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28 October 2002, 11:08 am
Latest Rankings Released 25 October 2002
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ISAF World Match Race Rankings

The Match Race Rankings, released on Friday, show plenty of room for movement and perhaps some surprise positions, especially in the Open Rankings, in which we see a new leader after the latest round of event results.
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The Danish top the men's ranking with Jesper Radich, fresh from his victory over countryman Jes Gram-Hansen in the Bermuda Gold Cup, making his first appearance at the top of the tree, albeit by the narrowest of margins - just 20 points separate the two leading men.

Karol Jablonski (POL), World Champion Ice Sailor as well as reigning ISAF World Match Racing Champion, remains steady in third place in the rankings whilst previously ranked number one, Peter Holmberg (ISV), currently on Louis Vuitton Cup duty with Oracle BMW Racing has dropped to third overall.

The biggest move up in the men's rankings, from sixteenth to eighth comes from Johnie Berntsson (SWE). With a recent string of successes in grade 2 and 3 events, he makes his first foray into the top ten in the world. Henrik Jensen, second recently in the Swedish National Championship, makes his first appearance in the top twenty.

Ironically, arguably one of the best starting helmsmen in the Louis Vuitton Cup, James Spithill (AUS), currently sailing with OneWorld, has this time round dropped out of the top twenty and now resides in 36 position.

Open Rankings

Position Forename Surname Nation Previous
1 Jesper RADICH DENMARK 4
2 Jes GRAM-HANSEN DENMARK 2
3 Karol JABLONSKI POLAND 3
4 Peter HOLMBERG VIRGIN ISLANDS 1
5 Bjorn HANSEN SWEDEN 5
6 Mikael LINDQVIST SWEDEN 7
7 Ed BAIRD USA 11
8 Johnie BERNTSSON SWEDEN 16
9 Francois BRENAC FRANCE 9
10 Mathieu RICHARD FRANCE 13
11 Paolo CIAN ITALY 8
12 Staffan LINDBERG FINLAND 12
13 Andrew ARBUZOV RUSSIA 14
14 Mattias RAHM SWEDEN 15
15 Philippe PRESTI FRANCE 10
16 Gavin BRADY NEW ZEALAND 6
17 Cameron APPLETON NEW ZEALAND 22
18 Lars NORDBJERG DENMARK 19
19 Henrik JENSEN DENMARK 21
20 Martin ANGSELL SWEDEN 26


Women

Marie Bjorling (SWE) remains at the top of the women's rankings, despite only managing to finish second in the Bermuda International Women's Championship. Malin Millbourn, with a victory in the Saint Quay Women's Match Racing, moves up a credible six places into second.

The biggest shock is the drop of current ISAF World Champion Lis Baylis (USA) from third to sixth, after a disappointing result in Bermuda. A new entry into the top twenty Martina Karlemo (FIN) moves up to seventeenth place from twenty fourth.

With the Rolex Osprey Cup starting this Wednesday in St Petersburg, Florida, many of the competitors will be hoping to consolidate or improve their ISAF ranking. One such sailor is Klaartje Zuiderbaan (NED) having recently returned to match racing from the Volvo Ocean Race aboard Amer Sports Too, she has immediately improved her position from twentieth to ninth, and looks forward to further improvement.

Linda Rahm (SWE, who's new husband Mattias is consolidating his poition in the top twenty of the Open Rankings at fourteenth, moves up from nineteenth to sixteenth following her recent fourth place at the BUKOWSKIS Womens Nordic Match Racing Championship.

Women's Rankings

Position Forename Surname Nation Previous
1 Marie BJORLING SWEDEN 1
2 Malin MILLBOURN SWEDEN 7
3 Marie FAURE FRANCE 6
4 Lotte MELDGAARED PEDERSEN DENMARK 2
5 Nina BRAESTRUP DENMARK 10
6 Liz BAYLIS USA 3
7 Giulia CONTI ITALY 5
8 Sabrina GURIOLI ITALY 9
9 Klaartje ZUIDERBAAN NETHERLANDS 20
10 Dorte O. JENSEN DENMARK 4
11 Ines MONTEFUSCO ITALY 13
12 Claire LEROY FRANCE 12
13 Gwen JOULIE FRANCE 11
14 Sandy GROSVENOR USA 14
15 Christelle PHILIPPE FRANCE 15
16 Linda RAHM SWEDEN 19
17 Martina KARLEMO FINLAND 24
18 Anne LEHELLEY FRANCE 8
19 Betsy ALISON USA 18
20 Katie SPITHILL AUSTRALIA 16
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