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over 8 years ago by Paul Goodison

Broken Tiller Costs Medal in Holland

For the next Laser event it was off to Medemblik in Holland.
With 97 boats entered the fleet was split in two for the qualifying series. Day 1 did not start well with a penalty at the start of race 1. After completing the spins it was a game of catch up getting back to 6th by the finish. In the freshening breeze I went on to win race 2 before disaster struck in race 3. A Spanish boat above me at the start drifted down in to the side of me hooked my tiller under his gunwhale snapping it which meant I was unable to complete race 3. After 2 hours in and out of the protest room the jury denied my redress claim. This made things much harder for the rest of the week. On day 2 we had to wait around for a start that finally got off at 6pm for a light and fickle race before heading home.
The first day of finals was sailed in a strong offshore breeze with shifts up to 30 degrees. The day was tricky and the scores up and down. On the final day the breeze was again very shifty and tricky with two more races sailed it was all poised for the medal race.
With my redress protest failing I was only in with a small chance of a medal. It was pretty much out of my hands.
After a tricky start to the medal race and a penalty turn at mark 1 I took the lead on the final run and went on to win the race, Leaving me in 5th overall.
Its was disappointing not to get redress as this would have put me on the podium. With a few lessons learnt its on to Estonia tomorrow for the Europeans to try and make it 6 in a row!!!!

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