Late victory keeps Rotherham’s Paul Goodison in hunt for gold

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ROTHERHAM’S Paul Goodison kept himself in contention during the second day of the Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta.

Whereas Monday’s action was cut short because of calm conditions and a lack of wind, yesterday was a challenging one with non-stop rain, shifts in wind and very poor visibility across the race courses in Weymouth and Portland.

Starting the day in 13th position, Goodison, who first began sailing on Ulley reservoir in Rotherham, and is the reigning Olympic champion in the laser class, had a mixed start to the day with a seventh placed finish in the first race and then 16th in the second.

However, he responded well to win the final race to move into 11th place overall.

Australian Tom Burton leads fellow countryman Tom Slingsby at the top of the standings. Slingsby is widely regarded as Goodison’s main rival for gold next month at the OIympic Games on the same waters.

In other classes triple Olympic gold medallist Ben Ainslie leads the Finn while Giles Scott and Alexandra Rickham-Niki Birrell found great form with three race wins apiece in the Finn and SKUD events.

And both Hannah Mills-Saskia Clark and Dave Evans-Ed Powys retained their top spots for a second day in the 470 and 49er fleets,

Racing continues today with the Paralympic classes (2.4mR, SKUD and Sonar) finishing on Friday and medal races for the 10 Olympic Classes scheduled for Saturday.