Snipe SSL Ranking Updates

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Some big changes in the Snipe SSL Ranking after the Europeans: Kathleen Tocke, after two weeks, regains the leadership in the Crew’s Ranking. Ernesto Rodriguez and Jordi Tray gain positions in the Skipper’s Ranking. And in the coming weeks with the North Americans and the WH&O Championship many positions could change.

Check your position in the SSL Snipe Ranking!

Skipper’s Ranking

Check your standing from this link:

Then, to check the Snipe Skipper’s Ranking, please select (in the menus): Global Ranking / Skipper /Snipe
To check the Snipe Crew’s Ranking, please select: Global Ranking / Crew / Snipe
It is also possible to filter your choice by Country, Men, Women.

Information needed to facilitate sailor profiles:

To prepare the ranking, SSL needs to build full profiles of all sailors (skippers and crews).
For this reason we kindly ask you to send an email to [email protected] with the following information:
1) birth date (DD.MM.YY) 
2) place of birth (city) 
3) full name of the club 
4) height (cm) 
5) weight (kg) 
6) photo (portrait in high resolution with plain background)

From 1 to 6 – the SSL have listed how exactly the data should be presented in the sailor’s ranking profile.

Instructions on how to submit results for the SSL Ranking

Attached is the template to use when submitting regatta results to be considered for the SSL Ranking.  As you know, any and all results can be submitted.  Please ensure to have skipper & crew names.

To avoid duplication, sailors must always use the same full name for each regatta, ideally the same name used for SCIRA registration, avoiding nicknames and abbreviations. Only in this way will the ranking be correct.

SSL Ranking Template for Regatta Results


Please send the results to: [email protected] and [email protected]


In January 2019, the Snipe Class was the first class included – after our “older sister” Star – in the Star Sailors League Ranking, with more than 2 years of results and thousand of sailors’ profiles uploaded.

From 2019, a wide range of class race results has been gradually integrated into a weekly world ranking inspired by the ATP tennis ranking. At the end of the season, it will qualify the best in the world for the annual final of the circuit (with prize money), and every two years for the SSL Gold Cup. The SSL Global Ranking does not replace the rankings specifi c to each class but completes them, to offer a simple and attractive overview of inshore sailing to the general public; the SSL Global Ranking will bring together nearly 100,000 athletes in 2021 and will be used as a communication tool to promote athletes and the sailing season.

SSL Global Ranking Method

Reference Tables For Allocation Of Points

Categories Of Events
Category 1 MAJOR SSL 4000 Major Event :                              

  • Olympic Games,
  • America’s Cup,
  • SSL Gold Cup & Finals
Category 2 WORLD SSL 2500 World Event :

  • a World Championships (Fleet + Match Racing ( MR)),
  • AC Challenger Selection Series
  • SSL Grand Slam (run on several classes since 2021)
Category 3 CONTINENTAL SSL 1000 Continental Event :

  • a+b Continental Championships
  • c Continental Games
  • d Grand Prix I
  • WS World Cup
  • Regatta with 200 boats or more (Opti: 400 boats or more)
  • MR-Grade W + 1
Category 4 INTERNATIONAL SSL   500 International Event :

  • AC World Series
  • Olympic Qualifier
  • Regional Games (4 – 9 nations)
  • e Grand Prix II
  • Regatta with 80 boats or more (Opti: 200 boats or more)
  • MR-Grade 2
Category 5 NATIONAL SSL   250 National Regatta :

  • a National Championship
  • Local Games (< 4 nations)
  • a District Championship
  • f Grand Prix III
  • Regatta with 30 boats or more
  • MR-Grade 3
Category 6 REGIONAL SSL   100 Regional Regatta :

  • Regional Regatta with 10 boats or more
  • MR-Grade 4
Category 7 LOCAL SSL     10 Local Regatta :

