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JMST OnBoard Partnership 

Young Sailor Could a young sailor benefit at your club?

The John Merricks Sailing Trust will continue its partnership with RYA OnBoard at this year's RYA Zone Championships for the fourth year running.

The RYA Zone and Home Country Championships will take place at eight regional venues over the weekend of 24 – 26 September 2016.

These RYA ‘Regional Championship’ events for each zone are aimed at all sailors under the age of 16 who race in the RYA classes, comprising of the Optimist, Topper, RS Feva XL and Windsurfer.

To enter the Zone Championships, visit the event website and follow the instructions. The Zone Championships offers the perfect opportunity for first-timers to get a feel of a championship atmosphere and race conditions.

Each year at least one young sailor is selected from each of the eight RYA Zones and Home Countries to receive two years of exclusive use of a boat or board donated by the John Merricks Sailing Trust.

Any sailor participating in the RYA Zone Championships is eligible for a boat or board award from the JMST, provided they fulfil the following criteria:

Please read the Notice of Selection document to establish eligibility.

Complete the Declaration of Eligibility form online or complete the form at registration to show you would like your child to be observed on the water as part of the selection process.

Sailors will then be shortlisted and invited to complete an application form after the event.

Cat Ferguson, RYA OnBoard Operations Officer, comments on how the partnership with the JMST, now in its fourth year, has already been a great benefit for many young sailors.

"We are grateful for the support of the JMST in running this scheme, which has already seen young sailors progress and achieve things that would have otherwise not been possible. We are looking forward to announcing more boat and board awards after this year's Zone Championships, and hope they can inspire young sailors to keep competing at all levels."

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