BAULKHAM Hills sailor Noel McPherson is celebrating his best finish at a remote control sailing championship.
McPherson, who is semi-retired, took up the sport four years ago.
He said he was thrilled with his fourth place finish in last month's State Championship laser category at Iron Cove in Sydney Harbour.
Each of the 11 contestants struggled with the weather conditions on the harbour with heavy winds on the first day.
McPherson said he adapted well to the shifting wind conditions and benefited from a north-easterly to finish just outside the top three.
"I was blown away to finish fourth behind some of the best sailors in Australia," McPherson said.
"In the past I've competed at previous state and national championships but nothing comes close to this."
Graham Brown of Winston Hills won gold and Kellyville's Peter Newman finished fifth.
Remote control sailing is a developing sport in The Hills with a growing of participants.
Like most of his competition racers McPherson got into the sport through friends.
He said despite its small numbers it was an addictive sport with a healthy sense of competition.
"Essentially it's the same as full-size sailing," McPherson said.
"And like any sport it's a lot harder than it looks."
McPherson said he, Brown and Newman were all good mates who like to compete against each other.
"Graham's gold medal was well deserved and impressive considering he was chasing the result over the two days," he said.