Port Lincoln brother team win Australian International Cadet title

TROPHIES: John and Max Sturman display their trophies won after taking out the 60th International Cadet Australian Championship at Largs Bay. Photo: Jarrad Delaney
TROPHIES: John and Max Sturman display their trophies won after taking out the 60th International Cadet Australian Championship at Largs Bay. Photo: Jarrad Delaney

Port Lincoln's dynamic sailing duo Max and John Sturman have added an elusive prize to their trophy cabinet and now have the International Cadets world championships in sight early next year.

The brothers competed at the 60th International Cadet Australian Championship at Largs Bay between December 26 and January 3, taking out the Jock Sturrock Perpetual Trophy as champions.

After just missing out on the title last year Max and John have finally added the national title to their resume and have earned a spot on the Australian team that will compete at the International Cadet World Championship at the Royal Yacht Club of Victoria in Williamstown between December 29 to January 5.

Max said they were thrilled to finally win the national title, facing a range of conditions with included days of no wind and others with up to 30 knots.

He said he and his brother were ready for the nationals this year after finishing runners up the year before.

"This year we came in a bit more prepared, had a bit more time in the boat together and were a bit more familiar with the sailing at Largs Bay which helped out," he said.

John shared his brothers' sentiment and said it felt good to go one better in 2022 and finally earn the national title for International Cadets.

The Sturmans had qualified to take part in the world championship at Riva del Garda, Italy last year but Australia did not send a team due to travel restrictions.

Max said before the world championship they would again compete in the nationals on December 19-23, which he described as serving as practice.

"It will be good to see how the Australian team shapes up against the best in the world, especially having it at home," he said.

Max is nearing the end of his time in the International Cadet class but said he was thrilled to see how much the class has grown locally and across Australia.

"Darwin and Canberra are starting a fleet and the Port Lincoln fleet has grown dramatically into a seven boat fleet," he said.

"It's a really good class to get involved in and really good to sail."