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A Big Win at ISAF World Cup Miami

February 20, 2013 in Team Sperry Blog

 The Miami Olympic Class Regatta has been a regular event on my schedule for years. Graham Biehl and I have sailed this event eight years in a row and had a great time together. This year, I teamed up with Dave Hughes and put in some preparation with coach Morgan Reeser. While I feel experienced in the class – sailing two Olympic games – I am always surprised at how much I don’t know. Sailing with Dave and Morgan helped open me up to some areas I had not explored before.

The event turned out to be mostly medium wind, with one heavy air day and one light wind day. The fleet was smaller than it has been in years, but the men sailed combined with the women and were scored together, so we had close races in all conditions. Read the rest of this entry →

Building Up to the Games

June 18, 2012 in Team Sperry Blog

It’s been a busy few weeks in the build up for Sail for Gold. The regatta was a good test for the games and the last big learning opportunity about the Olympic courses. Although the regatta didn’t quite go the way I planned slipping from what would have left me second to what in the end  was 4th after a mistake in the last 20 meters of the medal race. I feel that I learned several valuable lessons. In reflection, I feel positive that we are doing the right things and moving forward and with just over a month to go, I’m excited about the final run in. 

Paul Goodison reflects on his time in Palma

April 30, 2012 in Team Sperry Blog

After a good regatta in Palma, it’s been a busy couple of weeks training in Weymouth before heading to Germany for the Worlds at the weekend.

On reflection Palma was a good regatta with progress on the things we have been working on. Starting was a primary goal and it was a little disappointing to pick up an OCS but after a good look at the video it may have been a little unjust! You have to deal with things you can’t control and the remainder of the regatta was good. Things didn’t quite go my way in the medal race and silver it was.

After a couple of days rest it was straight back out on the water. It has been good to get out on the Olympic waters and now with less than 100 days to go it’s getting very exciting. At times it has still been pretty tough, particularly cold and very windy so it’s been tiring and the days seem to disappear so quickly. Read the rest of this entry →

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