YOUNG Westruther sailor Callum Airlie was presented with the prestigious RYA Scottish Young Sailor of the Year Award 2010 at the Tullett Prebon London International Boat Show on Saturday.
The award was presented by Skandia Team GBR’s Lucy Macgregor, Women’s Match Racing World Champion, and recognises Callum’s outstanding achievements as a young sailor.
Fifteen-year-old Callum was voted RYA Scottish Regional Young Sailor of the Year 2010 last autumn. In 2009, Callum won the Optimist National Championships, the first Scot to ever win this National title. He then went on to win the Championship for a second time in 2010, against a record fleet of 497 young sailors from across the world.
Many young sailors who have won this Championship go on to Olympic glory for Great Britain.
Callum was one of 13 RYA Regional Young Sailor of the Year winners, who are voted for by RYA affiliated sailing clubs. These young sailors have all made a significant impact on youth sailing, ranging from gold medal winning achievements and overcoming adversity, to the huge amount of hard work and effort they give back to their clubs.
Callum said: “It just feels truly fantastic to win this award for the second time, it makes me really happy that people recognise just how rare being National Optimist Champion two years running actually is. This award really means a lot to me.”
Callum and his family were treated to an action packed VIP day at the show, thanks to Pantaenius Yacht Insurance.
A member of the East Lothian Yacht Club at North Berwick, Callum’s training is supported by RYA Scotland and the East of Scotland Institute of Sport.
Nick Scott, High Performance Manager of RYA Scotland, said: “Callum is truly an incredible sailor. To win the Optimist Nationals once is an achievement, to do it twice is amazing.
“I have no doubt that Callum will continue to improve within the Scottish sailing system and I look forward to seeing him on the podium in the future.”