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13 August 2005, 10:03 am
VINCEC Wins Race Six On The Line
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Finn European Championship 2005
Kalmar, Sweden

Slovenia's Gasper VINCEC took a narrow victory in race six of the ISAF Grade C1 Finn European Championship in Kalmar, Sweden to bring to an end the remarkable run of five straight wins for series leader Ben AINSLIE (GBR). With four of the top placed sailors fighting for victory until the final few metres, it was the most exciting race of the Championship so far, although it has made little impact on AINSLIE's commanding 19 point overall lead.
The wind had finally settled in Kalmar yesterday, providing the competitors with great sailing conditions. Increasing from twelve to 15 knots, the breeze was stable and racing started under black flag after three general recalls. The Oscar flag, displayed on the second run allowed the sailors to pump on the waves and sail more freely.

First around the top mark was Michael MAIER (CZE) closely followed by Jonas HOEGH-CHRISTENSEN (DEN) and Emilios PAPATHANASIOU (GRE). Regatta leader, AINSLIE was in ninth position.

As in the previous days, the right side of the course was favoured. The run allowed the regatta leaders to get ahead of the fleet, with the leadership changing constantly between PAPATHANASIOU, HOEGH-CHRISTENSEN, VINCEC and AINSLIE. The battle intensified on the last run with the four sailing neck to neck. AINSLIE was protecting the inside of the course while VINCEC placed on the right side. The Slovenian gained enough ground to take the lead a few metres from the finishing line.

VINCEC is continuing on his good form after winning the ISAF Grade 1 Kieler Woche. The victory places him in third position of the Championship only one point behind PAPATHANASIOU, who eventually took second in the race. Discarding yesterday's fourth place, AINSLIE conserves a good lead with three races to go until the end of the regatta. Behind him, six sailors are within eight points of each others giving any of them a good chance to step on the podium.

Ivan KLJAKOVIC GASPIC (CRO) is still leading the junior rankings in 15th position overall after collecting 21 points in yesterday's race. Zach RAILEY (USA) was the best junior performer yesterday with a 16th place. The American is placed 19th overall and second junior with Tapio NIRKKO (FIN) third junior in 28th position.

Two races are scheduled for today which could see AINSLIE regain the European title he lost to Mateusz KUSZNIEREWICZ (POL) last year with a day to spare.

Top Ten After Six Races

Pos Nation Helm R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 Pts
1 GBR Ben AINSLIE 1 1 1 1 1 (4) 5
2 GRE Emilios PAPATHANASIOU (22) 2 9 2 9 2 24
3 SLO Gasper VINCEC 11 4 4 5 (39) 1 25
4 ES Rafael TRUJILLO 5 6 5 (16) 6 5 27
5 DEN Jonas HØGH-CHRISTENSEN 9 7 3 6 (42) 3 28
6 CRO Marin MISURA 7 3 6 (14) 5 8 29
7 NZL Dan SLATER 2 (35) 2 13 2 13 32
8 NOR Peer MOBERG 4 17 14 8 11 (37) 54
9 UKR Olexiy BORYSOV 18 (42) 7 12 8 10 55
10 POL Waclaw SZUKIEL 12 15 8 3 19 (28) 57
Corinne McKenzie (As Amended By ISAF). Image, Gasper VINCEC on his way to victory:©
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