A young sailor from Chester has been awarded
exclusive use of a brand new boat thanks to the John
Merricks Sailing Trust (JMST), the official charity
partner of the RYA OnBoard (OB) programme.
Rebecca Isbell, who sails at Chester Sailing And
Canoeing Club was one of 11 successful youngsters, three from the North West,
selected from hundreds of applications after competing
in the RYA Zone and Home Country Championships, which
took place at eight venues across the UK this September.
She has been sailing for three years and wants to
compete at national level events: "This year I have put
in a lot of extra effort to get faster at sailing and I
have enjoyed the races at the club and found them very
"I cherish the times when the wind is blowing in face
and I am leaning out of the boat and zooming down the
River Dee. You have to concentrate hard when you are
sailing to do well, but I feel wonderful when everything
goes just right and you zip past another boat."
Mum Stefania describes her daughter as a very determined
individual and said: "She looks forward to her sailing
sessions and is eager to get everything ready and get
out on the water as quickly as possible to maximise the
time available to her. She has also taken the
opportunity to experience sea sailing during an away day
organised by the club at Colwyn Bay."
The Principal of the Chester SCC Training Centre, Peter
Hadfield said: "It is obvious that Rebecca has enjoyed
her sailing this year and this is reflected in the very
significant improvement in her sailing and racing skills
- she shows real potential to do well in regional events
over the next couple of years."