Team Spitfire, a sailing team of serving and former RAF personnel, have taken ninth place in the J80 Class World Championships in Dartmouth – out of 78 teams.
Team Spitfire was formed three years ago with the aim of representing Great Britain at the world championships and the ninth place was achieved against stiff competition, including an Olympic Gold Medallist, former World Champion and the Current European, French and UK National Champions.
Along the way Team Spitfire flew sails branded with the heart roundel logo of the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund.
Team skipper Simon Ling said: "We are absolutely delighted with a top ten result in our first attempt at the World Championship and amongst such an impressive pedigree of sailing talent – the result provides us with an excellent springboard for the future; we have learnt a huge amount about ourselves as a team but also we know more about the boat and how to be competitive.
"We're only too happy to fly the RAFBF logo wherever we sail – it always draws questions from sailing fans, and we’re delighted to spread the word about the great work the RAFBF does supporting serving and former RAF personnel in need."
Team Spitfire will now focus on the next two big events on the programme; the Round the Island Race on 30 June and Cowes Week in August.