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Shropshire Sailors make mark at world championship

Members of Chelmarsh Sailing Club in Shropshire have made their mark at the first ever RS Aero World Championship.

Cameron Smith at the first ever RS Aero World Championship
Cameron Smith at the first ever RS Aero World Championship

The event saw 96 sailors from 16 nations racing from July 24-28 in Carnac, Brittany France.

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The Aero is a modern very fast single handed sailing dinghy and the club has a fleet of 20 or so of these boats and also club boats available to members.

The club had three sailors representing Great Britain in 3 different classes (based on the sail sizes).

Matt Thursfield came 4th in the World in the 9 series, Cameron Smith also from Bridgnorth came 11th in the world in the 7 series and Pete Townend was 16th in the 5 series.

Chelmarsh has a long tradition of fostering world class sailors but is also an RYA Training Club and offers dinghy sailing to all levels of sailor.

Matt Thursfield a teacher in Bridgnorth said “’What a week, fabulous wind, outstanding race management, culminating in some Champagne racing on the French west coast. 4th place has really motivated me to work hard to get on the podium in 2018 at Weymouth at the next worlds.”

Cameron Smith said “I had a fantastic weeks sailing in Carnac, France, for the RS Aero World Championships. Despite only sailing the boat a few times and it being my first event in the class I managed to finish 11th overall which I’m delighted with!

Huge thanks to Peter Townend and Sabine Townend for lending me their boat and making it as quick as possible before the event, and for being great company along the way, and thanks to everyone who has supported me over the years and past couple of weeks. Thanks for bringing the old spark back to my racing!”

Chelmarsh will be hosting an open meeting for RS Aeros in October and a coaching and training programme will be available leading up to next years world championship.

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