Across the eleven classes their have been three changes in the top spots that include the return of Britain's two time Olympic gold medallist, Ben AINSLIE (GBR), to number one in the Finn. This result gives Great Britain three Rankings' leaders, with the Ukraine and Germany holding two. After the ISAF Grade 1 Holland Regatta in the Netherlands, the ISAF Grade W Mistral World Championship in Italy and ISAF Grade C1 Star Eastern Hemisphere Championship in Switzerland the top of the Rankings have a European feel to them, with the Canadian, Keamia RASA, the only non European number one.
Many sailors are now beginning to focus on their Olympic campaigns for Beijing 2008 and the impact can already be felt on the Rankings. Sailors like Olympic gold medallists, Siren SUNDBY (NOR) and Mateusz KUSZNIEREWICZ (POL) are already climbing up to the top positions and challenging the established hierarchy in their newly adopted classes.
|Mate ARAPOV has made strides
towards the top of the Laser
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Second place in the ISAF Grade 1 Holland Regatta in Medemblik was not quite enough for Olympic bronze medallist, Vasilij ZBOGAR (SLO) to overtake Paul GOODISON (GBR) at the top of the Laser Rankings. The Britons fourth place in Medemblik has secured him the Rankings' top spot for another month. 2003 ISAF World Champion, Gustavo LIMA (POR) climbs four places to fourth behind Olympic champion, Robert SCHEIDT (BRA), who had an underwhelming return to the Laser in Medemblik.
Third place in Medemblik went to Luka RADELIÆ (CRO) who moves into the top 20, rising six places to 15. After his victory in an ISAF Graded event in April, Tom SLINGSBY (AUS), has followed that up with wins in both Medemblik and the ISAF Grade 2 Expert Olympic Garda. The Australian is edging ever closer to the top ten moving up from 13 to 12. Mate ARAPOV (CRO) is the big mover in the top 20 climbing six places to number six.
|Sophie DE TURCKHEIM is flying
up the Radial Rankings
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So far this season the most impressive of the European Radial sailors has been Sophie DE TURCKHEIM (FRA). She added to her win in the ISAF Grade 1 Semaine Olympique Française in Hyères with victories in Medemblik and the Laser Europa Cup, moving her from 32 to five in the Rankings. If the French sailor can maintain her impressive start to the season, the top spot of the Rankings looks like a very realistic target. Other high risers are Larissa NEVIEROV (ITA), winner of the Expert Olympic Garda, Charlotte DOBSON (GBR), who had high finishes in Medemblik and the Laser Europa Cup and Petra NIEMANN (GER), who thanks to wins in the ISAF Grade 3 Pfingstbusch Young European Sailings and top ten finishes in Medemblik and the Laser Europa Cup rises almost 100 places to 27.
The Radial Rankings continue to expand with another eight sailors joining since the last Rankings release on 4 May and with the European sailing season in full swing, the Radial Rankings have thrown off their North American and Australasian dominance, with six Europeans now in the top ten.
|Ben AINSLIE is back on top
of the Finn
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Current Olympic champion, Ben AINSLIE (GBR) is back on top of the Finn Rankings thanks his convincing win in the ISAF Grade 1 Holland Regatta in Medemblik. Former number one, Rafa TRUJILLO (ESP) won the ISAF Grade 2 Expert Olympic Garda but his absence from Medemblik proved costly as he loses the top spot by just ten Rankings' points. Moving into third is Denmark's Jonas HOEGH-CHRISTENSEN thanks to a top ten finish in Medemblik.
Emilios PAPATHANASIOU (GRE) finished second both in Medemblik and in the Olympic Garda and continues his climb up the Rankings, moving up two places to sixth. Third place in Medemblik is good enough to put Gasper VINCEC (SLO) back into the top ten at number seven.
Ed WRIGHT (GBR) has shot up the Finn Rankings since his switch from the Laser last year. Having entered the Rankings at number 107 back in February, WRIGHT now lies 45 after adding fourth place in Medemblik to top three finishes in the ISAF Grade 1 Semaine Olympique Française and ISAF Grade 1 Miami OCR. Another former Laser sailor moving swiftly through the Rankings is Croatia's Ivan KLJAKOVIC GASPIC. Top ten finishes in the Medemblik and the Olympic Garda means he jumps 34 places to 58 and is still, like WRIGHT, only counting four of a possible seven events.
