East Lothian duo are sailing high

Callum Airlie (right) and crew Joe Butterworth.

Callum Airlie (right) and crew Joe Butterworth.

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With the promise of some fine, dry weather forecast for the invite-only Champion of Champions, Race Officer, Jim Sinclair, was keen to try and get in four races on the Saturday.

These turned out to be the only races possible as, despite the beautiful autumn sunshine on Sunday, there was insufficient wind and that day’s racing had to be abandoned.

The race, held annually, is for Scottish champions, and Traveller champions only and with boats ranging from the Optimist to the Moth, 35 boats arrived at East Lothian Yacht club, all keen to get out on the water in this the 50th anniversary year of the championship.

Breezes were lighter than the sailors had hoped for, but four different shaped courses were set, giving each of the varied classes a sporting chance to sail to their strengths. With three wins and a perfect score, overall winners of the event with Chris Owen and Sam McNamara from Oban Sailing Club in a Wayfarer.

Local prize winner, James Sandison from ELYC was in a Phantom was competing in this competition for the first time.

Callum Airlie from ELYC and crew, Joe Butterworth, won the top youth prize in a 420. Callum put East Lothian on the map when he was one of the young sportsmen and women chosen to light the Olympic torch at the opening ceremony during the summer.

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