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Rotherham, South Yorkshire, England, UK

  • Wet and Sunny!!!

    July 11, 2013 10:16


    Its been quite a mix of weather this month with a trip to Marstrand with the RC44’s and then on to Garda with the 20’s.
    It was my first trip to Marstrand and it didn’t take long to realise what a special place this was. We managed to arrive a few days early for a couple of days on the water training and mid summers weekend. What a fun weekend, great sailing and a fun social program.
    Racing started on the Tuesday with the match racing. Very light and tricky conditions which caused some problems, we walked away with 2 wins from 6 races which isn’t great but a step forward again. The four days of fleet racing proceeded with some great sailing conditions. We had a slow start to the regatta really struggling to hold lanes but kept fighting on. On day three we won our first race this year and again on the final day with gusts of over 30 knots the crew did an amazing job to get us round the course first leaving us 5th Overall. We are making progress and getting better all the time, it was nice to be in the hunt in the final few races.
    After a late flight back to the UK on Saturday night I got back to Weymouth at 4am. Up at 8 I was pretty excited to get out moth sailing for the final day of the UK National’s. After getting out to the race course I had a few problems with my ride height adjuster. I struggled to foil in the first two races, a bit the boat more my weight and the light winds! In the final race a solid 10-12 knots arrived and it was much easier to foil. Finally getting off the start line on the foils in the 70 boat fleet, I rounded 3rd and finished 4th which was a bit better for morale. Its a tough decision, I either have to loose a bit of weight or get some bigger foils to compete in the light stuff!
    After a relaxing day at home it was off again, this time to Torbole with Stig for the 20s. It was a new venue for me, sailing at Torbole for the first time. Another great spot although I didn’t enjoy being on the water at 7.30 for the morning breeze.
    In the first race after a 8.30 start the wind shut down as we approached the leeward gate in 2nd, race abandoned and back to shore to wait for the afternoon breeze. It was a tricky regatta with big place changes in each race, we did a reasonable job of fighting back to leave us with 2nd overall. Another good result for Stig that gives us the lead of the series going in to the final event and European Championships next month.

    Time now for a few weeks at home, its gorgeous weather but no wind……..

  • Olympic Flame Reaches Weymouth

    July 12, 2012 22:19


    It was amazing seeing Weymouth brave the really horrible weather and come up out massively to support the Olympic Torch on Thursday.

    I have to admit that I ended up watching the whole thing through binoculars from the balcony of our team accommodation at Portland with the local news on in the background as I’d been on a strict rest day and had spent the afternoon chilling out watching the Tour de France. But after seeing it all unfold in the distance I actually wish I’d got all my offshore gear on and made the effort to get amongst it all because it looked really impressive.

    There were so many people at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy and on the beach and absolutely fair play to them because the weather was awful! I think that just reflects how much excitement has built up around the Torch Relay and the fact that the Olympics are going to be here very soon.

    So much thought and attention to detail has gone into making the Torch Relay a success and speaking as an athlete who’s been to two previous Games, I know the great memories I have of the Olympic Flame being lit in the venues at Athens and Beijing. It’s actually a pretty powerful symbol for most athletes and I’m always on the BBC website seeing where the Torch has been going and how many people are involved and have come out in support.

    Every day we have been going out sailing in the past week we have seen the rowers practising taking the Torch from the Academy across the Bay to Weymouth. It all just brings an added realism that we are getting very close now.

    We have stopped being able to train out of the Academy now as they put the final Olympic preparations into place. So each morning myself, my coach Arthur and training partner, Nick Thompson, have been meeting down at Portland Marina, getting the RIB over to Town Quay in Weymouth, head over to where the boats are at Weymouth SC, get them rigged, go out sailing and then head back to Portland on the RIB after we have finished training.

    It’s actually been nice to have a change of scenery and variety and that time in the RIB there and back gives us a chance to chat things through and reflect a bit on what we have done or needs doing. Once we’re out on the water the areas we can sail in haven’t been restricted yet and it’s pretty good because there are plenty of foreign boats out so once me and Nick have finished doing our own stuff we can join in with the foreign teams for some racing.

    Normally my day involves driving across the causeway from Wyke Regis to the Academy at Portland so you don’t get a true sense of what is going on in Weymouth. But having been over there a bit more this week you can see there is already loads going on on the beach, and around the Pavilion, and it’s all looking pretty cool.

    The next time we can go back into the Academy it’s the real thing. I saw the Olympic boats that we will use for the games being wheeled in to storage. yesterday You’re always hoping you get a good boat, and I cant wait to get out in it when I get back from the holding camp.

