The major event in the current Rankings' period, the ISAF Grade W Yngling World Championship on Lake Mondsee, Austria has seen a change at the top of the Rankings with SKOUDINA, KRUTSKIKH and LARSTEVA finally knocking Kristin WAGNER, Anna HOLL and Christina HOLL (GER) off the top spot. They are now one of three German representatives in the number two spots. Spain and the Ukraine also both have three sailors in top three positions, whilst Great Britain still leads the way with six top three places. However with SCHEIDT overtaking Paul GOODISON (GBR) in the Laser, Britain now only has one number one spot, a record trumped by the Ukraine, who still lead both the Mistral Rankings.
Outside the senior circuit July's big event was the Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship in Busan, Korea. This is included on the Rankings as an ISAF Grade 2 event and thanks to her second ISAF Youth Worlds gold RAILEY is the last of the three new leaders in this Rankings' release.
These changes excepted, a flat calm extends over a large proportion of the Rankings, however between now and the next Rankings' release of 5 October, the winds of change look certain to blow as the established names face their latest challengers.
The next release of the ISAF World Sailing Rankings will be the 5 October.
The top 45 sailors in the Men's Windsurfer rankings remain as they were in the previous ranking on 29 June and just two events are adding to sailors' Ranking points. The big one is the Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship which recently concluded in Busan, Korea. As an ISAF Grade 2 event there were Ranking points up for grabs for the top nine sailors. The gold medal in Busan went to Lukas GRODZICKI (POL), fresh from his bronze medal finish at the ISAF Grade 1 Kieler Woche and he subsequently climbs 16 places up the Rankings to number 62.
Pierre LE COQ (FRA) took home the silver medal, added to his nations points to help them win the Volvo Trophy and climbs 25 places up to 121. Thomas KARGL (AUT) is the only new entry and his sixth place finish enters him at number 190. The highest ranked ISAF Youth Worlds competitor is Italy's Riccardo Belli DELLISCA who moves up twelve places to number 56. DELLISCA had already had a good season before winning the bronze medal in Busan having finished 27 at the ISAF Grade W Mistral World Championship and third at the ISAF Grade 3 World Festival on the Beach.
The other event to count toward the Men's Mistral Rankings was the ISAF Grade 3 Austrian Lakes Week which saw Slovakian sailors taking the top two places. Patrik POLLAK took the top podium spot and moves four places up the Rankings to number 66 whilst just behind him was Martin LAPOS who climbs seven to number 88.
|Blanca MANCHON is the Volvo
Youth Sailing ISAF World
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As with the men there are just two events counting toward the women's Mistral Rankings, the ISAF Grade 2 Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship and the ISAF Grade 3 Warnemünde Wochein Germany. The pre-competition favourite in Busan was Blanca MANCHON (ESP), a sailor who already had a silver and a bronze medal from the ISAF Youth Worlds and who in May blitzed the senior fleet to win the ISAF Grade W Mistral World Championship. And she did not disappoint. MANCHON won six of the eleven races and aside from an OCS in race seven, her final score included two fourths and two seconds to win the title by six points from Anne-Sophie LE PAGE (FRA). MANCHON subsequently moves up one place in the Mistral rankings to number three in the world, just 36 points behind 2000 Olympic silver medallist Amelie LUX (GER) at number two. The rest of the top 20 remains basically the same.
LE PAGE (FRA) and Laura LINARES (ITA) finished in exactly the same positions in Busan as they did at the 2004 ISAF Youth Worlds in Gdynia, Poland and both have made another small climb up the Rankings. LE PAGE moves up nine places to number 58, whilst LINARES moves up four to number 41. Maayan DAVIDOVICH (ISR) also continues her steady climb up the Rankings since joining them on 1 June 2005. Her fourth place in Busan, just two points away from a medal, sees her rise six places up to number 46. The highest new entry to this release comes from the Chen CHUN (CHN) who finished in fifth place in Busan. CHUN enters the Rankings at number 110 as the sixth Chinese women's Mistral sailor on the Rankings.
Romy KINZL (GER) won in Germany, only twice finishing lower than fourth and taking victory by a whopping 57 points, but her Ranking position remains at number 21. The battle for second was much tighter and was won by Moana DELLE (GER) and she climbs eleven places to number 82.
