Jamie Calder moves from Junior to Youth Sailing

Jamie at the 2013 Laser Nationals

Jamie at the 2013 Laser Nationals

You may remember back in the autumn of 2011 RFYC  helped raise funds  to send Jamie Calder to the Optimist World Championships in New Zealand. Jamie was the youngest Scottish sailor to be selected to represent GBR at the Optimist Worlds. The following summer Jamie became the first Scottish sailor to qualify twice for the Optimist Worlds. This time competing in Dominican Republic.

Since then Jamie has outgrown the Optimist class and has moved to the Laser.  In the autumn of 2012 he started to race the Laser 4.7.  This is a transitional class for sailors moving from the RYA Junior program to the RYA Youth program. Jamie only sailed the 4.7 for nine months but in that time ranked No.1 in Britain and competed at the Laser 4.7 World Championships in Hungary last summer.

After the championships in Hungary Jamie moved into the Laser Radial and tried to qualify for the GBR Youth Squad.  As Jamie is only fifteen he is young to compete in the Radial. Not only did he qualify for the GBR Youth Squad but also the GBR Team for the Laser Radial Youth World Championships in Oman over Christmas.

When Jamie travels abroad to sail he always takes a RFYC burgee as a gift for the club hosting the event. This is a long standing tradition in sailing which is not seen very often these days.  When in Oman at the Radial championships the organisers were very appreciative of the gift of the burgee and in return gave Jamie an event memento to give to his club.

Jamie presents the memento to the Commodore

Jamie presents the memento to the Commodore

Jamie presented the memento to Mark Primrose, the club commodore, at the pre-season meeting on 2 April 2014.

Jamie has been training hard over the winter at Largs with the Scottish Radial Squad and in Weymouth with the GBR Youth Squad. He is currently in the middle of qualifiers for the Radial Youth World and European Championship teams. Later this month he will compete in Weymouth at the UK Youth National Championships where the winning boat represents GBR at the ISAF Youth World Championships, along with teams selected for other International Regattas over the summer.

Jamie is very lucky to have had the opportunity to sail all over the world at such a young age. If it wasn’t for the support of sponsors he would not have been able to achieve the success he has had to date. He and his family would like to take this opportunity to thank the following for their generous support over the last year:

RYA, Scottish Sports Aid, The Robertson Trust, Arnold Clark, Teviot Creative Ltd,       Ground Developments Ltd, Kitchens International, 2Pure Ltd.

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