    Saskia and I managed to get a couple of days chilling out at a health spa in Exmoor a week or so ago. The whole sailing team were given our last bit of time off before the Games and I didn’t want to fly anywhere because travel is tiring and you lose two days on your time off too getting there and back. We were lucky to have one really nice day when we went walking but the other day we would have been better off in our wetsuits! It was nice just to get some time to play a bit of indoor tennis and relax a bit before the final run in.

    Monday 16 is the first day we are officially members of Team GB but for the first few days I’ll stay living at home training as normal until we head off to our team holding camp. That is when we really start becoming the close knit team the British sailing team is known for. It is the point where it becomes just the core group of sailors, coaches and support staff who are involved day-to-day at the Games and your mind becomes very, very focused.

    Peripheral things change too, like we start having to wear Team GB kit every day and you need your accreditation to get into the Academy. But nothing can take your mind off the job you have to do, and being part of the British sailing team, until you have given everything you can possibly give to achieve the one thing you have spent four years working towards.

  • Full on

    July 20, 2011 12:07


    It has been a full on few weeks of training as I prepare for the Olympic test event. I opted to train in Weymouth rather than travel to Finland for the Europeans as did a few of the other top sailors as I feel the Test event is the priority and learning as much as possible about the weather conditions in Weymouth is key. This also left me with the opportunity to compete in the Round the Island race this year which was pretty epic with strong winds and big waves.
    Check out the video of our race belowhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O0UDrZk6qAA&feature=player_embedded

    I have had quite a mix of people to sail with, sailing with the Finn guys for a week, this was good fun all be it a little frustrating as they are just a fraction quicker. It was good to do a week with the Italian Laser team and then the Swedish Laser guys for some quality time in Weymouth bay. The last few days Nick has been around and Brad Funk is here so we have had a good mix of sailing golf and cycling. It is getting busier and busier as more teams arrive for training.
    Training is all going well, it has seemed to be a little one dimensional with strong South Westerly’s we did have a few days of North easterly to mix it up. It seems a while since we did any non hiking sailing hopefully get a few days practice in this stuff at the weekend.
    I am feeling pretty exhausted after a full on few weeks but finding it hard to do nothing…… Its raining today so it should be a bit easier and it looks like a good stage of the tour so the sofa is the place to be this afternoon…..
    Hopefully the weather clears up tomorrow and I can make it out for my first bike race of the year, feeling very inspired by le tour….

    Keep up to date on twitter and face book

  • Orange, but Bright Yellow!!!

    July 09, 2009 11:45


    It felt like Christmas last week as I received my new bike from Orange. I was like a little kid rushing to put it together to get out riding. Its not just any bike its pretty special. Hope have kindly provided some custom bits which look amazing, personalised brakes, hubs, stem etc… all with my name on. I think the coolest bits are probably the brakes that are gold in colour.

    A big thanks to Orange for my new bike and Hope for all the bits, cheers guys.

    It was off to Wales to give it a real test. Gorgeous sunshine and then rain in the afternoon, Wales never changes, amazing riding and great fun.
    I am off to Canada now for a training camp, but im not looking forward to the cold water after the glamorous conditions in Weymouth last week.

  • Next stop Qingdao

    July 27, 2008 09:34


    I write this yawning as i sit and wait for my next flight from Beijing to Quingdao. I didn’t catch much sleep on the flight so im fueling myself with caffeine to try and stay awake. It all feels very real having just validated my accreditation. Walking around in my team kit everybody seems interested in what im doing here and what sport im competing in, even getting my photo taken with Chinese ground staff at the airport.

    I have just had a good weak at home with a mix of cycling, sailing and sitting at home waiting for the post man to arrive with a whole variety of packages of new ropes, tillers, wetsuits etc….

    On Thursday I had one of the nicest sails in Weymouth ive ever had, the wind increased to over 20 knots from the South East as i sailed out of the harbour into the bay. The sun was shining as i was out heading up towards Lullworth with only a few mored tankers for company. I enjoyed some great rides home on the building swell before heading home for lunch.

    I pulled out of doing a time Trial on my bike on Tuesday night as still felt a little tired from the Europeans but this left me all rested up for my first ever road race on Thursday night after a great days sailing.

    I headed off with Alex Hopson the new local triathlon star!!! part time 49er crew, with both bikes in the back of the car out to Morton. After registering and paying for a temporary racing license we had enough time for a quick warm up. There were over 50 cyclists signed on and several of the elite group where warming up on turbo trainers which was a bit dawnting!!!

    We started just after 7 about 2 minutes after the Elite group for 10 laps of the 4km course. It wasn’t the gentle started that id anticipated as we raced off with my heart rate pounding away.

