In the bag for Ainslie

British Gold medallist tallies just eight points at conclusion of Finn European Championship

Sunday August 14th 2005, Author: James Boyd, Location: Scandinavia
There was no racing on the last day of the Championship in Kalmar, Sweden. The wind that had provided the sailors with most difficult sailing conditions all week didn’t show up on Sunday.

With five race wins and a total score of just 8 points, Ben Ainslie is adding one more Finn trophy to his extensive collection.

New Zealander Dan Slater has proved to be a fast improver after only six months in the Finn class, taking the second place in front of very talented and experienced sailors.



After an impressive regatta record this season including a win in Kiel Week, Slovenian Gasper Vincec's hard work in the Finn over the last three years is finally being rewarded. The Slovenian took the third place on the podium. Marin Misura and Emilios Papathanasiou were only one and two points behind Vincec in 4th and 5th place.

Finn records prove that Ainslie’s outstanding performance have been matched in the past: Andre Nelis (BEL) won 8 races out of 10 at the 1957 Europeans while in 1981 Lasse Hjortnaes won all of the 5 races sailed. The Dane won again in 1983 with a total score of 6 points.

The Junior championship has been dominated by sailors new to the class. Ivan Kljokovic Gaspic from Split, Croatia is the Junior European Champion after just a few months in the boat. This situation is shared by the USA's Zach Railey who has made an impressive start in his first international event by taking second place. The duo finished respectively 12th and 16th in a fleet of 73 boats. This regatta has shown both sailing at the same level as much more experienced sailors.

The sailors will meet again in Moscow in three weeks for the Finn Gold Cup.

