international kiteboarding association Course Racing World Ranking and Qualification System for future Major Events

As kiteboard course racing has been selected as an event for the Olympic Sailing Competition 2016, the world ranking system will change with the beginning of the new Olympic quadrennium.

From September 19, the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) will manage all ranking system for the Olympic Events, and therefore the IKA ranking system previously used will cease to apply. ISAF will publish a press release on that day with detailed explanations on the new ranking system.

international kiteboarding association Course Racing World Ranking and Qualification System for future Major Events

international kiteboarding association Course Racing World Ranking and Qualification System for future Major Events

The ranking principle however remains unchanged: every riders best 5 scores from events in the past 12 months are combined into the overall score. Unfortunately, as a new Olympic event, the ranking for kite racing will start with 0 points on September 19, and the first points for the new world ranking can be collected on the following events (points to be finally confirmed by ISAF):

European Championships, La Baule (France), September 26-30: 100 points - Register here
World Championships, Cagliari (Italy), October 2-7: 100 points - Register here
South American Championships, Buzios (Brazil), November 15-18: 50 points - Register here
Sailing World Cup, Melbourne (Australia), December 2-8: 200 points - Register here
Note: for the group assignments at the 2012 European and World Championships, the current IKA world rankings will be used.

The new world ranking system will also be used as qualification system for the 2013 major events, with an event quota as follows:

200 point events (Kite Racing World Championships, Sailing World Cups): 120 men, 120 women
100 point events (Kite Racing Continental Championships): 80 men, 80 women
50 point events (other events): TBC
If the quota for an event is exceeded, selection of riders will be made purely based on the world ranking as of close of registration:

From every country, the best ranked rider as of close of registration
10 local wildcards for regional riders, to be approved by the class
5 “injury wildcards” to be approved by the class
Remaining places strictly by world ranking position as of close of registration
Please note, that points to qualify for upcoming major events can only be collected at ISAF graded events. A complete list will be published soon on the IKA website.

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ISAF Launches New Sailing World Rankings For Fleet Racing

The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) has updated and enhanced its ISAF Sailing World Rankings system for fleet racing, and will launch the new system on 19 September 2012.

The new calculation uses an annual system, a simpler formula and three possible event grades.

Key Changes:

- A one year rolling system
- Sailors can count points from a maximum of six regattas
- The grading of regattas for the Olympic classes will be allocated one of the following three grades: 200-pointers, 100-pointers or 50-pointers
- Simplified calculation formula
- Olympic Games and Test Events will not be graded regattas.

The new formula for calculating ranking points is: Points=E(N-P+1)/N (E is Event Rank, N is # entries and P is place). The top 85% of finishers at a regatta will receive points and scores will be rounded down to the next whole number.

All ISAF Sailing World Cup regattas will be 200-pointers along with the class World Championships and the ISAF Sailing World Championships. A sailor may count a maximum of three results from the World Cup. ISAF Regulation 27 sets out the other considerations for regatta grading.

For the first ranking release using the new system will be published on 19 September. Regattas that have taken place since 6 November 2011 (Sail Melbourne) have been re-graded and the new calculation system applied. Rankings will initially be calculated for six of the ten Olympic Events.

The next ranking release is schedule for 10 October 2012 which will see the men’s and women’s kiteboarding events joining the ISAF Sailing World Rankings for the first time. The Nacra17 and 49erFX are set to be introduced into the ISAF Sailing World Cup for the first time throughout the 2012-2013 series and will appear on the rankings following each regatta.

Full details of the new Ranking system can be found in ISAF Regulation 27. There are no changes to the ISAF World Match Race Rankings.

ISAF Sailing World Rankings