Mixed feelings for Goodison

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Paul Goodison expressed mixed feelings after capturing a third successive Moth world title yesterday.

The British sailor was thrilled to extend his world dominance but admitted to being frustrated by the poor weather conditions which restricted the Bacardi Moth World Championship to just six races in the Great Sound.

“We all came here knowing some days would be bad and some days worse,” Goodison said. “For me the finest day was the first day of the Bermuda Nationals.

“The first day of the worlds was very challenging, very windy. The next day we had four races in perfect Moth sailing weather. It’s been frustrating not to do more racing, but the racing we’ve done has been excellent.”

Goodison, who competed for Swedish challenger Artemis Racing at last year’s 35th America’s Cup, which Bermuda hosted, became only the second skipper in the 77-year history of the championship to win three consecutive titles after racing was postponed yesterday for the fourth straight day because of lack of wind.

“Last year’s win was very, very special because it came straight after the America’s Cup and it was against all the guys I’d been working with and sailing against,” Goodison said. “This one feels amazing as well since it’s in Bermuda where I spent so much time practicing for the last Cup.

“We had some amazing conditions this week. Unfortunately, they weren’t the best conditions the last few days with the light winds, but this championship feels very special because it is the third in a row.”

Goodison’s Artemis team-mate and past King Edward VII Gold Cup winner Francesco Bruni, of Italy, finished second. Rome Kirby, of the United States, who competed for defender Oracle Team USA at last year’s 35th America’s Cup, finished third.

Andreas John, of Germany, won the Masters title and finished 24th overall.

Benn Smith was the top local finisher in 30th overall, followed by newly crowned Bermuda national Moth champion Joshua Greenslade in 33rd and James Doughty, the Bermuda Moth Class Association president, in 38.

Smith, the youngest sailor in the fleet at age 18, went into the regatta already guaranteed to win a title as the sole competitor in the Youth Division.

Vanessa Ampelas, of France, was the sole competitor in the female division but did not make it out to the racecourse.

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Published Apr 2, 2018 at 8:00 am (Updated Apr 1, 2018 at 11:47 pm)

Mixed feelings for Goodison

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