The leaders of the current ISAF World Match Race Rankings remain unchanged but the chasing pack are applying pressure and closing the gap.
Current Open World Match Race Champion Adam Minoprio (NZL) has had his lead narrowed as has Lucy Macgregor (GBR) in the Women's Rankings.
Adam Minoprio (NZL) completes his ninth consecutive release in the world number one position but has failed to reach the final of the last three ISAF World Match Racing Tour events. His best result was a third place at the Portugal Match Cup in Troia. Torvar Mirsky (AUS) has also slipped from second to fourth despite finishing runner-up to Peter Gilmour in the battle of the Aussies at the ISAF World Match Race Tour event in Portugal and fourth at the ISAF World Match Racing Tour events in Gyeonggi, Korea and Marstrand, Sweden.
The big gain has been made by Ben Ainslie by winning the ISAF World Match Race Tour event in Marstrand. Ainslie has otherwise been on duty racing with the Team Origin team. Mathieu Richard (FRA) moves up one place from fourth to third with a win at the ISAF World Match Racing Tour event in Gyeonggi, where he beat Ian Williams (GBR) in the final.
The other significant mover in the top ten has been Peter Gilmour (AUS). Gilmour climbs into the top five from eighth. The old master beat his apprentice, Torvar Mirsky (AUS) in the final of the ISAF World Match Race Tour event in Troia, Portugal.
Eugeniy Neugodnikov (RUS) is another sailor on the rise; he won the Slovenia Match Cup in Koper and the recent Seven Feet Cup regatta in Vladivostock, Russia. Neugodnikov was also narrowly beaten in the final of the Sails of White Nights regatta, beaten by one of the other young kiwi stars, Reuben Corbett. Neugodnikov moves from #11 to #8 whilst Corbett moves up from #33 to #25.
Other significant movements have been made by Jesper Radich (DEN) who continues to climb the rankings this time from #139 to #79 largely due to runner-up position at Match Cup Sweden where he was beaten by Ben Ainslie. Magnus Holmberg (SWE) also made big strides care of a third spot at his home regatta in Marstrand. He moves from #50 to #32.
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Lucy Macgregor (GBR) retains the top spot in the Women's ISAF World Match Race Rankings but her lead is been eroded by Claire Leroy of France. Despite finishing a lowly eighth at the ISAF Sailing World Cup regatta in Kiel, Macgregor did however finish third at Match Cup Sweden Women's Trophy in Marstrand. Claire Leroy finished Kieler Woche as runner up in a long draw out regatta in light airs. She was defeated by Ekaterina Skudina of Russia who has been the big mover of this rankings release. Skudina also won Match Cup Sweden Women's Trophy to jump from #22 to #11.
Anna Tunnicliffe continues to stride up the rankings from sixth to third only eight points ahead of current Women's Match Racing Champion Nicky Souter (AUS). Tunnicliffe finished third at Kieler Woche as opposed to Souter's ninth.
Renee Groeneveld (NED) gains four places moving to #8. Goeneveld was beaten in the final of Match Cup Sweden Women's Trophy in Marstrand. Another key mover is Silja Lehtinen (FIN) who remained unbeaten in the preliminary rounds at Kieler Woche but finished in seventh place in the finals. Lehtinen also won the Swedish Championship for women in Malmo propelling her from #20 to #15 in the new rankings.
Petra Kliba (CRO) climbs from #35 to #23 scoring points for a third place at the Berlin Women's Match Race won by Katie Archer of Great Britain. Archer gains 20 places jumping from #50 to #30, as well as winning in Berlin she also finished third at the Swedish Championship for women in Malmo.
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The next release of the ISAF World Match Race Rankings will be on 4 August 2010.
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