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.
Wrap up highlights from the 29er fleet. Brice Yrieix and Loic Fischer Guillou (FRA) took a deserved title in the 29er following a winner take all final race against America's Quinn Wilson and Riley Gibbs
Peter Burling and Blair Tuke have a healthy advantage in the 49er whilst Evi Van Acker (BEL) was leapfrogged by Tatiana Drozdovskaya in the Laser Radial. Highlights from the two fleets on the fifth day.
Heiko Kroeger (GER) shone in the 2.4mR as he came away with the honours as Paralympic racing concluded at ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyères.
The Sonar honours were decided in the Jury Room after racing with Great Britain's John Robertson, Hannah Stodel and Stephen Thomas taking gold ahead of the penalised French trio of Bruno Jourdren, Nicolas Vimont Vicary and Eric Flageul.
For the first time in the championship blue skies welcomed sailors to the venue with no sign of sea fog. Fortunately the gradient wind remained from the north east and the first starting signal was as scheduled.
The Moth Worlds fleet woke up to a glorious day at Hayling Island. The wind was blowing a steady 15 knots, the sun was shining and it was 23 degrees by 10:00 - perfect sailing conditions. The Gold fleet went out into Hayling Bay, while the Silver fleet headed off East to Bracklesham Bay.