After being crowned 2012 ISAF Women's Match Racing World Champion in Gothenburg, Sweden Silja Lehtinen (FIN) has moved from World #9 up to World #4. The Finn put somewhat of a mixed 12 months behind her and showed she has what it takes to be amongst the front runners when it really matters.
Anna Tunnicliffe (USA) has held the World #1 spot since September 2011 and is proving to be a formidable force in women's match racing. But Lehtinen brushed the American aside in Gothenburg showing that Tunnicliffe, who has won eight events since June 2011, that she is human after all.
Lucy Macgregor (GBR) remains in second behind Tunnicliffe whilst Claire Leroy (FRA) remains in third. Leroy has consistently progressed to the semi-finals throughout 2012 but has often fallen short in the final stages. Leroy lost out on the final podium spot in Gothenburg to Sally Barkow (USA) who is World #5.
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With Stena Match Cup and Chicago Match Cup included in this month's rankings Ian Williams (GBR) has further extended his advantage at the top of the Open Rankings having finished on the podium at both events.
Williams finished third at Stena Match Cup before victory in Chicago, this added to consistent results over the last two years it will take a lot of hard work for the chasing pack to overthrow the Brit.
Bjorn Hansen (SWE) remains in second place having won Stena Match Cup in Sweden whilst Pierre Antoine Morvan moves from fourth to third and Phil Robertson, Stena Match Cup runner up, climbs one place to World #4.
Mads Ebler (DEN) took the honours at the Slovenia Match Cup, an ISAF Grade 2 regatta, and this has subsequently seen the Dane jump from World #20 into the top ten. Viktor Ogeman (SWE) finished behind Ebler in Slovenia and moves into the top 50 for the first time.
After his victory at Parnu Sailing Week in Estonia Will Tiller (NZL) has moved into the top for the first time and continues his impressive run of form.
This months big mover is Rafal Sawicki (POL) who climbs from World #83 to World #38 after he won Gdynia Match Cup, the Polish Match Race Nationals.
The next release of the ISAF World Match Race Rankings will be 22 August 2012.