Paul on the up despite a ‘frustrating’ start

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PAUL Goodison had his best day yet at the Skandia Sail for Gold yesterday as he moved up to sixth place overall.

After a frustrating opening couple of days on the Olympic Games waters in Weymouth and Portland off the Dorset coast, Goodison, from Rotherham finished second in both of the day’s races.

As current Olympic champion Goodison is one of the favourites for gold again at the Games, which begin in 50 days time.

He said the upturn in his fortunes has been pleasing but feels his luck has been out so far.

“It was much better out there today for myself after a frustrating first couple of days,” he said. “I was a little bit disappointed not to win the first race after leading round every mark except for the last one which is always a shame. But I was a bit happier with the second race because I was sixth or seventh around the windward mark so to finish second is really pleasing.”

“Overall I am pretty frustrated. On the first day in the first race I was leading all the way but the race was abandoned after 40 minutes when we were on the last run so I was disappointed about that.

“I am still learning things out here. The positives from Tuesday, even though I look back and think it was a pretty disastrous day, are that we learnt lot of important stuff and if they happen at the Olympics then we won’t make those sorts of mistakes again.

“We have picked up some things that we need to do differently.”

Racing at the Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta continues today with the Paralympic classes finishing tomorrow and medal races for the 10 Olympic Classes scheduled for Saturday.