ISAF Match Race Rankings - 18 May 2014

by ISAF 
Camilla Ulrikkeholm
Camilla Ulrikkeholm (DEN) holds on to her World number one position in the Women's ISAF Match Race Rankings whilst Ian Williams (GBR) returns to the top of the Open Rankings.

Women's Rankings

There is no change in the top two of the Women's rankings as Camilla Ulrikkelhom (DEN) holds off new World Champion Anna Kjellberg (SWE) to retain the World number one position.

With three victories needed to win the final of the 2014 ISAF Women's Match Racing World Championship, Ulrikkeholm gained an early advantage by winning the first match of the final. The second meeting ended in a fierce fight around the course, but Kjellberg kept control and passed the finish line one boat length ahead of her opponent.

When the Swedes won the third match, they put Ulrikkeholm under great pressure to break back. In the fourth match the Danes got away ahead, but Kjellberg was allowed to tack away for clear air, found an advantageous wind shift and passed into a leading position which she was able to maintain to the finish.

The only two skippers in the top five to count results from the maximum eight events, Ulrikkeholm and Kjellberg will be chased down by new talent as the 2014 season unfolds. The celebrations on Kjellberg's team were particularly poignant for bowman Annika Carlunger who has no less than seven World Championship silver medals and finally celebrated standing on top of the podium.

In the Petit Final, Caroline Sylvan (SWE) put up a tough fight against Stephanie Roble (USA) but the American crew proved the strongest. With a world championship bronze medal in her pocket, Roble climbs two places to World number three. Fourth place for Sylvan takes her up two places to World number six

The only other women's event adding points for this ranking release is the Grade three New Zealand National Championship. A silver medal in Auckland and eighth place at the World Championship sees Claudia Pierce (NZL) moving up six places to a career best at number 9. The 2014 New Zealand national champion is Susannah Pyatt (NZL) who climbs twelve places up to World twenty one.

ISAF Women's Rankings

1Camilla UlrikkeholmDENLouise Ulrikkeholm
Josefine Boel Rasmussen
Joan Hansen
Trine Palludan
2Anna KjellbergSWEKarin Almquist
Johanna Larsson
Linnéa Wennergren
Annie Wennergren
Vanja Lundberg
Annika Carlunger
3Stephanie RobleUSA 6536990
4Lucy MacgregorGBRAnnie Lush
Kate Macgregor
5Lotte Meldgaard PedersenDENSusanne Boidin
Tina Schmidt
6Caroline SylvanSWE 8865811
7Milly BennettAUS 8974436
8Alexa BezelSUICorinne Meyer
Manon Kivell
Romy Hasler
Laurane Mettraux
9Claudia PierceNZLAimee Famularo
Paige Maree Cook
Janelle Peat
Hannah Louise Osborne
10Anne-claire Le BerreFRAAlice Ponsar
Myrtille Ponge
11Noora TamsFIN 812113798
12Julie BossardFRA 51133695
13Klaartje ZuiderbaanNED 44323624
14Denise LimSIN 814143528
15Ekaterina SkudinaRUSEkaterina Chashchina
Tatiana Lartseva
Silke Hahlbrock
Elena Syuzeva
Vera Dubina
Elena Vorobeva
16Rayshele MartinAUS 518163130
17Claire LeroyFRAMarie Riou
Elodie Bertrand
18Juliana SenfftBRA 516113030
19Nina Ramm-schmidtFIN 820192937
20Nicole BreaultUSA 525202783
21Susannah PyattNZLJenny Egnot
Karleen Dixon
Jenna Hansen
22Anna KjellgrenSWE 819172303
23Fettje OsingaNED 826232186
24Ekaterina AnaninaRUS 431242158
25Tamara EchegoyenESPMariana Lobato
Eva Gonzalez
Lara Cacabelos
Sofia Toro
Angela Pumariega

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Open Rankings

It's very tight at the top of the open rankings and after a brief spell at number two, Ian williams (GBR) returns to the top spot in this release but with a margin of just 60 points.

Williams has fired out of the blocks in 2014 with four regatta wins and two second place finishes so far this year. A win at Match Race Germany, the first event of the 2014 Alpari World Match Racing Tour (WMRT), plus two ISAF Grade two regatta wins add points for Williams and shows his intent for the season.

Displaced back to World number two, Taylor Canfield (ISV) finished seventh in Langenargen, Germany. As the Alpari World Match Racing Tour gathers place the Canfield-Williams battle for the World number one position will be one to watch in the next issues of the ISAF World Match Race Rankings.

In a rematch of the Match Race Germany final, Keith Swinton (AUS) defeated Williams at the ISAF Grade two Royal Southern Match Cup in Hamble, Great Britain and climbs back to his career best position of World number three.

As Helsinki, Finland prepares to host the 2014 ISAF Youth Match Racing World Championship next month, challenger Chris Steele (NZL) claims another five places on the open rankings to move up to World #17 following a win at the ISAF Grade two Chicago Match Cup Qualifier.

The highest ranked competitor will be Joachim Aschenbrenner (DEN) who picked up second place at the Grade 2 J80 Open Spring Cup in Helsinki and the regatta win at GKSS Spring Cup in Langedrag, Sweden to boost himself two more places up the rankings to World #12. The win in Langedrag also gives Aschenbrenner one of two qualification places to the next Alpari WMRT event, Stena Match Cup Sweden. Viktor Ogemn (SWE) takes the other place and holds firm inside the top 20 at #19.

ISAF Open Rankings

1Ian WilliamsGBR 82111490
2Taylor CanfieldISV 81111430
3Keith SwintonAUS 87310430
4Mathieu RichardFRA 84110410
5Bjorn HansenSWE 83210409
6Philip RobertsonNZL 8549787
7Nicolai SehestedDEN 8669629
8Pierre-antoine MorvanFRA 81139277
9Eric MonninSUI 8999158
10Staffan LindbergFIN 81059102
11David GilmourAUS 812118830
12Joachim AschenbrennerDEN 814128801
13Przemek TarnackiPOL 8888607
14Adam MinoprioNZL 81318591
15Johnie BerntssonSWE 81968321
16Reuben CorbettNZL 815108234
17Chris SteeleNZL 822178127
18Marek StanczykPOL 816138127
19Viktor OgemanSWE 817178025
20Tomislav BasicCRO 820107913
21Mati SeppEST 818187811
22William TillerNZL 83757746
23Donald WilsonUSA 823217720
24Sam GilmourAUS 824247614
25Mark LeesGBR 829257504

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