The John Merricks Sailing Trust (JMST) seeks to help young sailors and youth sailing organisations to achieve their goals and was set up in the memory of 1996 Olympic silver medallist John Merricks.

As the official charity partner of OnBoard, the JMST will donate at least 80 single-handed junior pathway boats and boards (Optimist, Topper, Laser 4.7 and Bic Techno 293OD) to promising sailors over eight years, providing them with the opportunity to progress their skills and continue to participate in the sport. The partnership started in 2012. 

The boats will be gifted to promising youngsters who display enthusiasm, drive, talent and commitment to the sport and who may not ordinarily have the opportunity or financial backing to achieve their goals.

In 2017, County Antrim Yacht club member Alistair Todd was announced a winner and he has since been able to develop his skills and compete in the boat.

For more information including the Notice of Selection and to download a poster please visit the JMST page on the OnBoard website.  

Sailors wishing to be considered will need to fill out a Declaration of Eligibility form online before Friday 28th September 2018.