“Dream big and push hard.”
That’s the message 2012 Olympic sailor Luke Patience wants to put across to Scotland’s young sailors pursuing their own Olympic ambitions.
The Helensburgh 24-year-old was back at his Clyde sailing roots this week, lending his support to the launch of the 470 European Championships which brings many of the world’s top sailors to Largs this summer.
And among them was Westruther sailing sensation Callum Airlie and his family.
The Earlston High School pupil, who will carry the Olympic flame in the Torch Relay in June, is on the RYA Scotland National Squad and is a member of the GB programme.
Older brother, Drew Airlie (18) has also come through RYA Scotland’s programme.
“We have a good crop of youngsters in Scotland who have achieved some great results,” said Patience. “Clearly, they have the drive and support to allow them to get these results and succeed.”
Airlie, 16, has already been selected as a member of the GBR teams attending the 420 Junior World Championships, Neusiedler See, Austria and the 420 Junior European Championships, Lake Garda, Italy.