    After a few laps i was getting the hang of things and find myself leading out of one of the corners, the guy next to me said lets go as we put the pedal to the metal and tried to brake away. After a minute we managed to gain a bit of a lead on the pack, I looked at my heart rate to see it over 95% I put my head down and drove on, the next time i looked back everybody was right there behind us, GUTTED!!!!!!!!

    I took a while to recover as i clung on to the back of the group for a lap. Having not learned from my mistake i tried again with another rider before being caught and getting a bit of an earful from one of the locals, I just smiled and pedaled on.

    The pace increased as we entered the last 2 laps as several people tried break aways, with 2 corners to go 4 of the elite riders that had broken away came past, Alex and i managed to stay with them as we stretched out into the last corner for the last mile to home. Alex kicked hard as i clung onto the back and then sling shotted past for the sprint to the finish (the work horse, taking one for the team cheers mate). Two riders from the Elite group pulled away and I was just passed with 20 meters to go to take 2nd on the line!!!!! Alex sorted me out a treat but was swallowed up by the group just before the finish, I made sure i bought him a beer after….

    It was a great experience to take part in my first road race and a great work out reaching heart rate intensities that are really hard to achieve with out the adrenaline pumping in a race situation. I had a great time and im sure ill be back for some more after China.

  • European Champion

    July 20, 2008 16:45


    After a really tough week in Belgium I came away as European Champion again, 4 in a row….
    Back in January when we were planning my run in to the games I was unsure whether to compete in the Europeans. The conditions are very tidal even stronger than China which could be great practice but, if there was to be a low pressure system it could be very strong south westerly winds and sailing into nearly 2 knots of tide it could just be a hike off with predominantly upwind sailing, not ideal when you are trying to be small for the Olympics.
    We decided it would be a good regatta to go to to practice racing having missed a few regattas this year to spend time training in china.
    The South Westerly winds blew and blew making it a very physically challenging regatta with some of the first beats lasting over 30 minutes.
    I rose to the challenge well even though i was way too light, i battled hard having surprisingly reasonable speed upwind allowing me to hang in there. I sailed really well all week, starting well and consolidating my positions and taking the opportunities when they came.
    To become European Champion for the fourth year running in such challenging conditions gives me great confidence going in to the Olympics.
    I now have a few days at home before flying out to China at the weekend.

    The results can be seen belowhttp://events.laserinternational.org/en/events/results/100z19

  • A Change of Tack

    July 11, 2008 09:43


    I’ve had a pretty good week at home training although the persistent wind has made it difficult to get out Laser sailing. I feel a bit sorry for the Moth sailors that are in weymouth who have sat in the club house as racing has been cancelled for the last three days and it doesn’t look so good today either.
    I have managed to get a bit of windsurfing in each day followed by some cycling. Last night I was persuaded by one of the up and coming RSX sailors Richard Hamilton to go and have a go at a local time trial on my bike.
    We turned up late after getting lost to register and receive our numbers and start order. I have never done one before so it was all a bit new and i felt well out of my depth. There where a lot of nice time trial bikes with Disc wheels and i seemed to be the only one with out tri bars!!!!
    I sat on the start line waiting to leave a minute after Rich and i calmly asked the marshall what the course was!!! He smiled and gave me a quick run down of the 10 mile loop.
    I started off hammer down and it wasn’t long before my legs where crying out for me to ease off, I slowly got into a rhythm but i still couldn’t see any body on the horizon so i kicked harder. In the distance I caught sight of a cyclist as i pushed on. I was so hoping it was Rich as i ground them down, I was gutted as i drew closer to see it wasn’t, I pressed on and went past concentrating hard to find the tight left hander as i didn’t want to miss the turn.
    As we turned is was in to the wind for the last 4 miles. I passed another rider before getting Rich in my sites, I closed the distance but didn’t manage to catch him as I crossed the line in 24 minutes 45 seconds.
    It was a great experience and Im pretty keen to have a go at some more.
    Im sat on the ferry yawning as i head over to the Belgium for the Europeans, lets hope the rain stops and the wind allows some sailing!!!

