Great Britain tops ISAF Sailing Worlds 2011

Giles Scott (GBR) Finn 2011 ISAF World Champion
Perth (Australia), one of the iconic sailing cities in the world, hosted the 2011 ISAF World Sailing Championships, the quadrennial event organized by the top international sailing organization and IOC member.
This has also been the main event of GSN’s Sailing Global Cup 2011, whose ranking reflects the ISAF Worlds’ results…up to a point!
GSN’s overall winner is….Great Britain, who grabbed gold and silver in the Finn class (Men), silver in the Laser dinghy (Men), the Elliot 6m match racing (Women) and 470 dinghy (Women). A first class booty, bolstered up by other important placings in the 49er (Men, fourth), 470 Women and Finn Men (7th, making it three Britons in the top 7!).
Australia, surprising Israel, New Zealand and the Netherlands follow in the wake of Team GBR, who looks well set for London 2012.
The interesting point for us is the comparison with the official medals table: only 12 nations are mentioned, while GSN ranks 26 countries, a much wider perspective; hosts Australia tops the medals table with 3 golds….and nothing else, while GBR’s six medals (1 gold, 4 silvers, 1 bronze) only put it in 3rd position, behind the Netherlands too.
Not wishing to detract from the value and merit of the Oz’s performance, we nevertheless want to shout loud and clear that the true winner of the 2011 ISAF Sailing Worlds is, by rights and by GSN, Team Great Britain.