By 'eck pet

madforsailing talked to Paul Brotherton about his recent successes at the Sailing Games and 49er Worlds
Despite his Olympic plans being thrown into turmoil a few weeks ago following his divorce from silver medallist Simon Hiscocks, Paul Brotherton has made a remarkable come back. He hastily teamed up with Mark Asquith to continue his 49er campaign for the 2004 Olympics. At the 49er Worlds recently in Hawaii the duo notched up third place overall behind Hiscocks and Chris Draper. Then in a rather unexpected move Brotherton took to a J/80 at the ISAF World Sailing Games. After a frustrating week, he again finished third. "The reason for doing it was that things got a bit turned upside down six weeks ago when I was not sailing with someone and then started sailing with someone else and with the Worlds in Hawaii being a crucial event with the RYA and funding I wasn't certain if it was going to be disaster or 'thank god for that'. So I thought it would be a good time to get away and do some thinking," Brotherton told madfor sailing of his reasons for going to Marseilles. But there were other issues at stake too. Brotherton turned 36 last week and in the 49er fleet this makes him someone entitled to a free bus pass. "I am very aware that I am getting on a bit and I haven't done an awful lot of competitive keelboat sailing and it was an opportunity to go sailing with Fumsey, [aka Simon Russell]. He was one of my team along with Simon Nurn and young Magnus Leask. I've seen Magnus go through Optimists and 420s and 470s now he's a 6ft 4in, 90kg 19 year old. It was nice to have him on the boat." Russell is a keelboat sailor par excellence and has titles galore in the Melges 24s, Mumm 30s, Corel 45s