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Beaumont brothers on top of world
1:28pm Thursday 15th August 2013 in Sport
KIDDERMINSTER brothers Crispin and Hamish Beaumont have the wind in their sails after becoming world champions in different events.
The sailing siblings, who attend Hagley RC School, completed a gruelling three-week programme where they competed in a host of major tournaments.
Younger brother Hamish, 12, made a strong start at the topper boat class World Championships in Brittany, as he raced to success in the 4.2 class series.
Crispin, 15, found the going a lot tougher in the 5.3 class and by the time he reached the championship race he was far behind the leaders but managed to finish sixth overall.
The boys then moved on to the Olympic venue in Weymouth to race in the RS Tera World Championships, where sailors from 10 nations and four continents competed.
This time Crispin started strongly with two wins and a sixth place and despite losing one of victories after a protest, he stepped it up a gear and won the pro class with one race to go and a healthly nine-point lead.
In the sport class, Hamish came ninth overall and the event was one by a South African.
The two then stayed on in Dorset to compete in the Topper National Championships, where 260 young sailors from the UK and Republic of Ireland took part.
After a poor start, which had seen him slip to 30th, Crispin rallied with two wins and several other top three finishes to seal third place.
Meanwhile, Hamish finished 77th overall.
Crispin now sets his sights on the 29er National Championships in Hayling.
Dad Leslie Beaumont: said: “It was an absolutely marathon few weeks but the boys came through it.”
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