Paul Goodison

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If Paul Goodison is to inherit the crown left for him by Ben Ainslie, he will ultimately have to overpower Robert Scheidt, the man he regards as the best Laser sailor ever. In Hyeres last week, Goodison did just that. How, I asked him did it feel to beat the great man? Clearly delighted, Goodison was most pleased with the mental jump victory had given him. "Just now, knowing that you can beat him is one big mind set," he says, adding that having jumped the hurdle once, it will be easier next time. Like many of his fellow competitors, Goodison had been critical of the group-racing system used in Hyeres that saw him pitted against Scheidt in every race. He was not however slow to recognise the personal advantage he had gained from such a direct victory. "In the end it worked in my favour. It meant that I could get points on him". Again the mental aspect of victory was uppermost in Goodison's mind. Though he clearly respects the Brazilian he is not overawed by him. "I try not to look at him as the best Laser sailor ever, which he is, but that he is just another guy on the race course". At the beginning of the week Goodison had let slip that he was a bit psyched-out sailing against Scheidt and indeed spent some time watching him racing rather than getting on with his own sailing. In the end Goodison managed to focus on his own performance but I was interested to find out how useful it had been to watch Robert sailing from close quarters. "It probably wasn't the best thing to be watching him," he conceded but by the end of the week when confidence was starting to run high it did at least provide