Nick Dempsey and Natasha Sturges fly high in their Olympic fleets…

The International Sailing Federation World rankings for the Olympic Mistral

Class at the end of 2002 showed Nick Dempsey and Natasha Sturges occupying first

place in their respective fleets. This has been just reward for both sailors

for consistent podium finishes over the last two years at International regattas

around the world.

This achievement is a first for the RYA squad system and reflects the planning

and efforts made possible by proper lottery funding. It is also a wonderful

endorsement for the RYA system as Dempsey, who from the age of 12 has risen

through the Junior, Youth and current Senior ranks to reach the No. 1 position.

The RYA squad system has often had its detractors but with these current results

the trainers, coaches and administrators of the Windsurfing division deserve

praise and congratulations.

ISAF rankings for all Olympic classes can be found at