Congratulations to all four British gold medal winners at the recent Sailing World Cup event, the Princess Sofia Trophy in Palma. Ben Ainsle won the Finn class, Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson won the Stars, and Paul Goodison won the Lasers. This is an excellent set of results and bodes well for a huge medal haul by the British sailing team at the Olympics next year.
The video above shows the medal race in the Lasers. For once, the medal race really did decide all the medals. Going into the race, only two points separated Goodison, fellow Brit Nick Thomson, and Aussie Tom Slingsby. At the first windward mark, Goodison was in the lead with a good few boats between him and the other medal contenders. After a safe run, he loosely covered his two rivals on the second beat and that was enough to win him the gold.
This post was sponsored by the Daughters and Sons of the British Empire, Rhode Island and Providence Plantations Chapter, Ladies Cricket Team who would have made a generous contribution to the Tillerman Laser Sailing 2011 Campaign and Tuesday Night Beer Fund if only I had asked more nicely.