Race win for Ainslie

On day two of Finn Europeans in Cesme, Turkey

Tuesday July 9th 2002, Author: Sasha Oswald, Location: Mediterranean
One race was scheduled on day two of the Finn European Championships in Ilica Bay, Cesme, Turkey, and the 63 competitors from 24 countries enjoyed close racing in breeze that was stable in direction but uneven in strength over the course varying from 12-18 knots.

The only race of the day was started under black flag after a general recall, five boats were caught out including team GBR sailor Andrew Simpson.

Olympic champion and team GBR sailor Ben Ainslie was one of the first off the start, just behind Sydney Silver medallist Luca Devoti of Italy.

Downwind Ainslie showed good boat speed and overtook the Italian sailor, he managed to maintain this advantage to the finish scoring his first race win of the championship, hotly pursued by Michael Fellmann of Germany and Mateusz Kusznierewicz of Poland, who finished the race in second and third place, with Devoti finishing in fourth place.

Ainslie commented, "I had a really good start and sailed well up the first beat. Luca was just in front of me at the windward mark, but I had better boat speed, passing him downwind, and then stayed in front for the rest of the race."

This result see Ainslie move up into second place overall, one point behind Luca Devoti, but racing will be tight as there is only one point between second and fourth place.

Fellow team GBR sailor Charlie Cumbley finished in seventeenth place to put him just outside the top ten in eleventh place overall.

Two races are scheduled for tomorrow in this nine race series, with the final day of racing on Saturday.

Results (after day two)
1, Luca Devoti, ITA (6,2,4) 12 pts
2, Ben Ainslie, GBR (4,8,1) 13 pts
3, Michael Fellmann, GER (11,1,2) 14 pts
RYA Team GBR
11, Charlie Cumbley (17,15,17) 49 pts
25, Andrew Simpson (5,12,BFD) 81 pts
42, Chris Brittle (19, DNE,27) 110 pts

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