The Brit has knocked Ben Ainslie (GBR) off the top of the Open Rankings for the first time since December 2010 after stringing together some impressive results throughout the World Match Racing Tour. Williams previously held the World #1 spot in June 2008 and has slowly worked his way up to the top spot in 2011. Ainslie, who claimed the 2010 World Match Race Tour title, slips to #3.
Williams won the fifth World Match Race Tour event, Stena Match Cup Sweden, by defeating Bjorn Hansen 3-2 in the final. Hansen's second place finish meant that the Swede moves from #6 to equal his best of fourth in the world.
Like Williams, Italy's Francesco Bruni has also put in some strong performances on the World Match Race Tour but stays at #2.
One of the biggest movers is Mads Ebler (DEN) who jumps from #38 to #12. The Dane won the Grade 1 Internationaux de France de Match Racing Manu Minard Trophy 2011 in Pornichet, France as well as the Grade 3 Ploener Segler Verein Match in Grosser Ploner See, Germany.
Poland's Przemek Tarnacki won the ISAF Nations Cup Regional Open Final to secure a place at the Grand Final in Sheboygan, USA and moves to #28.
Seven Feet Cup winner William Tiller (NZL) continues to climb up the rankings after winning the event in Russia he moves to a high of #22 place.
In the Women's Match Race Rankings Claire Leroy (FRA) has taken the top spot in the rankings after her victory at the Stena Match Cup Sweden Women's Trophy. The French match racer moved from #6 to #1 after she won the Grade 1 regatta in Marstrand, Sweden.
Anna Tunnicliffe (USA) came behind Leroy in Sweden and moves to a high of #2. Lucy Macgregor (GBR) slips from #1 to #3. And Sally Barkow (USA) climbs to #4 with Renee Groeneveld slipping to #5.
After her victory at the ISAF Nations Cup Regional Women's Final Annemiek Bekkering (NED) moves from #195 to #69 and is the biggest mover in the Women's Rankings.
The next ranking release is on 7 September 2011.