Whilst almost all the other Olympic classes see major moves at the top of the Rankings the top ten of the Star Rankings remains virtually unchanged. Victory in the ISAF Grade 1 Holland Regatta in Medemblik, keeps Fredrik LÖÖF and Anders EKSTRÖM (SWE) firmly in the number one spot, ahead of Iain PERCY and Steve MITCHELL (GBR) in second and third place, 2005 World Champions and 2004 Olympic bronze medallists, Xavier ROHART and Pascal RAMBEAU (FRA). The rest of the top ten were absent from Star competition last month and the only changes are due to the rotating ranking calculation. Back in the top ten after a year is Mark REYNOLDS (USA) at number eight, whilst Mark NEELEMAN (NED), Rankings' number two at the turn of the year, drops to eleventh.
New entries to the Star are familiar faces from other Olympic classes who have made the switch to the keelboat. Six years after entering the ISAF World Sailing Rankings in the Laser, Robert STANJEK (GER) has made his mark in the Star. Sailing with crew Markus KOY (GER), STANJEK finished first in the ISAF Grade C1 Star Eastern Hemisphere Championship in Switzerland and fifth in Medemblik to leap straight into the top 100 of the Star Rankings at number 86. With an Olympic gold and bronze medal, Mateusz KUSZNIEREWICZ (POL) has had massive success in the Finn, and seems to be transferring it almost instantaneously to the Star. All the top three in the Star Rankings have previously sailed to acclaim in the Finn and KUSZNIEREWICZ already looks like he could soon be joining the list of sailors to have successfully made the switch. He enters the Rankings at 100 with new crew, Dominik ZYCKI (POL), after finishing 21 in the Eastern Hemisphere Championship in Switzerland followed by an excellent performance to take second place in Medemblik. Years of experience in the Soling and on the match racing circuit also seems be standing Andy BEADSWORTH (GBR) in good stead. He moves up 28 places to 59 after finishing third in Medemblik in only his third ISAF Graded Star event.
Gideon KLIGER and Ehud GAL (ISR) just missed out on the top three final race off in the ISAF Grade 1 Holland Regatta in Medemblik, but fifth place added to their win in the ISAF Grade 1 Semaine Olympique Française is good enough to see the Israelis as the new Rankings' leader. They won the ISAF Grade 2 Expert Olympic Garda on their home waters, but after failing to compete in Medemblik, former Rankings' leaders, Gabrio ZANDONA and Francesco DELLA TORRE (ITA), lose their top spot for the first time this year and drop to fourth. Eugen BRASLAVETS and Igor MATVIYENKOA (UKR) move up to second, trading places with Alvaro MARINHO and Miguel NUNES (POR), despite the Portuguese sailors second place in Medemblik. After finishing sixth in Medemblik, Andreas KOSMATOPOULOS and Andreas PAPADOPOULOS (GRE) are new into the top five.
Mathew BELCHER and Nick BEHRENS (AUS) won the final race off in Medemblik and their victory lifts them three places to 15. A good result in Medemblik also sees Singapore's Roy JUNHAO TAY and Chung PEIMING move up the Rankings by 14 places to 60. Counting just four of a possible seven events, a top fifty place looks assured for the pair when they have competed in a few more regattas. A top 20 finish in Medemblik added to fifth in the ISAF Grade 3 Polish Yachting Association Trophy sees Belarus' Danni ODINTSOV and Yuri POLZIN as one of the highest climbers this month moving up from 118 to 77.
|Elise RECHICHI and Tessa
PARKINSON look to be heading
towards the top 20
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It is no surprise that Ingrid PETITJEAN and Nadège DOUROUX (FRA) retain their lead of the 470 women Rankings after a dominating performance in the ISAF Grade 1 Holland Regatta in Medemblik. As in the 470 men, numbers two and three trade places with Nike KORNECKI and Vered BUSKILA (ISR) overtaking Vlada ILIENKO and Natalia GAPONOVICH (RUS). Elsewhere the top twenty remains fairly static.
Two time winners and current champions of the Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship in the 420, Elise RECHICHI and Tessa PARKINSON (AUS), are beginning to make a splash on the senior circuit. In only their fourth ISAF Graded event, and first of 2005, the young Australians finished second in Medemblik to lift them up six places to 33 in the Rankings. A position the duo will surely improve upon if they can keep up the form they displayed in the Netherlands.
High climbers this week come courtesy of former Europe sailors. 2004 Olympic gold champion in the Europe, Siren SUNDBY (NOR), now with crew Kariane MELLEBY, finished tenth in Medemblik and third in the ISAF Grade 2 Expert Olympic Garda on Lake Garda to climb 24 places to 41. Teja CERNE (SLO) also had success in the Europe and top ten finishes with crew, Alja CERNE, in Medemblik and on Lake Garda see her one place behind SUNDBY, also a climb of 24 places.