Final results

Pos Helm Sail No Cls R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 Net
1 Ben Ainslie GBR-3 Snr 1 1 1 1 1 4 3 8
2 Dan Slater NZL-1 Snr 2 35 2 13 2 13 1 33
3 Gasper Vincec SLO-5 Snr 11 4 4 5 39 1 10 35
4 Marin Misura CRO-25 Snr 7 3 6 14 5 8 7 36
5 Papathanasiou Emilios GRE-7 Snr 22 2 9 2 9 2 13 37
6 Rafael Trujillo ESP-100 Snr 5 6 5 16 6 5 29 43
7 Jonas Høgh-Christensen (1981) DEN-2 Snr 9 7 3 6 42 3 19 47
8 Olexiy Borysov UKR-1 Snr 18 42 7 12 8 10 5 60
9 Daniel Birgmark SWE-11 Snr 6 5 13 17 16 19 12 69
10 Waclaw Szukiel POL-12 Snr 12 15 8 3 19 28 16 73
11 Edward Wright GBR-111 Snr 13 14 20 4 23 6 30 80
12 Ivan Kljakovic Gaspic (1984) CRO-524 Jnr 8 25 12 15 10 21 14 80
13 Søren Holm DEN-7 Snr 48 10 19 9 14 9 21 82
14 Peer Moberg NOR-1 Snr 4 17 14 8 11 37 35 89
15 Michael Maier CZE-1 Snr 31 21 18 32 3 11 6 90
16 Zach Railey USA-4 Jnr 27 30 32 7 13 16 2 95
17 Vladimir Krutskikh RUS-1 Snr 3 33 10 26 7 18 42 97
18 Chris Brittle GBR-541 Snr 29 8 BFD 31 12 7 15 102
19 Bruno Ismael FRA-972 Snr 19 11 28 22 25 14 25 116
20 Michal Hrubý CZE-9 Snr 21 13 17 25 24 31 18 118
21 Johan Tillander SWE-736 Snr 30 26 21 18 22 12 22 121
22 Thomas Laursen DEN-9 Snr OCS 36 16 35 4 24 23 138
23 Matt Howard GBR-550 Snr 38 12 15 19 36 22 54 142
24 Josh Beaver AUS-228 Snr 15 22 26 10 46 BFD 31 150
25 Pablo Arrarte Elorza ESP-310 Snr 50 34 11 28 21 23 41 158
26 Wietze Zetzema NED-64 Snr 42 38 25 30 40 17 9 159
27 Stefan de Vries NED-6 Snr 17 27 34 11 38 33 51 160
28 Rafal Szukiel POL-7 Snr 43 23 38 24 20 34 26 165
29 Anthony Nossiter AUS-221 Snr 26 19 31 36 55 15 45 172
30 Norbert Wilandt POL-17 Jnr 32 28 23 23 30 39 48 175
31 Tapio Nirkko FIN-216 Jnr 14 24 DNS 33 32 25 49 177
32 Emil Tomasevic CRO-16 Snr 20 20 BFD 55 33 29 20 177
33 Edward Greig GBR-625 Snr 52 9 BFD 46 15 38 27 187
34 Aaron O'Grady IRL-10 Snr 33 16 55 21 26 43 59 194
35 Raudaschl Florian AUT-271 Snr 55 41 22 20 37 32 43 195
36 Albert Vadell ESP-836 Snr DNF 18 54 42 27 27 28 196
37 André Budzien GER-711 Snr 16 40 50 39 28 30 46 199
38 Sander E. Willems NED-80 Snr 41 44 35 27 35 20 47 202
39 Rudolf Lidaøík CZE-3 Snr 36 47 33 29 17 48 62 210
40 Dragutsis Alexandros GRE-8 Snr 34 49 30 50 34 42 24 213
41 Mark Andrews GBR-88 Jnr 35 29 43 40 31 41 37 213
42 Armando Battaglia ITA-25 Snr 10 51 46 54 18 DNS 52 231
43 Timothy Goodbody IRL-5 Snr 24 48 49 38 59 36 36 231
44 Karel van Hellemond NED-41 Snr 23 32 39 57 56 44 40 234
45 Matthias Bohn GER-174 Snr 44 39 27 51 66 45 33 239
46 Gaszton Pál HUN-6 Snr 45 52 42 45 49 55 11 244
47 Riccardo Cordovani ITA-101 Snr 25 37 DNS 43 63 26 50 244
48 Krzysztof Dabkowski POL-71 Jnr 47 45 48 41 47 40 39 259
49 Olof Lundqvist SWE-739 Snr 56 68 45 37 65 58 4 265
50 Kenneth Bøggild DEN-231 Snr 58 43 24 53 69 51 38 267
51 Pierre-Alexis Ponsot (1975) FRA-9 Snr 61 55 BFD 34 58 53 8 269
52 Piotr Mazur POL-45 Jnr 46 60 37 48 51 BFD 34 276
53 Peter Lovas HUN-11 Snr 28 46 59 49 45 50 70 277
54 Bjorn Smit SWE-31 Snr 39 50 36 63 43 49 61 278
55 Anders Nilsson SWE-41 Snr 53 31 56 47 57 35 63 279
56 Davourlis Panagiotis GRE-71 Snr 49 66 29 56 41 47 60 282
57 Günter O. Hoffmann GER-150 Snr 40 64 DNS 58 60 46 17 285
58 Sebastian Munck GER-108 Snr 51 53 41 61 29 56 69 291
59 Bartek Szydlowski POL-41 Jnr 37 56 44 44 52 DNF 67 300
60 Stefan Fagerlund SWE-734 Snr 62 59 52 52 53 57 32 305
61 Andrea Bianchi ITA-27 Snr 59 54 53 DNF 62 54 58 340
62 Richard Hart GBR-631 Snr 63 67 51 64 44 52 68 341
63 Francesco Faggiani ITA-903 Snr 65 61 DNS 65 48 DNS 44 357
64 Cisbani Paolo ITA-892 Snr 60 62 60 68 64 59 53 358
65 Henk de Jager NED-11 Snr 66 63 40 60 67 BFD 64 360
66 Jesper Petersen DEN-218 Snr 64 57 47 59 61 DNS DNS 362
67 Andreas Bollongino GER-19 Snr 70 58 58 62 54 61 DNF 363
68 Márton Beliczay HUN-8 Jnr 68 65 57 66 68 60 56 372
69 Barthel Uwe GER-262 Snr 67 71 62 67 50 62 65 373
70 Gautschi Thomas SUI-496 Snr 57 69 61 71 73 63 55 376
71 Frank Westendorf GER-37 Snr 54 72 63 72 71 65 71 396
72 Detlev Guminski GER-92 Snr 69 70 DNS 70 72 64 57 402
73 David Guminski GER-12 Snr 71 73 DNS 69 70 66 66 415

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