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.
The ISAF Beginners Guide to Kiteboarding sets out some useful knowledge to reference as part of your learning. Once the basics are mastered, practice is not only great fun but very progressive. Go fly a kite and enjoy the ride!
It was a dog eat dog day to decide the 470 European titles but it was celebrations for France as they secured the honours in both events. Australians Mat Belcher and Will Ryan took the men's open title.