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.
It was an epic final day battle in the Laser between Tonci Stipanovic (CRO) and Pavlos Kontides (CYP) at ISAF Sailing World Cup Qingdao with the Croatian taking the spoils. In the Laser Radial, Dongshuang Zhang (CHN) defended her title ahead of a close knit bunch of racers.
The sailors are enjoying racing at the 2014 ISAF Sailing World Cup Qingdao. Ahead of racing on the second day we caught up with the few of the world's finest Olympic sailors to hear what they had to say about the venue.
Brazil's Martine Grael and Kahena Kunze sealed a last gasp gold in the 49erFX. Peter Burling and Blair Tuke (NZL) stylishly sealed gold in the 49er winning the Medal Race whilst a fight for silver and bronze played out behind them.
Only the 49er yellow fleet were able to get racing in on the fourth day at the Santander 2014 ISAF Sailing World Championships as light, teasing winds played havoc across the seven race courses.
The 470, 49er, 49erFX, Finn, Nacra 17 and RS:X fleets were all scheduled for racing early on in the day with the Laser (silver and bronze fleets) and Laser Radial (silver fleet) penned in later in the afternoon.
Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing won the race to the Equator late on Thursday and were in good shape to make the turning mark of Fernando de Noronha at the head of the Volvo Ocean Race fleet as their six rivals were still playing catch-up despite finally escaping the Doldrums.
The second day of the Optimist World Championship saw lighter winds as the fleets were held ashore, waiting for the breeze to build. The first race saw the lightest conditions so far with about 8 knots.