Ainslie takes lead at Finn Gold Cup

Ben Anslie (GBR) - 2008 Finn Gold Cup

Ben Ainslie has taken the lead at the Finn Gold Cup in Australia after eight races completed. Dan Slater of New Zealand is one point behind and Pieter Jan Postma of the Netherlands moves into third place.

Ainslie has taken the clear lead for the first time in the championship. He finished one place ahead of Slater in race eight, to take the overall lead with 35 points, Slater is on 36 and Postma 43 points.

Winner today was Daniel Birgmark (SWE) with Guillaume Florent (FRA) second and Tim Goodbody ((IRL) third.

Britain's Giles Scott continues to lead the Junior series, only finishing in 36th in race eight, he discards it to be in 14th place overall.

Ed Wright in eighth place is the second best placed Brit sailor, then Scott at 14th and then Ed Grieg at 19th and Mark Andrews at 25th.

There is one more series race and then the top ten will compete in the final Medal race.

Full report to follow.

Finn - Provisional positions after 8 races, 1 discard

1 GBR3 Ben Ainslie 4 4 8 1 [18.00] 1 13 4 35
2 NZL1 Dan Slater 5 6 [32.00] 16 3 4 1 1 36
3 NED842 Pieter Jan Postma 6 2 1 7 [20.00] 13 3 11 43
4 DEN2 Jonas Christensen 9 1 6 6 11 [14.00] 4 8 45
5 CAN41 Chris Cook 7 13 [26.00] 2 1 5 19 15 62
6 SWE736 Johan Tillander 13 11 4 20 9 [48.00] 6 9 72
7 GRE7 Aimilios Papathanasiou 15 35 [83.00F] 4 7 11 2 6 80
8 GBR111 Edward Wright [41.00] 3 24 15 4 6 11 21 84
9 NOR1 Peer Moberg 8 23 [29.00] 13 6 21 10 5 86
10 CRO524 Ivan Kljakovic 23 9 19 12 5 9 12 [26.00] 89
11 FIN218 Tapio Nirkko 12 21 9 24 13 8 [44.00] 7 94
12 AUS221 Anthony Nossiter 22 19 [30.00] 9 21 3 15 10 99
13 ESP100 Rafael Trujillo 18 12 17 8 17 19 16 [42.00] 107
14 GBR41 Giles Scott [36.00] 8 13 11 16 31 5 28 112
15 POL7 Rafal Szukiel 16 24 3 30 8 15 24 [32.00] 120
16 SLO5 Gasper Vincec 25 5 38 3 29 12 14 [54.00] 126
17 FRA73 Guillaume Florent 2 39 11 5 23 [62.00] 31 20 131
18 SWE11 Daniel Birgmark 1 14 25 27 15 [42.00] 20 33 135
19 GBR625 Ed Greig 21 7 15 17 31 27 [38.00] 22 140
20 ITA117 Giorgio Poggi 10 33 36 26 32 [45.00] 7 3 147
21 IRL5 Timothy Goodbody 3 16 23 21 33 [51.00] 29 25 150
22 CRO25 Marin Misura 44 30 2 10 39 16 [58.00] 14 155
23 POL12 Waclaw Szukiel 27 27 28 23 14 17 [45.00] 19 155
24 AUT3 Florian Raudaschl 11 18 20 31 38 [83.00O] 22 17 157
25 GBR88 Mark Andrews 28 36 18 19 10 [59.00] 35 16 162
26 ITA101 Riccardo Cordovani [63.00] 34 12 28 28 30 18 18 168
27 RUS9 Eduard Skornyakov [58.00] 10 35 29 22 32 33 12 173
28 GBR634 Andrew Mills 14 29 34 36 19 36 8 [66.00] 176
29 USA4 Zach Railey 20 [83.00B] 27 14 2 34 39 46 182
30 FRA69 Jonathan Lobert 29 15 [37.00] 34 25 22 34 24 183
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