Jamie Calder Sailing Winner

RYA UK Youth National Sailing Championships 2014 in Portugal – Jamie Calder

British Youth Sailing Team 2014 Announced for RYA Youth National Championships

Jamie Calder SailingWe are delighted to congratulate one of our dedicated  Kip McGrath students on his fantastic achievement in qualifying as one of the 12 young sailors who will be competing for Great Britain at the 2014 RYA Youth National Championships in Portugal in July.

Jamie Calder (15) from Edinburgh won his place after five days of events in Weymouth competing against 300 of the best under 19 sailors in the UK. Jamie dominated the Laser Radial class, showing composure beyond his years and posting the most consistent series scores throughout the weeklong event.

Jamie took the lead after a long day’s racing on Wednesday and never relinquished it, extending his point gap over sailors 2 years his senior. The final day of racing saw no races able to be completed and allowed Jamie to be crowned Youth National Champion, the first Scot to take the title since Charlotte Dobson did back in 2004.

Jamie Meets HRH Princess Royal

Jamie Calder Sailing Winner

Jamie Calder meets Princess Anne

In addition to extending his lead at the top of the leaderboard, Jamie also had the pleasure of meeting HRH Princess Royal.

“It was pretty good to meet HRH. It is not something you do every day to meet a Princess. She seemed on good form, I hope she enjoyed her day as much as I did. I think it is great to have her here. Sailing isn’t a very high profile sport in comparison to Rugby or Football so it is great to have her down her to see what we do.”
“I have had to fight really hard for this place and I want to prove to everyone that I have earned it and I want to do as well as possible. I’m going to do it for myself obviously, but also my parents who have put a lot of time and money into my sailing and the rest of my family and my coaches who have helped me so much.”

Achieving a Gold Medal plus an Education.

Jamie is dedicated to sailing and his dream is to ultimately win a Gold medal at the Olympics

As I am training or competing during my time away from school. one of the challenges I face is keeping up with my school work.  Going to Kip McGrath really helps me with this.  My ultimate goal is to win a gold medal at the Olympics but I need a good education too.  I am a competitive person and want to do equally well in my studies and my sailing.  Kip McGrath are helping me to achieve this.”  Jamie

Pip Watt, Centre Director of Kip McGrath Barnton, Currie and Livingston says:

“Jamie is an exceptional young man,  He has been attending our centre in Currie for many years now and is always both cheerful and motivated.  His dedication to both his schoolwork and his sailing is admirable.  I am delighted he has made it this far in this competition.  We wish him the very best of luck”.

Other Newslinks Relating to Jamie Calder and the British Youth Sailing Team

www.rya.org.uk/newsevents/news/Pages/BritishYouthSailingTeamconfirmedfortheISAFYouthWorlds2014.aspx

www.ryascotland.org.uk/news/Pages/JamieCalderisYouthNationalChampion.aspx

www.yachtsandyachting.com/news/175726/RYA-Youth-National-Championships-day-4

www.yachtsandyachting.com/news/175732/RYA-Youth-National-Championships-overall

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GB Olympic Champion Sailor of the Future? Jamie Calder on his way to Fulfil His Olympic Gold Medal Dreams

Jamie Calder – A Remarkable Young Boy with a Bright Future

One of our students who attends the Kip McGrath Centre in Balerno, Edinburgh South has achieved fantastic success in sailing and we would like to showcase his fantastic recent achievements.  Jamie Calder (13) is well on his way to achieving his dream of becoming an Olympic Gold medalist but also realises that his academic achievements are very important and attends the centre for help in English due to his hectic training schedule.

On 11 September 2012, Jamie travelled to Oxford Sailing Club along with another 40 under sixteen competitors for the first of the UKLA GUL Ladder event of the 2012/13 series. He came first!  Jamie has just moved from the Optimist class into the Laser 4.7, which is the same boat used at the Olympics but with a smaller sail. Jamie travelled to Farmoor reservoir in Oxford for his first Laser 4.7 Ladder event, which was also the first selection weekend for the GBR Laser 4.7 Squad. View an article on the results of this day here.

Jamie’s proud dad, Iain Calder, has agreed to be our guest blogger this week and tell us all about Jamie.

Jamie’s Story

As our family have always sailed Jamie has been in and around boats all his life.  He started racing an Optimist dingy at eight years old. The Optimist is the biggest, worldwide, junior class for children under sixteen. More Olympic sailors started their racing in Optimists than in any other class.

At nine Jamie qualified for the Scottish Optimist Squad and a year later he qualified for the Optimist GBR Squad, which is the top thirty sailors in the UK. Over the last four years Jamie has represented GBR at International regattas in Holland, Spain, France, Belgium, Germany, New Zealand, Singapore and Dominican Republic. Each year the top five sailors from fifty countries are selected to compete at the World Championships. In 2011 Jamie became the fourth Scottish sailor ever to qualify for the World Championships and the youngest at the age of twelve. This year he was the first Scottish sailor to qualify for the Worlds twice.

Jamie’s best results to date are 3rd at the Belgian National Championships, 8th at Kiel German Championships, 9th at Brassemermeer Regatta, Holland, 1st at UK End of Season Championships, 3rd UK National Championships and 30th at Pre World Championships.

The Royal Yachting Association, which is sailing’s governing body, have a structured pathway of classes to identify talented athletes and support them to become future Olympic athletes. Jamie is part of this program with the Optimist class being the start of the pathway.

Jamie Calder

Although Jamie is still only thirteen he has decided to move to the next pathway class as he is getting a little big for the Optimist. He has decided to stick with a single handed class rather than opting to join someone else in a double hander. The class Jamie is now sailing is the Laser 4.7. The boat is an Olympic class although the junior sailors use a smaller mast and sail, with the view to move up first to the radial rig at youth level (under 19) and then the full rig Olympic class.

Having been part of the GBR Squad for the last few years Jamie was keen to continue at this level in his next class. We therefore travelled down to the first GBR Squad qualifying event at Farmoor Reservoir, Oxford last weekend.  Having not raced the Laser he was very much looking forward to the challenges a new class brings. Unfortunately due to a lack of wind there was no racing on the Saturday but a good breeze on Sunday allowed three races to be completed. Jamie finished 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the races which meant he won the event overall. The second and final Squad qualifier takes place at the end of September at Rutland Water, a reservoir one hundred miles north of London. After this event the Royal Yachting Association will select the top twelve sailors to train together at various venues around the country, including the Olympic 2012 venue at Weymouth.

Winning at Oxford has given Jamie a great start in his new class and he is very much looking forward to the training and competition ahead to try and achieve his ultimate goal of an Olympic gold medal.

Jamie Calder

Jamie has been very lucky to have received the support of several sponsors in the past to help with the cost of competing at this level and would therefore like to take this opportunity to thank the following:

RYA Scotland, RYA UK, Sports Aid, Ground Developments Ltd, Kitchens International, Pensato Capital, Zhik, IBI Sailing, Olimpic Sails, North Sails, James Miller Trust and Royal Forth Yacht Club.

Iain Calder.