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Cameron Smith has finished 3rd overall (from 253) in the Laser Midland Grand Prix series, narrowly missing out on the title. The series comprised 21 races over 9 venues throughout the Midlands, covering Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, Worcestershire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire & Derbyshire.
The 2014 season had been tough with only two podium places: a 3rd at Chelmarsh Sailing Club (his home club) and a 2nd at Barnt Green Sailing Club. He finished 7th overall in the series, which was good, and an improvement on only having one podium finish in a season prior to this. But it wasn’t enough and he set his sights on 2015…where he proved much more successful.
he first event of the season was at home club: Chelmarsh Sailing Club. He unfortunately threw away a comfortable lead in the second race of the day, after a misjudged tack caused him to capsize.
After losing the lead in the third race too, he eventually finished 3rd overall on the day, but at least it was a podium finish! This was an event he felt he could have won, and even at that time felt this early mistake would eventually come back to haunt him.
Going on to the rest of the races in the series, Cameron’s placings are impressive:
3rd at Chelmarsh SC 2nd, 5th, 3rd
1st at Barnt Green SC 3rd, 1st, 1st
3rd at Blithfield SC 3rd, 3rd, 5th
4th at Ogston SC 2nd, 3rd, 4th
1st at Hollowell SC 1st, 1st, 1st
7th at Notts County SC 12th, 8th
1st at Draycote SC 1st, 6th, 1st
2nd at Shustoke SC 1st, 4th, 9th
5th at Staunton Harold SC 7th, 5th
Full results and photos for the series can be seen at: https://sites.google.com/site/uklasermidlandgrandprix2013/results
Counting a 3rd, 1st, 3rd, 1st, 1st and a 2nd meant Cameron scored 11 points for the overall series, just one point behind second placed John Ling (Bartley SC) and two points behind overall winner Craig Williamson (Staunton Harold SC), so it was a very close series.
Had he won the Chelmarsh event, he would have won the overall series. What a difference one mistake can make!
He doesn’t only keep his Laser talents to the Midlands though. Cameron gained a 2nd at Portishead Yacht Club, and 2nd at Abersoch Dinghy Week.
There are a couple of national events left of the season that he may decide take part in, although the competition will be tougher than that of the Midland series. He has already started preparing for next season's events which will start in March. However you can see him in action at Chelmarsh Sailing Club most weekends, where he not only races but is the Junior Fleet Captain, sharing his knowledge and skills with enthusiastic younger sailors. Why not come and find out more?
You can also read about him in the Bridgnorth Journal!
Sailing to Success: Cameron Smith