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8 March 2001, 12:04 pm
Goodison Pulls Clear
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Sail The Gulf 2001

Paul Goodison has taken charge of the Laser Class winning every race to record a perfect scorline.
On an overall total of 4 points, he was 18 points ahead of his nearest rival, Omar Khalil of Egypt at the start of the fourth day. With the flags hanging limp on the Clubhouse, those left onshore waited anxiously for news of the races, the second of which was held over a slightly shortened course. Goodison proved his skill and competitive edge, as well as his ability to sail in all conditions, by once again winning both his races.

The light winds made for some interesting competition, with Doha Sailing Association (DSA) sailor Hassan Al Baker out in the lead over Goodison at one stage, Paul only clawing back the lead on the final leg. Hassan notched up second place in the 2nd race of the day, the 6th of the competition, whilst Estonian Mati Seppi was called to account for several infringements during the morning; he was disqualified in the fifth race, pushing him back down the field to overall 10th position.

In the 470s, the first race of the day was won by the Russian pair of Marina Foufaeva & Marina Baranova. Christian Rinder and Arthur Thuringer of Austria, the overall leaders, only managed fifth place in that race, but returned to the head of the fleet in the second race of the day, followed home by the Russian girls.

In the evening, DSA Commodore Sami Abu Shaikha met with all 470 sailors, inviting them to the 470 World championships in Qatar in 2002 and asking for their comments on facilities and assistance which may be required by competitors. Qatar is proud to have been selected as the venue for such a prestigious event, which will be hosted by the Doha Sailing Association under the auspices of the Qatar Marine Sports Federation and the Qatar National Olympic Committee.

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