  • Local Regatta with a participation between 3 and 9 boats
  • MR-Grade 5

a With the exception of MR & all Grand Prix, World + Continental + National Championships with less than 10 boats will be downgraded to the lower category

b Continental: African-Asian-European-Oceania-South/American-North/American-Eastern/Hemisphere-Western/Hemisphere-Championships

c Continental Games: African-Asian-Pacific-Pan American Games

d Grand Prix I: Sail GP

e Grand Prix II: TP52 Super Series, RC44 Cup, GC32 Racing Tour, 18 Footers

f Grand Prix III: D35, M32, TF35

Status 1 OLYMPIC CLASS 100% Olympics + Particularities :        470H, 470W, 49er, 49erFX, Finn, Laser, Laser Radial, Nacra 17  + Current America’s Cup Class + Match Racing Grade W + Grand Prix I
Status 2 WS CLASS 85% Classes with Official Worlds:     5O5, Dragon, Hobie 16, J/70, Melges 24, Moth, Optimist, Snipe, Star, Sunfish, SSL 47, TP52, Grand Prix II & III, … (~ 100 classes)
Status 3 OTHER CLASS 75% All Other Classes :                      1-Kronan, Albin Express, Folketboot, MC Scow, Naples Sabot, National 10, P-Boot, Sea Snark, Surprise,… (~ 5000 classes)
Types Of Competitions
Type 1 OPEN 100% Olympic Classes f :                    470, 49erFX, Laser Radial Reserved for Women / 470, 49er, Laser, Finn for Men / Nacra 17 for Mixed Teams
America’s Cup, SSL :                 Even if some America’s Cup & SSL Events require to be qualified to participate, all of them remain “Open” competitions
Type 2 NON-OPEN 40%g Reserved for Specific Gender:  Reserved for Women, or for Men, or for Mixed Teams
Reserved for Age Groups :        Reserved for Cadets, Juniors, Masters, Grand Masters, U20, U21, U23, U30, …
Reserved for Other Groups :     Reserved for Professionals or “Amateurs”, or for Disableds, or for Owners

f Competitions for Olympic or local Games qualification and for Olympic or local Games remain “Open” competitions

g Competitions that add 2 (or more) of particular types (eg Juniors + Girls) get 20% of the points

Time Validity Of Points

Due to the exceptional situation that occurred for Covid-19, the SSL Selection Board decided to change the “Time Validity Points” rule, starting from December 15, 2020 until December 31, 2022.

Time 1 RECENT 100% Recent Event :                           Event ended in the last 104 weeks
Time 2 MID-TERM 50% Mid-term Event h :                     Event ended between 105 and 156 weeks ago
Time 3 HISTORICAL 0% Historical Event :                       Event ended more than 156 weeks ago

h For the Olympic Games, for the AC Qualifiers and for the America’s Cup, the 50% rule continues until the next edition (not only 156 weeks ago)

Starting from January 1, 2023, the “Time Validity Points” will return to the usual one (see table below):

Time 1 RECENT 100% Recent Event :                           Event ended in the last 52 weeks
Time 2 MID-TERM 50% Mid-term Event h :                     Event ended between 53 and 104 weeks ago
Time 3 HISTORICAL 0% Historical Event :                       Event ended more than 104 weeks ago

h For the Olympic Games and for the America’s Cup, the 50% rule continues until the next edition (not only 104 weeks ago)

