Gosson is one of 11 promising sailors and windsurfers from across the UK who
have been awarded exclusive use of their own boat or windsurfing board for the
next two years thanks to a partnership between the John Merricks Sailing Trust
(JMST) and RYA OnBoard.
10-year-old, who sails at Llangorse SC near Brecon, was chosen to receive a new
Optimist one-person dinghy after demonstrating his enthusiasm, talent and
commitment since being introduced to sailing by a school friend three years
now James has borrowed club kit as he has progressed his skills through
Wednesday evening and Sunday training, winning on the CYRC youth racing circuit
and competing in the Welsh Zone Championships in Fishguard for the first time
I am on the water racing, it makes me feel free,ï¿½ said James. ï¿½I can feel my tummy bubbling with
excitement, the wind and water in my face, as I am soaring over the waves, it
is just the best thing ever.
ï¿½Llangorse sailing club has had some
excellent training and I really enjoy cadet-teaching days. They advised me to
read RYA Start to Race, it's the best book ever.
ï¿½In two yearsï¿½ time I hope to be in the
silver or gold fleet competing and striving to be in the running for team GB,
which is my overall goal.
ï¿½At the moment I have to borrow club
boats, which is so kind of them, but to have my own to look after and race for
two years would be fantastic.ï¿½
Brian continued, ï¿½As a parent, I feel so proud of Jamesï¿½ commitment towards sailing. The saying
ï¿½eat, sleep, sail, repeatï¿½ would best describe his enthusiasm.
ï¿½He has completed RYA level one, two and
three and has never looked back.
ï¿½Llangorse sailing club have shown so much
enthusiasm and support towards James they have been a very positive influence
on guiding and teaching him to a very high standard.
ï¿½The boat will benefit James by giving
him the responsibility of looking after his own boat, it would give James the
stability of using the same boat for the two year period rather than having to
use different club boats each week.ï¿½
Llangorse Sailing Club Vice Commodore
Will Willett, who is also a RYA Cymru Wales head coach for the South and West
Regional Topper Squad, said, ï¿½James is a young sailor who stood out very early
ï¿½His progress this season has been way
beyond expectation too: From being an RYA Stage 1 sailor in the spring heï¿½s
gone on to race this season already."
OnBoard is the nationwide grassroots programme, run by sailingï¿½s national
governing body, giving young people aged 8 to 18 the opportunity to learn to
sail at low cost.
OnBoard offers young people the opportunity through their local club or centre
in a safe, structured and fun environment.
Since launching in 2005, OnBoard has
seen well over half a million young people try out sailing and windsurfing and
learn an activity that often stays with them for life.
JMST, set up in memory of 1996 Olympic silver medallist John Merricks, supports
young sailors and youth sailing organisations.
2012, JMST and RYA OnBoard have partnered to donate high-quality junior racing
dinghies and boards to promising young sailors who may not ordinarily have had
the opportunity or financial backing to achieve their goals.
get two yearsï¿½ exclusive use of their boat/board before it goes to their club
for other young sailors to continue benefitting from it in the future.
The youngsters were 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.
ï¿½Weï¿½re delighted to have once
again teamed up the JMST to be able to help these ambitious youngsters who may
not ordinarily have had the opportunity, to progress in the sportï¿½ said RYA
OnBoard Operations Officer Hannah Cockle.
ï¿½Theyï¿½ve all shown such
enthusiasm and commitment and having the highest quality equipment will really
make a differenceï¿½.
learn more about RYA OnBoard go to www.rya.org.uk/onboard or
to learn more about Llangorse sailing club go to https://llangorsesailing.com/