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.
On the eve of the Aquece Rio International Sailing Regatta 2014, the first Rio 2016 test event, a group of specialists have explained the measures being undertaken to ensure that water quality in Guanabara Bay is suitable for top-level competition, as well as outlining the longer-term initiatives that will improve the bay for the city's residents.
It was a day of snakes and ladders for most on a tricky penultimate race day at the RS Feva Worlds. The fleet was held ashore for an hour and a half whilst the gradient breeze flopped about and the seabreeze settled. It was a light 8kts that saw the Gold fleet set off.
At the close of play on day 1 Alpari World Match Racing Tour champion Taylor Canfield (ISV) tops the leader board unbeaten on 5-0, ahead of Phil Robertson (NZL) on 5-1 and local Polish legend Karol Jablonski on 4-1.