ISAF Match Race Rankings – 30 October 2013Sailing, Sports, Yachting — By admin on October 30, 2013 at 3:18 PM
Taylor Canfield’s (ISV) third place finish at the Argo Group Gold Cup was enough for him to retain the World #1 spot and to take the overall lead in the Alpari World Match Racing Tour.
ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year nominee and World #2 Ian Williams (GBR) finished sixth in Bermuda and dropped to second, ten points behind Canfield in the Tour standings.
Francesco Bruni (ITA) secured victory at the Argo Group Gold Cup by defeating Ben Ainslie (GBR) in the final. The result pushes the former World #1 up to World #115 from World #196. The Italian counts four events in his ranking total having devoted time to Luna Rossa Challenge after finishing the 2011 World Match Racing Tour as runner-up.
Ainslie re-enters the rankings at World #223.
Staffan Lindberg (FIN) continues to climb up the rankings and after taking top spot at the ISAF Grade 2 Geneva International Match Race he moves to World #9 and just four spots off his best ranking of #5 that came in October 2007.
Ireland’s Philip Bendon came out on top at the ISAF Grade 3 EUROSAF Match Racing, Open Youth European Championship in Lake Constance, Germany and as a result moves from World #101 to World #57, a personal best.
France’s Guillaume Pirouelle was unable to defend his title in Lake Constance and came through in fourth. Nonetheless the strong result gives the young Frenchman his best ranking of World #81, moving up from World #129.
With ISAF Grade 3, 4 and 5 regattas aplenty this month there is further movement down the rankings.
Lucy Macgregor (GBR) is firmly positioned at World #1 in the Women’s Rankings with over 1,000 points separating her and World #2 Camilla Ulrikkeholm (DEN).
Two ISAF Grade 3 regattas took place in the current period ensuring some movement below the top spots.
Australia’s Rayshele Martin took the honours at the Australian Women’s Match Racing Championship in New South Wales. Martin overcame Milly Bennett (AUS) to take maximum points from the event.
The result pushes Martin from World #60 to World #25, a personal best whilst Bennett moves up two spots to World #19.
Anne-Claire Le Berre (FRA) took gold at the France Women’s Match Racing Championships after strong weather forced cancellation on the final day. Le Berre had the best of the completed Round Robin and the advantage going into the final stages however strong winds forced postponement and handed Le Berre the title.
The French sailor moves up to World #21 counting five events. Runner-up Julie Bossard (FRA) stays at World #10.