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28 May 2008, 04:00 pm
ISAF World Sailing Rankings - 28 May 2008
Spain's Blanca MANCHON at the Delta Lloyd Regatta
Spain hit the front in the latest Rankings

ISAF World Sailing Rankings

Spain rise to the top of the national standings in the latest release of the ISAF World Sailing Rankings on 28 May.
For the second month running all 11 crews occupying the world #1 spots remain unchanged, but just behind them several shifts have made for some significant changes in the best-nation standings.

Led by Marina ALABAU (ESP), who holds the world #1 spot in the Women's RS:X, Spain now has five crews Ranked amongst the top-three in the world across the 11 Olympic events. Not only does this enable them to leapfrog Australia, Poland, Great Britain and Italy to hit the top of the national standings, it is also the best performance amongst any nation since Britain held six top-three spots back in May 2007.

Behind the Spaniards, Australia continue to look very strong with all three of their Ranking leaders - Tom SLINGSBY in the Laser, Darren BUNDOCK and Glenn ASHBY in the Tornado and Nathan WILMOT and Malcolm PAGE in the Men's 470 - consolidating their positions with victories at the ISAF Grade 1 Delta Lloyd Regatta. Poland also continue to fare well with four top-three spots including Ranking leaders Przemyslaw MIARCZYNSKI (POL) in the Men's RS:X and Mateusz KUSZNIEREWICZ and Dominik ZYCKI (POL) in the Star. For the French Olympic team, Medemblik signalled a return to form after a series of disappointing results on their home waters in Hyères and they gain one additional top-three spot to move ahead of Great Britain and Italy in the national standings. With Germany and Switzerland both gaining top-three spots in this release, the total number of nations now in a 'medal position' on the Rankings has increased to 16.

The next release of the ISAF World Sailing Rankings will next be on 2 July 2008, including results from the ISAF Grade 1 Kiel Week in Germany.

Ranking Upgrades

Over the past couple of months we've been carrying out upgrades on the Ranking tables to add in some additional features.

'Best' Ranking

In addition to showing a skipper's previous Ranking, the Ranking table now also shows their best Ranking ever achieved. Just look under the Table Heading 'Best' (between 'Previous' and 'Points').

You can view full details of the skipper's Ranking history under the Results tab of their Sailor Biog.

'Search by surname/country'

The newly upgraded search feature now also allows you to provide a number of filters to the Ranking list. As well as searching by name, you can limit searches to one or more specific areas (eg all sailors from Asia) or countries (eg all sailors from Singapore). The filter applies until you elect to turn it off, so you can easily search back through past Ranking dates.

To use the search feature just click the grey 'Search by surname/country' box next to the Ranking date dropdown.

Visit the ISAF World Sailing Rankings homepage to view the latest Rankings.

A full list of the new events included in this Ranking release can be found at the bottom of this page.

Chart showing nations with top-three Ranked sailors

Men's Windsurfer - RS:X

Przemyslaw MIARCZYNSKI (POL) stays top for the fourth consecutive of the Men's RS:X Rankings, a bronze medal at the European Championship in Brest the latest addition to his trophy cabinet. However, world #2 Joao RODRIGUES (POR) has closed the gap on the leader, cutting the points' difference at the top to less than 50 after he was crowned 2008 European Champion in France.

Behind the top two, Julien BONTEMPS (FRA) climbs up two places to #3 following a terrific month for the Frenchman. Since missing out on the Medal Race at this year's World Championship in New Zealand, BONTEMPS has found his form and followed up a silver medal performance at the Europeans by winning gold in Medemblik.

It's also been a good few weeks for the Netherlands' Dorian VAN RIJSSELBERGE. A fourth place at the Europeans was followed by second at Medemblik to lift him up three places in this Ranking release to #19. His team mate and rival for the Dutch windsurfing Olympic spot Casper BOUMAN (NED) is also on the rise, up five places to #11. Other sailors in this Ranking release who make good gains after strong finishes in both Brest and Medemblik are Andreas CARIOLOU of Cyprus, up five to #29, and 19 year old Elliot CARNEY of Great Britain, who climbs from #85 to #56.

