A NEW STEP FOR THE SSL RANKING
After four years of experience with the Star class regattas, the Star Sailors League has now integrated several thousand sailors in its Ranking with the addition of the Snipe class regattas. Thus, the SSL Ranking is one step closer to become global. The plan is to soon add the Finn races too and by the end of the year to have in the Ranking all of the Olympic classes and 15 of the most popular classes of world sailing. In 2020, the expansion of the SSL Ranking will continue and will bring together some fifty classes more (about 100,000 sailors).
A SMOOTH EXTENSION
To drive the technical evolution of the Ranking machine and to accurately identify all athletes (who often race with different names depending on the class), the extension will be conducted smoothly class by class. During this phase, the Star Sailors League apologize in advance to the athletes if some error might slip in the results; the SSL plans to have finalized this precise reference tool at the end of 2020.
THE SNIPE CLASS SHOWS THE WAY
A first extension has just ended and more than two years of Snipe racing have been uploaded in the database by the SSL team with the support of the Snipe Class. Every result of every Snipe regatta that has taken place in 2017 and 2018 is now included in the Ranking, so that skipper and crew with the best results are leading a list of several thousands sailors from all over the World.
ALEXANDRE PARADEDA (BRA) & KATHLEEN TOCKE (USA) ON TOP
From today you can find the leader in the Snipe skipper Ranking, Brazilian Alexandre Paradeda, and American sailor Kathleen Tocke in the Snipe crew Ranking. Next Tuesday there might already be some changes if new events are sailed this week – or if an old one goes off the counting. As for the Global SSL Ranking, the one that combines both classes, the leadera haven’t changed, but for having been very successful in both the Snipe and the Star class, Augie Diaz (USA) gained one position and jumped to place 15 of the SSL Global Ranking.
PLENTY OF SAILORS BUT ONLY ONE #1 TO REACH THE GENERAL PUBLIC
Gathering nearly 30 Olympic medalists and 5,000 athletes from 40 nations, the SSL Global Ranking was launched at the initiative of a large group of amateur and Olympic sailors. The concept already allows to see the genesis of a clear and legitimate hierarchy based on the sport achievement of the athletes. This tool already shows signs that could make sailing simple and attractive for the general public.
SSL GLOBAL RANKING : 4 BASIC PRINCIPLES TO KNOW
The rules are quite simple, yet you have to follow a few steps: the competition points are registered at 100% for 52 weeks, from the 53rd week and up until the 104th week from the end of the competition the SSL Points are recorded at 50% of their initial value; from the 105th week the points are not counting for the ranking any more. Only each sailor’s best 6th results are summed up in the ranking, and all of the SSL10 regattas (see below).
Each class will have different points allocated to them based on the group they belong to. There are three groups:
Group 1 – Olympic classes – getting 100% of the points allocated to the competition.
Group 2 – World Sailing Classes (Star, Snipe, Dragon, Moth, Optimist, Farr40, M32, J70, …) – getting 85% of the points allocated to the competition.
Group 3 – Non World Sailing Classes (Surprise, Corsaire, …) – getting 75% of the points allocated to the competition.
And how many points for each competition? Regattas are divided into seven categories, plus one for events that don’t belong to any of the seven.
Category 1 – Major events – SSL4000: Olympic Games, SSL Finals, America’s Cup
Category 2 – Worlds – SSL2500: World Championship, SSL Grand Slam
Category 3 – Continental – SSL1000: Continental Championship
Category 4 – International – SSL500: World Cup Series, Match Racing Tour, 52 Super Series, Xtreme Sailing Series, …
Category 5 – National – SSL250: National Championship
Category 6 – Regional – SSL100
Category 7 – Local – SSL10
Non Open Events (Events reserved to U23, Junior, Master, only women, only men– getting 40% of the points allocated to the competition based on the points given to its class group (1, 2 or 3).
PRINCIPLE A / 7 CATEGORIES OF EVENTS
PRINCIPLE B / 3 STATUS OF CLASSES
PRINCIPLE C / 2 TYPE OF EVENTS (OPEN OR NOT)
40% for all non-open event (restricted by age or gender) except for olympic classes like laser radial.
100% for all open event
PRINCIPLE D / 3 DATE OF VALIDITY
To make an example based on the new addition:
The winner of the Women Snipe World Championship will earn 85% (because the Class is from Group 2) of 2,500 points (because the event is a Category 2) and 40% of it because it is not open but close to gender. So 2,500x85%x40%: the winner will be added 1,381.25 SSL Points.