RS:X sailor Bryony Shaw is the only British competitor to top the latest ISAF World Sailing Rankings. Her gold medal at the Hyeres world cup event puts her World No.1 in the Women’s RS:X, overtaking Italy's Flavia Tartaglini.
With most GBR Olympic sailors missing the ISAF world cup events in Australia and the USA and the 2012/2013 series completed the rankings have yet to gain momentum following the 2012 Olympics.
Robert Scheidt of Brazil has been competing in his old class, the Laser following the removal of the Star from the next Games, and has reached a world ranking No. 101 following silver in Hyeres. Australian Tom Burton heads the Laser rankings.
The two new Olympic classes continue to gain competitors following the opening of the European season. Alex Maloney and Molly Meech of New Zealand are in No. 1 spot, with Britain's Charlotte Dobson and Mary Rook in fourth. Germany’s Leonie Meyer and Caroline Vandame are this month’s prime movers and go from World No. 41 to World No. 16.
In the Nacra 17, Billy Besson and Marie Riou of France move from fifth to No. 1 after good results in Palma and Hyeres. World Cup Hyeres winners Tim Shuwalow and Hanna Klinga of Sweden move up to No. 2. Lucy Macgregor and Tom Phipps take sixth and Ben Saxton and Ben Saxton are seventh.
In the Finn, Andrew Mills moves from 16th to sixth following his gold in Heyeres. Mark Andrews is seventh and Giles Scott 18th, all climbing the rankings fast. No.1 is Brendan Casey of Australia.
Other British top ten rankings: Alison Young is world No. 3 in the Radial, Sophie Weguelin and Eilidh Mcintyre jump from 15th to fifth in the women's 470 and Nick Dempsey holds No.3 ranking in the men's RS:X.
30 April 2013 7:32