In the latest World Sailing Rankings released after the Princesa Sofia and Hempel World Cup Genoa events, only two British teams made the top three in the ten Olympic classes.
Dylan Fletcher and Stuart Bithell keep their No.1 ranking in the 49er, and Ben Saxton and Nicola Boniface rank 2nd in the Nacra17 class.
Just outside the podium rankings are:
Hannah Mills and Eilidh McIntyre 4th in the 470, James Peters and Fynn Sterritt 4th in the 49er, Charlotte Dobson and Saslia Tidey 4th in the 49erFX, and John Gimson and Anna Burnet 4th in the Nacra 17 class.
With the focus on selection for Tokyo 2020 the rankings give some indication of the overall standings of the competitors, but it has to be considered that some potential Olympic competitors have only returned to their event this year, so will still be lacking recent ranking points.
This is the situation with Giles Scott in the Finn who languishes down in 38th with three British Sailing Team members ranked above him.
With eight relevant European Championships taking place over the next month, performance at those events is likely to weigh more with the RYA Olympic Selection Committee, who are tasked with deciding who represents the British Sailing Team at the Olympic Games.
There is also one more World Cup event (2 – 9 June, Marseille, France) before the dead-line for entry (15 June) to the final Tokyo Test Event in August.
Only one entry per nation, per event is alllowed and previous test events one year out from the Olympic Games have provided a guide into who the Olympic champions will be. No fewer than 17 test event medallists in London and 16 in Rio went on to claim an Olympic medal.
World Sailing Rankings for 24 April 2019
470 Men – 1st Matt Belcher and will Ryan AUS
22nd – Luke Patience and Chris Grube (+1) GBR
27th martin Wrigley and James Tayor (-1) GBR
470 Women – 1st Ai Kondo Yoshida and Miho Yoshioka JPN
4th Hannah Mills and Eilidh McIntyre GBR
19th Amy Seabright and Anna Carpenter GBR
49er Men – 1st Dylan Fletcher and Stuart Bithell GBR
4th James Peters and Fynn Sterritt (-2) GBR
28th Jack Hawkins and Chris Thomas (+1) GBR
49erFX Women – 1st Martine Grael and Kahena Kunze BRA
4th Charlotte Dobson and Saslia Tidey GBR
7th Sophie Weguelin and Sophie Ainsworth GBR
Laser Men – 1st Sam Meech NZL
7th Elliott Hanson GBR
9th Lorenzo Chiavarini GBR
10th Nick Thompson GBR
Radial Women – 1st Marit Bouwmeester NED
16th Alison Young GBR
20th Georgina Povall GBR
27th Hannah Snellgrove GBR
Finn Men – 1st Nicholas Heiner NED
7th Ed Wright GBR
15th Ben Cornish GBR
22nd Henery Wetherell GBR
38th Giles Scott (2 less events) GBR
Nacra 17 Mixed – 1st Ruggero Tita and Caterina Banti ITA
2nd Ben Saxton and Nicola Boniface GBR
4th John Gimson and Anna Burnet GBR
17th Chris Rashley and Laura Giovannetti GBR
RS:X Men – 1st Pierra Le Coq FRA
10th Kieron Holmes-Martin GBR
20th Tom Squires GBR
31st Sam Sills GBR
RS:X Women – 1st Peinna Chen CHN
7th Emma Wilson GBR
14th Bryony Shaw GBR
36th Saskia Sills GBR