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Finn Gold Cup - Ainslie wins - Slater leads

'Chris Cook (CAN) - Finn Gold Cup 2008'    Jeff Crow/ Sport the Library ©    Click Here to view large photo

Another win for Ben Ainslie at the Finn Gold Cup in Melbourne as he closes in on the championship leader, Dan Slater of New Zealand. Ainslie recovered from an 18th in the first race of the day to win the final race, while series leader Slater, had his own problems. after a third in the first race, won by fast improving Chris Cook of Canada, Slater slipped to a 16th.

With the discard now in place both Ainslie and Slater have dropped their poor races and Slater heads the table ten points clear of Ainslie. In third place is Aimilios Papathanasiou of Greece on the same points as Ainslie.

Chris Cook is fourth after discarding his second race 19th. He had a win and a second on a storming day three.

They are followed by, Jonas Christensen (Denmark), Pieter Jan Postma (Netherlands), Peer Moberg (Norway), Ed Wright (Great Britain) and Australian Anthony Nossiter, who is in ninth place after placing 21st and ninth today.

Ainslie in race four, tried to follow Slater who tacked onto port quickly after the start to cross quickly through a gap in the right-of-way starboard tackers into clear air.

But a starboard tack competitor just closed that door on Ainslie, who had to perform a 720-degree penalty turn that left him well back in the fleet; rounding the first mark 23rd with few opportunities to recover in the 7-9 knot southeasterly breeze.

Ainslie ashore was philosophical: 'Thats life. In those conditions everyone is pretty much going the same speed, nobody can afford to make mistakes like that so it was a disappointing one but the good thing was I came back well in the second race.

'I needed it big time after the first race. All you can do after a race like the first race is try not to get too down and keep plugging away. You don't suddenly become a bad sailor from one mistake; it just happens. Everyone is finding it hard. Dan is sailing consistently well at the moment and so is Aimilios.'

Slater led around the first mark of race four from Chris Cook (Canada), Zach Railey (USA) and Ed Wright (Great Britain). However the umpires penalised Slater under Rule 42 for undue kinetics on the run. Performing the 720-degree penalty turns left him in fourth place.

That left Cook leading from Railey, Wright and Slater. The places remained unchanged until the run to the finish when Slater, always fast downwind, slid past Wright just before the finish.

Ben Ainslie (GBR) -  Jeff Crow- Sport?nid=41194 the Library ©   Click Here to view large photo

Ainslie won race five, sailed in slightly stronger SSE breeze, which never exceeded 10 knots. Fifth around the first mark, behind Pieter Jan Postma (Netherlands), Nossiter, Mark Andrews (Great Britain) and Cook, Ainslie showed his superb downwind technique to slide into second place on the first run.

He took a handy lead on the second beat and gained again on the run to win by more than a minute from Cook with Gasper Vinec (Slovenia) third, Papathanosiou fourth and Guillaume Florent (France) sixth.

Ainslie said: 'In the second race I finally got some space on my own, finally played the right side of the bloody course. On the run I made quite a lot of ground. If you get a little puff a couple of knots more you are able to catch a few waves, it makes such a difference and I was able to do that and slide away.'

Giles Scott (GBR) continues to lead the Junior championship, he is 14th overall.

Australia goes into “holiday” mode tomorrow and to allow everyone to properly celebrate “Australia day”, the sailors and officials will have a day off. Racing will resume with two races on Sunday. Tonight, the sailors were treated to a taste of Australian “wildlife on the Barbie” with Emu, Kangaroos, Barramundi and other local delicacies.

