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over 8 years ago by Paul Goodison

Sail for Gold Silver

After a physical week of racing and a final day of 3, 1 on the score board it all came down to the medal race. Going in to the medal race it was a straight scrap for 1st and second overall with Tom Slingsby as we were well clear of the rest of the fleet.
After circling around the committee boat pre start I took a penalty and then gave Tom a penalty with 18 seconds to go. With Tom left circling I reached off to towards the pin for a clean start. Unfortunately the first shift was right meaning the boats to the right made the first jump leading to a tacking duel. After lots of tacks I ducked Tom on starboard, he then tacked real close to windward, I got slightly bow forward and then luffed with Tom failing to keep clear. After protest flags flew and the jury were left to decide. Unfortunately I was penalised, I couldn't believe the decision they came to????
After taking my penalty the race was all but over.
After a tough week I was a little disappointed with second, Tom was fortunate to protest his way out of a OCS from race 6 which would have left me 12 points clear overall.
Looking forward I will be defending my world title in Hayling Island in two weeks time. Im off to Hayling for a couple of days training this week and some more next week before we get started.

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