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Images from the Finn European Championships

'Scarlino EuroFinn 2008 10 may - Medal Race Ainsle wins Championship'    James Taylor    Click Here to view large photo

Ben Ainlslie won the European Finn Championship in Scarlino Maremma Saturday, dominating in the medal race. He made up the eight points that separated him from French Guillaume Florent who finished the race in 8th position, due to the aggressive hunting of the British champion in the prestart.

Finn Europens 2008 Trophy -  James Taylor  
This was a dramatic end to an exciting series, that had seen close racing and incidents, with protests involving the leading competitors and the final Medal race deciding the podium positions - a great advertisment for the class and the skills of the worlds top solo racers.

A delighted Ainslie said:

'This does rank amongst one of my more satisfying victories; it is always nice to win when you have been behind going into the last race. It was really difficult conditions, the wind was really shifting and the medal race was delayed by a couple of hours too.

'The Worlds and Olympics are my big goals for the year but the Europeans are an important event and it was important to keep the impetus going in what was my last big event before Beijing.'

Rafael Trujillo speaks for everyone when he says:

'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!

Finn Europeans opening ceremony in Scarlino Castle -  Robert Deaves-Finn Class©?nid=44305;  

La Marina di Scarlino, Italy - Finn Europeans 2008 -  © .  

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

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

Ben Ainslie - Finn European Championship 2008 -  James Taylor   Click Here to view large photo

2008 Finn Europeans Marina Scarlino GBR Ben Ainslie on fire in Race 3 -  James Taylor   Click Here to view large photo

Pieter Jan Postma NED - Finn European Championship 2008 -  James Taylor   Click Here to view large photo

Gasper Vincec SLO - Finn European Championship 2008 -  James Taylor   Click Here to view large photo

Ben Ainslie - Finn European Championship 2008 -  James Taylor   Click Here to view large photo

Finn Europeans, Day 1 -  James Taylor   Click Here to view large photo

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