Women's Windsurfer - RS:X

It's been a great month for Women's RS:X world #1 Marina ALABAU (ESP), who retained her European title in Brest before taking victory at Medemblik. The Spaniard has held the top spot in the Rankings since February 2007 and on current form (she's finished on the podium at every ISAF Graded event she's competed in this year) looks set to be fixture there for some time to come.

Hyères winner Zofia KLEPACKA (POL) stays at #2 after a fourth place finish at the Europeans, whilst Charline PICON (FRA) at #3 and Barbara KENDALL (NZL) at #4 are also unmoved after winning the silver medals at Brest and Medemblik respectively.

Although PICON holds the higher Ranking, Faustine MERRET (FRA) will represent France at the Olympic Games this August. May proved to be a good month for the reigning Olympic Champion, who finished just behind PICON to win bronze at the Europeans and sailed very impressively throughout the week in Medemblik, only missing out on the podium after illness ruled her out of the Medal Race. MERRET gains one place in this Ranking release up to #5.

Also moving up are Blanca MANCHON (ESP), from #11 to #6 and reigning World Champion Alessandra SENSINI (ITA), who climbs two places to #8. Greek sailor Antonia ATHENA FREY gains five places up to #16. Bulgaria's Irina KONSTANTINOVA-BONTEMPS also enjoys a significant boost in this Ranking release. She gains eight places up to #22 following a 16th at the Europeans and a seventh place in Medemblik.

Men's One Person Dinghy - Laser

Tom SLINGSBY (AUS) bounced back strongly from a poor result in Hyères, showing why he's held the world #1 spot since July 2007 with an emphatic victory in Medemblik. Although the fleet was missing his closest rivals - world #2 Paul GOODISON (GBR) and world #3 Andrew MURDOCH (NZL) - the young Australian was back to his best with a bullet-strewn series that ended with a 19-point winning margin.

Athens Olympic bronze medallist Vasilij ZBOGAR (SLO) won silver behind SLINGSBY at Medemblik and rejoins the world top ten by gaining one place to #10. Completing the podium was Croatia's Tonci STIPANOVIC, who, following a disappointing 55th place finish at the 2008 Worlds in Australia, is having a fantastic European season. STIPANOVIC also scored victory at the ISAF Grade 3 Laser Europa Cup in Hoorn earlier in May and is the third best-placed of 11 Croatian skippers on the Laser Rankings at #21.

Along with ZBOGAR there are two other new entries into the world top ten this month, with Rasmus MYRGREN (SWE), fourth in Medemblik, and Javier HERNANDEZ (ESP), ninth, both climbing up to career-high Rankings of #7 and #8 respectively. Amongst the world's top 20 skippers, several other sailors post Rankings-best performance this month: Argentina's Julio ALSOGARAY, up five places to #14; the USA's Andrew CAMPBELL, up two to #16; and Uruguay's Alejandro FOGLIA, up five to #19. Further back Pavlos KONTIDES (CYP), gold medallist at the 2007 Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship, continues to make big gains, climbing up from #75 to #58.

Women's One Person Dinghy - Laser Radial

Anna TUNNICLIFFE's (USA) victory in Medemblik keeps the American Olympic representative for Beijing firmly in the world #1 spot in the latest release of the Laser Radial Rankings. TUNNICLIFFE was a class apart in the light and tricky conditions that predominated throughout the week, scoring six bullets and ending the regatta 21 points clear of her nearest opponent. Somewhat surprisingly, it is TUNNICLIFFE's first victory at an ISAF Grade 1 event in Europe.

Sarah BLANCK (AUS) would have provided the American with a much closer battle were it not back-to-back OCS scores midway through the regatta. Nevertheless, the Australian skipper fought back to take fourth overall and maintain her world #2 Ranking. Behind BLANCK, Poland's Katarzyna SZOTYNSKA climbs two places to her best-ever Ranking of #3.

The other major changes at the top see the two remaining podium finishers in Medemblik makes gains. Silver medallist Gintare VOLUNGEVICIUTE (LTU) climbs up three places to #10, whilst Larissa NEVIEROV (ITA) gains four places up to #18. Another impressive performer in the Netherlands was Argentina's Cecilia CARRANZA SAROLI, a graduate from the Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship who is beginning to make her presence felt on the senior circuit. Building on a 13th place finish in Hyères, SAROLI came in tenth in Medemblik, significantly making the Medal Race line up for the first time. She continues her recent upward trend in the Rankings, climbing six places to #59.

