Maxim OBEREMKO from the Ukraine continues to lead the field ahead of Jon-Paul TOBIN (NZL). Both tipped for the top they have made and consolidated their position at the top since last years Mistral World Championship, held less than 8 months ago in Pattaya, Thailand.
In those championships they finished the other way around to their current World ranking, and down in 13 and 14 place. Those worldâ€™s were won by Gal FRIDMAN (ISR), who since the last ranking release has dropped from third to 7. He has appeared, like many of the Worldâ€™s best sailors, to have turned his attention to venue acclimatisation against physical competition as his build up to this event, and this is reflected in the rankings.
Another drop in the rankings is the position of former Olympic and World Champion Nikos KAKLAMANAKIS (GRE), traditionally, he tends to work hard at particular venues and as such has spent a considerable time training in Athens. This paid off recently with his total dominance of the tricky conditions at the Athens Regatta 2003, which he won easily. Nevertheless he now lies in 15 in the rankings, dropping 8 places from the last release.
Dom TIDEY (GBR), with a solid season so far, is proving himself at the top and now moves into third place in the rankings for Great Britain whilst Joao RODRIGUES (POR)is another big mover, up 6 places to sixth overall.
Two recent additions to the top twenty are Samuel LAUNAY (FRA), who pops up from 21 to 19, and adds to the other four French windsurfers in the top twenty, and Michael LANCEY (AUS) into 20 position.
ISAF World Sailing Rankings www.sailing.org/rankings ISAF World Championship Website www.cadizworlds2003.com/