    Check out the cycling results belowhttp://www.ccweymouth.co.uk/results/results.html

  • Olympic Clothing and a new Boat

    July 04, 2008 23:56


    Its been a busy few days.
    On Wednesday I made the trip up to Northampton to collect a new boat ready for the Europeans. After swapping boats over it was off to the NEC to collect my Olympic Kit.
    The whole process took nearly two hours as I was escorted from room to room trying each piece of kit on and getting sized up. I than sat in a waiting area with a few other sailors while our sizes where picked from stock before being packed into our nice new suitcases. The amount of stuff is amazing, two big bags one small bag and a suiter each, I struggled to squeeze both mine and Saskias kit in the car!
    It was then off to Heathrow to Drop Saskia off before driving to Southampton to pick a box of sailing kit and then off home to Weymouth, getting home just after 12 quite a long day.
    It was pretty exciting to pick up my Olympic clothing as it all starts to become very real, its nearly time and i cant wait!!!
    I have had a few good days training in weymouth both on my bike and on the water. After 90km on the bike yesterday it was nice to go sailing today and take a closer look at the foiling moths in action as they prepare for there worlds next week. The wind increased and we had a great sail in the bay with some really nice waves before we reached home and i managed to get a sneaky windsurf in this evening!!!!

  • 5th in the end

    July 16, 2007 11:38


    After a great start to the week things where not quite to be in the end.

    Going in to the medal things where all on for a silver or bronze medal. We sailed just off the harbour wall for the grand finally double points no discard medal race. The race was pretty tricky with the winds varying between 10 and 20 knots, I made a great start before getting becalmed half way up the first beat. During the three short laps I pulled my way back to finish in 3rd in the race. This was not quite enough in the end to leave me with 5th overall.

    The second yellow flag on day three was the difference between winning and loosing! I had to retire from the race less than 50 meters away from the finish while in a top 5 position. I then had a poor race on day 4 causing me to carry a 26th increasing my points dramatically. With out the extra 20 points I could have been standing on the top of the podium a costly error.

    The good news was I had been selected to represent GBR in the Olympic test event next month in China as I finished in front of my nearest British competitors Mark Powell finishing 42nd overall and in the silver fleet Robert Godwin 53rd and Nick Thompson 56th.

    I am now training hard at home in Weymouth trying to drop some weight before flying to china at the end of the month for the last test event before the Olympic Games
    I cant wait!

  • Mixed fortunes for Paul

    July 08, 2007 15:38


    Day three of the World Championships saw Paul receive two yellow flag penalties for illegal pumping of the sails and forced to retire from his first race of the day. But Paul recovered on the second race, with a fifth placing to keep him in third place overall. Saturday (7 July) is a lay day for the Laser fleet that have been racing since Wednesday in the tricky conditions of the Cascais Bay. Racing starts on 8 July at 1300 with the class being split into three fleets of gold, silver and bronze. As Paul is in third position he will be racing with the top boats in the gold fleet.

  • Moving up on day two

    July 06, 2007 16:40


    5 July 07

    Paul had a successful day two at the ISAF World Championships, in Cascais, Portugal. In the first race of the day he posted a second place against the strong competition and building breeze in Cascais Bay.

    The 150 Laser’s from 60 countries are split into three fleets because of the sheer number of competitors at the event. They are then either raced on an inner loop course or an outer loop course at different times in the afternoon. Paul was racing on the inner loop today, which is situated closer to the shoreline with slightly less breeze than further out to sea.

    Paul commented, “It’s quite tricky on the inner loop course as the upwind mark is pretty close in where the breeze shifts around a lot. You just have to pick your tactics on the upwind beat and stick to them. Both races were not easy but I enjoyed it out there.”

    Positions are tight at the top of the fleet with Paul main rivals at the moment being Simon Groteluschen from Germany and French sailor, Thomas Le Breton. The second race saw Groteluschen and Goodison finish so close together after the first two sailors, that the race committee could not decide who crossed first, resulting in them receiving 4th place each. The results of the day pushes Paul up to third even though he has the same points as Le Breton because the French man has a first place to take into account. The wind looks set to stay strong for the next few days of racing, giving the Laser fleet some more exciting conditions to race in.

  • Great start for Goodison

    July 05, 2007 18:19

    Day two of racing the ISAF World Sailing Championships in Cascais, Portugal (Wednesday 4 July) saw a strong opening performance from Laser world number one, Paul. He posted a 3,5 from the opening two races of his regatta to see him into third place overall.
    “It was a really shifty, tricky day but thankfully we were on an outer loop course where the breeze was more constant,” Goodison commented. In the second race Paul lay in 23rd position for the majority of the race but after some strong downwind sailing in the 20 knot breeze he brought himself up to fifth place.

    Britain’s Olympic sailing hopefuls are facing their biggest challenge since the Athens Games as racing gets underway at the World Championships. The regatta, which seea almost 1400 sailors from 76 countries competing across the 11 Olympic classes, is a key event for Skandia Team GBR sailors in the qualification process for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, so competition will be fierce across the 11 days of racing.  Great Britain has the largest entry, with 96 sailors competing in Cascais.