Findel and Tennel are 505 European Champions

Jens Findel and Johannes Tennel of Germany are the new 505 European champions. The European championship finished Thursday with the German pair just where they started, leading the event from race one.

In the overall Open event ranking the USA led with Ethan Bixby and Erik Boothe, '81 World Champions winning the final race to be three points clear of the new European Champions, Findel and Tennel of Germany. Then the '99 World Champion, Howard Hamlin and Andy Zinn, giving some indication of the likely major players in the Worlds event.

They only placed tenth place on the final day but Findel and Tennel controlled their nearst rivals, Jan Saugmann, and Morten Ramsbaek of Denmark, the reigning World Champions, who came only 30th today, and second in the Euros.

In third place overall in the Europeans, Britain's Ian Pinnell and Carl Gibbon, rose by nearly ten positions after their fifth place today. For Pinnel, a great sailor with 35 golds from global, european and national titles, sailor of the year in 1991, this is a good result leading to the races Saturday, when the World title will start.

'The field is perfect -- Pinnel said - and we have come to Palermo to win the World Cup, we will try, we will be among the challengers.'

The strong American presence looks ominous for the Worlds, although racing has been in light winds. Also placing well have been the Australian pair Nick Davis and Mike Duffield, 11 in the Euros, and the Irish pair Ewen Barry and Charles Dwyer in tenth place.

505 Europeans - Final leading positions - Note USA not counted for European Title

1 USA 8715 BIXBY, BOOTHE, Male 7,0 (12) 2 1 1 2 1
2 GER 8875 FINDEL, TELLEN, Male 10,0 1 1 3 2 3 (11)
3 USA 8762 HAMLIN, ZINN, Male 23,0 5 9 (10) 6 1 2
4 DEN 8964 SAUGMANN, RAMSBAEK, Male 32,0 4 15 4 4 5 (31)
5 GBR 8960 PINNELL, GIBBON, Male 33,0 2 3 (15) 12 11 5
6 USA 8830 KEY, BUTTNER, Male 34,0 8 7 8 (15) 4 7
7 DEN 8826 BOJLAND, FRIIS, Male 41,0 13 4 9 7 (17) 8
8 GER 8927 GORGE, RIX, Male 45,0 11 (dsq) 11 3 14 6
9 GER 8693 DAISENBERGER, LAUTENSCHLAGER, Male / under 25 46,0 (dns) 8 2 16 8 12
10 IRL 8961 BARRY, DWYER, Male 50,0 9 13 (25) 14 10 4
11 AUS 8817 DAVIS, DUFFIELD, Male 55,0 (17) 10 16 13 13 3
12 USA 8937 TAUGHER, BELL, Male 59,0 10 (29) 5 9 19 16
13 GER 8720 TASCHE, TASCHE, Male / under 25 63,0 6 18 7 26 6 (32)
14 USA 7875 MILLER, SMITH, Male 67,0 3 12 12 18 (24) 22
15 GER 8651 KELLNER, SCHOLER, Male 71,0 18 14 13 (19) 16 10
16 GBR 8935 SHORT, SHORT, Male 74,0 (30) 16 22 10 9 17
17 AUS 8801 CHAPPELL, GILL, Male 86,0 (34) 19 30 5 18 14
18 USA 8883 MOORE, FALSONE, Male 88,0 (dns) 17 27 11 12 21
19 AUS 8922 CUNEO, WARLOW, Male 95,0 33 (38) 20 8 7 27
20 AUS 8920 QUIRK, REFFOLD, Male 109,0 (26) 21 23 22 25 18
21 DEN 8828 ANDERSEN, ANDREASEN, Male 122,0 16 31 18 27 30 (33)
22 GBR 8905 TURNBULL, LUNN, Male 122,0 24 25 17 (45) 36 20
23 AUS 8781 ALEXANDER, GREGG, Male 124,0 23 27 26 24 (29) 24
24 USA 8831 JEANGIRARD, VON GREY, Male 126,0 21 28 28 (46) 23 26
25 GER 8672 CONTAG, VON WALTER, Male 132,0 14 23 14 (dns) dns 9
26 FIN 8057 LINDFORS, HALONEN, Male 138,0 15 36 19 (38) 32 36
27 FIN 8768 NIEMINEN, LEHTONEN, Male 144,0 37 5 42 37 (48) 23
28 FIN 8924 RAITA, NURMELA, Male 156,0 40 26 24 29 37 (43)
29 AUS 8855 STOWELL, BAILEY, Male 161,0 (52) 33 29 21 31 47
30 AUS 8840 CAMERON, BOWDEN, Male 162,0 19 43 6 (dsq) 22 dns
31 AUS 8968 HANSEN - KNARHOI, ATTWELL, Male 162,0 (dns) 32 34 43 34 19
32 AUS 8588 SMITH, SMITH, Mixed 162,0 20 35 35 20 52 (dns)
33 AUS 8893 ROBINSON, PENFOLD, Male 163,0 (45) 20 43 33 28 39
34 ITA 8097 BOSIO, SUPERINA, Male 164,0 25 41 (45) 35 35 28
35 FRA 8270 GACHET, VALERY, Male 175,0 39 39 36 (52) 26 35
36 GBR 8701 NAPIER, PEARSON, Male 178,0 (dns) 11 32 25 38 dns
37 FIN 8053 EBELING, HEIMSCH, Male 179,0 36 (49) 31 41 46 25
38 FRA 8748 AGRAPART, AGRAPART, Mixed 184,0 7 37 62 39 39 (dns)
39 SUI 8543 BART, MARTI, Male 186,0 (dns) 6 21 dns dns 15
40 ITA 8127 GAMBARDELLA, CANDELA, Male 187,0 22 46 41 36 42 (48)
41 USA 8904 GUY, TOTH, Male 190,0 (dns) 30 49 17 56 38
42 ITA 8743 GIRALDI, CORBELLINI, Male 191,0 43 56 47 30 15 (dns)
43 POL 8358 JOZEFOWSKI, BARANKIEWICZ, Male 204,0 38 47 39 (dns) 43 37
44 GBR 8955 LAKE, ILIFFE, Male 205,0 (dns) 24 50 42 44 45
45 FRA 8949 FAUCHEUX, DUQUESNE, Male 205,0 29 44 58 47 27 (dns)
46 AUS 8501 FINCH, SHINER, Male / under 25 208,0 44 42 (55) 53 40 29
47 IRL 8542 KENNEALLY, DUNLEA, Male 218,0 31 (raf) 40 34 dns 41
48 FRA 8847 BOIRY, GOUGEON, Male 219,0 27 52 51 48 41 (dns)
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