Laser Radial shuffle after 100-point European and Central and South American Championships
Top 25 remain the same in 470, Finn, Nacra 17 and RS:X
Alex Maloney and Molly Meech (NZL) remain 49erFX World #1 after inaugural 49erFX World Championship success
British 1-2 in the 49er
Alex Maloney and Molly Meech (NZL) sealed the first ever 49erFX world title over the weekend at the Inaugural World Championship in Marseille, France.
The Kiwis have been one of the stand-out crews in the early days of the 49erFX finishing on the podium at all six events they’ve competed in, winning four.
On 987 points they are 13 points shy of a near perfect ranking score and sit at World #1 in the 49erFX Rankings ahead of Brazil’s Martine Grael and Kahena Kunze who finished second in Marseille.
Shooting up the rankings after finishing third in Marseille is French duo Sarah Steyaert and Julie Bossard. At only their second regatta together the French pair sprung the surprise and move from World #51 to World #30.
Dylan Fletcher and Alain Sign (GBR) have moved to World #1 in the 49er Rankings after a fourth place at the 2013 World Championship. The Brits have put in steady performances over the last 12 months to sit ahead of compatriots David Evans and Ed Powys by seven points.
Peter Burling and Blair Tuke made it a Kiwi double in Marseille as they took their first World Championship title ahead of team-mates Marcus Hansen and Josh Porebski.
The 2013 World Champions have only sailed at two 49er events over the last 12 months and hold a perfect ranking score of 300 points which positions them at World #52. Hansen and Porebski have taken in five events in the current period moved to a personal best of World #13.
Tatiana Drozdovskaya (BLR) remains at World #1 in the Laser Radial after finishing 13th at the Laser Radial European Championship in Dun Laoghaire, Ireland. Alison Young (GBR) has closed the gap on Drozdovskaya as she moves from World #5 to World #2 after finishing in the final podium spot in Ireland.
European Champion Annalise Murphy (IRL) remains in fourth having taken the full 100-points on offer at the regatta.
An 18th place finish for Belgium’s Emma Plasschaert ensured the youngster moves up to a personal best of World #8 from World #11.
Central and South American Laser Radial Champion Lucia Falasca received the full 100-points from the regatta in Higuerillas, Chile and moves up from World #114 to World #70. World #70 is the Argentineans best ranking to date.
Brazilian bronze medallist Fernanda Decnop also makes a healthy leap up the rankings. She sits one spot behind Falasca at World #71 having moved up from World #125. With Decnop set to compete at ISAF Sailing World Cup Qingdao, a 200 point regatta, further progress is possible.
Australia’s Tom Burton continues to sit atop of the Laser Rankings but following the Laser European Championship in Dun Laoghaire, Ireland there is plenty of movement below the Australian.
2013 European Champion Tonci Stipanovic took maximum points at the 100-point regatta which pushes the Croatian up one spot to World #14.
Fourth place for Nick Thompson (GBR) in Ireland pushed the British sailor back into the top 25 for the first time since June 2012.
At World #1 Ivan Pastor (ESP) has a strong advantage over World #2 Ricardo Santos (BRA) in the Men’s RS:X. Santos and World #4 Ho Tsun Leung will sail at ISAF Sailing World Cup Qingdao so will look to close the gap on the Spaniard.
World #1 Bryony Shaw (GBR) will have the opportunity to extend her advantage in the Women’s RS:X rankings at the 200-point ISAF Sailing World Cup Qingdao regatta. World #4 Hei Man Chan (HKG) and World #9 Patricia Freitas (BRA) will also have an opportunity to reduce the gap in Qingdao, China.
There are no changes in the top 25 in the Men’s 470 as Mat Belcher and Will Ryan hold the World #1 spot with a perfect ranking point’s total.
Lara Vadlau and Jolanta Ogar (AUT) have a one point advantage over Fernanda Oliveira and Ana Barbachan (BRA) in the Women’s 470.
Caleb Paine (USA) sits clear of Andrew Mills (GBR) and Brendan Casey (AUS) in the Finn Rankings. 2013 World Champion Jorge Zarif (BRA) is World #33 having only sailed at three regattas during the ranking period.
World #1 duo Thomas Zajac and Tanja Frank (AUT) hold a narrow advantage over Moana Vaireaux and Manon Audinet (FRA) with Dutch pair Renee Groeneveld and Karel Begemann at World #3.
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