Men's Two Person Dinghy - 470

Nathan WILMOT and Malcolm PAGE (AUS) hold on to the top spot in the Men's 470 Rankings following victory at the Delta Lloyd Regatta in Medemblik. That victory gives the Australian pairing the full set of gold medals from the European ISAF Grade 1 events (they won in both Hyères and Kiel in 2002) and is a return to form after a stuttering start to the season for the world #1 team.

Behind the Aussies, Nicolas CHARBONNIER and Olivier BAUSSET (FRA), third in Medemblik, move up one place to #2, whilst Sven COSTER and Kalle COSTER (NED) climb up fives places to #3. Delta Lloyd Regatta silver medallists Gabrio ZANDONA and Andrea TRANI (ITA) are also on the rise, gaining two places to #5.

With the exception of WILMOT and PAGE, the rest of the world top ten is packed with teams from France (three), Netherlands, Israel, Italy, Croatia, Portugal and Great Britain. However a number of notable performances in Medemblik indicate that the battle in Beijing will be more than just an Australia versus Europe affair. Argentina's experienced Olympic bronze medallists from Sydney, Javier CONTE and Juan DE LA FUENTE finished fourth - their best results since winning at the Europeans in 2005 - to gain four places up to #42 in the Rankings. Stuart MCNAY and Graham BIEHL (USA) also showed that the USA, winners of 470 gold in Athens, will present a strong challenge again in Beijing. The American pairing showed the sort of form they have only previously produced on their home waters to come in sixth in Medemblik, their best result to date in Europe. They gain two places in this Ranking to a career-best #13. New Zealand young guns Carl EVANS and Peter BURLING also impressed again with a tenth-place finish in the Netherlands. They lie just behind MCNAY and BIEHL at #15.

Women's Two Person Dinghy - 470

Guilia CONTI and Giovanna MICOL (ITA) showed why they have held the world #1 spot in the Women's 470 Rankings since August 2007 in Medemblik, finishing with a ten-point winning margin over a fleet featuring all the leading contenders for medals in Beijing this year. Consequently the Italian duo maintain their near 100-point advantage at the top of the Rankings, with Japan's Ai KONDO and Naoko KAMATA, fifth in Medemblik, also unmoved at #2.

Behind the leading pair, French helm Ingrid PETITJEAN moves up one place to #3. PETITJEAN competed with Gwendolyn LEMAITRE at Medemblik as her long-time crew Nadège DOUROUX was unavailable. There is a possibility that this change could be also be reflected in the French team for Beijing, with the selectors reserving judgement until later in June. In their first regatta together, PETITJEAN and LEMAITRE came in a solid if unspectacular seventh overall.

One of the standout performances in Medemblik came from the Brazilian crew of Fernanda OLIVEIRA and Isabel Marques SWAN. They pushed the Italians right to finish and fought off the challenge of home favourites and treble World Champions Marcelien DE KONING and Lobke BERKHOUT to finish with the silver medal. It's the best ever results for the Brazilians in an ISAF Grade 1 event and helps boost them back up towards the world top 20, climbing two places to #21.

Skiff - 49er

Italian brothers Pietro SIBELLO and Gianfranco SIBELLO make it five consecutive releases at the top in the latest 49er World Rankings thanks to a bronze medal performance in Medemblik. Olympic Champions Iker MARTINEZ and Xabier FERNANDEZ (ESP) stay at #2 and are joined in the world top three by their Spanish team mates Federico ALONSO and Arturo ALONSO. The ALONSO brothers upstaged their countrymen in Medemblik, finishing with the silver medal to hit a career-best Ranking at #3.

Following some uncharacteristically poor performances at the Europeans in Spain and then in Hyères, 2007 World Champions Stevie MORRISON and Ben RHODES (GBR) signalled a return to form with victory at the Delta Lloyd Regatta. The British pair currently stand at #9 in the Rankings, but will be looking over their shoulders after a couple of impressive performances from the newly formed partnership of young gun David EVANS and double Olympic medallist Simon HISCOCKS (GBR). After a forth-place finish in Hyères, EVANS and HISCOCKS impressed again with a seventh in Medemblik and consequently gain seven places in this Ranking release up to #18.

