between the Aussie crew and the #2 position is closing and there are now only 15 points separating them from the new #2 team Nicolas CHARBONNIER and Olivier BAUSSET (FRA) who move up five places from #7. CHARBONNIER and BAUSSET claimed the silver medal in Hyres behind team mates Pierre LEBOUCHER and Vincent GAROS (FRA) whose Ranking position changes from #14 to #13.

Nick ROGERS and Joe GLANFIELD (GBR) may not have put in their best performance in Hyres, but they do reclaim their status as the highest ranked British team by climbing two places to #8 above Nick ASHER and Elliot WILLIS (GBR), who did not compete in Hyres and drop down one to #9.

Three teams move up into the top 20, including bronze medallists from Hyres Panagiotis MANTIS and Theodoros POLYCHRONIDIS (GRE) who are up six places to #17, Ronan DREANO and Ronan FLOCH (FRA) up two to #19 and Patryck PIASECKI and Kacper ZIEMINSKI (POL) are up five to #20.

The 470 fleets are also counting points from the ISAF Grade 2 470 Spring Cup, also sailed in France. The top teams do not add the points they received from the Spring Cup but the large Japanese contingent competing add another team to the rankings - Ichino NAOKI and Sato SYO who add their 18th position to 76th ini Hyres to enter at #141. Hiroki MAEDA and Ryousuke TANIGAWA (JPN) are the biggest gainers amongst the Japanese teams, climbing 58 places to #98. There are four other new entries, the highest being Berenger BALZEAU and Mathieu FOUNTAINE (FRA) at #115.

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 1 FRA Semaine Olympique
Franaise
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Marcelien DE KONING and
Lobke BERKHOUT hit the
#1 spot
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Double World Champions Marcelien DE KONING and Lobke BERKHOUT (NED) hit the top spot in the Womens 470 Rankings, finally displacing long-time leaders Christina BASSADONE and Saskia CLARK (GBR). After spending five releases in the world #2 spot, the Dutch pairing got the better of their British rivals in Hyres to take over the world #1 spot.

Neither crew was at their best in the light and shifty conditions that prevailed over most of the opening series at the ISAF Grade 1 Semaine Olympique Franaise. However, whilst DE KONING and BERKHOUT were able to haul themselves back up the leaderboard to 11th with a double bullet finish, BASSADONE and CLARKs series went from bad to worse as they ended the regatta down in 44th after three DNF scores.

Despite finishing fourth in Hyres, Ingrid PETITJEAN and Nadege DOUROUX (FRA) fall back one place to #4, with Sylvia VOGL and Carolina FLATSCHER (AUT) climbing up to replace them. Hyres winners Giulia CONTI and Giovanni MICOL (ITA) climb up two places to #8, whilst runners up Stefanie ROTHWEILER and Vivien KUSSATZ (GER) are new into the top ten at #10.

Japans two Womens 470 crews again impressed in Hyres, finishing in sixth and seventh places and both consequently moving up to career-best Rankings. Ai KONDO and Kamata NAOKO (JPN) gain six places to #13, with team mates Yuka YOSHISAKO and Noriko OOKUMA (JPN), climbing five places to #20.

Women's Two Person Dinghy ISAF World Sailing Rankings

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7. Skiff - 49er

ISAF Grade Nation Event
Grade 1 FRA Semaine Olympique
Franaise
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The 49ers in France
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Jan-Peter PECKOLT and Hannes PECKHOLT (GER) stay top of the 49er Rankings, fighting back strongly after a poor finish in Palma with a fifth at the ISAF Grade 1 Semaine Olympique Franaise. Team mates Marcus BAUR and Hannes BAUMANN (GER) move up after a bronze medal display in Hyres to make it a German one-two at the top of the Rankings.

Pietro SIBELLO and Gianfranco SIBELLO (ITA) trade places with BAUR and BAUMANN to fall one place back to third, with the two British 49er teams Stevie MORRISON and Ben RHODES (GBR) and Chris DRAPER and Simon HISCOCKS (GBR) in fourth and fifth.

After being the most consistent team on the 49er circuit for the last couple of years, reigning World Champions DRAPER and HISCOCKSs year got off to a sluggish start, by their very high standards. A 12th in Miami and eighth in Palma were rare finishes outside of the top five, but the pair where right back on form in Hyres and wrapped up overall victory in the only ISAF Grade 1 event that had previously eluded them.

The other big winners in France were the Austrian team of Nico DELLE - KARTH and Nikolaus RESCH. A third in the Medal Race gave them the silver medal and helps them climb five places up the Rankings to #10. Also rising up in this release is three-time ISAF Youth World Champion Nathan OUTTERIDGE and crew Ben AUSTIN (AUS), who gain eight places to #12.

Pavale KOSTOV and Petar CUPAC (CRO) are the highest new entry in this release at #92. After making the switch from the 470, the Croatian pair came in an impressive 19th in their debut performance in the 49er.

Skiff ISAF World Sailing Rankings

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8. Heavyweight Dinghy - Finn

ISAF Grade Nation Event
Grade 1 FRA Semaine Olympique
Franaise
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Dan SLATER in Hyres
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The ISAF Grade 1 Semaine Olympique Franaise is the only event counting points for the Finn fleet and the strong performance from World Champion Jonas HOEGH-CHRISTENSEN (DEN) leaves no surprise that he stays at the #1 position for another Ranking release. The top five remain the same so it is still Daniel SLATER (NZL) at #2 and Ed WRIGHT (GBR) at #3. The first mover is Marin MISURA (CRO), who shifts up one place to #6 as he now counts the points from his sixth place finish in Hyres. Just behind MISURA in seventh place in Hyres was Pieter-Jan POSTMA (NED), boosting him up two places to sit one place behind MISURA again at #7.

