Ainslie drops a fourth

The British Gold medallist's run of consecutive bullets comes to an end at the Finn Europeans

Friday August 12th 2005, Author: James Boyd, Location: Scandinavia
Ben Ainslie relentless string of bullets at the Finn European Championship in Kalmar, Sweden came to a close today when he scored a fourth - however having six races Ainslie is able to discard this result. With 19 points separating Ainslie from his nearest competitor, Greece's Emilios Papathanasiou and two races left to go, Ainslie may win the regatta tomorrow without having to sail the final race.

Today's race was won by Slovenia's Gasper Vincec who is now third one point behind the Greek sailor but this was after a tense finish with four boats simultaneously closing on the finish line.

For race six the wind finally settled in Kalmar, providing the sailors with great conditions. Increasing from 12 to 15 knots, the breeze was stable and after three general recalls racing started under Black flag .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 the Czech Republic's Michael Maier closely followed by Dane Jonas Hoegh-Christensen and Emilios Papathanasiou. Ainslie at this stage was in 9th position.

As on previous days, the right side of the course was again favoured. The run allowed
the regatta leaders to get ahead of the fleet, the lead changing constantly between the top four. The battle intensified on the last run between this same four who sailed neck to neck, Ainslie was protecting the inside of the course while Vincec positioned himself on the right side. The Slovenian gained enough ground to take the lead just a few meters only from the finishing line. Vincec is continuing his good performance form after winning Kiel Week.

While Ainslie leads the Finn Europeans by a convincing margin there are still six sailors within eight points of Papathanasiou, all of them still capable of landing themselves a podium position.

Croatia's Ivan Kljakovic Gaspic is still leading the Junior’s rankings in 15th position after
collecting 21 points. The USA's Zach Railey is the best Junior performer today with a 16th place. The American is placing 19th in the Championship.

Two races are scheduled for Saturday.

Results

Pos Helm Sail No R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 Net
1 Ben Ainslie GBR-3 1 1 1 1 1 4 5
2 Papathanasiou Emilios GRE-7 22 2 9 2 9 2 24
3 Gasper Vincec SLO-5 11 4 4 5 39 1 25
4 Rafael Trujillo ESP-100 5 6 5 16 6 5 27
5 Jonas Høgh-Christensen (1981) DEN-2 9 7 3 6 42 3 28
6 Marin Misura CRO-25 7 3 6 14 5 8 29
7 Dan Slater NZL-14 2 35 2 13 2 13 32
8 Peer Moberg NOR-1 4 17 14 8 11 37 54
9 Olexiy Borysov UKR-1 18 42 7 12 8 10 55
10 Waclaw Szukiel POL-12 12 15 8 3 19 28 57
11 Edward Wright GBR-111 13 14 20 4 23 6 57
12 Daniel Birgmark SWE-11 6 5 13 17 16 19 57
13 Søren Holm DEN-7 48 10 19 9 14 9 61
14 Vladimir Krutskikh RUS-1 3 33 10 26 7 18 64
15 Ivan Kljakovic Gaspic (1984) CRO-524 8 25 12 15 10 21 66
16 Michael Maier CZE-1 31 21 18 32 3 11 84
17 Chris Brittle GBR-541 29 8 BFD 31 12 7 87
18 Bruno Ismael FRA-972 19 11 28 22 25 14 91
19 Zach Railey USA-4 27 30 32 7 13 16 93
20 Johan Tillander SWE-736 30 26 21 18 22 12 99
21 Michal Hrubý CZE-9 21 13 17 25 24 31 100
22 Matt Howard GBR-550 38 12 15 19 36 22 104
23 Thomas Laursen DEN-9 OCS 36 16 35 4 24 115
24 Pablo Arrarte Elorza ESP-310 50 34 11 28 21 23 117
25 Josh Beaver AUS-228 15 22 26 10 46 BFD 119
26 Stefan de Vries NED-6 17 27 34 11 38 33 122
27 Anthony Nossiter AUS-221 26 19 31 36 55 15 127
28 Tapio Nirkko FIN-216 14 24 DNS 33 32 25 128
29 Norbert Wilandt POL-17 32 28 23 23 30 39 136
30 Aaron O'Grady IRL-10 33 16 55 21 26 43 139
31 Rafal Szukiel POL-7 43 23 38 24 20 34 139
32 Wietze Zetzema NED-64 42 38 25 30 40 17 150
33 Raudaschl Florian AUT-271 55 41 22 20 37 32 152
34 André Budzien GER-711 16 40 50 39 28 30 153
35 Emil Tomasevic CRO-16 20 20 BFD 55 33 29 157
36 Sander E. Willems NED-80 41 44 35 27 35 20 158
37 Edward Greig GBR-625 52 9 BFD 46 15 38 160
38 Rudolf Lidaøík CZE-3 36 47 33 29 17 48 162
39 Albert Vadell ESP-836 DNF 18 54 42 27 27 168
40 Mark Andrews GBR-88 35 29 43 40 31 41 176
41 Armando Battaglia ITA-25 10 51 46 54 18 DNS 179
42 Dragutsis Alexandros GRE-8 34 49 30 50 34 42 189
43 Karel van Hellemond NED-41 23 32 39 57 56 44 194
44 Riccardo Cordovani ITA-101 25 37 DNS 43 63 26 194
45 Timothy Goodbody IRL-5 24 48 49 38 59 36 195
46 Matthias Bohn GER-174 44 39 27 51 66 45 206
47 Bjorn Smit SWE-31 39 50 36 63 43 49 217
48 Peter Lovas HUN-11 28 46 59 49 45 50 218
49 Krzysztof Dabkowski POL-71 47 45 48 41 47 40 220
50 Davourlis Panagiotis GRE-71 49 66 29 56 41 47 222
51 Anders Nilsson SWE-41 53 31 56 47 57 35 222
52 Kenneth Bøggild DEN-231 58 43 24 53 69 51 229
53 Sebastian Munck GER-108 51 53 41 61 29 56 230
54 Bartek Szydlowski POL-41 37 56 44 44 52 DNF 233
55 Gaszton Pál HUN-6 45 52 42 45 49 55 233
56 Piotr Mazur POL-45 46 60 37 48 51 BFD 242
57 Pierre-Alexis Ponsot (1975) FRA-9 61 55 BFD 34 58 53 261
58 Olof Lundqvist SWE-739 56 68 45 37 65 58 261
59 Günter O. Hoffmann GER-150 40 64 DNS 58 60 46 268
60 Stefan Fagerlund SWE-734 62 59 52 52 53 57 273
61 Richard Hart GBR-631 63 67 51 64 44 52 274
62 Andrea Bianchi ITA-27 59 54 53 DNF 62 54 282
63 Jesper Petersen DEN-218 64 57 47 59 61 DNS 288
64 Andreas Bollongino GER-19 70 58 58 62 54 61 293
65 Henk de Jager NED-11 66 63 40 60 67 BFD 296
66 Cisbani Paolo ITA-892 60 62 60 68 64 59 305
67 Barthel Uwe GER-262 67 71 62 67 50 62 308
68 Francesco Faggiani ITA-903 65 61 DNS 65 48 DNS 313
69 Márton Beliczay HUN-8 68 65 57 66 68 60 316
70 Gautschi Thomas SUI-496 57 69 61 71 73 63 321
71 Frank Westendorf GER-37 54 72 63 72 71 65 325
72 Detlev Guminski GER-92 69 70 DNS 70 72 64 345
73 David Guminski GER-12 71 73 DNS 69 70 66 349

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