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21 February 2003, 09:34 am
Rankings Released 20 February 2003
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2002 ISAF Women's Match Racing World Championship Action

ISAF World Match Race Rankings

The first ISAF World Match Race Rankings release of 2003, was issued today 20 February. However, no change at the top with the forerunners in both the Open and the Women's holding on tight to their number one world ranking.

Open

With 7 events included in this issue of the rankings, there was not likely to be that much change. Karol Jablonski remains in the number 1 spot which he has held since 27 November 2002. Not far behind however is Jesper Radich (DEN) - only 16 points behind Jablonski - and Jes Gram-Hansen (DEN) at number who is only 20 points behind Radich.

The only major mover is Ian Williams of Great Britain who moves up 6 places from 26 to enter the top 20 only one point behind Lars Nordbjerg (DEN) who is ranked 19th.

Women

Marie Bjorling (SWE) continues to exert her dominance, having retained her place as the world's number 1 since 2001. Her margin of more than 2000 points, will ensure her position for a while yet.

With a top result at the US Women's Match Racing Championship, Betsy Alison has secured a move-up from 13 to 9. On the Olympic circuit, Betsy continues to show excellent form in the Yngling keelboat.

The next release of the ISAF World Match Race Rankings will be on 20 March after the Steinlager 7 Cup.

For the women, this issue of the rankings will be used as the basis of the invitations to attend the 2003 ISAF Women's Match Racing World Championship , 17-21 June, Sundsvall, Sweden, which will be sailed in J/80's.

Notice of Race Published - 16 January

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