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Port Lincoln brothers rack up sailing awards

BROTHERS: John and Max Sturman showcase the awards they have racked up in the cadet class in the past season with their boat, Stolen Pig. Photo: Jarrad Delaney
BROTHERS: John and Max Sturman showcase the awards they have racked up in the cadet class in the past season with their boat, Stolen Pig. Photo: Jarrad Delaney

A young team of brothers from Port Lincoln have enjoyed a rewarding sailing season in the International Cadet class and now have their eyes set on finishing with a national title next week.

Max and John Sturman have picked up several honours and achievements, starting in Port Lincoln in November where they came back down by a few points to win every race on the second day to take the regatta out.

From there they went on to take out the SA Youth Tri Series for the cadet class and then went undefeated at the SA Youth Titles and Cadet State Titles which were held on the same weekend last month.

Max, 15, who has been sailing for the past four years, said his brother John, 6, who was taking part in his first year of sailing, had been an ideal teammate on their boat Stolen Pig.

"In this class we need to be really light to be able to steer the boat and Johnny's crew ability being top standard we have been able to get over the line," he said.

"It was easily my most successful season to date."

John said he had enjoyed his first year of competition and would look to continue with competition going forward.

"It was very nice, it's really interesting how it was a little hard but eventually we got there," he said.

The brothers were recently honoured at the Port Lincoln Yacht Club with club awards, picking up the Port Lincoln Cadet Championship and topping the club point score.

Max also won the Junior Yachtsman award while John won the Coaches Trophy in the International Cadet class.

Now the brothers turn their attention to the 2021 Cadet Nationals at the Sandringham Yacht Club in Melbourne between April 12 and 16.

Max said they felt confident going into it and taking out the class at nationals would be a great way to finish off a very successful season.

"We're pretty confident of a top five position, if not better," he said.

The family success was also seen with sister Cleo, 12, who at the State Titles was the handicap winner in the International Cadet class, sailing with Archie Kretschner.

Max also finished second sailing with Rosie Ward at the Summer Sail Regatta in Adelaide.