The three new leaders in this Rankings' release bring three new nations to the top spots. Portugal's Alvaro MARINHO and Miguel NUNES, Denmark's Jonas HOEGH-CHRISTENSEN and Spain's ECHAVARRI and PAZ. Sweden, Germany, France and the only non European country, Canada hold four more top spots, whilst the Ukraine and Great Britain are the only countries to hold two top spots. Britain are the most successful country this month in the Rankings, with five more top three places to go with their two leaders. Behind them the Ukraine has a total of three sailors in the top three as do Germany, although both have lost ground on the positions they held in the last Rankings' release of the 1 June.
Three of the long time leaders of the Rankings still appear immovable at the top. Chris DRAPER and Simon HISCOCKS (GBR) in the 49er and Ingrid PETITJEAN and Nadège DOUROUX (FRA) in the 470 women have both been at the top of the Rankings since October 2003. Neither pair looks like letting up either with the French and British teams both winning major ISAF Graded events this month.
Fredrik LÖÖF and Anders EKSTRÖM (SWE) hold the honour for the longest held number one spot, having been top of the Star Rankings for well over two years now. The biggest challenge to their number one placing looks like coming with their defence of the Star European title on their home waters this August.
The next release of the ISAF World Sailing Rankings will be on the 3 August.
|Maxim OBEREMKO remains
number one in the Mistral
© Jeff Crow, Sport the Library
at Sail Melbourne
Piotry MYSZKA (POL) finished behind HO in Kiel to add another runners up spot to the one he earned in Hyères. He subsequently moves up three places to number six in the Rankings, behind Andreas CARIOLOU (CYP) and Brazil's Ricardo SANTOS. Italy's Ricardo GIORDANO also climbs up the Rankings, gaining four places to move into ninth. The remain top ten, including Mistral World Champion Nicolas HUGUET (FRA) at number eight, remain relatively static after a quite month of competition.
The major climbers up the Rankings are the other high placing finishers from Kiel. CHENG Kwok Fai (HKG) came in fourth in Germany and rises from 36 to 18. Lukas GRODZICKI placed one higher than CHENG in Kiel and as a result climbs almost 30 places from 106 to 78, entering the top 100 for the first time. For GRODZICKI , Kiel was a breakthrough result, as in both his previous events in Hyères and the Worlds he had placed outside the top 40. The Polish windsurfers put in a strong performance at Kiel and 2004 ISAF Youth Worlds Champion, Kamil LEWANDOWSKI (POL) followed CHENG in to score a fifth place there. As a result he also flies up the Rankings climbing from 86 to 61 and putting the top 50 well within his sights. MA Kwok Po (HKG) is another high climber. After finishing tenth at Kiel he rises 29 places from 94 to 65. Michal PRZYBYTEK (POL) is the highest of the eight new entries, jumping in at number 144 after finishing in 14th place at Kiel.
Olga MASLIVETS (UKR) maintains the top spot she gained at the last Rankings release of 1 June to keep Ukrainian control of the Mistral Rankings. With none of the top five in the Rankings competing in the ISAF Grade 1 Kieler Woche in Kiel, Germany the only movement is due to the rotating ranking calculation and sees Antonia FREY (GRE) move into third after trading places with Lee KORZITS (ISR).
Victory in Kiel by the closest of margins went to CHAN Wai Kei (HKG). She moves up to sixth place in the Rankings, a deserved position for the Hong Kong sailor, who has finished in the top five in all the major ISAF Graded European regattas this year. The rest of the top ten remains fairly static. 2003 ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship runner up, Flavia TARTAGLINI (ITA), moves up four places to enter the top ten for the first time, in large part thanks to her third place in the ISAF Grade W Mistral World Championship in Mondello, Italy, back in May
The Rankings this month reflect the real diversity in the Mistral fleets. All ten of the top spots are occupied by sailors from different nations.
|Robert SCHEIDT lost his battle
with Paul GOODISON at Kiel and
remains behind the Brit in the
Paul GOODISON (GBR) had an emphatic victory at the ISAF Grade 1 Kieler Woche in Kiel, Germany last week, winning six of the ten races and this victory helps him to hold onto his position as the number one Laser sailor on the ISAF World Sailing Rankings. Second to GOODISON in Kiel was Matias ISAF Grade 1 Kieler Woche in Kiel, Germany last week, winning six of the ten races and this victory helps him to hold onto his position as the number one Laser sailor on the ISAF World Sailing Rankings. Second to Goodison in Kiel was Matias DEL SOLAR (CHI) and he subsquently climbs four places to enter the top ten for the first time at number ten. Seven times World Champion, Robert SCHEIDT (BRA) announced his plans to campaign a Star at the 2008 Olympic Sailing Compeition during Kiel and rounded off his retirement in the Laser with a third place finish and a climb of one place to number two in the world.
