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John Merricks Sailing Trust

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 medalist 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, RS Tera 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 2013. 

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.

Each year, at least one young sailor will be selected from each of the RYA Regions and Home Countries giving them two years of exclusive use of their own boat donated to their club or centre, by the Trust. After which the boats will be returned to the sailor’s original club so other young sailors can continue to benefit in the future and progress into club and regional racing activities.

Since 2013 the JMST have donated 89 boats/boards to youngsters and we have seen some incredible success stories.

Click here to make an application for 2020. 


  To be considered:
  1. Please read the Notice of Selection document to establish your eligibility.
  2. Complete the Declaration of Eligibility (expression of interest) form before the Indicator Event in 2020.
  3. Eligible sailors must enter and compete at the British Youth Sailing Regional Junior Championships in the year you would like to be selected.

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

For any further information email RYA OnBoard,  or call 02380 604195.

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