It has been a busy month for the Mistral sailors since the last ranking release of 4 May and there are numerous changes to the Rankings. The main event was of course the ISAF Grade W Mistral World Championship, but sailors are also adding points from a Grade 1, a Grade 2 and a Grade 3 event.
Maxim OBEREMKO (UKR) may not have had his best World Championship result but he none the less remains top of the list. Below him it is all change, Julien BONTEMPS (FRA) and Nick DEMPSEY (GBR) are both now feeling the effects of not competing since the Olympic Games and slide from two and three to eleven and twelve respectively. Taking their places are Ivan PASTOR-LAFUENTE (ESP) and Ricardo SANTOS (BRA). PASTOR moves up to number two after he finished sixth at the Worlds and twelfth at the World Festival on the Beach, whilst it is a bigger jump for the Brazilian sailor who had to watch his dreams slip away after a disastrous final race in Athens. The silver medal position at the 2005 Worlds and a fifth at the Festival may go some way to healing the wounds as he moves up ten places to number three, the highest Rankings' position he has ever achieved.
The bronze at the Worlds went to Cypriot sailor Andreas CARIOLOU whose progress up the rankings has been steady for some time now. He moves up six places to number four, whilst HO Chi Ho (HKG) completes the top five.
The Men's 2005 Mistral World Champion is Nicolas HUGUET (FRA) and he subsequently moves six places up the Rankings to number six. The big movers in the top 20 are CHAN King Yin (HKG) and Francisco Curro MANCHON DOMINGUEZ (ESP). CHAN, who finished fourth at the Worlds, a massive improvement from his 55 place at the 2004 Worlds, moves up 13 places to number 15, whilst MANCHON climbs ten to 20 after a tenth place finish at the Worlds.
The total number of sailors has increased by 21 to 234. The highest new entry is Nimrod MASHIAH (ISR) who joins the ranking list at number 110 after finishing 24 at the World Championship.
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FULL RANKING LIST
Windsurfer Men - Mistral
ISAF Grade W Events - Mistral World Championship, Italy
ISAF Grade 1 Events - Holland Regatta, Netherlands
ISAF Grade 2 Events - Expert Olympic Garda, Italy
ISAF Grade 3 Events - World Festival on the Beach, Italy
The following ISAF Graded Events (ISAF Grade indicated in brackets) were not included in the Rankings for the reasons given below.
100 Years of Rotary Regatta, Bulgaria - Mistral men (3). Not enough entrants
Regatta Port Bourgas, Bulgaria - Mistral men (3). Not enough entrants
Polish Yachting Association Trophy, Poland - Mistral men (3). Not eligible to enter
The next release of the rankings will be 29 June 2005.