Further down the top 20 there are two new entries, Tim GOODBODY (IRL) at #19 and Michal HRUBY (CZE) at #20 but it is much further down the Rankings that some interesting names are emerging. At #84 is Joao SIGNORINI (BRA) who moves up 56 places from #140. SIGNORNI finished tenth for Brazil at the 2004 Olympic Sailing Competition but has not been out and about on the Finn circuit since then. A 17th place at HRH Princess Sofia Trophy and an eighth place in Hyres gives him two results to count and marks a return to form for another talented Brazilian sailor. New to the Finn is Giles SCOTT (GBR) who recently made the switch from the Laser and now also has two major events under his belt. Like SIGNORINI, SCOTT competed in his first Medal Race in Hyres and claimed ninth overall to add to his 13th from Palma - his Ranking position improves by 54 places from #136 to #82.

There are five new entries to the Finn rankings and the highest is one of two Russian sailors, Eduard SKORNYAKOV. SKORNYAKOV finished 31st in Hyres and enters the Rankings at #125.

Heavyweight Dinghy ISAF World Sailing Rankings

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9. Multihull - Tornado

ISAF Grade Nation Event
Grade 1 FRA Semaine Olympique
Franaise
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The Tornado fleet in Hyres
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Darren BUNDOCK and Glenn ASHBY (AUS) make it four releases at the #1 position, and such has been their form over the last year that their fifth place at the ISAF Grade 1 Semaine Olympique Franaise in Hyres is not good enough to count toward their impressive points total. Staying at #2 behind them are Fernando ECHAVARRI and Anton PAZ (ESP) but former #3 team Xavier REVIL and Christophe ESPAGNON (FRA) slide down two places to #5 after not making the Medal Race in France.

Replacing their team mates, and moving up to #3 are Yann GUICHARD and Alexandre GUYANDER (FRA) who made much lighter work of the tricky conditions in Hyres to take home the bronze medal. Johannes POLGAR and Florian SPALTEHOLZ (GER) complete the top five at #4.

The Tornado fleet brought the only gold medal for Canada in Hyres with Oskar JOHANSSON and Kevin STITTLE (CAN) putting in an outstanding performance to win with a 16 point lead over second placed Francesco MARCOLINI and Edoardo BIANCHI (ITA). JOHANSSON and STITTLE are rewarded by a ranking climb of two places to #12, whilst MARCOLINI and BIANCHI also move up two places to #25.

Movements throught the rest of the Tornado rankings are relatively small and there is just one new entry, the Chinese team of Youjia LUO and Xiuke CHEN who finished 28th in Hyres to enter at #71.

Multihull ISAF World Sailing Rankings

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10. Women's Keelboat - Yngling

ISAF Grade Nation Event
Grade 1 FRA Semaine Olympique
Franaise
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The Ynglings battle in Hyres
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Ulrike SCHUEMANN, Ute HOEPFNER and Julia BLECK (GER) stay top of the Yngling Rankings, with a top five finish at the ISAF Grade 1 Semaine Olympique Franaise keeping them secure in the world #1 spot. After a strong performance by the Russian teams in Hyres, Anna BASALKINA, Ekaterina MAXIMOVA and Vlada UKRAINSTSERA (RUS) climb up one place to #2, whilst Sarah AYTON, Pippa WILSON and Sarah WEBB (GBR) regain their spot in the world top three.

Victory in France went to Ekaterina SKUDINA, Diana KRUTSKIKH and Alexandra SOKOLOVA (RUS), who took control in the first half of the series in their preferred light wind conditions and were able to hold off late challenges from the American, Dutch and British boats.

After wins in Palma and Miami, Sally BARKOW, Carrie HOWE and Debbie CAPOZZI (USA) impressed again in Hyres, winning the Medal Race to secure the silver medal and move up to the world #5 spot. It was a disappointing regatta for World Champions Monica AZON, Sandra AZON and Graciela PISONERO (ESP), who only posted three single-digit scores through the series to miss the Medal Race. They currently lie at #7 in the Rankings. The South African team of Dominique PROVOYEUR, Belinda KIM and Penny ALISON finished just ahead of the Spaniards and consequently climb up to a Ranking best of #22.

Women's Keelboat ISAF World Sailing Rankings

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11. Men's Keelboat - Star

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Robert SCHEIDT and Bruno
PRADA climb to #2
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The Star was the only fleet not competing in Hyres and with no other Graded events taking place, the movements in position are due to the rolling calculation system. Hamish PEPPER (NZL) holds on to the top spot, while recent winners of the ISAF Grade C1 Star Eastern Hemisphere Championship, Robert SCHEIDT and Bruno PRADA (BRA) move up one place to #2 followed by Mateusz KUSZNIEREWICZ and Dominik ZYCKI (POL) at #3, both at the expense of Xavier ROHART and Pascal RAMBEAU (FRA) who slip down to #4.

Diego NEGRI and Luigi VALE (ITA) also lose out and slide two places down to #7, replaced by George SZABO and Andrew SCOTT (USA) and Marc PICKEL and Ingo BORKOWSKI (GER) at #6.

The next big event for the star fleet is the ISAF Grade 1 Holland Regatta in Medemblik where the entry list currently stands at 42 crews.

Men's Keelboat ISAF World Sailing Rankings

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The next Rankings release will be on 30 May 2007, following the ISAF Grade 1 Holland Regatta.

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