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'Scarlino Eurofinn 2008 9 may - ESP Rafael Trujillo wins race 8'    James Taylor    Click Here to view large photo

Ben Ainslie continued to do it the hard way at the Finn European Championships in Scarlino, Italy. Rounding the first mark in a forty plus position he sailed throught he fleet to finish in eighth and just eight points behind series leader, Guillaume Florent of France who finished in twentieth place - Ainslie thus closing the gap by four points going into saturday's final Medal race.

The eighth race took place under sunny skies and a 8 to 11 knot southwesterly breeze. Olympic silver medallist and main trimmer on the the AC boat +39 Spaniard Rafael Trujillo won, followed by Irishman Timothy Goodbody in second position and the Swede Daniel Birgmark in third.

Tomorrow’s Medal Race will be a make or break one. The top ten will face off in the crystal blue waters of Maremma’s sea beginning at 12 pm. The course will be a short one, the race will last about 30 minutes, and there will be a double point system.

The rest of the fleet will compete in race 9 after the Medal Race. The prize giving ceremony will be held immediately thereafter, closing this fantastic European Finn Championship which saw the best athletes of this Olympic class race in Maremma just a few weeks before Qingdao.

The athletes are happy with the organization at la Marina di Scarlino and the race courses set in the Gulf of Follonica, considered by many among the best in the world.

Friday's winner Rafael Trujillo spoke for everyone when he said: 'I am truly happy to have raced here in Scarlino, Maremma. This is a perfect spot to hold races at the highest level and I hope that other events of this importance will soon be organized here. The surroundings are breathtaking and I really loved the food and the wine! Today I performed well and qualified for tomorrow’s Medal Race, an important step that allows me to develop the consistency I need for the Olympic Games.'

Finn - Leading positions - First ten race in Medal races:

1st FRA Guillaume Florent 2 2 6 1 3 12 6 -20 52 32pts
2nd GBR Ben Ainslie 1 16 4 2 8 1 (84.0 DSQ) 8 124 40
3rd CRO Ivan Kljakovic Gaspic (84.0 DSQ) 4 9 8 7 8 1 6 127 43
4th CAN Christopher Cook 14 3 2 3 1 11 (84.0 DSQ) 16 134 50
5th SLO Gasper Vincec 6 1 3 13 9 15 (84.0 DSQ) 4 135 51
6th DEN Jonas Hogh-Christensen 4 12 10 5 -30 10 2 11 84 54
7th NED Pieter-Jan Postma 9 15 1 -20 2 17 10 7 81 61
8th USA Zach Railey -63 6 5 7 5 16 3 21 126 63
9th SWE Daniel Birgmark 3 (84.0 BFD) 14 19 18 4 7 3 152 68
10th ESP Rafael Trujillo -35 7 11 16 16 27 4 1 117 82

11th FIN Tapio Nirkko 20 23 17 4 4 -26 12 9 115 89
12th POL Rafal Szukiel 15 17 16 10 -20 13 5 15 111 91
13th GBR Ed Wright 8 13 8 28 14 2 (84.0 BFD) 29 186 102
14th AUS Anthony Nossiter 24 -28 12 23 12 3 9 22 133 105
15th NZL Dan Slater 32 11 7 (84.0 OCS) 19 6 16 17 192 108
16th TUR Ali kemal Tufekci -62 22 18 17 25 24 14 5 187 125
17th ITA Giorgio Poggi 11 26 15 22 -29 14 15 25 157 128
18th FRA Jonathan Lobert 22 5 24 -27 13 18 20 27 156 129
19th RUS Eduard Skornyakov -54 14 22 9 24 25 8 30 186 132
20th GBR Ed Greig 26 8 (84.0 OCS) 15 32 5 29 18 217 133
21st IRL Timothy Goodbody 27 (84.0 BFD) 13 30 22 21 22 2 221 137
22nd FRA Ismael Bruno 7 21 23 29 6 -31 24 28 169 138
23rd GER Jan Kurfeld 37 25 25 6 27 -44 18 10 192 148 Juniores
24th POL Piotr Kula 10 10 -41 14 26 30 37 23 191 150 Juniores
25th GBR Mark Andrews 31 33 26 11 28 7 -34 32 202 168
26th ITA Riccardo Cordovani 21 19 36 35 31 (84.0 DNF) 17 12 255 171
27th ITA Emanuele Vaccari 5 29 29 -47 33 38 13 26 220 173
28th CZE Michael Maier -52 30 21 37 15 23 23 24 225 173
29th AUT Florian Raudaschl 30 20 28 36 21 19 21 -41 216 175
30th CYP Haris Papadopoulos 39 (84.0 BFD) 46 31 11 20 19 14 264 180
31st NOR Peer Moberg 23 (84.0 BFD) 19 84.0 OCS 10 28 11 13 272 188
32nd SWE Bjorn Allansson -50 9 20 26 40 35 39 31 250 200
33rd GBR Andrew Mills (84.0 OCS) 84.0 BFD 35 24 17 9 25 19 297 213
34th CZE Rudolf Lidarik 17 24 30 38 -47 34 38 35 263 216
35th CZE Tomas Vika 33 36 33 32 37 37 33 -44 285 241 Juniores
36th NED Nanno Schuttrups 34 32 42 18 41 41 -55 34 297 242
37th ESP1 Diego Fructuoso -51 27 34 34 38 42 28 39 293 242
38th CAN Matt Johnston 48 (84.0 BFD) 44 41 34 22 26 38 337 253
39th GRE Alexandros Dragoutsis 47 37 -50 25 35 48 31 36 309 259
40th ITA Francesco Lubrano 41 34 49 33 -57 32 35 56 337 280

Scarlino Eurofinn 2008 9 May - FRA Guillaume Florent leads the scoreboard -  James Taylor   Click Here to view large photo

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