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The John Merricks Sailing Trust seeks to help young sailors and youth sailing organisations to achieve their goals 

As the Official Charity Partner of OnBoard, the JMST will donate at least 10 single-handed junior pathway boats and boards (Optimist, Topper, Laser 4.7, RS Tera and Bic Techno 293OD) to deserving young sailors every year, providing them with the opportunity to progress their skills and continue to participate in the sport. 

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

Every year, the JMST Scheme provides young sailors from across the country with their own equipment, which after two years is given to their supporting organisation.

Applications are now closed, nominations for next year will open in April 2022.

For any further information email onboard@rya.org.uk or call 02380 604195.


The impact was a major boost to Jonah's self esteem. As a sufferer of ADHD, his confidence can be fragile at times but being selected gave him a focus on improving

Alex Roberts

The JMST scheme had a significant on the club and our sailors. It demonstrated that even a small club, with limited resources, can achieve a lot given the right support

Teesdale Sailing & Watersports Club

Let us answer any questions you have about the JMST Scheme