Richard tops ISAF World Match Race Rankings

by ISAF 
WMRT St Moritz Match Race 2008 champions: Mathieu Richard with his crew of Greg Evrad, Olivier Herledant and Jean Marie Dauris

France's Mathieu Richard gets a timely boost ahead of the battle for the 2008 ISAF Match Racing World Championship title as he holds on to the top spot in the latest release of the ISAF World Match Racing Rankings on 29 October, whilst his compatriot Claire Leroy remaining untouchable in the Women's Rankings.

Following on from World Tour events in Portugal and Bermuda, the battle for the 2008 ISAF Match Racing World Championship is set to go down to the wire at the Monsoon Cup in Malaysia this December. Whilst Mathieu Richard maintains his world #1 position in the latest Ranking release, he has Britain's Ian Williams and Seb Col, France ahead of him in the World Tour standings which will decide the 2008 ISAF Match Racing World Champion.

In the Women's Rankings, Claire Leroy (FRA) remains well ahead in the world #1 spot but behind her some of the big names from the women's events at the Beijing Olympic Games are beginning to have an impact.

The next release of the ISAF World Match Race Rankings will be on 17 December 2008 following the Monsoon Cup in Malaysia, the final event of the 2008 World Match Racing Tour where the 2008 ISAF Match Racing World Champions will be decided.

Match racing - Open - Wednesday 29 October 2008
Pos Name Country Crew Events Previous Best Points

1 RICHARD Mathieu FRA 8 1 1 11972
2 WILLIAMS Ian GBR 8 2 1 11859
3 CIAN Paolo ITA 8 3 2 11401
4 COL Sébastien FRA 8 7 1 11306
5 MIRSKY Torvar AUS 8 4 4 10689
6 IEHL Damien FRA 8 5 5 10385
7 PRESTI Philippe FRA 8 9 5 10350
8 HANSEN Bjorn SWE 8 6 4 10140
9 BERNTSSON Johnie SWE 8 13 8 9792
10 MINOPRIO Adam NZL 8 8 8 9747
11 EBLER Mads DEN 8 11 10 9480
12 AINSLIE Ian RSA 8 19 12 9282
13 LINDBERG Staffan FIN 8 10 5 8874
14 MORVAN Pierre-antoine FRA 8 12 7 8873
15 NEUGODNIKOV Eugeniy RUS 8 14 5 8803
16 ARBUZOV Andrew RUS 8 15 11 8641
17 WIBROE Peter DEN 8 17 8 8547
18 OREL Jure SLO 8 18 18 8440
19 MONNIN Eric SUI 8 16 11 8409
20 HOLMBERG Magnus SWE 7 45 1 8349

Match racing - Women - Wednesday 29 October 2008
Pos Name Country Crew Events Previous Best Points

1 LEROY Claire FRA 8 1 1 11474
2 RAHM Linda SWE 8 9 2 10053
3 HAHLBROCK Silke GER 8 2 2 9992
4 MELDGAARD PEDERSEN Lotte DEN 8 3 1 9109
5 LEHTINEN Silja FIN 8 8 4 8988
6 BAYLIS Elizabeth USA 8 4 2 8896
7 MACGREGOR Lucy GBR 6 13 7 8743
8 GURIOLI Sabrina ITA 8 6 6 8619
9 SPITHILL Katie AUS 8 5 3 8349
10 PHILIPPE Christelle FRA 8 7 4 8293
11 SOUTER Nicole AUS 8 11 5 7955
12 AXHEDE Jenny SWE 8 12 4 7636
13 KJELLBERG Anna SWE 8 14 13 7418
14 ULRIKKEHOLM Camilla DEN 8 17 14 7399
15 BARKOW Sally USA 6 10 3 7387
16 HAYES Sandra USA 8 19 13 7348
17 BOSSARD Julie FRA 8 18 14 7270
18 GERON Mathilde FRA 8 15 15 6504
19 LE BERRE Anne-claire FRA 4 16 9 6432
20 GONçALVES Rita POR 8 20 19 6397


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