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There are two divisions of the ISAF World Match Race Rankings - Open and Women. Ranking points can only be gained towards the women's rankings when all crew members are women. Sailors will only receive ranking points from events that fully comply with the Regulations.
Events must submit a Grading Form to the ISAF Secretariat at least four months prior to the event. ISAF will publish the dates of WC events on or before 15 October each year and establish a calendar of events. Events may be re-graded retrospectively when there is a clear reason to do so.
The ISAF World Match Rankings rate skippers based on their performances at ISAF Graded events over the 24 month period prior to the release date of the Rankings. Skippers score points by competing a Graded Events with the highest points awarded to the event winner and decreasing down. The most points are up for grabs at the World Match Racing Tour, followed by ISAF Grade 1 events, Grade 2 through to Grade 5.
Bonus points can be scored for success in events featuring the top ranked skippers.
A skipper can count points from a total of eight events - four from the most recent 12 months and four from up to 24 months ago. Events contested within 12 months of each ranking release count for double. The winner of an ISAF Grade 1 event can expect to score around 1,800 points if the event took place within the last 12 months or around 1,000 if it was 12-24 months ago.
As well as reflecting the current form and perfomance of the world's top match racer, the ISAF World Match Race Rankings are also used to decide 10 of the 12 skippers who will compete in the ISAF Women's Match Racing World Championship.
The following Grades apply:
|2016-2017 World Sailing Match Racing Event Grading Form|
|Match Race Ranking Holiday Guidelines|
|Match Race Rankings Grading Criteria|
|11 Nov 2016||Opatija Cup||Opatija||CRO|
|19 Nov 2016||RS:X Youth World Windsurfing Championships||Limassol||CYP|
|1 Dec 2016||St. Nicholas Race||Pula||CRO|
|8 Dec 2016||27° Imperia Winter Regatta||Imperia||ITA|
|17 Dec 2016||Christmas Race Palamós||Palamos (Girona)||ESP|
|28 Dec 2016||Laser Europa Cup and New Year regatta Hvar Croatia||Hvar||CRO|
|1 Mar 2017||Portugal International Sailing Olympic Week||Portimão||POR|
|24 Jun 2017||RS:X Youth World Windsurfing Championships||Torbole||ITA|
|19 Aug 2017||Cork OCR (Olympic Classes Regatta)||Kingston||CAN|
|10 Nov 2017||Opatija Cup||Opatija||CRO|
|31 Jul 2017||2017 Youth Match Racing World Championship||Balboa Yacht Club||USA|
|13 Dec 2016||The Kingdom Match Race Event 2016||Zallaq||BRN|
|16 Nov 2016||Harken Youth International Match Racing Championship 2016||The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club||AUS|
|18 Nov 2016||RYA National Match Racing Championships Grand Finals||Queen Mary SC||GBR|
|19 Nov 2016||November Match Race||Marina di Scarlino||ITA|
|21 Nov 2016||Musto International Youth MR Championship||CYCA||AUS|
|2 Dec 2016||International Christmas Far East 23R Match Race||Trieste||ITA|
|10 Dec 2016||Christmas Match Race||Brindisi||ITA|
|16 Feb 2017||2017 Nespresso Youth International Match Racing Cup||Waitemata Harbour||NZL|
|11 Mar 2017||2017 New Zealand Women's Match Racing Championship||Waitemata Harbour||NZL|
|15 Nov 2017||Harken Youth International Match Racing Championship 2017||The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club||AUS|
|27 Oct 2016||CISM Military World Sailing Games||Karachi||PAK|
|5 Nov 2016||Butler Cup 2016||Long Beach, CA||USA|
|18 Nov 2016||2016 ICSA Match Race Championship||San Diego||USA|
|26 Nov 2016||Selective de Zone de Match Race||Le Havre||FRA|
|26 Nov 2016||Selective Open Match Racing 2017 RR1 Atlantique||Pornichet||FRA|
|2 Sep 2017||Darwin Open Match Racing Regatta||Darwin Sailing Club||AUS|