SSL Ranking Points Example: Optimist World Championship – A 4 Step Process

Examples Of SSL Points Allocated to 6 World Championships

Comparison Of SSL Scores Allocated To The 7 Categories Of Regattas

SSL Global Ranking : Principles

  1. Fundamental Points
    1. Origin
      • The SSL Global Ranking was conceived and continue to be developed by a group of Olympic and amateur sailors.
    2. Philosophy
      • SSL Global Ranking aims first and foremost to offer the first transversal and global ranking of inshore sailors, in complement to all national or international Class Ranking established by the classes and federations.
    3. Goals
      • The SSL Global Ranking aims to represent a reference and an attractive tool of communication used to:
        • Select sailors for the SSL Finals and for the teams in the SSL Gold Cup
        • Promote sailors and their skills
        • Expand the audience of sailing
  2. Technical Features
    1. 6 Best Scores
      • The SSL Ranking takes in consideration the best 6 scores of each athlete in the last 156 weeks (note: from January 1, 2023, the “Time Validity Points” rules will return to the usual one, i.e. last 104 weeks).
      • Exception: All scores allocated for category 7 competitions are added up without any limitation of numbers
    2. All Rewarded
      • All athletes who have participated in one race receive point(s). The winner gets basically from 10 to 4000 points and the last ranked 1 point.
    3. Weekly Update
      • The SSL Global Ranking is updated weekly and published every Tuesday at
    4. Filters
      • The SSL Global Ranking can be filtered according to 3 criteria:
        • By Gender (Men – Women – Open/Global)
        • By Class of boats
        • By Nation
    5. Skipper & Crew
      • The SSL Global Ranking produces 2 distinct Rankings:
        • The SSL “Skipper” Global Ranking
        • The SSL “Crew” Global Ranking
      • Note: The “Skipper” designation used generically throughout this document refers specifically and only to the “Helmsman”.
  3. Eligibility – Integration – Evolution
    1. Eligibility: Athletes
      • All athletes without any restrictions (age, sex, status) who are on an official regatta ranking and who have finished at least one full race, may appear in the SSL Global Ranking.
    2. Eligibility: Events
      • All events which meet the criteria below can be integrated in the SSL Global Ranking:
        • Competition validated by a class recognized by World Sailing or by a National Association
        • Competition in real time (= no Ratings & Handicap Systems) with monotype boats or development sailing classes < 30 ff
        • Inshore competitions organized for a maximum period of 15 continuous days. (Exceptions: America’s Cup and SSL GC)
    3. Integration Steps
      • Weighting based on Event Category, World Sailing classes, open/restricted events:
        • Major Events:                                                              (4)                     Olympic Games, America’s Cup, SSL Gold Cup & Finals
        • Special Events:                                                           (4)                    World Match Racing Tour (MR), ACWS, SailGP, SSL Grand Slams
        • Classes with Status 1 / Olympic Classes:                   (8)                    Finn, Laser (M), Laser (W), 49er, 49erFX, 470 (M), 470 (W) Nacra 17
        • Classes with Status 2 / WS Classes:                     (~100)                    5O5, Dragon, Hansa 2.3, Etchells, J/70, Melges 24, Moth, TP52, Star, …
        • Classes with Status 3 / Other Classes:        (~5000)  Sabot, MC Scow, P-Boot, Sea Snark, Folketboot, Optimist, National 10, …
    4. Rules & Evolution
      • The SSL Global Ranking rules are based on the rules that were used in a DEVELOPMENT PHASE from January 2013 to December 2018. During the development phase, to simplify development of the system only results from a single class were used.
      • The SSL Global Ranking will be in a TRANSITION PHASE until December 2021, as dozens of classes and thousands of athletes are added.
      • From 1 January 2022 forward, the SSL Global Ranking will be in its OPERATING PHASE. New classes will be added to the system only at the start of a calendar year, i.e. no new classes will be added during 2022.
    1. “Skipper/Crew”
      • Rules The helmsman and each crew member from one team are awarded the same number of points.
      • All crew members of a team who have participated in one race receive the same number of points for the SSL “Crew” Global Ranking; this rule remains fixed, whatever the number of races sailed by each crew member and whatever the number of crew members having participated.
      • Only one helmsman per team and per event may receive points for the SSL “Skipper” Global Ranking.
      • An athlete cannot be awarded SSL points in the 2 categories if they have participated as an helmsman and as a crew member in the same event. In this case, only the SSL points which are allocated for their role as a crew member are retained.
      • The points awarded in each category (“Skipper” and “Crew” Member) cannot be added together.

SSL Nations Ranking Method

The SSL Nations Ranking takes in consideration:

●      The total points for each Nation are given by the sum of the position in the global ranking of the top 5 skippers + 2 crews.

●      If there is a score tie between two or more Nations, the tie shall be broken in favor of the Nation with its top skipper in the highest position in the Skipper Global Ranking.

The SSL Nations Ranking is updated and published on the 10th of each month.


Crew’s Ranking




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