Robert SCHEIDT (BRA) is back at the number one spot in the Rankings as former leader Paul GOODISON (GBR) drops a place due to the rotating rankings calculation. For Olympic Champion, SCHEIDT it looks likely to be a brief return to the top spot as the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year has already stated his intention of a Star campaign for Beijing 2008. Retaining the number one spot one final time is a fitting end to the seven time World Champion and twice Olympic Champion's Laser career, and a testament to his fantastic record in the dinghy.
|Robert SCHEIDT is back on top of the
Laser Rankings one last time
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For GOODISON his run of three straight number one spots comes to a frustrating end, although he will have plenty of opportunities to win back the position with the ISAF Grade C1 Laser European Championship starting this week in Cartagena, Spain and the ISAF Grade W Laser World Championship just over a month later in Fortaleza, Brazil.
There is plenty of movement in the top ten this month, all due to the rotating rankings calculation with the biggest beneficiaries Chile's Matias DEL SOLAR and Croatia's Mate ARAPOV who both move up four places to sixth and seventh respectively. Finland's Roope SUOMALAINEN also moves up four places to join ARAPOV as the second new member of the top ten this month at number ten.
Amongst the leaders, Tom SLINGSBY (AUS) was one of the few sailors who raced in an ISAF Graded event in the last Rankings' period. A fourth victory of the year at the ISAF Grade 2 Warnemünde Woche, in Germany does not affect his points score and he actually falls back one place to number nine.
Diego ROMERO (ARG) also scored a win last month but still drops a place down the Rankings. Despite victory in the ISAF Grade 3 Corbeta Patagon in Argentina he falls from 18 to 19. Maciej GRABOWSKI (POL) follows the pattern with a win in the ISAF Grade 3 Idea Gdynia Sailing Days in Poland not enough to save him from a three place fall from nine to twelve.
2004 Olympic silver medallist, Andreas GERITZER (AUT) was also in action taking a comfortable victory in the ISAF Grade 3 Austrian Lakes Week on Lake Neusiedl, the venue for the 2006 ISAF World Sailing Games. He bucks the falling trend by gaining one place in the Rankings from five to four.
The top 20 in this Rankings' release shows the truly global reach of the Laser with sailors from 18 different nations making up the leading pack. One of them is the Seychelles' Allen JULIE, who climbs back into the top 20 this Rankings' release, moving up three places from 21 to 18.
Further down the Rankings 19 year old Simon GROTELÜSCHEN (GER) makes a gain of 13 places from 97 to 84. He finished as runner up to SLINGSBY in Warnemünde and also took fourth place in the ISAF Grade 3 Travemünder Woche on home waters.
Vincent PORTER (USA) makes a massive leap from 375 to 261 after winning the ISAF Grade 2 Laser Atlantic Coast Championship in the USA in only his third ISAF Graded regatta. Ryan MAHAFFEY (CAN) is also a high riser going up from 197 to 136 thanks to victory in the ISAF Grade 2 Laser Canadians. Finally Giles SCOTT (GBR) moves up nearly 50 places from 160 to 114 after his win at the ISAF Grade 2 Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship in Busan, Korea.
Paige RAILEY's (USA) second ISAF Youth Worlds gold medal has propelled her to the top of the Rankings, a mere 16 points ahead of former number one Keamia RASA (CAN). Victory at the ISAF Grade 2 Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship in Busan, Korea, is RAILEY's fourth of 2005 and gives her a well deserved leaders spot in the Rankings.
|Paige RAILEY is back on top
of the Laser Radial Rankings
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After three ISAF Youth Worlds appearances and two medals before this year, RAILEY has exploded onto the senior circuit as one of instant stars of the new Olympic equipment, the Laser Radial. Two victories on home waters at the ISAF Grade 1 Miami OCR and ISAF Grade 1 Laser Midwinters East formed a perfect start to her senior career and put her top of the first ever Laser Radial Rankings of 2 February 2005. Her first appearance on the senior circuit also ended with victory in the ISAF Grade 2 Princess Sofia Trophy, before another former ISAF Youth Worlds winner, Sophie DE TURCKHEIM (FRA) got the better of her at the ISAF Grade 1 Holland Regatta in Medemblik and Gintare VOLUNGEVICIUTE (LTU) took advantage as RAILEY black flagged in the final race at the ISAF Grade 1 Kieler Woche in Germany.