Finn - Positions after day 3, 1 discard

1 NZL1 Dan Slater [16.00] 3 4 1 1 9pts
2 GBR3 Ben Ainslie 1 [18.00] 1 13 4 19
3 GRE7 Aimilios Papathanasiou 4 7 [11.00] 2 6 19
4 CAN41 Chris Cook 2 1 5 [19.00] 15 23
5 DEN2 Jonas Christensen 6 11 [14.00] 4 8 29
6 NED842 Pieter Jan Postma 7 [20.00] 13 3 11 34
7 NOR1 Peer Moberg 13 6 [21.00] 10 5 34
8 GBR111 Edward Wright 15 4 6 11 [21.00] 36
9 AUS221 Anthony Nossiter 9 [21.00] 3 15 10 37
10 CRO524 Ivan Kljakovic 12 5 9 12 [26.00] 38
11 SWE736 Johan Tillander 20 9 [48.00] 6 9 44
12 FIN218 Tapio Nirkko 24 13 8 [44.00] 7 52
13 SLO5 Gasper Vincec 3 29 12 14 [54.00] 58
14 GBR41 Giles Scott 11 16 [31.00] 5 28 60 Jnr
15 ESP100 Rafael Trujillo 8 17 19 16 [42.00] 60
16 ITA117 Giorgio Poggi 26 32 [45.00] 7 3 68
17 POL12 Waclaw Szukiel 23 14 17 [45.00] 19 73
18 POL7 Rafal Szukiel 30 8 15 24 [32.00] 77
19 FRA73 Guillaume Florent 5 23 [62.00] 31 20 79
20 CRO25 Marin Misura 10 39 16 [58.00] 14 79
21 GBR88 Mark Andrews 19 10 [59.00] 35 16 80
22 USA4 Zach Railey 14 2 34 39 [46.00] 89
23 ITA101 Riccardo Cordovani 28 28 [30.00] 18 18 92
24 CYP19 Haris Papadopoulos 33 42 18 [43.00] 2 95
25 RUS9 Eduard Skornyakov 29 22 32 [33.00] 12 95
26 SWE11 Daniel Birgmark 27 15 [42.00] 20 33 95
27 GBR625 Ed Greig 17 31 27 [38.00] 22 97
28 GBR634 Andrew Mills 36 19 36 8 [66.00] 99
29 FRA69 Jonathan Lobert 34 25 22 [34.00] 24 105
30 AUT3 Florian Raudaschl 31 38 [83.00O] 22 17 108
31 IRL5 Timothy Goodbody 21 33 [51.00] 29 25 108
32 GER174 Matthias Bohn [51.00] 49 7 9 47 112
33 ITA925 Michele Paoletti 18 [52.00] 33 30 35 116
34 CZE1 Michael Maier [47.00] 44 2 32 41 119
35 CHN226 Bo Liu 44 12 43 [51.00] 23 122
36 POL17 Piotr Kula 25 27 [83.00O] 37 43 132 Jnr
37 NZL21 Nik Burfoot 37 34 [83.00O] 17 48 136
38 CHN1 Peng Zhang 22 48 [57.00] 40 30 140
39 FRA972 Ismael Bruno 39 41 35 26 [44.00] 141
40 CHN11 Tianyu Ren 53 [55.00] 28 27 38 146
41 UKR21 Oleksiy Borysov 83.00R [83.00C] 10 21 34 148
42 POR5 Frederico Melo 35 47 44 23 [65.00] 149 Jnr
43 CHN7 Lei Gong 49 30 20 [55.00] 51 150
44 TUR211 Ali Kemal T Fekci 42 50 23 42 [57.00] 157
45 GBR99 Henry Bagnall 45 26 47 [50.00] 40 158 Jnr
46 TUR7 Akif Muslubas 43 45 24 [54.00] 49 161
47 NED41 Karel Van Hellemond 40 [64.00] 40 56 29 165
48 CZE9 Michal Hruby 56 35 [60.00] 47 31 169
49 GER771 Jan Kurfeld 32 40 63 [71.00] 36 171 Jnr
50 RUS14 Dmitrii Tereshkin [57.00] 46 46 46 39 177
51 CRO11 Josip Olujic 68 24 50 [73.00] 37 179 Jnr
52 IND1 Nitin Mongia [71.00] 62 55 53 13 183
53 AUS243 Warwick Hill 41 57 25 62 [68.00] 185 Jnr
54 UKR5 Andriy Gusenko [62.00] 36 41 49 59 185 Jnr
55 HUN6 Gaszton P L 50 59 54 25 [72.00] 188
56 ESP1 Diego Fructuoso 52 43 [83.00O] 41 53 189
57 USA9 Ian Cook [63.00] 54 29 57 55 195 Jnr
58 IND11 Nachhatar Johal 65 53 52 28 [67.00] 198
59 BUL24 Mihail Kopanov 48 61 39 [69.00] 50 198
60 NED80 Sander Willems 46 65 58 36 [73.00] 205
61 HUN5 Tibor Pallay 60 58 [83.00O] 66 27 211
62 VEN1 Johnny Bilbao 54 37 [64.00] 60 61 212
63 EST7 Harles Liiv [61.00] 60 53 52 52 217
64 AUS226 Michael Williams 59 56 [83.00O] 61 45 221
65 NED29 Bas De Waal 72 [75.00] 26 72 58 228
66 AUS223 James Paterson 69 69 49 48 [69.00] 235
67 ITA70 Francesco Lubrano 66 66 38 68 [71.00] 238
68 ITA40 Marko Kolic 55 63 [71.00] 65 63 246
69 CHN563 Aiming Chen 64 [68.00] 61 59 62 246
70 AUS2 Rob Mcmillan 38 83.00C [83.00O] 67 60 248
71 GER262 Uwe Barthel 74 72 37 [76.00] 70 253
72 AUS3 John Shallvey 58 [77.00] 56 75 74 263
73 AUS234 Christopher Pratt 67 67 66 64 [77.00] 264
74 ITA1 Luca Devoti 83.00C 51 83.00C [83.00C] 64 281
75 AUS241 Brendan Casey 83.00C 83.00C [83.00C] 63 56 285
76 224 Geoffrey Francis 73 76 67 70 [79.00] 286
77 POR310 Rodrigo Quina 70 70 70 [83.00C] 76 286
78 SVK11 Robert Poor 75 73 65 78 [80.00] 291
79 AUS228 Dirk Seret 78 71 68 [79.00] 75 292
80 AUS8 Anthony Wood 76 74 73 74 [78.00] 297
81 AUS203 Edward Thorburn 77 79 69 77 [82.00] 302
82 AUS233 Brian Reynolds 79 78 72 80 [81.00] 309

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