Issue Date - 30 Mar 2005
This, the third ranking release for 2005, includes the results from one ISAF Grade C1 event, three ISAF Grade 2 and two ISAF Grade 3 events. Unfortunately, the racing at the Izola Spring Cup did not take place over the weekend as Slovenia, like much of Europe, suffered from a complete lack of wind.
The top nine sailors of the men's Mistral rankings remain the same but there is a new sailor at number ten. The Cypriot representative in Athens, Andreas CARIOLOU joins the top ten for the very first time after finishing sixth at Princess Sofia. The biggest news in the top 20 is the arrival of Nicolas BEUDOU (FRA) who finished fourth in Palma and climbs eight places back into the top 20 at number 20.
The top podium spot at Princess Sofia was claimed by Ivan PASTOR LAFUENTE (ESP) who dominated the regatta with five bullets and four seconds in the eleven race series, but his ranking position of seven does not change. Second place went to Francisco Curro MANCHON DOMINGUEZ (ESP) and his position does change, a climb of five places to number 29. The world number one, Maxim OBEREMKO (UKR) didn't have a particularly good regatta, finishing third, but is still not to be dislodged from his position at the top, a nail biting 19 points ahead of Julien BONTEMPS (FRA).
There are three new entries and the highest is Karim ACHOUR (TUN) at number 155. The others are Fabian HEIDGGER (ITA) at 156 and Javier JURADO (ESP) at number 159.
Olympic gold medallist Faustine MERRET (FRA) remains at the top of the women's ranking with Alessandra SENSINI (ITA) in second and Olga MASLIVETS (UKR) in third. There are only minor movements in the rest of the top 20 with the highest mover being Blanca MANCHON (ESP) whose third place at Princess Sofia moves her one place up to number eleven at the expense of Anja KAESER (SUI).
There is just one new entry to the women's ranking and that is Regina STADLER (GER) who finished seventh at Princess Sofia.
The next ranking release on 4 May will include the results of events up to and including the results from Semaine Olympique Francaise in France. There should be some major movements as it will include the results from two ISAF Grade 1 events and numerous Grade 2 and 3 events as the European season gains pace.
The ISAF Rankings online application will allow you to search for sailors by ranking, nationality, class, range of rankings. You can also view the events that constitute a sailor's rankings and his/her rankings career history/progression. Go to http://www.sailing.org/rankings, select an event and then click on the sailor's name for his/her career history and the sailor's points for the events that constitute his/her ranking.