thieves stole three motors from the sailing club of Olympic gold medal hopeful Paul Goodison.
They struck at Ulley Sailing Club, Rotherham, and stole the motors used on two safety boats and another used as a spare.
A trailer and a number of patrol tankers were also stolen in the raid.
Sheffield-born Paul Goodison, who lives in Rotherham and won gold at the Beijing Olympics four years ago, is a long-standing member of the sailing club .
He is due to complete in the laser class in the London 2012 Games next month.
Club spokesman Darren Machen said that, without the motors for the safety boats, members of the club are unable to sail.
“We are really disappointed by this - the thieves have taken all of our outboard engines and therefore put our sailing season into jeopardy.”
“These engines are required to provide safety boat cover while the sailing dinghys are on the water. Without these we cannot sail.
“This has really taken the wind out of our sails. We are in the middle of the sailing season and just getting back on our feet again after the breach of the dam wall five years ago.
“We are also gearing up to support Paul when he competes in the Olympics, so this couldn’t have come at a worse time for us.
“Health and safety rules demand that we have at least one safety boat on the water at all times when we are sailing, so we need to get the motors back. We sail three times a week so this is going to leave a lot of disappointed members.”
Anyone with information should call police on 101.