A teenager has sailed off with a top regional award.
Callum Doyle, from Wallsend, has won the RYA (Royal Yachting Association) North East Young Club Sailor of the Year Award 2014.
The 16-year-old was presented with the Trident Trophy by Grace Metcalfe, skipper of the Ocean Youth Trust (OYT) North vessel James Cook at a surprise school assembly.
Callum, who attends Burnside Business and Enterprise College in Wallsend, began sailing at Tynemouth Sailing Club in 2010.
He and a group of school friends joined the James Cook in 2013 for a voyage from Newcastle to Inverness and The Orkneys.
Grace said: “Callum was an asset on the voyage right from the start. Always cheerful, never daunted by seasickness, he was quick to learn and 100 per cent reliable even in the most challenging situations.”
Callum has since sailed nine times with OYT North and already has his RYA Powerboat level 1 qualification.
And has his sights set for his Safety Boat and his Day Skipper qualifications next year.
He plans to sail with OYT North and the Sea Cadets as much as his exams will permit this summer. He has also been working with the OYT refit team this winter, getting ‘James Cook’ into shape for 2015.
Steve Lennon, managing director of OYT North, said: “Callum is grateful to Tynemouth Sailing Club and the RYA OnBoard programme for introducing him to sailing.
“He is a keen member of the Sea Cadets and we, at OYT North, will continue to help nurture his career.”
Steve Gibbon, chairman of the RYA NE Region, said: “We are very pleased to be presenting Callum with the RYA North East Young Club Sailor of the Year Award 2014.
“We follow the careers of our regional winners very closely and many of them have gone on to win championships and work in the marine industry. Callum will be a great addition to the list.”