Tom SLINGSBY (AUS) was unable to match the winning form he displayed at the ISAF Grade 1 Holland Regatta in Medemblik but a sixth place finish in Kiel helps him climb to his highest ever position in the Rankings, number eight. There are three new entries to the top 20, Felix PRUVOT (FRA) at number 16, Diego Emilio ROMERO (ARG) at 18 and Vangelis CHIMONAS (GRE) at 19.
The other graded event to count results is the ISAF Grade 2 Laser Pacific Coast Championship held in Oregon, USA. The event was dominated by the Canadian sailors who took all the top five places. Bernard LUTTMER came out on top and maintains his position at number 26 in the world.
|Paige RAILEY is edging ever
closer to the number one spot
© Mick Anderson/SEASEE.IT
Like the Laser, the Laser Radial fleet are counting results from the ISAF Grade 1 Kieler Woche in Kiel, Germany and the ISAF Grade 2 Laser Pacific Coast Championship in Oregon, USA and the overall list of sailors is ever increasing. Since the first Ranking for the Laser Radial in February 2005, 168 sailors have joined the list.
This time round there is no change to the top four sailors and despite Keamia RASA's (CAN) poor performance in Kiel, she is the only sailor to count seven ranked events and hangs on to the number one position. Paige RAILEY (USA) finished second in Kiel, excellent preparation for her fourth ISAF Youth World Championship in Korea in two weeks' time, and stays at number two on the rankings.
The top podium spot in Kiel went to Gintare VOLUNGEVICIUTE (LTU) by just one point from RAILEY and she subsequently climbs 26 places up the Rankings to number 30. Germany's Olympic representative in the Europe, Petra NIEMANN (GER) had a good regatta in Kiel and took the third podium spot. She now has five Radial events under her belt and climbs 14 places up the Rankings to number 14. NIEMANN is one of six sailors to enter the top 20 for the first time.
Not competing in Kiel was bad news for Sophie DE TURCKHEIM (FRA), the winner of the ISAF Grade 1 Holland Regatta and ISAF Grade 1 Semaine Olympique Française in Hyères, and she skids 15 places down the rankings to number 20.
The Laser Pacific Championship was won by Victoria CROWDER (CAN) who climbs eleven places up to number 53 whilst fifth place finisher Tanja SMUTNEY (CAN) makes her debut in the Laser Radial Rankings at number 145.
Alvaro MARINHO and Miguel NUNES (POR) are the new Rankings' leaders, with a sixth place at this month's ISAF Grade C1 470 European Championship in Gdynia, Poland seeing them rise from third place. Gideon KLIGER and Ehud GAL (ISR) are the victims, falling off the top spot because they did not defend the fourth place they scored in last year's ISAF Grade 1 Kieler Woche in Kiel, Germany. The Israeli pair manage to hold on to second place however, thanks to their third place in Gdynia.
The second place team in the last Rankings' release of 1 June, Eugen BRASLAVETS and Igor MATVIYENKO (UKR), did not have any such buffer to negate their no show in Kiel and as a result they tumble down the Rankings from second place to seventh. 2004 Olympic silver medallists Nick ROGERS and Joe GLANFIELD (GBR) are one of the beneficiaries after successfully defending their European crown. They move up five places to number three. Although ROGERS and GLANFIELD keep the European title for this year as top placed European team, they did not actually win the regatta in Poland. That honour went to the Argentine team of Javier CONTE and Juan DE LA FUENTE (ARG). However the pair's first win in an ISAF Graded event for over three years, fails to have an affect on their Ranking position and they remain in ninth.
Aside from ROGERS and GLANFIELD, the big gains in the top ten go to Sven COSTER and Kalle COSTER (NED). They move up five places to fifth, thanks to a fourth place in Gdynia and second in Kiel. The Greek team of Andreas KOSMATOPOULOS and Andreas PAPADOPOULOS finished seventh in Gdynia and that result is just enough to keep them ahead of the COSTER brothers in fourth place.
Further down the Rankings Matias BUHLER and Marcos LAMAS (ARG) jump up from 59 into the top 50 at 37 after finishing eleventh in Gdynia and fifth in Kiel. Kiel winners Michael ANDERSON-MITTERLING and David HUGHES (USA) also climb into the top 50 as they move up from 61 to their best ever Ranking of 45.
