The England Men’s team brought home the bronze medal after a close fought competition in the World Shore Championships in Belgium.

Portugal took the gold, maintaining top position from day one. England were denied the silver medal position by Wales, who put in a splendid performance which also resulted in Welshman Alan Price being crowned world champion.
The Championship, which was fished off the Belgian beaches, saw few fish recorded, with success depending on locating the few large fish available.

The Welsh team comprised Alan Price, Mike Flynn, James Frazer, Joe Arch, Colin Richards.

The England’s men’s team comprised Steve Allmark, Dover, Kent; Chris Clark, Lymington, Hants; Ian Golds, Havants, Hants; Trevor Rooney, Eastbourne, Sussex and George Smith, Grimsby, Lincs. The manager was David Rowe.
Result: 1 Portugal, 8pts; 2 Wales, 15 pts; 3 England, 19 pts.

Individual: 1 Alan Price, Wales, 31pts, 2 Ricardo Silva, Portugal, 43pts; 3 Mario Verissimo, Portugal, 66 pts.


World Boat Championship

The Boat Championships were also hosted by the Belgian Federation and fished in Oostende. 
The England Team of
Paul Cartwright, Herne Bay, Kent; Rolf Marschalek, Stowmarket, Suffolk; Jim Pressley, Herne Bay, Kent; Richard Russell, Wootton, Isle of Wight and Jim Whippy, Pevensey Bay, Sussex were fifth overall after a closely fought championship. 
The conditions were difficult, however success came to
England’s newest cap Rolf Marschalek, who won the Bronze Medal.

Result: 1 Spain, 7pts); 2 Belgium, 9 pts; 3 France, 11 pts.

Individual: 1 Ronny De Ranter, Belgium, 24pts; 2 Gabriel Borges, Spain, 26pts; 3 Rolf Marschalek, England, 30pts.