Swedish Match rankings
Disappointingly for Radich, he and his crew finished ninth overall at the Congressional Cup and failed to add any points to their Swedish Match Tour Rankings total.
"It was important for us to go out and extend our lead over Jesper," said Gram-Hansen. "Looking forward on the Swedish Match Tour, we feel good with how we’re sailing especially going to the big boats (IMX 40s) that they use at the Elba Cup."
Australia’s James Spithill posted a third place finish in his return to the Swedish Match Tour, following his turn as helmsman for the OneWorld Challenge at last fall’s Louis Vuitton Cup. The 15 points Spithill received put him solely in third place, ahead of Great Britian’s Chris Law and The Outlaws, with whom he had been tied entering the regatta.
American Ken Read and his Saucony Racing team, winners of the Congressional Cup, re-entered the rankings in fifth place, two points behind Law and five points ahead of the sixth place skipper, and fellow American, Ed Baird of Team Musto, who spent the last several months in Auckland, NZ, as a television commentator at the America’s Cup.
In seventh place is New Zealand’s Gavin Brady of Team Beau Geste, runner-up at the Congressional Cup, while Sweden’s Mattias Rahm of Team Stena Bulk hangs on to the eighth spot.
The Swedish Match Tour awards points to the top eight finishers at each event, counting the accumulated best seven-of-nine finishes to determine the final Swedish Match Tour Rankings. In addition to more than US$800,000 in individual event prize money, the Swedish Match Tour awards US$200,000 to the top eight sailors on the Swedish Match Tour, with the first-place skipper netting US$60,000.
The Swedish Match Tour 2002/2003 Champion will be crowned following the year’s final event at the Swedish Match Cup prize giving ceremony on Sunday, July 6 on the island of Marstrand, Sweden.
The next event on Swedish Match Tour 2002/2003 is the Toscana Elba Cup – Trofeo Locman, May 10-18.
SWEDISH MATCH TOUR 2002/2003 RANKINGS
1.Jes Gram-Hansen, DEN/Team Victory Lane 72
2.Jesper Radich, DEN/Team Radich 53
3. James Spithill, OneWorld Challenge 46
4. Chris Law, GBR/”The Outlaws” 37
5. Ken Read, USA/Saucony Racing 35
6. Ed Baird, USA/Team Musto 30
7. Gavin Brady, NZ/Team Beau Geste 28
8. Mattias Rahm, SWE/Team Stena Bulk 26