Rotherham’s sailing champion Paul Goodison has been drafted in to replace fellow Olympian, Ben Ainslie, in the upcoming rounds of the SailGP global race series.
SailGP is adrenaline-fuelled racing as eight teams go head-to-head in iconic venues across the globe for a winner-takes-all $1m prize.
Due to long standing personal commitments, the Great Britain SailGP Team’s Skipper Ben Ainslie will not compete in the next two events with the helm role filled instead by Goodison, whilst Ben will continue to lead the team in his role as CEO and return as helm for the ROCKWOOL Denmark Sail Grand Prix.
Following Great Britain SailGP Team’s winning start to Season 2 in Bermuda, the team is making planned changes for the first-ever Italian Sail Grand Prix in Taranto (5-6 June), and its home UK event in Plymouth (17-18 July).
Goodison will take the helm joining fresh from the 36th America’s Cup in Auckland where he was a member of the US challenger American Magic aboard their AC75 ‘Patriot’ having previously been with the Swedish entry (Artemis Racing) for the 35th America’s Cup in Bermuda. Paul was mainsail trimmer for both teams.
Honing his craft on Ulley reservoir, Goodison has a wealth of Olympic and foiling experience having competed for Team GB at the 2004 Athens, 2008 Beijing and 2012 London Olympic Games.
Goodison won Gold at the Beijing Games and was crowned Laser World Champion in 2009. Following his Olympic retirement, Goodison headed into the world of foiling, developing his skill set in the Moth, which culminated in becoming a three-time Moth World Champion (2016, 2017 & 2018).
Goodison commented: “I’m a big fan of SailGP. It’s a great sporting spectacle with an unrivalled line up of athletes so when Ben called with this opportunity, I jumped at the chance to be involved.
“Italy will be a special event for my family as my wife is Italian, and we currently live with our son in Garda, and to then have the opportunity to head home and compete in Plymouth, it doesn’t get much better!”
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