Rotherham Olympic sailor joins top Americas Cup team

Great Britain's Paul Goodison will sail for Artemis in the Americas Cup. Photo: Chris Ison/PA Wire
Great Britain's Paul Goodison will sail for Artemis in the Americas Cup. Photo: Chris Ison/PA Wire

Rotherham Olympic sailor Paul Goodison has joined top Californian team Artemis Racing to race in the Americas Cup - the sport’s top event.

Great Britain’s 2008 Laser Olympic champion will be the team’s seventh Olympic gold medal member.

Since the London Olympics Goodison, from Brinsworth, has won the Melges 32 World Championships in 2012 and the Melges 20 World Championships in 2014, while also sailing in the 2014 Extreme Sailing Series with Ben Ainslie Racing. More recently, he has been developing his foiling skill set, training and competing in the Moth, claiming a respectable 12th rank in his first ever Moth Worlds earlier this year.

He said: “The America’s Cup is the pinnacle of our sport and I’m really excited to be joining Artemis. I’m fortunate to have spent a few weeks at the team base in Alameda, and what has impressed me most is the incredible work ethic and culture within the group.

“The America’s Cup finals are still almost three years away but with the buzz at the base, you would think they were next week. I took part in the team’s recent foiling camp, and it was great to be working alongside the amazing talents here at Artemis Racing.

“I’m looking forward to working with this incredible team on our quest to win the 35th America’s Cup.” commented Paul.

Team Manager Iain Percy said “Paul is a tremendous sailing talent and light wind specialist, which will be a key skill in San Diego or Bermuda.”

Paul joins the team primarily as a Helmsman but will also work in a number of other roles depending on the sailing and testing programme.