Hat-trick for Goodison

Olympic Gold, Europeans and now a Laser World Championship win for Rotherham's finest

Thursday August 27th 2009, Author: James Boyd, Location: United Kingdom
There’s a new Laser World Champion. Olympic gold medalist Paul Goodison hung on in the final day of competition to take first place at the 2009 Nautel Laser World Championships on St. Margaret’s Bay in Nova Scotia.

“It’s fantastic, and such a relief,” said Goodison of his victory, which sees him still unbeaten in international action since taking gold in Beijing a year ago. As well as claiming the European title earlier this month, the Rotherham sailor took gold at three events of the ISAF Sailing World Cup that he’s competed at.

“Having won all my other events this year, and with the Worlds having been the big focus for me this year there was quite a bit of pressure to do the business and I’m just so happy that it’s all done and dusted,” he said, before going on to praise the efforts of teammate Thompson.

“I’ve got to watch my back! But all credit to Nick – he’s had a fantastic week and I’m really pleased for him.”

Despite losing two days of the six day event - one day with too much wind courtesy of Hurricane Bill, the next with too little - the 31-year-old kept his cool throughout to add the world title to his Olympic and European crowns. Goodison’s previous best Laser Worlds result came in 2002 where he finished third.

Coming into the competition, Goodison's chief rival was Australian Tom Slingsby who won the 2007 and 2008 Worlds. Slingsby came in 17th.

Michael Bullot of New Zealand took second, while 23-year-old Nick Thompson made it a double celebration for the Skandia Team GBR camp, clinching his first ever senior World Championship medal - a bronze - to ensure two British sailors were up on the prize giving podium.

For Thompson himself, his bronze signals an important marker in establishing himself as one of the key contenders in the highly competitive Laser fleet.

“This really was the year for me to make my mark,” explained Thompson, who is currently leading the ISAF Sailing World Cup series thanks to wins at the Miami and Palma legs in the early season.

“It’s been a difficult week, with a bit of everything thrown at us. I sailed a near perfect qualifying series, but then we didn’t race for the first two days of the finals with the hurricane and then afterwards, so that was mentally pretty challenging and I didn’t race that well on the first day back.

“But I knuckled down today and got two good results to stay on the podium so I’m really pleased.”

With one day lost to racing when Hurricane Bill brushed Nova Scotia on Sunday and a lack of wind preventing racing on Monday, competitors still managed to get in 10 races. St. Margaret’s Bay proved it is one of the best sailing venues on the continent. Even with a near hurricane and a dead calm, athletes were pushed through five days of racing in winds ranging from 10 to 24 knots (21 to 50 kilometres per hour).

“Athletes tell us it was a challenging five days,” said event manager Duncan Enman. “The final race was classic with Goodison and Bullot hunting each other at the start. It was a mesmerizing dance along the start line as each athlete tried to outplay the other. Amazing sailing, amazing sport, as one would expect at a World championship.”

Organisers are now gearing up for the Laser Masters Worlds for athletes 35 years and older. There are more than 300 competitors from around the globe beginning to arrive at the St. Margaret Sailing Club for the second portion of the Laser Worlds. Racing for the Masters begins on Sunday and concludes on the 5th of September.

Results:

Pos Name Sailno R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R6 R8 R9 R10 Tot
1 Goodison Paul GBR 196043 5 2 -5 5 2 3 1 1 7 -20 24.5
2 Bullot Michael NZL 196007 1 (ocs) 1 -18 7 1 3 4 6 8 31
3 Thompson Nick GBR 196082 2 2 1 1 -4 14 10 -19 3 2 35
4 Alsogaray Julio ARG 196083 7 9 (bfd) 1 1 7 8 -14 4 1 38
5 Stipanovic Tonci CRO 196102 3 1 2 4 -32 12 2 17 11 (bfd) 52
6 Wright David CAN 196099 4 -17 10 3 15 2 12 7 -43 6 59
7 Vujasinovic Milan CRO 196157 4 -13 2 4 11 6 17 20 10 -35 74
8 Hernandez Javier ESP 196025 11 4 -16 6 3 10 5 24 -49 19 82
9 Geritzer Andreas AUT 196105 2 6 3 13 -23 32 19 3 -34 14 92
10 Leigh Michael CAN 196008 -8 7 7 2 5 21 20 -23 8 23 93
11 Junior Joshua NZL 196032 4 -14 4 6 8 -47 4 27 16 24 93
12 Cedergardh Emil SWE 196147 15 1 -16 4 16 -36 15 22 9 15 97
13 Del Solar Matias CHI 196135 18 5 (bfd) 2 1 -41 18 9 38 7 98
14 Wigforss Johan SWE 196117 8 7 6 6 -18 4 26 41 2 (bfd) 100
15 Fontes Bruno BRA 196096 1 5 9 -24 4 (dns) 11 36 22 13 101
16 Parkhill Lee CAN 196120 15 20 26 -27 8 15 7 2 -30 10 102
17 Slingsby Tom AUS 196064 7 1 (bfd) 3 12 20 31 28 (bfd) 3 105
18 Lolic Aron CRO 196168 22 12 6 -23 10 25 9 12 -50 11 107
19 Kontides Pavlos CYP 196020 1 8 (bfd) 8 30 22 29 5 5 (bfd) 108
20 Cabaz Rodrigue FRA 196149 3 -26 12 5 5 -37 28 30 13 16 112
21 Claeson Arvid SWE 196026 5 -19 7 12 5 8 22 -34 28 29 116
22 Porozynski Karol POL 196072 6 5 3 8 -29 34 30 -43 12 21 119
23 Bougiouris Adonis GRE 196166 12 8 4 -16 7 38 25 -46 1 26 121
24 Maloney Andrew NZL 196066 14 3 4 10 -22 -39 39 11 36 4 121
25 Pelt Gijs NED 196044 -16 10 14 7 2 29 -45 6 26 28 122
26 Steiger Christian SUI 196037 6 4 28 -36 13 5 23 -45 21 27 127
27 Taritas Ivan CRO 196152 -12 9 1 12 7 23 -51 15 46 17 130
28 de Haas Marc NED 196073 -30 7 13 13 26 (ocs) 6 37 20 9 131
29 Schadewaldt Tobias GER 196089 7 2 (bfd) 3 16 17 21 -52 31 36 133
30 Luttmer Bernard CAN 196124 15 4 11 -22 9 13 36 32 14 (bfd) 134
31 Bernaz Jean-baptiste FRA 196162 23 11 -42 9 10 9 32 31 -41 12 137
32 Stalheim Jesper SWE 196042 22 18 15 -26 6 11 24 -47 19 30 145
33 Johnson Clayton USA 196034 2 3 (bfd) 32 6 24 13 51 15 (bfd) 146
34 Pruvot Felix FRA 196075 8 6 5 5 -29 35 34 38 17 (bfd) 148
35 Dold Christopher CAN 196001 9 6 (bfd) 18 6 28 16 40 27 (bfd) 150
36 Brunning Ashley AUS 196132 6 -17 7 1 4 33 42 -44 29 32 154
37 Ruth Kristian NOR 196087 10 -14 13 11 12 26 -33 26 24 33 155
38 Powell Mark GBR 196049 9 18 (bfd) 8 3 -45 43 39 23 18 161
39 Rammo Karl-martin EST 196019 23 10 8 21 -37 18 -54 10 51 22 163
40 Bottoni Christoph SUI 196133 9 12 8 10 -21 -51 47 8 39 31 164
41 Weaver David NZL 196003 10 16 5 14 -38 16 46 13 45 (bfd) 165
42 Bouwmeester Roelof NED 196078 (ocs) 19 9 2 9 27 37 33 32 (bfd) 168
43 Van Vianen Eduardo NED 196012 10 16 8 -19 3 43 -53 50 18 34 182
44 Berecz Zsombor HUN 196107 20 8 2 -28 28 19 41 25 47 (bfd) 190
45 Schaardenburg Rutger NED 196070 17 9 -29 22 12 30 40 -49 35 25 190
46 Mihelic Daniel CRO 196077 33 13 14 9 -34 46 50 21 (dns) 5 191
47 Mclay Blair NZL 196130 11 20 14 13 -25 50 49 18 25 (bfd) 200
48 Funk Brad USA 196060 -21 17 11 9 14 31 48 42 33 (bfd) 205
49 Kjaergaard Kristian DEN 196057 12 28 11 7 -31 -52 38 29 40 42 207
50 Buhl Philipp GER 196134 3 3 -15 11 1 40 52 56 42 (bfd) 208
51 Godwin Robert GBR 196068 21 13 3 -31 11 42 44 -48 37 37 208
52 Jesus Rogel ESP 196074 -45 27 6 15 13 44 (raf) 16 53 39 213
53 Burman James AUS 196053 -37 11 22 15 9 48 14 -54 54 43 216
54 Collura Pierre Angelo FIN 196110 19 31 (bfd) 7 2 (dns) 27 53 44 38 221
55 Buckingham Charlie USA 196067 18 16 10 25 -37 (dns) 35 35 52 41 232
56 Sanchez Emmanuel MON 196030 25 12 19 10 -31 49 -55 55 48 40 258

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