Colne sailers are World champions!

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IAN Dobson and Andy Tunnicliffe - both of whom started their sailing careers on Colne’s Burwain Lake - successfully retained their GP14 Dinghy World Championship last week.

The event was held at Looe in Cornwall, with eight races being sailed over five days of competition.

One hundred and thirty boats entered, including many of the UK’s top sailors, showing the continuing appeal of the dinghy design which is now over 50 years old, but which remains the main two-person racing boat at Burwain Sailing Club.

Competitors enjoyed some exhillarating sailing in high winds with huge swells.

Three other teams from Burwain also took part, with Lee Tennant and 16-year-old Finn O’Hurley coming third in the Bronze Fleet, for those at their first championship.

Burwain Sailing Club has a GP14 dinghy which is available for hire to members who have learned to sail but have not yet brought their own boat.