ISAF Match Race Rankings – 18 February 2015

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ISAF_logo_360Record breaking Ian Williams (GBR) moves back into World #1 in the Open Rankings after he picked up his fifth ISAF Match Racing World Championship title in Johor Bahru, Malaysia. Meanwhile, Camilla Ulrikkeholm (DEN) retains World #1 in the Women’s Rankings.

Open Rankings

Great Britain’s Ian Williams became the most successful match racing helmsman of all time as he sealed his fifth ISAF Match Racing World Championship title at the Monsoon Cup in Johor Bahru, Malaysia.

As well as the overall title, Williams took the Monsoon Cup honours which propelled him back to World #1 in the Open Rankings, leapfrogging rival Taylor Canfield (ISV).

Williams started the final day of the Monsoon Cup by winning a third and decisive match over Wild Card entry Eric Monnin (SUI). A ticket to the Finals was sufficient to give Williams his fifth world title. Aged 37, Williams won his first World Championship in 2007, and added three more titles in 2008, 2011 and 2012, when he drew level with Australian sailor Peter Gilmour with four titles.

Mathieu Richard (FRA) was no match for Williams in the Monsoon Cup Final, losing out 3-0. Nonetheless he holds on to World #3.

Singapore’s Maximillian Soh competed at the Monsoon Cup, finishing down in 11th place. Whilst he doesn’t count the Monsoon Cup points to his Open Rankings total he does, however, count maximum points from the Kingdom Match Race Event, an ISAF Grade 2 regatta. Soh came out on top in a strong field in Zallaq, Bahrain and as a result climbs from World #22 to World #17, a personal best.

Olli-Pekka Lumijärvi (FIN) finished runner-up to Soh in Bahrain and remains at World #21.

A second ISAF Grade 2 event, the Warren Jones International Youth Regatta, took place in the current period with New Zealand’s Chris Steele sealing the title. The Kiwi moves up one spot to World #15. Steele’s rise up the rankings has been an impressive one. Entering the rankings at World #570 in January 2012, he has continued to progress upwards and currently sits at his personal best.

Sam Gilmour (AUS) finished as runner-up at the Warren Jones regatta and holds on at World #14. Third placed Henry Kernot (AUS) climbs up nearly 200 places to World #190 from World #378.

Another Australian Gilmour, Lachy, entered the match racing domain for the first time in 2015, competing at three graded regattas. A third at the Schweppes 2015 “Little Wheel” Youth Match Racing Regatta alongside ISAF Grade 2 & 3 appearances sees him enter the rankings for the first time at World #252.

Harry Price (AUS) is one of the other big movers of the month having won the ISAF Grade 3 2015 Youth International Match Racing World Championship in Auckland, New Zealand. He climbs up 46 places to World #42, a personal best.

Matthew Jerwood (AUS) moves to his highest ranking position of World #33 this month following success at the 2015 Australian Match Racing Championship.

Great Britain’s Annabel Vose continues to progress up the Open Rankings with solid performances. Vose won the ISAF Grade 4 RYA Winter Match Racing Series Weekend 1 and followed it up with a second at Weekend 2. She enters the top 100 of the Open Rankings for the first time, occupying World #87. In the Women’s Rankings Vose is at World #14.

Milly Bennett, ranked World #9 in the Women’s Rankings, also marches up the tree in the Open division. Bennett counts points from her seventh at the ISAF Grade 3 Hardy Cup and sits inside the top 100 at World #96.

Hardy Cup winner Jay Griffin (AUS) jumps up 19 spots to World #102.

With further ISAF Grade 3, 4 and 5 match racing events taking place in the Netherlands, Ireland, France, USA and Australia there are plenty of ups and downs prevalent across the Open Rankings.

Women’s Rankings

There were no Women’s Match Racing events during the current ranking period meaning that Camilla Ulrikkeholm (DEN) retains her spot at World #1. 2014 World Champion Anna Kjellberg (SWE) remains at World #2 whilst Stephanie Roble (USA) sits comfortably at World #3.

2015 sees the return of the ISAF Nations Cup and the Women’s International Match Racing Series which will certainly provide some changes to the Women’s Rankings along the way.

Women’s match racing events are scheduled to take place at six ISAF Nations Cup regional finals ahead of the Grand Final from 14-19 July 2015 in Vladivostok, Russia.

