With 30 events included in the latest World Match Race rankings, issued on 21 June, there was plenty of room for movement. We bring you the latest news on the Movers and Shakers.
However, there was not going to be a move at the top of the ISAF Open World Match Race Rankings, with Peter Holmberg (ISV) holding tight onto pole position as the leader where he has comfortably sat since 28 March 2002.
Holmberg competed in just one of the Grade 1 events, achieving a 3rd at the ACI HT Cronet Cup in Croatia, but enough to keep him safe at the top. However, just a few points behind is Magnus Holmberg (SWE) who sits in 2nd place, just waiting to claim back the world's number one spot from Peter who snatched it from him only a few months ago in February 2002.
The Top 10 sees 2 in and 2 out, with Karol Jablonski (POL) moving up from 12th to 7th after he upset the form book to win the ISAF Grade 1 Amer Sports Cup, defeating Jesper Radich (DEN), ISAF World ranked number 3, by two flight to one in the finals. Jablonski is no stranger to the top 10, having claimed 9th for two rankings in August and September last year.
Up to 10th from 15th is Philippe Presti (FRA) who secured victory at the ISAF Grade 1 ACI HT Cronet Cup in Croatia. This success provides Presti with his highest position on the rankings.
There are also two new entries into the top 20, with Mathieu Richard (FRA) and Cameron Appleton (NZL) moving up. Whilst Richard has been in the top 20 before, most recently on the rankings of 17 April 2002, his victory at the ISAF Grade 2 Blurimini Match Race no doubt allowed his massive jump of 10 places from 28th to 18th in the world.
Two fourth places for Cameron Appleton (NZL) at the ISAF Grade 1 Amer Sports Cup and the ISAF Grade 2 Blurimini Match Race helped to propel him up the rankings from 27th to 20th, the highest position he has yet achieved.
Three new entries into the top 40 from Carsten Kemmling (GER) from 41 to 37, Andrew Nikolaev (RUS) from 42 to 39 and Roberto Ferraprese (ITA) from 43 to 40.
Looking further down the rankings, there were five new entries into the world's top 100, with Great Britain's Andy Beadsworth performing the greatest leap from 152nd to 78th. After a leave of absence from the match race circuit for a few months, Beadsworth is heading back up with some good results of 6th at the ISAF Grade 1 ACI HT Cronet Cup, and 3rd at the ISAF Grade 3 Omega Sea Master Cup in Italy.
The rankings of 21 June 2002, included three Grade 1 events, one Grade 2 event, eleven Grade 3, ten Grade 4 and five Grade 5 events. To view the events included in the Open and Women's Match Race Rankings go to: www.sailing.org/matchrace/mrranking/jun02mrrankings/pr.asp
Please note that the Women's Rankings were re-issued on 25 June 2002, as ISAF subsequently received the results from the US Santa Maria Cup. For the updated rankings go to http://www.sailing.org/Article_content.asp?ArticleID=2587
Looking towards the Women's Rankings, all remains safe at the top, with Marie Bjorling (SWE) holding tight to her place, but lots of changes elsewhere for the top 10 and top 20 skippers.
Three events go towards this Women's Rankings, the Santa Maria Cup in the US, GKSS Women's Cup and the Women's Antibes Cup in France. However, unfortunately ISAF has only received the results from the ISAF Grade 1 Women's Antibes Cup, which is therefore the only event included in this release.
Whilst Marie Bjorling (SWE) did not compete at this event, she has a very comfortable safety margin at the top of the rankings and has no major worries for a while yet. Meanwhile Marie Faure (FRA) won the Women's Antibes Cup to secure her entry into the World's top 10 from 13th. Also up into the top 10 went Nina Braestrup (DEN) whose 3rd place finish in Antibes helped her move from 18th to 8th.
With the Antibes Cup being a European dominated event, this clearly shows in the rankings with those match race sailors competing taking big leaps up. Overall in the Women's World Match Race Rankings there were two new entries into the top 10, and a further six new entries into the top 20.
The biggest mover award goes to France's Anne Soizic Bertin who moves from 107 on the world rankings to 50th, after her 5th place result at the Women's Antibes Cup.
The women on the Open Rankings are led by Elena Nikolaev (RUS) who is placed 81st, compared to her 45th placing (with 4 events) on the Women's Rankings.
The next Match Race Rankings will be released on 17 July 2002, reflecting results from a total of 15 events, including results from the following ISAF Grade 1 events; The Cap Gemini Ernst & Young Open Match (Open only) from 26-29 June in Sweden, the Swedish Match Cup (Open and Women) from 1-7 July also in Sweden and the Trofeo Challenge Roberto Trombini (Open) from 9-14 July in Italy.
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