Pole hangs on

As Dean Barker wins a race at the Finn Europeans

Friday May 14th 2004, Author: Corinne McKenzie, Location: United Kingdom
Today was by far the most difficult day on the water, both for sailors and the race committee. The wind was all over the place, up and down in strength, patchy, puffy...
Whatever the complaints, frustration, the favourites came out in front and the overall results after two races didn’t change much. Mateusz Kusznierewicz with fourth and seventh places today is still in the lead, nine points ahead of rival Ben Ainslie. Sebastien Godefroid and Guillaume Florent remain third and fourth.

The first race was won by Slovenia's Gasper Vincec. The right side was favoured following a big shift on the first beat. The wind was a light to medium, 8-10 knots and according to general consensus, very shifty. The wind increased to 12 knots in the start of the second race and up to 15 on the second beat. The course was a windward-leeward in the first race and was changed to a triangle in the second.

Greece's Emilios Papathanasiou was leading the fleet at the mark of the second race until Dean Barker passed him at the end of the reaches to win the race from him and Ben Ainslie. First Juniors today are Oleksyi Borisov placing 15th in the first race and Mark Andrews 43rd in the second.

Four places and eight points are separating the top three Juniors. Lei Gong is the first Junior and first Chinese sailor after eight races. He is placed in 42nd position, two places ahead of second Junior, Oleksyi Borysos (44th) from the Ukraine. Finnish junior Tapio Nirkko is only one place behind in 45th. The last race tomorrow will be intense.

The battle for country qualification is also being hard fought with the top four countries placed within three points. Argentina leads the pack in 28th followed by Hungary 29th, Russia 30th and Austria 31st! Italy is the fifth country in 39th place.

During the selection process many countries have to satisfy their country quota to be allowed to participate in the Olympic Games. Florian Raudaschl (31st) has to be placed in the top 15 to be considered for Athens. Swedish, Canadians, Dutch, Swiss…have also to meet high level criteria. Among the New Zealanders, it seems that the battle is over and that Dean Barker will participate in his first Olympic Games next summer.

Results

Pos Sailor Nat R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 Tot Pts
1 KUSZNIEREWICZ Mateusz POL 2 2 2 1 3 DNF 4 7 112 21
2 AINSLIE Ben GBR 28 4 1 4 2 15 2 2 58 30
3 GODEFROID Sébastien BEL 1 6 3 35 7 11 11 6 80 45
4 FLORENT Guillaume FRA 11 5 9 2 13 10 8 4 62 49
5 BARKER Dean NZL 4 37 6 18 10 9 9 1 94 57
6 PAPATHANASIOU Emilios GRE 29 1 4 17 8 22 30 3 114 84
7 CLARKE Richard CAN 17 35 11 13 12 2 27 5 122 87
8 HOGH-CHRISTENSEN Jonas DEN 13 7 7 24 19 8 12 DNF 181 90
9 KURET Karlo CRO 21 26 26 19 1 6 13 8 120 94
10 HOLM Soren DEN 5 10 25 30 15 3 40 10 138 98
11 ADAKAN Ali Enver TUR 14 46 12 7 18 19 6 23 145 99
12 WEBB Clifton NZL 3 9 19 9 BFD 14 10 41 196 105
13 FOX Peter NZL 6 15 35 14 6 24 32 12 144 109
14 TRUJILLO Rafael ESP 33 17 33 8 23 4 3 25 146 113
15 SIMPSON Andrew GBR 41 3 24 5 30 1 37 14 155 114
16 NOSSITER Anthony AUS 53 8 13 25 9 16 28 18 170 117
17 VINCEC Gasper SLO 40 50 14 11 4 26 1 24 170 120
18 MISURA Marin CRO 19 42 23 27 5 7 --- 13 227 136
19 SIGNORINI JoÆo BRA 20 24 15 20 16 27 22 19 163 136
20 ADERMAN Kristian SWE 42 23 40 6 14 43 17 9 194 151
21 ZIELHUIS Jaap NED 8 54 10 10 24 30 34 35 205 151
22 FELLMANN Michael GER 52 11 20 3 17 34 23 46 206 154
23 COOK Christopher CAN 12 32 47 23 54 21 5 21 215 161
24 VIALI Nenad CRO 34 16 31 12 33 5 38 57 226 169
25 BRUNO Ismaël FRA 32 53 5 40 28 35 26 27 246 193
26 O'GRADY Aaron IRL 7 22 29 58 35 32 36 33 252 194
27 BURROWS David IRL 54 38 16 51 BFD 20 7 11 288 197
28 COLLA Alejandro ARG 43 28 18 36 32 29 39 17 242 199
29 HAJDU Balazs HUN 15 51 39 61 22 28 19 26 261 200
30 KRUTSKIKH Vladimir RUS 44 25 21 38 20 48 24 29 249 201
31 RAUDASCHL Florian AUT 16 64 30 47 25 13 51 20 266 202
32 MUELLER VON BLUMENCRON Othmar SWI 51 13 38 34 34 33 20 32 255 204
33 BIRGMARK Daniel SWE 31 18 44 46 38 50 14 15 256 206
34 SZUKIEL Rafal POL 9 12 49 28 45 46 25 DNF 305 214
35 DE VRIES Stefan NED 27 61 36 33 31 12 49 28 277 216
36 CHERNOV Evgeny RUS 64 29 32 41 26 41 18 37 288 224
37 TILLANDER Johan SWE 10 20 63 15 21 DNF 61 39 320 229
38 ALSOGARAY Julio ARG 58 47 17 53 27 18 35 34 289 231
39 MARCHESINI Michele ITA 26 21 43 29 50 31 60 42 302 242
40 HOWARD Matthew GBR 46 48 27 31 51 36 82 16 337 255
41 TAVETER Imre EST 75 34 BFD 56 42 37 16 22 373 282
42 GONG Lei CHN 30 14 BFD 45 47 51 46 56 380 289
43 LIU Bo CHN 24 69 8 26 BFD DSQ 43 30 382 291
44 BORYSOV Oleksiy UKR 70 27 28 DSQ 46 61 15 47 385 294
45 NIRKKO Tapio FIN 36 36 61 52 41 40 31 71 368 297
46 BOYD Bryan USA 23 44 69 22 62 55 59 40 374 305
47 ZHANG Peng CHN 48 40 71 39 60 53 33 36 380 309
48 MAIER Michael CZE 65 63 22 37 11 23 DNF DNC 403 312
49 MILLER Mattias GER 57 77 53 16 48 52 54 51 408 331
50 BURGER Christoph SWI 35 43 37 21 BFD 38 66 DNF 422 331

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