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8 April 2004, 08:57 am
Goodison Extends Lead on Day Four
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GB Olympic Trials

Paul GOODISON extended his lead on day four of the RYA UK Laser Olympic Trials Regatta 2004, adding a further two victories to his score. He has now won five races of the eight races that have been sailed so far.
After yesterdays strong winds forced the race organisers to abandon racing, the 40 sailors, all vying for the elusive last spot in Team GB for Athens 2004, were keen to get out onto the water and get further races under their belts.

Despite winning two races today, the shifty conditions in Weymouth Bay did not make life easy for Goodison, from Ulley Sailing Club. Beginning the day with a seventh place, Goodison picked his way through the fleet to take line honours in races seven and eight, giving him a twelve point lead over Ed WRIGHT from Bay of Colwyn Sailing Club.

Goodison commented, "It was a tricky day today as the course was set in a particularly light and shifty area of the bay. I did not go too well in the first race, but I played the shifts well in the others and am obviously pleased to have won both the races. Tomorrow will be a case of protecting my position on the fleet and making sure I don't take any risks in order to stay ahead."

As the wind dropped off the fleet began racing in conditions similar to those the sailors might experience in Athens this summer and it gave the RYA Olympic selectors a chance to see the competitor's race in variety of conditions.

Capitalising on the change in wind strength was Ed WRIGHT who jumped from fourth to second place overall whilst Dan HOLMAN from Torpoint Mosquito hung on to third place.

As well as choosing the Laser representative for Athens 2004, the selectors also have the job of picking a youth sailor for the Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championships 2004 and the young sailors, all under 19, are giving their contemporaries a run for their money. Nick THOMPSON from the Royal Lymington Yacht Club is currently lying in seventh place overall and is the first youth sailor. Giles SCOTT from Grafham Water Sailing Club, who won the first race today, is closing the gap on Stephen POWELL from Hayling Island who is the next placed youth sailor in ninth place.

The event is scheduled to conclude tomorrow (Thursday) if the final three races are completed and with the forecast looking similar to today the sailors can continue to enjoy some close racing.

Full Results and news updates are available on the website via the link below.

Top Five After Eight Races

Pos Name Sailing Club Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Race 4 Race 5 Race 6 Race 7 Race 8 Points
1 Paul GOODISON Ulley SC 6 2 1 1 1 -7 1 1 13
2 Ed WRIGHT Bay of Colwyn SC 4 5 4 4 3 2 -7 3 25
3 Dan HOLMAN Torpoint Mosquito SC 1 3 5 5 7 4 -10 2 27
4 Hugh STYLES Downs SC 7 1 3 -11 6 6 2 10 35
5 Mark HOWARD Stokes Bay SC 3 7 11 3 4 10 4 (OCS) 42

Sacha Oswald (As Amended by ISAF)
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