The Women’s International Match Racing Series will start off with the ISAF Women’s Match Racing World Championship in Middelfart, Denmark in July with regattas in Lysekil, Sweden, Sheboygan, USA and Busan, South Korea following.

The next stop for women’s match racers is the ISAF Grade 3 Marinassess Women’s Match Racing Regatta 2015, scheduled for 21-22 March 2015.

The ISAF World Match Race Rankings were introduced in 1989 and measure the performance of over 2000 skippers to identify the world’s most consistent performers. There are two divisions – Open and Women. To gain women’s match racing ranking poinst all crew members shall be women.The 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.Release DatesEvents which attract particular large and competitive fleets can be upgraded providing they meet the Grading criteria of the higher level. Events can also be downgraded if they fail to meet the criteria.Failure to send results in time for inclusion in the appropriate rankings release may result in points being lost.Ranking Release Dates:
Wednesday 18 February 2015
Wednesday 15 April 2015
Wednesday 17 June 2015
Wednesday 22 July 2015
Wednesday 12 August 2015
Wednesday 9 September 2015
Wednesday 14 October 2015
Wednesday 18 November 2015
Match racing – Open – Wednesday 18 February 2015
Pos Name Country Crew Events Previous Best Points
1 Williams Ian GBR 8 2 1 11731
2 Canfield Taylor ISV 8 1 1 11630
3 Richard Mathieu FRA 8 3 1 10904
4 Monnin Eric SUI 8 4 4 10176
5 Hansen Bjorn SWE 8 5 2 9944
6 Aschenbrenner Joachim DEN 8 6 6 9440
7 Sehested Nicolai DEN 8 7 5 9413
8 Swinton Keith AUS 8 8 3 9387
9 Morvan Pierre-antoine FRA 8 9 3 9371
10 Gilmour David AUS 8 10 10 9353
11 Berntsson Johnie SWE 8 11 6 9201
12 Corbett Reuben NZL 8 12 10 8860
13 Robertson Philip NZL 8 15 4 8852
14 Gilmour Sam AUS 8 14 13 8847
15 Steele Chris NZL 8 16 15 8774
16 Lindberg Staffan FIN 8 13 5 8659
17 Soh Maximilian SIN 8 22 17 8396
18 Basic Tomislav CRO 8 17 10 8072
19 Sepp Mati EST 8 18 17 8011
20 Herreman Arthur FRA 8 19 19 7984
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Match racing – Women – Wednesday 18 February 2015
Pos Name Country Crew Events Previous Best Points
1 Ulrikkeholm Camilla DEN Louise Ulrikkeholm
Josefine Boel Rasmussen
Joan Hansen
Trine Palludan
8 1 1 10231
2 Kjellberg Anna SWE Karin Almquist
Johanna Larsson
Linnéa Wennergren
Annie Wennergren
Vanja Lundberg
Annika Carlunger
8 2 2 9634
3 Roble Stephanie USA 8 3 3 8630
4 Meldgaard Pedersen Lotte DEN 7 4 1 7360
5 Le Berre Anne-claire FRA 8 5 5 6584
6 Sylvan Caroline SWE 8 6 5 6404
7 Zuiderbaan Klaartje NED 6 7 2 5611
8 Macgregor Lucy GBR 5 8 1 5314
9 Bennett Milly AUS 8 9 6 4497
10 Courtois Pauline FRA Jeanne Courtois
Juliette Le Friec
Louise Chevet
5 10 10 4195
11 Spithill Katie AUS Stacey Jackson
Jessica Eastwell
Maryann Thomas
Alessandra Angelini
3 11 2 4026
12 Pierce Claudia NZL Aimee Famularo
Paige Maree Cook
Janelle Peat
Hannah Louise Osborne
8 12 9 3933
13 Lim Denise SIN 8 13 10 3694
14 Vose Annabel GBR 5 14 11 3644
15 Ramm-schmidt Nina FIN 8 16 15 3034
16 Häger Sanna SWE 6 17 16 2854
17 Pyatt Susannah NZL Jenny Egnot
Karleen Dixon
Jenna Hansen
5 18 16 2830
18 Breault Nicole USA 5 19 15 2779
19 Dijkstra Rikst NED 5 20 19 2661
20 Scheiwiller Lucie FRA 6 30 20 2652
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