Just outside the top 20, Akira ISHIBASHI and Yukio MAKINO (JPN) continue their upward trend as the countdown to Beijing intensifies. The Japanese crew finished 15th in Medemblik and climb 11 places to a career-best Ranking of #27.

Heavyweight Dinghy - Finn

Jonas HOEGH-CHRISTENSEN (DEN) stays top and is closing in on two calendar years in the Finn world #1 spot, but even with that enviable record he is no longer the 'man to beat' in the class. That honour belongs to double Olympic gold medallist Ben AINSLIE (GBR), whose brilliant performance in the Medal Race won him gold at the Finn European Championship and keeps up his remarkable record of winning every ISAF Graded event he has competed in during this Olympic cycle.

Despite the Olympic Games being just over two months away, AINSLIE is still picking his events carefully, missing both Hyères and Medemblik, and it seems likely that the Europeans will be his final Finn outing before Beijing. With his limited appearances, victory at the Europeans only lifts AINSLIE five places up the Rankings to #28.

Back at the top of the Rankings, AINSLIE's ultimately unsuccessful rival for the British Beijing Finn slot, Ed WRIGHT stays at #2, whilst Medemblik winner Rafa TRUJILLO (ESP) climbs one place up to #3. Dutchman Pieter-Jan POSTMA gains two places to #4, just ahead of European Championship silver medallist, Ivan KLJAKOVIC GASPIC (CRO). Other noteworthy climbers are Daniel BIRGMARK (SWE), up three places to #8 and the French duo of Ismael BRUNO (up from #25 to #17) and Europeans bronze medallist Guillaume FLORENT (#29 to #24). The Czech Republic's Michal HRUBY, winner of the ISAF Grade 3 Palavska Regatta on his home waters is at #35, whilst new Junior European Champion Jan KURFELD (GER) climbs up five places to #48.

Multihull - Tornado

Darren BUNDOCK and Glenn ASHBY (AUS) make it 15 consecutive releases at the top of the Tornado World Rankings with yet another victory in what is turning out to be an incredible season for the Aussie pairing. The reigning World Champions have now won their last seven ISAF Graded events and have consequently built a sizable points' advantage in the world #1 spot.

2005 and 2007 World Champions Fernando ECHAVARRI and Anton PAZ (ESP) remain at #2, but have seen the gap separating them from world #3 crew Mitch BOOTH and Pim NIEUWENHUIS (NED) narrow significantly. Aside from the dominate Aussies, the Dutch team have been the most impressive performers during the European season and showed their credentials in the lighter winds with a silver medal finish in Medemblik.

Just a little further back, Canada's Oskar JOHANSSON and Kevin STITTLE equal their best-ever Ranking as they climb two places up to #6. Carolijn BROUWER and Seb GODEFROID (BEL) also continue their upward trend gaining one place to #8, just ahead of the German team of Roland GAEBLER and Gunnar STRUCKMANN.

Women's Keelboat - Yngling

The British trio of Sarah AYTON, Sarah WEBB and Pippa WILSON (GBR) stay in the Yngling world #1 spot for the third consecutive Ranking release after yet another podium finish at the Delta Lloyd Regatta. The reigning World and European Champions repeated their bronze medal performance at Hyères in Medemblik to extend their advantage at the top to over 100 Ranking points.

Germany's Ulrike SCHUEMANN, Ute HOEPFNER and Julia BLECK move up three places to #2 after winning silver in the Netherlands whilst the Russian team of Ekaterina SKUDINA, Diana KRUTSKIKH and Natalia IVANOVA remain at #3.

Victory in Medemblik went to the Dutch team of Renee GROENEVELD, Brechtje VAN DER WERF and Marije KAMPEN. With the Dutch battle for the Beijing Olympic team now coming down to the wire, it was a timely first ISAF Grade 1 event win for GROENEVELD at the helm. GROENEVELD currently lies at #8 in the World Rankings, four places behind the top-ranked Dutch skipper Mandy MULDER.

In additional to the names above, the other impressive performance in Medemblik came from the Norwegian Yngling team, with Athens gold medallist in the Europe Siren SUNDBY at the helm together with Lise Birgitte FREDRIKSEN and Alexandra KOEFOED. The Norwegian team showed their inaugural ISAF Grade 1 event victory at Hyères last month was no one off, with another impressive display to pick up fourth place overall in Medemblik.

