Laura Cambridge shortlisted for Elizabeth McKay award

Visually impaired sailor Laura Cammidge has been shortlisted for a national award.

A member of the Royal Northern and Clyde Yacht Club in Rhu, she is in the running for the Elizabeth McKay Award in the RYA Scotland Annual Awards supported by Ocean Sailing Scotland.

Laura won gold in the B3 fleet at World Sailing’s 2017 Blind Fleet Racing Championships in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, competing with the GBR Blind Sailing Team.

“I feel extremely grateful to have been nominated for The Elizabeth MacKay Award,” said Laura, who is also a member of Clyde Cruising Club.

“With so many great female Sailors in Scotland, it means a lot to receive such a high level of recognition for my achievements over the past year, and to be put forward for such a prestigious award as this.

“It was a lovely surprise and something that I wasn’t expecting, so to be the overall winner would be the perfect way of summing up my 2017 season, while marking the beginning of a massive 2018 season of racing!”

She said the highlight of last year was becoming a world champion and winning gold in Sheboygan.

“It was a dream come true, and was made even more special after a difficult lead in year and as medals were decided on the very last leg of the very last race, in some of the most challenging conditions of the competition,” she said.

The presentation of the RYA Scotland Annual Awards will take place at the new sportscotland Inverclyde Centre on the evening of Saturday February 24.

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