Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Adam Minoprio holds on to #1 match race spot; Mathieu Richard climbs to 4th

[Source: ISAF] The top two remain unchanged in the latest release of the Open ISAF World Match Race Rankings. Adam Minoprio (NZL) completes his seventh consecutive release in the world #1 spot, followed by fellow young gun Torvar Mirsky (AUS).

Triple Olympic gold medallist and TeamOrigin skipper Ben Ainslie (GBR) remains in third position having been runner-up at Match Race France in Marseilles.

Three French sailors hold top ten positions in the rankings, Mathieu Richard, Damien Iehl and Sebastien Col. Mathieu Richard (FRA) has moved up the leaderboard from seventh to fourth after his impressive victory on home waters in Marseilles and Damien Iehl won the Vll Open de Espana in Calpe in May.

Adam Minoprio, the world's top match racer, trains on the eve of Match Race Germany. Langenargen, 19 May 2010. Photo copyright Gareth Cooke/Subzero Images/WMRT

For the second time Francesco Bruni (ITA) has made big gains to move up to ninth with a third place finish at Match Race France. Peter Gilmour (AUS) has also moved into the top ten by campaigning on the ISAF World Match Race Tour.

Former ISAF Match Racing World Champion, Ian Williams (GBR) starts his 2010 campaign at stage two of the ISAF World Match Racing Tour in Germany. Beaten by the new match racing rock star, Adam Minoprio at last years Monsoon Cup, Williams also faces stiff opposition including Mathieu Richard, Torvar Mirsky, Bjorn Hansen (SWE), sailing legend Magnus Holmberg (SWE) and Ian Ainslie (RSA).

Also competing at Lake Constance in the Open category will be Kathrin Kadelb of Germany, who will be the first female skipper to ever compete in Match Race Germany. Another female skipper who has risen steadily up the Open rankings is Sally Barkow (USA), she has gone from #93 to #66 helped by a win at the Match Race Clinic & Regatta in Newport.

Mickel Hestbaek of Denmark has made a huge leap from #120 to #67 aided by a second position at the ISAF Grade 3 Spring Cup in Skovshoved, Denmark.

One to watch for the future will be twenty three year old young gun Phil Robertson (NZL) who recently won the Korea Match Cup Qualifier securing his entry to the ISAF World Match Race Tour event in Korea.

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