ISAF World Match Race Rankings for 28 August 2013

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Canfield in action during Match Race Germany 2013
Brian Carlin
The ISAF World Match Race Rankings for 28 August 2013 have been released with Taylor Canfield (ISV) taking over as world number one in the Open Rankings, ending Ian Williams' run at the top that started on 11 January 2012. Lucy Macgregor (GBR) has moved to the top of the Women's Rankings pushing Camilla Ulrikkeholm (DEN) to world number two.

Open
Taylor Canfield (ISV) has ended Ian Williams' (GBR) run at the top of the Open Rankings following two big victories at the Chicago Match Cup, the fourth stop of the Alpari World Match Racing Tour, and at the ISAF Grade II US Grand Slam also in Chicago, USA.

The U.S. Virgin Islands match racer is in strong contention for the ISAF World Match Racing World Championship with two Tour events to go and trails now world number two Williams by nine points on the 2013 leader board.

Stena Match Cup Sweden victor Bjorn Hansen (SWE) stays fourth whilst Australia's Keith Swinton moves from world number five to number three after steady performances in Sweden and USA.

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Making a significant climb in this month's rankings is Australia's David Gilmour. Victories at the ISAF Nations Cup Grand Final in Middelfart, Denmark, an ISAF Grade I event and at the Grade II International Match Race for the Detroit Cup sees Gilmour climb up to world number 14 from number 24.

Gilmour overcame host nation favourites Nicolai Sehested in the ISAF Nations Cup Grand Final with a 3-0 victory. The Dane remains at world number 12.

Having fallen in the last two Open Rankings releases Przemek Tarnacki (POL) makes a climb this month to world number 16 from world number 38. The Polish match racer won the ISAF Grade II Nowe Warpno Match Race in Szczecin Bay, Poland followed by gold at the Gdynia Match Cup, an ISAF Grade 2 regatta to help his progression back up the rankings.

A string of second place finishes for Chris Steele (NZL) at the Governors Cup, Kintec Summer Invitational Match Racing Regatta, US Grand Slam and International Match Race for the Detroit Cup sees Kiwi youngster Chris Steele enter the top 25 for the first time.

Defeating Steele at the Governors Cup was Sam Gilmour (AUS) who shifts up to world number 50 from number 72 this month.

This month's biggest climber is another Steele defeater, Ryan Davidson (USA), who overcame the Kiwi at the Kintec Summer Invitational Match Racing Regatta in Vancouver, Canada. The victory moves the American a staggering 84 places up to world number 66.

Women's Rankings
Lucy Macgregor (GBR) reclaimed the world number one spot in the Women's Rankings after she finished second at both the New York Women's Invitational in Oyster Bay, USA and the Lysekil Women's Match in Sweden.

Macgregor's performances on the Inaugural Women's Match Race Series were consistent and culminated in her taking the first title, sealing it with her runners up spot in Lysekil. Her steady run of results also ensured a return to the top of the Women's Rankings for the first time since 6th July 2011 having played second fiddle to Anna Tunnicliffe (USA) all throughout 2012 and early 2013.

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Lotte Meldgaard Pedersen (DEN) put together a run of three consecutive podium finishes in July and August with a second place at the Stena Match Cup Sweden Women's Trophy in Marstrand, Sweden, a third at the New York Women's Invitational and a second place at the ISAF Nations Cup Grand Final. All three were ISAF Grade I events which promotes the Dane up to world number four from world number 22.

Defeating the Dane on her home waters in Middelfart, Denmark at the ISAF Nations Cup Grand Final in an epic finale was Brazil's Juliana Senfft.

Having gone two races down the Brazilian fought back hard to claw the tie level before taking the deciding race to clinch the Nations Cup title and the full points in the ISAF Grade 1 regatta. The result maintains Senfft's spot at world number 12.

Lysekil Women's Match victor Camilla Ulrikkeholm (DEN) drops out of top spot and into world number two.

Stephanie Roble's (USA) Stena Match Cup victory and fourth at the New York Invitational moves her up a spot to world number six, a personal best.

Sweden's Anna Kjellberg took the New York honours to climb from world number eight to world number five, a best ranking to date for the Swede.

15.00 Match racing - Open - Wednesday 28 August 2013
Pos ↑↓Name Country Crew Events  Previous Best Points
1Taylor CanfieldISV 82111832
2Ian WilliamsGBR 81111598
3Keith SwintonAUS 85311051
4Bjorn HansenSWE 84210304
5Pierre-antoine MorvanFRA 83310164
6William TillerNZL 86510101
7Mathieu RichardFRA 87110042
8Johnie BerntssonSWE 88610001
9Philip RobertsonNZL 8949997
10Simone FerrareseITA 811109614
11Laurie JuryNZL 81059208
12Nicolai SehestedDEN 812129133
13Joachim AschenbrennerDEN 815138445
14David GilmourAUS 824148409
15Staffan LindbergFIN 81758406
16Przemek TarnackiPOL 838138345
17Reuben CorbettNZL 816108282
18Marek StanczykPOL 813138141
19Mati SeppEST 818187972
20Eric MonninSUI 814117880
21Viktor OgemanSWE 823217639
22Peter GilmourAUS 82017582
23Krzysztof RosinskiPOL 821187367
24Donald WilsonUSA 825247247
25Chris SteeleNZL 836257175
 Match racing - Women - Wednesday 28 August 2013
Pos Name CountryCrewEventsPrevious BestPoints
1Lucy MacgregorGBRAnnie LushKate Macgregor82110353
2Camilla UlrikkeholmDENLouise UlrikkeholmJosefine Boel RasmussenJoan HansenTrine Palludan8119250
3Ekaterina SkudinaRUSEkaterina ChashchinaTatiana LartsevaSilke HahlbrockElena SyuzevaVera DubinaElena Vorobeva8527940
4Lotte Meldgaard PedersenDENSusanne BoidinTina Schmidt82217337
5Anna KjellbergSWEMalin KällströmKarin AlmquistJohanna LarssonLinnéa WennergrenAnnie WennergrenLinda HärsjöLotta HarryssonMartin Krite8957118
6Stephanie RobleUSAMaggie SheaDarby Smith8767081
7Claire LeroyFRAMarie RiouElodie Bertrand6817041
8Julie BossardFRAPauline CourtoisPauline Chalaux8337012
9Tamara EchegoyenESPMariana LobatoEva GonzalezLara CacabelosSofia ToroAngela Pumariega7446818
10Alexa BezelSUICorinne MeyerManon KivellRomy HaslerLaurane Mettraux8665689
11Juliana SenfftBRA 812115255
12Caroline SylvanSWE 813124751
13Renata DecnopBRA 810104085
14Anna TunnicliffeUSADeborah CapozziMolly O'bryan Vandemoer41514021
15Silvia Roca MataESPEva GonzalezLara Cacabelos51194012
16Olivia PriceAUSNina CurtisLucinda Whitty41743797
17Genevieve TullochUSA 51983748
18Noora TamsFIN 816163690
19Silja LehtinenFINSilja KanervaMikaela Wulff42033529
20Claudia PierceNZLAimee FamularoPaige Maree CookJanelle PeatHannah Louise Osborne421203330
21Sally BarkowUSAElizabeth Kratzig BurnhamAlana O'reilly51433282
22Rita GonçalvesPOR 523163018
23Milly BennettAUS 534232742
24Mandy MulderNEDMerel WitteveenAnnemiek Bekkering418112593
25Anna KjellgrenSWE 639172558
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