Men's Keelboat - Star

World Champions Mateusz KUSZNIEREWICZ and Dominik ZYCKI (POL) hold on to the world #1 spot in the Star Rankings following another impressive display in Medemblik. The Polish pair left the Netherlands with the silver medal, enough to keep them at the top of the Rankings for the seventh consecutive release.

Behind KUSZNIEREWICZ and ZYCKI, the other medallists from Medemblik both makes gains in this Ranking release. Bronze medallists in Medemblik, Fredrik LOOF and Anders EKSTROM (SWE) climb two places to #2, whilst reigning European Champions and Medemblik winners Flavio MARAZZI and Enrico DE MARIA (SUI) move up five places to their best-ever Ranking at #3. The Swiss team finished fourth overall in Athens, but had been somewhat inconsistent since then until a fourth-place finish at last year's Olympic Test Event in Qingdao. That performance seemed to kick start their campaign towards Beijing and since then only KUSZNIEREWICZ and ZYCKI have rivalled their consistency at the leading events.

Other climbers at the top are the Kiwi pairing of Hamish PEPPER and Carl WILLIAMS, who gain four places to #5 after winning three races on their way to a ninth-place finish in the Netherlands. Just outside the top ten, Rick MERRIMAN and Phil TRINTER (USA) gain five places up to #12 after winning the ISAF Grade C1 Star Western Hemisphere in Geneva, USA.

New Events Included

Results from the following events have been newly included in the ISAF World Sailing Rankings since their last release on 30 April 2008.

Class Event (Grade)
Tornado Delta Lloyd Regatta (formerly Holland Regatta) (1)
Star Pfingstbusch Young European Sailings (3); Star Western Hemisphere Championship (C1); Delta Lloyd Regatta (formerly Holland Regatta) (1)
Laser Pfingstbusch Young European Sailings (3); Laser Europa Cup - Netherlands (3)
Finn Palavska Regatta (3); Finn European Championship (C1); Delta Lloyd Regatta (formerly Holland Regatta) (1)
Laser Radial Pfingstbusch Young European Sailings (3); Delta Lloyd Regatta (formerly Holland Regatta) (1)
49er Delta Lloyd Regatta (formerly Holland Regatta) (1)
470 men & women Delta Lloyd Regatta (formerly Holland Regatta) (1)
M-RSX & W-RSX RS:X European Championship (C1); World Festival on the Beach (International Race) M-RS:X (3); Delta Lloyd Regatta (formerly Holland Regatta) (1)
Yngling Delta Lloyd Regatta (formerly Holland Regatta) (1)

Graded events which have not been included are listed below.

Event Classes not included: Reason:
Trofeo Academia Navale M-470 (3); W-470 (3); Laser (3) Could not obtain results
Laser South East Brazilian Championship W-Laser (3); Laser (3 Could not obtain results
Palavska Regatta W-Laser (3); Laser (3) Not eligible to enter
Palavska Regatta W-470 (3); M-470 (3) Not enough entrants
Spring Dinghy Championship Laser (3); W-Laser (3) Not eligible to enter as only one nationality
Open European Springtime Regatta W-Yngling (2) Not enough entrants
Pfingstbusch Young European Sailings W-470 (3); M-470 (3) Not eligible to enter
Regatta Port Bourgas - Bourgas Sailing Week W-470 (3); M-470 (3) Not eligible to enter
Regatta Port Bourgas - Bourgas Sailing Week Finn (3); Laser (3); W-Laser (3) Not enough entrants
Regatta Port Bourgas - Bourgas Sailing Week W-RS:X (3); M-RS:X (3) No Racing
Laser Cup Europa Cup - Netherlands W-Laser (3) Not eligible to enter
World Festival on the Beach (International Race) W-RS:X (3) Not enough entrants
Canadian Olympic Classes Regatta (Icebreaker Regatta) 49ER (3); W-Yngling (3) No Racing
Canadian Olympic Classes Regatta (Icebreaker Regatta) Laser (3); W-Laser (3) Not eligible to enter as only one nationality
Lilac Festival Regatta W-Laser (3); Laser (3) Not eligible to enter as only one nationality
Lilac Festival Regatta Star (3) Not enough entrants

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