On Friday 21 June 2002, ISAF released the rankings without including the results of the ISAF Grade 1 event, the Santa Maria Cup, as at that time the results had not been received. They have been now and the revised rankings were published yesterday.
The event included in these Rankings are the Santa Maria Cup in the USA and the Women's Antibes Cup in France.
The outcome of now including the results from the ISAF Grade 1 Santa Maria Cup is that Liz Bayliss (USA) who placed 4th in the event has now leapt up to 2nd in the world on the rankings. Compared to this time last year, Bayliss has achieved a fantastic 25 place upwards move, from her 27th overall in June 2001.
The Women's World Match Race Ranking Leader Marie Bjorling (DEN) took the gun at the Santa Maria Cup, only the third time in the event's twelve year history that a non-USA skipper has taken the title. Not that Bjorling needed it, as she is very safe at the top of the rankings. However, this result extends further her points lead over her closest rivals.
A good result for Carol Cronin (USA) who beat some of the hotshots to place 2nd at the Santa Maria Cup and so make her inaugural entry to the World Rankings straight in at 36.
Meanwhile, for other skippers already on the rankings, their results at the Santa Maria Cup have also moved them up including Marie Faure (FRA) who moves up to 7th in the world from 13th, Giulia Conti (ITA) who goes to 7th from 12th
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.
Top 10 - Women's Match Race Rankings
Position - Name - Nationality - No of Events - Previous Position - Total Points
1. Marie BJORLING (SWE) - 8 - 1 - 10748
6. Liz BAYLIS (USA) - 7 - 6 - 6767
3. Dorte O. JENSEN (DEN) - 6 - 4 - 6685
4. Malin KALLSTROM (SWE) - 7 - 5 - 6573
5. Lotte MELDGAARED PEDERSEN (DEN) - 8 - 2 - 6484
5. Malin MILLBOURN (SWE) - 8 - 3 - 6305
7. Marie FAURE (FRA) - 7 - 13 - 6120
8. Giulia CONTI (ITA) - 7 - 12 - 5742
9. Sabrina GURIOLI (ITA) - 8 - 9 - 5357
10. Anne LEHELLEY (FRA) - 7 - 8 - 5259