RAILEY stormed back in Busan opening out a massive lead in the Laser Radial event before China's Xu LIJIA fought back to draw level with the American on the penultimate day. After LIJIA missed the opening windward mark RAILEY went on to score her sixth bullet of the Championship and take a five point overall lead. When the final day of racing had to be abandoned she could celebrate a repeat of her 2003 performance and now the honour of being number one sailor in the world.
LIJIA is one of eleven new names in this release as the total number of sailors on the Laser Radial Rankings rapidly approaches 200. After her second place in Busan she enters at 145, tied with another new entry, Canada's Claudia STROBELE, who was second at the ISAF Grade 2 Laser Canadians. The highest of the new entries is Isabelle GARAND (USA) who goes straight in at number 94 after finishing seventh at the Laser Canadians and fifth at the ISAF Grade 2 Laser Atlantic Coast Championship in the USA.
Back at the top of the Rankings yet another ISAF Youth Worlds gold medallist is making an impact with Jennifer SPALDING (CAN) climbing from 17 to four after her victory at the Laser Atlantics and sixth place at the Canadians. Laser Canadians winner, Hayley MCLEAN climbs up from 140 to 88 and is still only counting two events in her points total.
The other winner in this Rankings' release is Belarus' Tatiana DROZDOVSKAYA who won the ISAF Grade 3 Warnemünde Woche in Germany and moves up two places from 18 to 16.
|After the Intervela on Lake Garda
there is plenty of Italian movement
in the 470 Rankings
Behind them Gideon KLIGER and Ehud GAL (ISR) stay second, but 470 European Champions and 2004 Olympic silver medallists Nick ROGERS and Joe GLANFIELD (GBR) slip down two places from third to fifth due to the rotating rankings calculation. Andreas KOSMATOPOULOS and Andreas PAPADOPOULOS (GRE) and Sven COSTER and Kalle COSTER (NED) both move up one place to replace the Brits and now occupy third and fourth respectively.
Within the top ten several of the teams shuffle a few places but there are no new entries to either the top ten or top 20 this release.
Enrico FONDA and Pietro ZUCCHETTI (ITA) led a successful Italian challenge at the ISAF Grade 2 Intervela on Lake Garda, Italy. Three straight bullets in the final three races gave them an impressive win, but they are only rewarded for their victory by a single place gain in the Rankings, climbing from 27 to 26. Runners up Paul BROTHERTON and Ian CALDER (GBR) fair better, climbing from 134 to 102 in the Rankings and still only counting two events in their points total.
Fifth place at the Intervela sees Luca DUBBINI and Roberto DUBBINI (ITA) climb into the top 100 this release rising up from 105 to 88, Fabio ZENI and Leonardo LUPELLI make it five Italian teams in the top 100, after climbing from 112 to 91 thanks to a seventh place on Lake Garda.
Ingrid PETITJEAN and Nadège DOUROUX (FRA) are again unmovable at the top of the women's 470 Rankings although their winning streak came to an end last month after they could only manage a second place finish at the ISAF Grade 2 Intervela on Lake Garda, Italy. After three straight victories at the ISAF Grade 1 Semaine Olympique Française in Hyères, the ISAF Grade 1 Holland Regatta in Medemblik and ISAF Grade C1 470 European Championship in Gdynia, Poland, Marcelien DE KONING and Lobke BERKHOUT (NED) finally managed to break the French pair's spell with a three point victory on Lake Garda. However that win is not enough to lift DE KONING and BERKHOUT into the top ten and they stay in eleventh place after their move up from 19 in the last Rankings' release.
The top four are unchanged meaning Nike KORNECKI and Vered BUSKILA (ISR) stay second for the third release running, whilst 2004 Olympic bronze medallists, Therese TORGERSSON and Vendela ZACHRISSON (SWE) lie third.
The only significant change in the top ten sees Slovenia's Vesna DEKLEVA and Klara MAUCEC drop three places to eight due to the rotating rankings calculation.
