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Paul Goodison, Laser. Hyeres Olympic sailing week, Hyeres, France, 24th to 30th April 2010. Skandia Team GBR image. For further information please contact team.media@rya.org.uk. Copyright Skandia Team GBR. Image copyright free for editorial

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over 7 years ago by Paul Goodison

GOLD World Cup Hyere SOF

SOF Hyere 2010
After the travel disruptions and my flight being cancelled it was time for a road trip as we jumped in the Volvo and headed south. After a safe trip over the channel courtesy of Sea France as we put the pedal to the metal and made Hyere for dinner.
It was nice to be back on the water and training in warmer waters in a mix of conditions from windy easterlies with a large swell to choppier and flatter westerlies.
With over 141 Lasers entered it was all shaping up for a fantastic week, unfortunately the high pressure lead to a lot of sitting around as we waited for the afternoon thermal, one evening finishing the last race of the day at 7.50pm.....
It was hard to not get frustrated and stay calm, Chris (super coach Gowers) made one day much more relaxing by anchoring the rib and my Laser just off the shore as we sat in a cafe planning over coffee....
After only four qualifying races and no discard I made gold fleet ready for the finals. On the first day of finals we didnt get on the water until nearly 4pm. I had two great races finishing 5th in the first race and going on to win the second race leaving me with the overall lead. On the final day of finals the wind was again light and shifty, with three races to sail and needing to count all three there was no room for any errors. In the first race I came back really well from in the 20s at the windward mark to 6th by the finish. The second race of the day was a little trickier, there was so much port bias on the line it was hard to cross on starboard tack. I made it out of the port end well but was sailed round from the left after a 20 degree shift, I battled away to finish 15. With a poor race behind me it was all on for the last race, with only the final run to go I lead the race but became becalmed sailed around from both sides to finish 4th. I was frustrated as this had lost me the overall lead by a point but with only the medal race left to sail it was going to be a first over the line that would win the regatta.
The medal race again was a light and tricky day, in the pre start the wind looked to be stronger on the right. After winning the starboard end I tacked and headed right to lead comfortably around the windward mark. I consolidated for the rest of the race to win the medal race and take the overall victory by 14 points from Andreas Geritzer in second.

It was good to win the biggest regatta of the year so far and comforting to know I am not far off were I need to be for the rest of the season with a few things to work on.

Its off to Italy next weekend for some more Melges sailing with the RED team and then back to Weymouth for some Laser training...

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