Anna was 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.
Anna, who is 12 years old, won a
Topper sailing dinghy.
She started sailing at the club when she was only 7, and
takes part in junior racing. Just this year she was selected to be part of Team
Oxfordshire at the NSSA (National School Sailing Association) Regatta, giving
her the confidence to try out for the Zones squad where she scored a mid-fleet
She now plans to compete in as
many events as possible to get more experience and to do the 2018 NSSA regatta
and Team Racing events in the Topper.
She says “Next year at the South Zone event at Farmoor I want to be in
the top 10!”
Now that she has the new Topper
Anna is confident she can do even better.
“My previous boat was very old and didn’t have the same
adjustments. In a newer boat I can go
faster. I really hope to be sailing at
National events and will be aiming to get into the Intermediate Training
“We’re delighted to have once again
teamed up the JMST to be able to help ambitious youngsters like Anna who may
not ordinarily have had the opportunity, to progress in the sport” said RYA
OnBoard Operations Officer Hannah Cockle. “All the youngsters have shown such
enthusiasm and commitment. Having the
highest quality equipment will really make a difference”.
Anna will now be able to enjoy two years’ exclusive use of her boat before
it is goes to her club, Goring on Thames Sailing Club, for other young sailors
to continue benefitting from it in the future.
This is the fifth year the JMST and OnBoard have partnered to donate
single-handed junior pathway boats and boards to promising young sailors who
may not ordinarily have had the opportunity or financial backing to achieve
their goals. No fewer than 64 boats and boards have been donated since 2012.
RYA OnBoard is the nationwide
grassroots programme, run by sailing’s national governing body, giving young
people aged 8 to 18 the opportunity to learn to sail at low cost. Meanwhile the
JMST, set up in memory of 1996 Olympic silver medallist John Merricks, supports
young sailors and youth sailing organisations
Learn more about RYA OnBoard or
find out more about the JMST.