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6 July 2001, 10:58 am
Greek Emilos Papathanasiou Leads
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Finn European Championships

The Greek after winning on the last run the only race sailed today is putting 13 points over Andrew Simpson (GBR) who is conserving his second placing overall after scoring a 6th today at Lake Garda, Italy.
Today's race seven was scheduled at 2PM. Despite a cloudy sky and unstable wind, racing was started but quickly abandoned after a general recall and a major change in wind direction. It is only after 2 more attempts to set the course and 2 more starts that race seven could finally start, 2 hours later, under Black Flag.

All the favourite started at the pin end except for Karlo Kuret, Pascal Rambeau and Massimo Gherarducci who took a good start 50 meters from the left side. They went directly to the left side on the beach but played well with a second lift on the same side after re-centering their position. Emilios Papathanasiou who had started as usual the closest to the pin had time to replace himself more to the right after watching closely the French and the Italian.

Pascal Rambeau, who is back in the Finn class after an Olympic campaign in the Soling with Philippe Presti, rounded the top mark in first place, just in front of Massimo Gherarducci, team mate Sylvain Chtounder and Emilios. Massimo took the lead on the run in front of Pascal and Emilios. Sylvain, despite being penalised by the Jury and loosing his rudder extension in the water, managed to stay in front of Karlo Kuret.

During the second beat, the top two played mouse and cat in the middle of the course while Sylvain Chtounder and Emilios Papathanasiou looked for more pressure on the left. Placing stayed the same at the end of the second beat with Junior sailor Chris Brittle coming up to 6th position. With the wind going down to 7 knots, the finish line was set on the little reach after the second downwind leg. Emilios sailed more in the inside of the run to win the lead, just one meter in front of Massimo and Pascal. Sylvain Chtounder finished 4th, Karlo Kuret 5th and Andrew Simpson 6th. The first junior across the line today was Chris Brittle in 7th position.

A special mention today for Christos Chionas who sailed all the race with a ripped sail. The sail was completely cut in half when the young Greek crossed the finishing line in 27th position. A special mention also for class newcomer Gasper Vincec who finished13th after reaching the top mark in 8th place. This is the best Finn result for the Slovenian Junior sailor who has just swapped his Laser for a Finn. Another happy sailor is British sailor John de Leeuw who finished in 17th place.

Once to the shore, the day was not over. Richard Hart, Chairman of the Finn Technical Committee had organised a meeting to discuss some technical points before the next AGM. Rule 42, round booms, mast cards…are among the items to be discussed. The minutes of the meeting will be posted on the Finn web site (www.sailing.org) at a later date.

Results after seven races.

1 GRE PAPATHANASIOU EMILIOS 21,00 points
2 GBR SIMPSON ANDREW H.I.S.C 34,00 points
3 CRO KURET KARLO 35,00 points
4 FRA RAMBEAU PASCAL 40,00 points
5 FRA ROHART XAVIER 44,00 points

Junior

1 GBR BRITTLE CHRIS (13 Overall) 91,00 points


Corinne Rolland-McKenzie/News Editor
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