The final rankings for 2003 were released by ISAF yesterday, and there is very little change in the top of the rankings going into the all-important Olympic Year in 2004.
With the end of the year coming close, the ISAF Grade 1 event season coming to an end, only the Star class sees any changes in the top of the rankings following their ISAF Grade 1, Star North American Championship.
Silver medallist at the ISAF World Championship in the class, Freddie LOOF and Anders ELKSTRON (SWE) still lead the rankings, but are having pressure put on them by the resurgent Bermudans Peter BROMBY and Martin SIESE.
Big movers within the top twenty include top finishers at the Star North American's. Ross MACDONALD and Kai BJORN (CAN), who are now bolted firmly in the top twenty with a good finish in the event. This is a result that now counts them seven regattas towards their ranking score and they replace Colin BEASHEL and David GILES (AUS) in 12 position. Beashel and Giles move up to 11 whilst Flavio MARAZZI and Enrico DE MARIA make a well earned appearance in the top ten after they finished sixth at the North American Championship.
A full review of the movers and shakers this year in the ISAF World Sailing rankings will appear in ISAF's Review of 2003. Available by signing up to Making Waves, further details will follow soon.
World #3 Sophie Weguelin and Eilidh McIntyre (GBR) continued their triumphant ways on Saturday by coming from behind to win the medal race and seal the gold medal in the small but talented Women's 470.
World #2 Tonci Stipanovic (CRO) continued his winning ways and held on to his three point lead from Friday. He placed fifth Saturday, which was enough to win by four points over medal race winner and 2013 World Champion Robert Scheidt (BRA).
Mathew Belcher and Will Ryan (AUS) continued their unbeaten run in the Men's 470. Croatia's Sime Fantela and Igor Marenic put pressure on the Australians but they stayed strong for Belcher's 18th win in a row and the pairs tenth.
As part of its ongoing efforts to support athletes and doping-free sport, World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is pleased to announce that its free ADAMS app for smartphones is now available on Android devices to more than 25,000 athletes worldwide.
Capping off a solid day of competition against an international field of match racers hailing from Poland, the United Kingdom, France, Russia and the Caribbean, Rodion Luka from the Ukraine won the 6th edition of the Budget Marine Match Racing Cup with a 2-1 victory over Russian skipper Eugeny Nikiforov.