2004 Olympic silver medallist in the Europe, Lenka SMIDOVA (CZE) earlier in the year finished third in the ISAF Grade 1 Miami OCR in the Laser Radial. In Medemblik she appeared in the 470 fleet and with great success, finishing fifth in her first ISAF Graded event in the equipment. She enters the Rankings at 65.
At the ISAF Grade 1 Holland Regatta in Medemblik, Chris DRAPER and Simon HISCOCKS (GBR) sailed in an ISAF Graded event in the 49er for the first time since winning an Olympic bronze medal in Athens. Fifth place in Medemblik keeps the long time leaders at the top of the 49er Rankings. Second and third also remain unchanged with Rodion LUKA and George LEONCHUK (UKR) ahead of Marcus BAUR and Max GROY.
Stevie MORRISON and Ben RHODES' (GBR) win in Medemblik moves them up two places to number ten, whilst third place is sufficient to lift Pietro SIBELLO and Gianfranco SIBELLO (ITA) from fourth to fifth. Alberto PADRON and Javier DE LA PLAZA (ESP) finished second in Medemblik, giving them their fifth top three finish in Europe this year and lifting them three places from 26 to 23.
Despite there being just one event counting toward this release of the Tornado rankings, there are significant changes to the positions within the top ten. Roland GAEBLER and Gunnar STRUCKMANN (GER) have made a direct swap with 2004 Olympic gold medallists Roman HAGARA and Hans-Peter STEINACHER (AUT), exchanging their sixth position from 4 May with Hagara's perch at number one.
|Darren BUNDOCK and Edoardo BIANCHI
have moved into the top five
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Mathieu SOUBEN and Gurvan BONTEMPS (FRA) have finally broken into the top 20 after spending almost a year swapping between numbers 21 and 22 and are the only new entry to the top 20.
One of the highest climbing teams of this Rankings release are newcomers to the ISAF Graded circuit in the Tornado, Carolijn BROUWER (NED) and Sebastian GODEFROID (BEL). One of the few female helms on the Tornado circuit, BROUWER has competed at Olympic Games in both the women's 470 and the Europe and is no stranger to competition in Medemblik where she has climbed to the top of the podium on numerous occasions. Joining up with her boyfriend GODEFROID, who has competed at the last three Olympic Regattas in the Finn, claiming the silver medal in 1996, they make a formidable team and will be one to watch as their number of ranked events increases.
The number of teams on the Tornado Ranking list has risen to 120 with the two new entries coming from Greece and the Netherlands. Efstrtios KOSMOGLOU and Gino KONSTANTINOS enter at number 85 after finishing 27 in Medemblik whilst Vincent HUNTELMAN and Mischa HEEMKERK (NED) claimed eleventh to enter the rankings at number 77.
The Yngling fleet are only counting the results from the ISAF Grade 1 Holland Regatta as the Expert Olympic Garda 2005 did not attract enought entrants. Kristin WAGNER (GER) is still holding firm to the number one position where she has been since the first ranking release of 2005 back in February. A seventh place in Medemblik has helped her cement her position.
There is a new arrival to the number two position as Ekaterina SKOUDINA, Diana KRUTSKIKH and Tatian LARSTEVA (RUS) continue their assault on the rankings. Sixth at Holland Regatta on the back of a busy season so far this year has proved enough to lift the Russian team to number two in the world. 2004 Olympic silver medallists, Ruslana TARAN, Anna KALININA and Svetlana MATEVUSHEVA (UKR) enter the top five for the first time after climbing six places to number three. The Ukrainean team had to settle for second place by just two points after a closely fought regatta in Medemblik.
Third place in Medemblik went to the 2003 Yngling Women's World Champions, Hannah SWETT with her new team of Melissa PURDY and Laura SCHMIDT (USA) who re-enter the top 20 for the first time since they crashed out back in June 2004. There may be five US teams in the top 20 of the Yngling rankings, but it is certainly the European teams who are showing the way.
Bronze medallists from Athens, Dorte JENSEN, Helle JESPERSEN and Christina OTZEN (DEN), have not competed at an ISAF Graded event in the Yngling since August and their slide down the Rankings is gaining pace as they move down to fourth. It is better news for the New Zealand team skippered by Sharon FERRIS. FERRIS, who recently claimed first place in the Oryx Quest as part of the crew aboard the maxi-catamaran Doha 2006, has jumped straight back into her Yngling, finishing eleventh in Medemblik and subsequently climbing five places up the rankings to number six - her highest position ever position.
