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.
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.
Croatia's Sime Fantela and Igor Marenic and Australia's Mat Belcher and Will Ryan are enjoying their match up in the Men's 470 and are tied for the lead after the opening day of ISAF Sailing World Cup Melbourne.
Dongshuang Zhang (CHN) forced Tatiana Drozdovskaya (BLR) to the back of the fleet in the Laser Radial Medal Race as she claimed gold on her home waters ensuring the Belarusian stayed in silver. France's Mathilde de Kerangat rounded off the podium.
A strong week from Shahar Zubari (ISR) saw him take gold in the Men's RS:X. Ricardo Santos (BRA) sealed silver whilst Hong Kong's Michael Cheng picked up his first ISAF Sailing World Cup podium finish.
The opening day of the Melges 20 World Championship ushered in three great races leaving Travis Weisleder, tactician Scott Nixon and bowman John Bowden aboard Lucky Dog/Gill Race Team in first overall.