In a very quiet Rankings' release for the 470s there are a couple of other small movers in the top 50 with two time ISAF Youth Worlds medallist Pippa WILSON and crew Sheena CRAIG (GBR) moving up four places to 32 after finishing seventh on Lake Garda, whilst third place finisher, Teja CERNE, with crew, Alja CERNE (SLO) moves above her old rival in the Europe, Siren SUNDBY (NOR) by also climbing four places up from 38 to 34.
|The Brits still look untouchable
at the top of the 49er Rankings
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It is a good month for Germany in the 49er Rankings, with BAUR and GROY moving up to number two and their one-two finishers at the ISAF Grade 2 Travemünder Woche in Germany also both climbing. Thomas REIN and Patrick BOHMER won the deciding race off in Travemünder to claim victory and they rise nine places up the Rankings to land in the top 50 for the first time at 42. Martin LEWIN and Oliver LEWIN (GER) followed them in second place and move up from 138 in the Rankings to brush the surface of the top 100 at 106.
2000 Olympic gold medallist in the Mistral, Christoph SIEBER and his crew Clemens KRUSE (AUT) took third place in Germany and is the highest of the three new entries this month at number 129.
There was also more German success on home waters at the ISAF Grade 3 Warnemünde Woche with victory going to Gabriel WICKE and Hannes WAGNER. Along with BAUR and GROY, Jans-Peter PECKOLT and Hannes PECKOLT and REIN and BOHMER they make up the fourth German team in the top 50 at number 46, up three places from 49.
|Austrian Lakes Week action
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With two ISAF Grade 3 and one ISAF Grade 2 events counting toward this Rankings' release there is little surprise that there are few changes to the Finn rankings. The top ten remains unchanged and Jonas HOEGH-CHRISTENSEN (DEN) stays at the number one spot ahead of Emilios PAPATHANASIOU (GRE) and Ben AINSLIE (GBR).
From 13-16 July 19 Finns took part in the ISAF Grade 2 Intervela in Italy. 2004 Olympic silver medallist Rafael TRUJILLO (ESP) dominated the event winning seven of the nine races and he remains at number four in the Rankings. Croatian sailors took the next three places but only one makes a move in the Rankings. Emil TOMASEVIC finished fourth after a consistent series in which he never finished below eighth and continues his rise up the Rankings. Now counting the results from five events, TOMASEVIC enters the top 50 for the first time in his career at 50, the fifth highest Croatian Finn sailor. Two sailors join the Finn Rankings for the first time and the first is Tomas VIKA (CZE) who enters at number 141 after finishing tenth in Italy. The highest climber in this release is also a sailor who competed in Italy, Germany's Andreas BOLLONGINO. His ninth place boosts him a whopping 93 places to number 100.
The ISAF Grade 3 Austrian Lakes Week was won by Michal HRUBY (CZE) but his Ranking position remains at 40. Second placed finisher Balazs HAJDU (HUN) however climbs two places to number 32 whilst third went to Hans SPITZAUER (AUT) who joins the Finn Rankings at number 209. SPITZAUER is also at number 15 in the Star Rankings. Tibor PALLAY (HUN) came in fourth and moves back up two places to number 90.
The ISAF Grade 3 Warnemünde Woche gave seven sailors Ranking points. The event was won by the highest ranked Russian Finn sailor Vladimir KRUTSKIKH but his Ranking position remains at 16, similarly second placed Michael FELLMAN (GER) does not move from 18. Vaclav CINTL (CZE) picked up the final podium place and sees his Ranking shoot up 43 places to number 137.
With just three events in the last Rankings' period the top places in the Tornado Rankings have remained the same. 2005 World Champions Fernando ECHAVARRI and Anton PAZ BLANEO (ESP) keep their number one spot ahead of second place Leigh MCMILLAN and Will HOWDEN (GBR) and Mitch BOOTH and Herbert DERCKSEN (NED) in third.
Every member of the top ten remains the same and this pattern continues down until number 19 where Hugh STYLES and Graham VIALS (GBR) climb to from 25 after finishing second at the ISAF Grade 2 Travemünder Woche in Germany. Andrey KIRILYUK and Valery USHKOV (RUS) took the honours in Germany but their win does not affect their Rankings' position of eighth.
Winners of the ISAF Grade 3 Austrian Lakes Week, back to back Olympic gold medallists Roman HAGARA and Hans Peter STEINACHER (AUT), also remain stationary despite their win, remaining at number six. Victory at the ISAF Grade 3 Warnemünde Woche in Germany also does nothing to help Martin RUSTERHOLZ and Nils LOFFLER's (SUI) Rankings' position as they fall down one place from 51 to 52.
