Grattis Daniel

EM i Finnjolle har just avgjorts och Daniel Birgmark fick brons. Snyggt jobbat! En kroat lyckades dock försvara sitt guld.

Not many sailors get the chance to sail a major championship in their home town and even fewer get a chance to win one. But Sunday, for Ivan Kljakovic Gaspic (CRO) that dream came true as he successfully defended his Finn European Championship title in the medal race of the 2010 Finn Open Senior and Junior European Championships in Split, Croatia. The Junior title went to Ioannis Mitakis (GRE), also defending the title he won in 2009.

Third placed Birgmark said, "Today you had to cash in the whole time, taking every shift as it arrived. I had a reasonably good start, but the left end of the line paid off so I lost a bit there to the two Croatians, Mate and
Bambi, but then I managed to come up in the middle of the fleet. I had a good chance for silver and Ed was very close to me. But I am very happy with the bronze here though."

"It's been hard conditions this week, but even though we have only had six races, they have been reasonably fair, and they have been good races. We would have liked to have more races of course, but the ones we did were not bad at all."

Birgmark ledde efter fyra delseglingar. Björn Allansson var med och högg i vissa race. Och levande legenden "Mr Finnjolle" Micke Brandt, var förstås också med. Även om placeringen blev blygsam.

Final top 10 after medal race
(medal race position in brackets)

1 CRO 524 Ivan Kljakovic Gaspic 35 (2)
2 GBR 11 Edward Wright 35 (3)
3 SWE 11 Daniel Birgmark 41 (5)
4 ESP 100 Rafael Trujillo 41 (7)
5 CRO 25 Marin Misura 49 (4)
6 CRO 2 Mate Arapov 52 (1)
7 GBR 41 Giles Scott 54 (6)
8 FRA 112 Jonathan Lobert 54 (RTD)
9 NOR 1 Peer Moberg 57 (8)
10 FRA 115 Thomas Le Breton, 59 (DNC)

Class blog:

birgmark and wright

medal race pic1

misura and birgmark