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Silver For Slater In Finn Europeans

Silver For Slater In Finn Europeans

Dan Slater has won silver at the Finn European Championships in Kalmar, Sweden. Gold went to Emirates Team New Zealand sailor, current World Champion and Olympic champion Ben Ainslie sailing for Britain.

The final day of racing was cancelled in the ISAF Grade One 2005 Finn European Championships and the podium places were confirmed overnight in Sweden. Slater claimed silver in this major international regatta after less than six months sailing in the Finn class proving his talent and adaptability. Finishing behind him in the fleet were 2004 Olympic medal winners as well as this seasons Grade One performers.

Ben Ainslie was the dominant force in the regatta with a total of five wins from seven races. He concluded the championship a convincing 25 points clear of Slater who was two points ahead of the bronze medal winner, Gasper Vincec of Slovenia. Slater claimed one race win and three seconds. Vincec has been on form this year winning the Finn class at Keil Week and placing third at Holland Regatta.

Slater launched his campaign in the Olympic class Finn with Beijing 2008 as a target and this result is an early indication of promising things to come. After switching to the Finn earlier this year Slater has been competing in Europe and training in North America. This silver is an improvement on his 5th at Holland regatta, formerly known as Spa Regatta, late in May and he will no doubt be looking for another top performance at the Finn Gold Cup next month in Moscow.

In February this year he seized the opportunity to compete at the International 14 Worlds being held here in Auckland, and finished 4th. Slater sailed the regatta with Nathan Handley, his 49er partner from the Sydney 2000 Olympics and said afterwards that they performed better than they expected.

Slater now goes on to the Finn Gold Cup which is on in Moscow from 9-18 September. Full results from the 2005 European Championships can be viewed on the regatta website through the link below.


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