ROTHERHAM’S Paul Goodison has fired a warning shot to his Laser rivals, insisting he is timing his run to the Weymouth and Portland International Regatta podium just right after his best outing yesterday.
The 33-year-old has endured a tough time of things at the test event for London 2012, sitting just outside a podium place in fifth with just today’s two fleet races to go before Friday’s medal race.
But all is not lost as he is just five points away from silver and eight off Kiwi Andrew Murdoch in gold after recording finishes of fourth and second yesterday.
June saw Brinsworth-born Goodison come from nowhere to claim bronze at the Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta, ousting Brit rival Nick Thompson just to make it this far in his search for London 2012 glory.
And Goodison isn’t ruling out a repeat as he looks to kickstart his Olympic adventure in style.
“It was a much better day on Tuesday and it was quite nice to have the rest day on Monday to take stock of it all and come back and put up some good results,” he said. “I was pretty disappointed with how the last few days of racing had gone but it was good to finally turn that around and to get the right results coming in feels great.
“Hopefully I haven’t timed by run too late as was nearly the case with Sail for Gold back in June but everything is shaping up nicely hopefully for the rest of the week. The plan was to start off a bit better than I did but I couldn’t do that so it was about how you deal with the positions you have been put in and how you bounce back and I am pleased with what I have done after a difficult start.
“When things aren’t quite going your way it is about how you react and I was pleased with how I have done and hopefully I can keep that up right into the medal race.”
Goodison is the first to admit that his regatta hasn’t exactly gone according to plan as he looks to come from behind to once again snatch a medal at the London 2012 venue.
But with the Games still 11 months away, he believes all is not lost as he looks to iron out the creases before it really matters next year.
“Although I have competed at Weymouth quite a bit this week is still very much a learning curve for me,” he added.
“The race format is different to anything we have done over the past few years and it is a different style of racing with the shorter courses and it has taken a bit of getting used to.
“But I am still enjoying it and every day you race on the Olympic waters is great and it is all good practice for next year.” *Investment specialist Skandia is the principal sponsor of the British sailing team. For more information go to www.skandiateamgbr.com