Callum sails into the history books

Earlston High School pupil Callum Airlie was on the crest of a wave after receiving the Young Sailor of the Year award.
Earlston High School pupil Callum Airlie was on the crest of a wave after receiving the Young Sailor of the Year award.

Callum Airlie, a 15-year-old from Westruther, Gordon, has been crowned Royal Yachting Association Scotland (RYAS) Young Sailor of the Year for the second time.

The title was awarded during the recent RYAS annual general meeting in front of a packed clubhouse at Dalgety Bay Sailing Club and was given in recognition of his outstanding achievements in junior sailing.

In 2009, competing against 352 boats in the Optimist National Championships at Largs, the Earlston High School pupil was the first Scottish sailor ever to win this event. He did it again in 2010 in this fiercely competitive class at the Olympic sailing venue in Weymouth, up against a fleet of 497.

Retaining the double victory theme, at the same event Callum also took home the Dobson Trophy (first overall British competitor with no discards) for the second year in a row.

Callum sails at East Lothian Yacht Club in North Berwick.

Moving on from his Optimist, he now competes in the 420 dinghy with his brother Drew, and both are members of the RYA Scotland 420 Squad.

On receiving the RYAS accolade for a second time, Callum said: “It makes me really happy that people recognise just how rare being National Optimist Champion two years running actually is – I’m only the sixth person to attain the title twice in 41 years.

“I’d like to just say thank-you to everyone who has helped me in any way to become the sailor I am today.”