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15 August 2005, 09:05 am
Third Finn European Title For AINSLIE
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Finn European Championship 2005
Kalmar, Sweden

There was no racing on the last day of the ISAF Grade C1 Finn European Championship in Kalmar, Sweden leaving the honours to runaway leader Ben AINSLIE (GBR), who now holds the World, Olympic and European titles. The wind that had provided the sailors with difficult sailing conditions all week did not show up on Sunday meaning Dan SLATER's (NZL) bullet in race seven was enough to give him silver, whilst Gasper VINCEC (SLO) claimed bronze.
With five race wins and a total score of eight points, AINSLIE added another Finn trophy to his extensive collection.

SLATER, who has proved to be a fast learner after only six months in the Finn, took second place in front of field packed full of talented and experienced sailors. In third overall, ISAF Grade 1 Kieler Woche winner VINCEC claimed second in the European competition with Croatia's Marin MISURA fourth and third European.

The battle behind AINSLIE was close throughout the entire Championship with just four points eventually separating SLATER from Emilios PAPATHANASIOU (GRE) in fifth.

Finn records prove that AINSLIE's outstanding performance has been matched in the past. Andre NELIS (BEL) won eight races out of ten races in the 1957 Europeans, in 1981 Lasse HJORTNAES (DEN) won all of the five races sailed and the Dane won again in 1983 with a total score of six points.

The junior championship has been dominated by sailors new to the class. Ivan KLJAKOVIC GASPIC from Split, Croatia is the Junior European Champion after only a few months in the boat. A situation shared by Zach RAILEY (USA) who has made an impressive start in his first international event by taking second place. The high level of KLJAKOVIC GASPIC and RAILEY's performances are emphasized by their overall results, twelfth and 16th respectively in a fleet of 73 boats. Norbert WILANDT from Poland is the third junior in 30th position.

For AINSLIE, after successfully reclaiming the European title which he lost to Mateusz KUSZNIEREWICZ (POL) last year, the next step for the Brit will be the defense of his ISAF Grade W Finn Gold Cup in Moscow, Russia in three weeks time.

Top Ten Results

Pos Nation Helm R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 Pts
1 GBR Ben AINSLIE 1 1 1 1 1 (4) 3 8
2 NZL Dan SLATER 2 (35) 2 13 2 13 1 33
3 SLO Gasper VINCEC 11 4 4 5 (39) 1 10 35
4 CRO Marin MISURA 7 3 6 (14) 5 8 7 36
5 GRE Emilios PAPATHANASIOU (22) 2 9 2 9 2 13 37
6 ESP Rafael TRUJILLO 5 6 5 16 6 5 (29) 43
7 DEN Jonas HØGH-CHRISTENSEN 9 7 3 6 (42) 3 19 47
8 UKR Olexiy BORYSOV 18 (42) 7 12 8 10 5 60
9 SWE Daniel BIRGMARK 6 5 13 17 16 (19) 12 69
10 POL Waclaw SZUKIEL 12 15 8 3 19 (28) 16 73
Corinne McKenzie (As Amended By ISAF). Image, Ben AINSLIE was dominant in Kalmar:© eurofinn2005.org
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