Winging it


 
Ben Ainslie looks ahead at the Finn Europeans this week in Kalmar, Sweden
After a cancelled practise race today, so the Finn Europeans begin tomorrow in earnest. This, like the Star and Tornado Europeans, is also taking place in Sweden, this time in Kalmar in the southeast of the country. Athens Gold medallist in the class, Ben Ainslie is taking time off from representing Emirates Team New Zealand on the international match race circuit to compete and frankly it would be an unwise person to bet against his prospects in Sweden. At the Holland Regatta, the former SPA Regatta at the end of May, Ainslie beat Greece's Emilios Papathanasiou by 14 points to 35, his worst place being a fifth. All the evidence is that Ainslie has lost none of his potential. Ainslie himself is not so convinced. "I haven’t sailed since SPA regatta, so I am going just to keep my hand in. I don’t have any expectations. I would love to try and win." Due to Skandia Cowes Week commitments, Ainslie was only able to get to Kalmar at the last moment, although he admits this was also the case at the Holland Regatta. "With the Finn fitness is an issue," he says. "My weight is down to 89-90kg and it should be 95. So there are plenty of things to work on. As long as I am realistic and know the reasons, it is fine." Ainslie says he is finding his present situation odd. "I’ve never really had a season in an Olympic class where I haven’t been doing it properly. This year I have been winging it and I’m not sure if I am happy about that, but that is the situation. It is probably better in the future to do these events regardless of the result just because it will be less time away from the boat when

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