Olympian Goodison tries out new techniques Down Under

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PAUL Goodison put a new technique to the test as the Laser fleet got underway at the ISAF Sailing World Championships – only to admit it wasn’t the greatest day to do it.

The 34-year-old, unlike his rivals in Australia, is safe in the knowledge he will be going to the Olympics next year having been selected in September. He is therefore putting a few things to the test in Fremantle and opened his campaign with solid if unspectacular finishes of fifth and eighth on Monday.

Brinsworth-born Goodison is in 18th place after two races but believed results were not a true reflection of performances as the Laser began in Fremantle. “Unfortunately the conditions weren’t quite the ones to test the things we’ve been practising” said Goodison.

“The gradient swung around a lot further south than I thought it would. Probably the trickiest part of the day was that some parts of the courses were seven or eight knots of breeze and then the other bits of the course it was 18 knots. I am disappointed but it wasn’t disastrous.”

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