Goodison back on track
Amidst 12-15 knot winds at the 2012 Olympic sailing venue, Laser European Champion Paul Goodison shook off his bad start to the regatta with a race win and two seconds from today’s three races to see him take over the top spot ahead of Mark Powell and Nick Thompson, now in second and third places respectively.
Goodison, the 28-year-old world number one from Rotherham, was relieved to have had a more solid performance to see him into Sunday’s final medal race, and explained his apparent lack form on the opening day.
“I had a bit of trouble in the first race of the series when I got something caught around my centreboard, so a bit frustrating, but I guess quite funny for the rest of them who watched me disappear down the back of the fleet!,” he explained.
“But since then I’ve either been first or second in every race so I’m pretty happy with that.”
With the bitter taste of a double disqualification still looming from yesterday. Sarah Ayton, Sarah Webb and new crew Pippa Wilson went out determined for a strong showing to drag themselves from the bottom of the Yngling table.
It was mission accomplished, with the Skandia Team GBR trio posting two straight bullets and a third to boost them back into contention. They finish the day in fifth overall, just one point off the bronze medal place which is occupied by Ayton and Webb’s ex-helm Shirley Robertson. The double Olympic gold medallist and her team of Annie Lush and Lucy Macgregor had a third, an eighth and a sixth today to see them into third place, while the Netherlands’ Mandy Mulder and her team, and Janneke Hin’s crew took over the top two spots respectively.
But Ayton seemed unruffled by the Dutch offensive. “They’re putting a bit of a fight up but we were in control today and we dominated, so that will send them back to the drawing board I’m sure.”
Ed Wright, European Champion in the Finn class, saw a better day today, posting two firsts and a third to see him take the lead over Matt Howard, while the 470 event saw Athens silver medallists, Nick Rogers and Joe Glanfield, leapfrog their World Championship-winning teammates Nic Asher and Elliot Willis with a three point lead at the top of the table going into the medal race on Sunday.
Spain's Olympic champions in the 49er class Iker Martinez and Xavier Fernandez had a superb opening two races, with two wins followed by a ninth to challenge the Skandia Team GBR overnight leaders Stevie Morrison and Ben Rhodes. The Exmouth pair had a second and a fourth followed by a discardable 21 which was enough for them to stay at the top of the ladder.
“Not such a good day today but pretty solid,” concluded Morrison.
“We obviously had a very good day yesterday which put us in a pretty strong position and so today was a bit more of a day about being safer and not messing it up!
“The Spanish team, who are the Olympic gold medallists from Athens, are a little bit heavier than us – that means they’ve got a little bit more horsepower so when there’s a bit more wind they’ve got the potential to go faster.”
In the Laser Radial, Charlotte Dobson posted the perfect scorecard from today’s three races to knock European bronze medallist Penny Clark off the top of the table, while European Champion Nick Dempsey remains in control in the RS:X 9.5 windsurfing class with Bryony Shaw leading the RS:X 8.5 fleet with two race wins and a second for her efforts today.
Ally Martin and Lottie Clay are still topping the women’s 470 class, while Germany’s Johannes Polgar and Florian Spalteholz have a one point lead over Skandia Team GBR’s Leigh McMillan and Will Howden in the Tornado class.
World silver medallist Helena Lucas broke into the podium positions in the 2.4mR Paralympic class, which is led by Frenchman Damien Seguin with Thierry Schmitter in second. Swedes Gustaf Fresk and Annika Lindgren remain in the top spot of the new Paralympic SKUD-18 event, in spite of a disqualification from race nine, with German trio Jens Kroker, Siegmund Mainka and Tobias Schutz two points ahead in the Sonar class.