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.
Female ISAF Rolex World Sailors of the Year Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie (NZL) won the Women's 470 Medal Race and with it gold as they made it three consecutive 200-point regatta wins in a row.
France's Camille Lecointre and Hélène Defrance had held the lead in the Women's 470 for the large part of the week but came undone on the final day as a sixth knocked them off gold medal position. They were made to settle for silver whilst bronze went to Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark (GBR).
Billy Besson and Marie Riou went into the Nacra 17 Medal Race with an unassailable 22 point lead and the gold medal sewn up. ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami gold medallists Vittorio Bissaro and Silvia Sicouri (ITA) added a World Cup silver to their collection having finished in fifth. Bronze went to Darren Bundock and Nina Curtis (AUS).
Gold fleet racing got underway in six Olympic events at ISAF Sailing World Cup Mallorca. We caught up with three of the leaders and got race highlights from all of the day's proceedings. View results from Mallorca on the ISAF Sailing World Cup website here http://www.sailing.org/worldcup/results/index.php
The 2011 World Champion Giles Scott (GBR) made a successful come from behind victory on Saturday to take home the gold medal. Scott finished nine seconds behind Luke Lawrence (USA) for second place. Overnight leader Oliver Tweddell (AUS) slipped up with an eighth place finish Saturday after leading by nine points.
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).
As sailors trickled in to rig their boats on the second day of racing at ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyères they were greeted with flags fluttering in a beautiful breeze that will whet their sailing appetite.