Anna (14) is top when it comes to sailing

sail on: Anna Sturrock and Calum Rosie with their silverware.
sail on: Anna Sturrock and Calum Rosie with their silverware.

A local sailor has ‘toppered’ them all in a national contest in Wales.

Anna Sturrock, from Letham, clinched fourth overall and first girl in the 2014 Topper National Championships held in Pwllheli, Wales last week.

Helensburgh sailor Calum Rosie won the event overall and was crowned UK champion.

RYA Scotland development team topper coach Duncan Hepplewhite said: “The last race saw Anna lead round the windward mark with Calum back in sixth. Anna was very determined and wanted a race win, in addition she wanted to finish as top girl.

“Calum continued to progress through the fleet and followed Anna over the finish line, Anna first and Calum second. Then we had to wait for their competitors to finish so we could begin working on the maths.

“We were confident Calum had sailed well and done all he could, but it came down to where his competitors finished. Anna moved into top girl position but missed out on third overall by five points. Calum took the title as UK National Champion.

“Calum is the first Scottish sailor to win the title. We have had others win the Inlands and World Champs, we have also had seconds and thirds at the Nationals, but not a win. The whole team sailed very well, physically, tactically and mentally.

“As a coach I am delighted that the whole team performed, they have all worked incredibly hard all winter and deserve the success”.

Anna, who just turned 14 on the Friday after racing finished was happy not just with her own result but also with how the whole Scottish Team had performed: “When the results went up there were mixed emotions in the clubhouse but I was extremely pleased. I had finished in fourth position and first girl which meant that I was the new female national champion. In addition fellow Scottish teammate Calum Rosie had won the whole event which was extremely good for the Scottish team spirit and everyone was very happy for him”.

The rest of the Scottish sailors in the gold fleet also performed well with Niamh Harper from Loch Tummel finishing 14th, Mara Lyon from Prestwick Sailing Club was 20th, Angus Lawson from East Lothian Sailing Club was 27th and David Rosie from Helensburgh Sailing Club was 37th.

The team will barely have time to catch their breath as the Topper World Championships get under way at the same venue this week. With such great results behind them they should be brimming with confidence and hopeful of bagging yet more successes.