The 470 Rankings this month have a very global feel to them. Australia is the only nation with two sailors in a top 20 which includes sailors from Europe, Asia, South and North America. Singapore's Yuan ZHEN XU and Justin WONG (SIN) are the highest of the ten new entries at 137 after finishing eleventh at Kiel.
|Ingrid PETITJEAN and Nadège
DOUROUX have been unbeatable
in Europe this season
© Mark Cole
There is no surprise at seeing the names of Ingrid PETITJEAN and Nadège DOUROUX (FRA) at the top of the Rankings. The French pair are approaching two years in the number one spot and added the ISAF Grade C1 470 European Championship title to their bulging 2005 trophy cabinet after a dominating display in Gdynia, Poland. After winning at both the ISAF Grade 1 Semaine Olympique Française in Hyères and the ISAF Grade 1 Holland Regatta in Medemblik, PETITJEAN and DOUROUX scored five bullets on their way to the continental title.
Behind the leaders Nike KORNECKI and Vered BUSKILA (ISR) remain in second place whilst current World Champions and 2004 Olympic bronze medallists, Therese TORGERSSON and Vendela ZACHRISSON (SWE) move into third place, meaning the top three positions in the Rankings echo the final top three in Gdynia.
Two big climbers are new into positions four and five. Britain's 2004 Olympic representative Christina BASSADONE with new crew Saskia CLARK (GBR) rises six places from tenth to fourth after finishing ninth in Gdynia, whilst Slovenia's Vesna DEKLEVA and Klara MAUCEC climb back into the top ten rising from twelve to five thanks to a fourth place in Poland.
Just outside of the top ten Marcelien DE KONING and Lobke BERKHOUT (NED) move from 19 to eleven after top five finishes in the Europeans and at the ISAF Grade 1 Kieler Woche in Kiel, Germany.
2004 Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Champions in the 420, Elise RECHICHI and Tessa PARKINSON (AUS) look set to be a new force on the sailing tour. After RECHICHI won her second ISAF Youth Worlds title with PARKINSON last year the Australians have spent 2005 concentrating on the senior circuit. Last month they had their most impressive result to date by finishing second in Medemblik. They followed that with sixth place in Gdynia, and on their return to Kiel, where they finished twelfth in 2004, they scored four bullets on their way to a convincing victory. As a result they move up from 33 to 24 and look a sure bet to break into the top 20 soon.
One place behind, the runners up in Kiel, Sabine WALTER and Antje STRUCKAT (GER) did not finish quite as well in the Europeans and climb just two places in the Rankings to 25. Another young Australian team also climbs rapidly this month. Lauren JEFFRIES and Rike ZIEGELMAYER rise 13 places from 43 to 30 after good performances in Gdynia and Kiel.
Like the men's 470 Rankings, this month the top 20 pays testament to the diversity of the sport. Every team comes from a different country bar two representatives from the Netherlands and there are sailors from Europe, Asia, North and South America.
Counting the results from just one event, the 49er fleet are perhaps unsurprisingly headed by the ever present Chris DRAPER and Simon HISCOCKS (GBR). This duo, who won the bronze medal at the 2004 Olympic Sailing Competition have now been at the top of the 49er Rankings since 1 October 2003 and their result at the ISAF Grade 1 Kieler Woche in Kiel, Germany does not suggest that they are planning on moving down any time soon. Six bullets in Kiel and only two finishes outside the top five gave them the top podium position by a comfortable twelve points over second placed finishers Nico DELLE KARTH and Nicko RESCH (AUT). DELLE KARTH and RESCH have been making steady progress up the rankings and this second place brings them up to number two in the world, a climb of 17 places over the last twelve months. DELLE KARTH and RESCH have been displaying consistent form since their tenth place at the Olympic Sailing Competition with top five finishes at all of the graded events they have entered but Kieler Woche was their first time on the podium.
The Pietro SIBELLO and Gianfranco SIBELLO (ITA) rounded out the podium in Kiel, matching their result from the ISAF Grade 1 Holland Regatta in Medemblik back in May and are now ranked at number five in the world. Moving up to third in the Rankings are Marcus BAUR and Max GROY (GER) with the previous number two team, Rodion LUKA and George LEONCHUK (UKR) sliding down to four.
