There was no racing on the last day of the
Championship in Kalmar. The wind that had provided the
sailors with most difficult sailing conditions all week
didn’t show up on Sunday.
With 5 races’ win and a total score of 8 points, Ben
Ainslie is adding 1 more Finn trophy to his extensive
Dan Slater who proved to be a fast improver after 6
months only in the Finn class is taking the second place
in front of very talented and experienced sailors. The
Finn class European championship is an open event
allowing non-European sailors to be ranked in the
After an impressing regatta records this season
including a win in Kiel Week, Gasper Vincec (SLO) hard
work in the Finn during the last 3 years is finally
being rewarded. The Slovenian is taking the third place
on the podium.
It was a close finish for second and third places with
Marin Misura and Emilios Papathanasiou only 1 and 2
points behind Vincec in 4th and 5th place.
Finn records prove that Ben’s outstanding performance
have been matched in the past: Andre Nelis (BEL) won 8
races out of 10 in the 1957 Europeans, 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 a few
months in the boat. A situation shared by Zach Railey
(USA) who has made an impressive start in his first
international event by taking second place. Ivan and
Zach performance is emphasized by their overall results.
They have been sailing at the same level than
experienced sailor finishing respectively 12th and 16th
in a fleet of 73 boats. Norbert Wilandt from Poland is
the third Junior in 30th position.
The sailors will meet again in Moscow in 3 weeks for the
Finn Gold Cup.