Goodison rues bad weather

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BAD weather didn’t help Rotherham’s Paul Goodison in his quest to win the final regatta before the Olympic Games.

Goodison, who is the reigning Olympic champion and is favourite along with Australian Tom Slingsby to win again next month, moved up into fifth in the Skandia Race for Gold on the Games waters off the Weymouth coast.

The Sheffield United fan has made much of his wish to keep learning right up to the Olympics starting and will have benefited from the different weather thrown at the competitors this week.

Great Britain, meanwhile, secured medals in all three Paralympic classes yesterday as the weather again played havoc at the Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta.

The penultimate day of Olympic class racing had to be scrapped due to the strong winds, which also put paid to the final day of Paralympic competition.

The three classes had to abandon racing for the second successive day but, while frustrating, it meant Skandia Team GBR’s sailors secured medals across the board.

Helena Lucas took home silver in the 2.4mR as a result, while John Robertson, Hannah Stodel and Steve Thomas won the Sonar class.

There was also success in the SKUD 18 class for Alexandra Rickham and Niki Birrell, who took gold.

“We have a had a good week,” Birrell said. “We have been working on a few things in training and it seems to have paid off. We had five wins and a third so we can’t complain about that too much from six races.”

Rickham and Birrell’s victory hands them a third consecutive ISAF Sailing World Cup title and sets them up nicely for the Paralympics.