Andy Green ninth in new ISAF Match Race rankings

British skipper comments on America's Cup rumours

Friday November 3rd 2000, Author: Mark Chisnell, Location: United Kingdom
The latest ISAF rankings see a new British match racing team in the top ten. Andy Green has moved up to ninth, after good results in the latest round of events. As reported on madforsailing, Green was third at the Grade One event in Bayona, Spain, and third at the Grade One event in New York, the Knickerbocker Cup. Green has also won a Grade Two event, the Stockholm City Match Racing and came second in Canada at the York Cup. That puts him on 9212 points and is enough to lift him into the top ten with a place to spare. Top of the rankings is still Bertrand Pace, and there is no change in the top six.

Speaking to madforsailing, Green commented, 'Our goal for the year was to get into the top ten in the world and I'm really pleased to have achieved that.' Other Brits in the rankings include our Soling Olympic representative, Andy Beadsworth, who's now 14th, and Ian Williams at 26th. Beadsworth has already told madforsailing of his tentative plans to go on the professional match race circuit next year, with teammates that could include Adrian Stead, Richard Sydenham and Ian Walker.

Asked about last week's Chernikeeff National Match Racing Championship - which Beadsworth won while Green was competing at the Colorcraft Gold Cup in Bermuda - Green said, 'It's a shame, I can't understand why for the last three years the nationals have been at the same time as the Gold Cup. It's unfortunate, although I think both events did move their dates this year, we still ended up with a clash. The best scenario would be if the nationals were ten days before the Gold Cup and then the winner got a wild card entry and a ticket to Bermuda - I'm sure the Gold Cup organisers would love that.'

Green also commented on the current spate of rumours of a British challenge for the America's Cup - which he did a lot to initiate, being much of the driving force behind the arrival of two British owned IACC boats in this country for Cowes Week. Green said, 'If the Olympic guys and a small group of young British sailors did it, with a clear objective that it was a one boat toe-in-the water programme at the start of a ten year campaign, then a lot of positive could come out of it. But there's no point going with a previous generation - if the politics get too big it'll be a disaster.'

ISAF Match Race Rankings

Top ten, issued 31st October 2000
1 Bertrand Pace FRA
2 Dean Barker NZL
3 Sten Mohr DEN
4 Magnus Holmberg SWE
5 Jesper Bank DEN
6 Peter Gilmour AUS
7 James Spithill AUS
8 Jesper Radich Johansen DEN
9 Andy Green GBR
10 Jes Gram-Hansen DEN

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