The rest of the top ten sees a fair bit of movement and there is one new entry. 2000 ISAF Youth World Championship gold medallist Alberto PADRON with crew Javier DE LA PLAZA (ESP) have perhaps been overshadowed by their countrymen and 2004 Olympic gold medallists Iker MARTINEZ and Xavier FERNANDEZ, but a look at their recent results is clear evidence that they too are a force to be reckoned with. They finished sixth in Kiel and this is the worst result they have had at an ISAF Graded event since the 49er European Championship in July 2004. So far this season year they have finished on the podium at five of the six graded events they have entered and now enter the top 20 at number 17.
grabbed second place in the Nordic
Championship to help him climb
to the top of the Rankings
© Mads J Petersen
The Dane has been a fixture in the top ten of the Rankings since October 2003. He followed a ninth place finish in the 2004 Olympic Sailing Competition in Athens with a consistent set of performances in 2005 which saw him rise to number three in the last Rankings' release of 1 June. In the past month HOEGH-CHRISTENSEN has stepped up a level, following a second place in the ISAF Grade 2 Nordea Finn Nordic Championship in Aabenraa, Denmark with second at the ISAF Grade 1 Kieler Woche in Kiel, Germany. As a result he climbs above AINSLIE, who after a winning return to the Finn in the ISAF Grade 1 Holland Regatta in Medemblik in May, is this month concentrating on match racing and the upcoming ISAF Grade 1 Trofeo Challenge Roberto Trombini.
Emilios PAPATHANASIOU (GRE) also rises above the Brit to move into second place in the Rankings - a well earned result for the Greek who has two wins and two second places on the sailing tour this year. Ironically PAPATHANASIOU rises to second after his poorest result of 2005, a still very respectable fourth place at Kiel.
Gasper VINCEC (SLO) won the weather affected five race series at Kiel and consequently rises into the top five of the Rankings behind fourth place 2004 Olympic silver medallist Rafa TRUJILLO (ESP). Soren HOLM (DEN) was the other winner in June. Sixth place in Kiel added to his victory in the Finn Nordic Championship sees him climb six places to twelve in the Rankings, as he seeks to regain the top ten spot he lost in September last year.
Outside the top 20, 2002 Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship runner up in the Laser, Ivan KLJAKOVIC GASPIC (CRO), climbs from 58 to 44 after making the switch to the heavier boat earlier this year. The Croatian finished third in Kiel and seems to be adapting well to his new class. China's LIU Bo broke the European monopoly in Kiel by finishing eighth and consequently he rises almost 100 places from 179 to 85. Team mate CHEN Aimim (CHN) also shoots up the Rankings after finishing 15 in Kiel, moving up from 198 to 93. After finishing 22 at Kiel, Barbados' David MCGREGOR is the highest new entrant in this Rankings' release at 115.
Fernando ECHAVARRI and Anton PAZ BLANEO (ESP) add the number one spot in the Rankings to their 2005 World title to round off a superb month. However it all could have been so different for the Spanish pair.
|Fernando ECHAVARRI and
Anton PAZ (ESP) are the new
World Champions and new
leaders of the Rankings
© Juergen Tiemann
With an eleven point lead going in to the final race of the ISAF Grade W Tornado World Championship in La Rochelle, France victory was nearly snatched away from them when they were amongst 19 boats black flagged. The second place team of Leigh MCMILLAN and Will HOWDEN (GBR) went on to finish the race second and were provisionally named World Champions. ECHAVARRI and PAZ put in a protest and had evidence to back up their claim. The Jury granted them redress and the relieved pair claimed the World title, and now the top spot in the Rankings.
The Spanish pair were worthy winners in La Rochelle and even before their win had been having a memorable season. Last month they won the ISAF Grade 1 Holland Regatta in Medemblik to add to their victory in the ISAF Grade 2 Barcelona Olympic Sailing Week.
MCMILLAN and HOWDEN also benefit from their excellent showing at the Worlds and move up to second place in the Rankings, less than 70 points behind the Spaniards. Mitch BOOTH and Herbert DERCKSEN (NED) remain in third after finishing ninth in La Rochelle.
Former leaders, Roland GÄEBLER and Gunnar STRUCKMANN (GER) do not fair as well, dropping to fourth despite winning the ISAF Grade 1 Kieler Woche on their home waters in Kiel, Germany. Multiple World Champion Darren BUNDOCK with crew Edoardo BIANCHI (AUS), also drops down, falling one place to fifth after finishing 14 at the Worlds.
The other significant move in the top ten sees Iordanis PASCHALIDES and Konstantinos TRIGONIS (GRE) rise from 12 to 9 on the back of a seventh place finish in La Rochelle. Johannes POLGAR and Florian SPALTEHOLZ (GER) look like they could soon be joining the Greeks in the ten top spots after following a fourth in the Worlds with a third in Kiel, which lifts them four places to 14.
