World Sailing Rankings – August 2018

Published on August 21st, 2018

The World Sailing Rankings seek to establish an order of ability based on the results of certain events over a 24 month period. The rankings focus on the 10 Olympic events and Open and Women’s Match Racing.

In match racing, Phil Robertson (NZL) returns to the top of the Open rankings after slipping to third last month, followed by Trevor Mirsky (AUS) in second and Ian Williams (GBR) in third. Among the women, Pauline Courtois (FRA) takes a step up to lead the field with Anna Kjellberg (SWE) in second and Johanna Bergqvist (SWE) in third. Top North Americans are Taylor Canfield (USA) and Nicole Breault (USA) in fifth and eighth, respectively.

The rankings in the Olympic events tend to be influenced by the four year cycle between the Games, as many of the top competitors take a break early in the cycle which typically lowers their rank. But everyone is back on the course again, with the results from the recent 2018 Sailing World Championships helping to correct some of the standings.

In four of the 10 events, the top ranked in their event also won the World title, a positive sign for the credibly of the ranking system. The ranked North Americans in the top ten are all from the USA: Stu McNay/ Dave Hughes (7th, 470 Men), Stephanie Roble/ Maggie Shea (9th, 49erFX Women), and Erika Reineke (10th, Laser Radial).

For complete rankings and details on the calculation system… click here.

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