Results at Travemünder and Warnemünde did help Matthias NOWAK and Martin RUSTERHOLZ (GER). Fourth and second respectively makes them the highest climbers in this Ranking's release moving up from 100 to 81.
13th place at the ISAF Grade W Yngling World Championship on Lake Mondsee, Austria, may not have been the result Ekaterina SKOUDINA, Diana KRUTSKIKH and Tatian LARSTEVA (RUS) were expecting based on their 2005 season so far, but it has proved good enough to lift them to the number one spot in the Rankings for the first time in their career.
|Sally BARKOW, Carrie
HOWE and Debbie CAPOZZI
on their way to the World title
Sally BARKOW, Carrie HOWE and Debbie CAPOZZI last year missed out on selection for the American Olympic team but have been in terrific form in the keelboat since. Earlier in the year victory in the ISAF Grade 1 Semaine Olympique Française in Hyères proved the team were still there amongst the big guns of the class, a point they firmly pushed home just over a week ago with their win at the Worlds in Austria. In shifty conditions which seemed to trouble the entire fleet on Lake Mondsee, BARKOW, HOWE and CAPOZZI adapted best, winning twice and crucially consistently staying in the low scoring positions throughout the regatta. Their win sees them rise six places up the Rankings from 15 to nine.
World runners up Sharon FERRIS, Raynor SMEAL and Ashley HOLTUM (NZL) also move up the Rankings, gaining one place which sees them enter the top five for the first time.
Vlada ILIENKO and Natalia GAPONOVICH (RUS) are making a great success of their switch from the 470 to the Yngling together with new crew Ekaterina KOVALENKO. In only their fourth ISAF Graded regatta in the keelboat they took an impressive third place in Austria, just missing out on the silver medal by three points. They continue their rapid rise up the Rankings from 39 to 35 to 26 to 22 this month.
Eighth place for Ulrike SCHÜMANN, Runa KAPPEL and Ute HÖPFNER (GER) in Austria sees them rise up to an appropriate eighth in the Rankings, whilst the other new entry to the top ten is the Russian team of Anna BASALKINA, Galina LOUKACHOVA and Vladislava UKRAINTSEVA in at number ten after finishing fifth at the Worlds.
Of the other top World Championship finishers, fourth place Nicola BETHWAITE, Karyn GOJNICH and Helen IMPEY (AUS) move up three places from 19 to 16, whilst 2004 Olympic gold medal winning crew, Sarah AYTON enters the World top 20 for the first time as a helm thanks to her seventh place in Austria with crew Annie LUSH and Lisa MACDONALD (GBR).
Eleven new teams enter the Rankings this month, fourth of which are Ranked one of the other Olympic classes.
Wiith 290 sailors on the Rankings and names like Torben GRAEL (BRA), Paul CAYARD (USA), Fredrik LÖÖF (SWE), Iain PERCY (GBR) and Mark REYNOLDS (USA) in the top ten it's no surprise that making your way in the Star Rankings is a tough task. With just three ISAF Grade 3 events in the latest Rankings' period the point has been perfectly illustrated with the top 55 sailors remaining completely stationary.
Therefore Frederik LÖÖF and Anders EKSTROM (SWE) remain as the Rankings' longest standing number one team, Iain PERCY and Steve MITCHELL (GBR) stay second and Xavier ROHART and Pascal RAMBEAU (FRA) lie third.
Outside the top fifty former Finn star Mateus KUSZNIEREWICZ (POL) continues his impressive switch to the keelboat with crew Dominik ZYCKI. Victory at the ISAF Grade 3 Warnemünde Woche in Germany follows on from his win in the ISAF Grade 1 Kieler Woche in Kiel, Germany and sees him rise up four places in the Rankings to number 56. Behind him Robert STANJEK and Markus KOY (GER) finished third in Warnemünde and also move up four places to 57.
Winner of the ISAF Grade 3 Mercedes Benz Week in Vancouver, Canada, Foss MILLER (USA) is the only new entry into the top 200 moving up from 225 to 178 and whilst victory in the ISAF Grade 3 Rostige Kanne Regatta in Switzerland went to number ten in the Rankings, Flavio MARAZZI and Magnus LILJEDAHL (SUI), the win does not alter their points total.
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.
Idea Gdynia Sailing Days - Finn (3). Not eligible to enter
The next release of the ISAF World Sailing Rankings will be 5 October 2005.