ROTHERHAM’S Paul Goodison had a frustrating start to the Skandia Sail for Gold on the Olympic Games waters in Weymouth.
Goodison, who will be devending the gold medal he won in Beijing four years ago in the laser class, could only complete one race out of the 11 planned over the next five days because of calm conditions off the coast of Dorset.
After the solitary race Goodison was placed 13th.
However, it is unlikely that the Sheffield United fan will be getting too carried away with the result no matter where he finishes. He told The Star before the regatta: “It’s strange because in an Olympic year the regatta results don’t mean as much because people are trying different things and trying to learn more.
“There’s only one regatta that matters (the Olympics).”
Goodison has based himself in Weymouth since 2003 and hopes his experience of the waters will help him retain his Olympic title. He said: “The idea of us spending so much time in Weymouth is that we can know the conditions and learn about the conditions.
“Is it a home advantage? I think it is. But other teams have been training there so they’ll be doing their homework as well. I live less than a mile and a half from the Olympic site so hopefully that’s where the advantage lies.
“I’ve done over 2,000 hours on the water - it’s a lot of suncream!”