Outside of the top 20, Carolijn BROUWER (NED) and Sebastian GODEFROID (BEL) continue their rapid rise up the Rankings from 58 to 37. After finishing 28 in La Rochelle they went on to record their best result yet in Kiel finishing seventh. Robbie LOVIG and Glen DOUGLAS (AUS) are the highest of the twelve new entries at 60 after finishing 40 in the Worlds and 11 in Kiel.
Kristin WAGNER, Anna HOLL and Christina HOLL (GER) just hold on to their number one spot in the Rankings with their eighth place finish at the ISAF Grade 1 Kieler Woche in Kiel, Germany. After moving into the number two spot in the last Rankings' release of 1 June, Ekaterina SKOUDINA, Diana KRUTSKIKH and Tatian LARSTEVA (RUS) won in Kiel to move within 50 points of the number one German team. 2004 Olympic silver medallists, Ruslana TARAN, Anna KALININA and Svetlana MATEVUSHEVA (UKR) secured the number three spot they gained in the last Rankings' release by finishing third in Kiel. With the top three teams close on points, the battle for honours in the Yngling World Championship, taking place on Lake Mondsee, Austria from 15-23 July, could well see the fate of the next leader of the Rankings decided as well as the 2005 World Champion.
After entering the top ten at the beginning of June, Karianne EIKELAND, Lise BIRGITTE FREDRIKSEN and Alexandra KOEFOED (NOR) finished sixth at Kiel and climb three places into the top five, just behind the French team of Anne LE HELLEY, Marion DEPLANQUE and Catherine LEPESANT.
A fourth place at Kiel sees the British team of Sarah AYTON, Annie LUSH and Lisa MACDONALD (GBR) continue their rapid rise up the Rankings, climbing from 30 to 23. They are still only counting four of a possible seven events in their points table and a good result at the forthcoming Worlds looks set to catapult them into the top 20. Vlada ILIENKO, Natalia GAPONOVICH and Ekaterina KOVALENKO (RUS) are the other rapid risers jumping up from 35 to 26. The new Russian team have impressed in their three regattas so far, finishing in the top ten in all three European ISAF Grade 1 Olympic classes regattas.
The experienced match racer and 470 sailor, Annie-Claire LE BERRE (FRA) is the only new entry on the Rankings at number 41. She finished 14 at Kiel with crew Alice PONSAR and Julie GERECHT (FRA).
|Russell COUTTS enters the
Star Rankings after his top ten
finish at Kiel
© Mick Anderson/FOTOM/
No change at the top for the world's number one, with Frederik LÖÖF and Anders EKSTROM (SWE) holding tight for yet another Rankings, a position they have dominated since 30 May 2003. The pair did not make an appearance at the ISAF Grade 1 Kieler Woche in Kiel, Germany, and it is their significant points margin which has kept them at the top for this release. However, as some events drop down into their second year points calculation, and with their result from the 2003 Kieler Woche dropping off their points tally, and now counting only 13 events, the gap has narrowed over the world's number two Iain PERCY and Steve MITCHELL (GBR), to a mere 66 points.
Behind the leaders, and from one through to five in the Rankings, there is no change in position. In at number six is Paul CAYARD and Brian SHARP (USA), a career best for this pair. Moving into the world's top ten and hoping to upset the balance at the top are Flavio MARAZZI and Magnus LILJEDAHL (SUI), who enter at number ten, up two from twelve.
Claiming the second place at Kiel has propelled George SZABO and Eric MONROE (USA) up three places to number eleven.
Russell COUTTS' (NZL) seventh place at Kiel, with crew Beat STEGMEIER (SUI), sees them making a new entry in the Rankings at 168 out of the 290 ranked teams. However, COUTTS has yet to indicate whether he will become a regular on the Star tour.
Entering the top 20 for the first time in his career history is Maurice O'CONNELL with crew Edmund PEEL (IRL), achieved from their twelfth place finish at Kiel. The Irish moving up, saw Roy HEINER and Alex BREUSEKER (NED) moving down from 20 to 21, but points wise it is all very close.
A first win in the competitive Men's Keelboat fleet for Finn legend Mateus KUSZNIEREWICZ (POL) has propelled him up to number 60 on the ISAF World Sailing Rankings. KUSZNIEREWICZ's win at Kiel comes after competing in only two previous ISAF Graded events in the Star and is certainly a forerunner of what is to come. And this less than five months after he was leading the Finn fleet in the rankings.
There are six events on the ISAF graded event tour for the Star before the next release of the ISAF World Sailing Rankings release on 3 August 2005.
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 3 August 2005.