Victorious in Medemblik were Sarah AYTON, Annie LUSH and Lisa MACDONALD (GBR), who sailed a consistent regatta, only twice finishing out of the top ten. The move up seven places to number 30.
It has been a busy month for the Mistral sailors since the last ranking release of 4 May and there are numerous changes to the Rankings. The main event was of course the ISAF Grade W Mistral World Championship, but sailors are also adding points from a Grade 1, a Grade 2 and a Grade 3 event.
Maxim OBEREMKO (UKR) may not have had his best World Championship result but he none the less remains top of the list. Below him it is all change, Julien BONTEMPS (FRA) and Nick DEMPSEY (GBR) are both now feeling the effects of not competing since the Olympic Games and slide from two and three to eleven and twelve respectively. Taking their places are Ivan PASTOR-LAFUENTE (ESP) and Ricardo SANTOS (BRA). PASTOR moves up to number two after he finished sixth at the Worlds and twelfth at the World Festival on the Beach, whilst it is a bigger jump for the Brazilian sailor who had to watch his dreams slip away after a disastrous final race in Athens. The silver medal position at the 2005 Worlds and a fifth at the Festival may go some way to healing the wounds as he moves up ten places to number three, the highest Rankings' position he has ever achieved.
The bronze at the Worlds went to Cypriot sailor Andreas CARIOLOU whose progress up the rankings has been steady for some time now. He moves up six places to number four, whilst HO Chi Ho (HKG) completes the top five.
The Men's 2005 Mistral World Champion is Nicolas HUGUET (FRA) and he subsequently moves six places up the Rankings to number six. The big movers in the top 20 are CHAN King Yin (HKG) and Francisco Curro MANCHON DOMINGUEZ (ESP). CHAN, who finished fourth at the Worlds, a massive improvement from his 55 place at the 2004 Worlds, moves up 13 places to number 15, whilst MANCHON climbs ten to 20 after a tenth place finish at the Worlds.
The total number of sailors has increased by 21 to 234. The highest new entry is Nimrod MASHIAH (ISR) who joins the ranking list at number 110 after finishing 24 at the World Championship.
|Olga MASLIVETS is one of the
Ukrainians at the top of the
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There are also consdirable changes to the women's Mistral Rankings but unlike the men there is a new number one. Olga MASLIVETS (UKR) has finally displaced Olympic gold medallist Faustine MERRET (FRA) from the number one spot she has held for almost a year. A sixth at the Worlds where MERRET did not sail was enough to boost the Ukrainian, who will celebrate her 27th birthday at the end of this month, one place up the Rankings and complete a Mistral double for the Ukraine.
Germany's Amelie LUX (GER) returns to the top five at number two. The 2000 Olympic silver medallist won the silver medal at the Worlds and went on to also finish second at the ISAF Grade 3 Festival on the Beach, subsequently moving four places up the Rankings. The 2003 ISAF World Champion, Lee KORZITS (ISR) also makes here return to the top five after a finishing just outside the medals at the 2005 Worlds. KORZITS moves up nine places to number three.
The big news from the World Championship was the outstanding performance from the young Spanish sailor Blanca MANCHON. MANCHON, who was the youngest sailor in Athens at just 17, is no stranger to podium finishes having won the silver at the 2002 Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship which she followed up with a bronze in 2003. Her dominance in Sicily however was unquestioned. Six bullets from eleven races and only twice finishing outside the top ten, she was 13 points clear of second placed LUX. MANCHON followed her victory at the Worlds with victory at the World Festival on the Beach and moves up nine places to number four. Antonia FREY (GRE) completes the top five moving up two places from seven.
The 2004 Mistral Youth World Champion and 2003 ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship silver medallist, 20 year old Flavia TARTAGLINI (ITA), pulled out all the stops at the Worlds and had her best ever result on the senior circuit. TARTAGLINI took the bullet in the final race and won the bronze medal by just three points from Lee KORZITS. She subsequently climbs twelve places up the rankings to number 13. Just below her at 14 is Marina ALABAU (ESP) who has made a gigantic leap of 17 places from 31 after a seventh place finish at the Worlds.
CHAN Wai Man (HKG) is one of three sailors from Hong Kong in the top 20 and her eighth from the Worlds and victory at the Holland Regatta have boosted her ten places up the rankings to number 19.
Ten new sailors join the women's Mistral rankings, the highest being Malgorzata BIALECKA (POL) whose 23 place at the Worlds enters her at number 59 on the rankings.
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.
The next release of the ISAF World Sailing Rankings will be 29 June 2005.