TOTAL AMOUNT AWARDED IN FIFTEEN YEARS
OVER £267,000 THROUGH 180 GRANTS
76 golfers turned out for the 17th North Sails Golf Day on Friday 25th October at Cams Hall in Fareham. John ‘Jonny’ Merricks worked at North Sails and the first Golf Day, organised as it is today with the help of the Seahorse Golf Society, was set up to raise money for a Trust to be started in John’s name. Since its inception 16 years ago the Golf Day has raised over £163,000 for the John Merricks Sailing Trust (JMST).
The rain held off and the sun made an occasional appearance as former colleagues and friends of John’s including, Sir Ben Ainslie, Chris Draper, Ian Williams, Eddie Warden Owen, Iain MacDonald-Smith, Ossie Stewart, Matt Cornwell, Simon Fry, Phil Harmer, James Stagg and Stephen Park, turned out to play a round of golf whilst also remembering John and supporting the charity in his name.
Mark Lee from Craftinsure won the event with a score of 43, earning him the famous Bandit trophy as well! Nick Baggot achieved the 1st Hole in One in the history of the Golf Day winning him the Grapefruit Graphics Nearest the Pin Challenge.
JMST Patron, 4 x Olympic gold medallist and recent Americas Cup winner, Sir Ben Ainslie, proposed a heartfelt toast to absent friends at the prize giving.
Legendary racing coach and JMST Trustee, Jim Saltonstall, read a letter from Dennis Merricks (John's father) and thanked everyone for their continued support of this Golf Day now in its 17th year. He also highlighted the recent success of some the sailors that received funding from the JMST many years ago, including: Dylan Fletcher – JMST award in 2005 - is currently 1st in the 49er fleet in the ISAF World Sailing Rankings; Sophie Weguelin – JMST award in 2004 - is currently 3rd in the 470 (Women) fleet in the ISAF World Sailing Rankings; Izzy Hamilton – JMST award in 2009 - is currently 7th in the RS:X (Women) fleet in the ISAF World Sailing Rankings.
RYA British Sailing Team Manager, Stephen Park, made a presentation about the JMST's new charity partnership with the RYA OnBoard scheme. The JMST will donate 50 single-handed junior pathway boats and boards (Topper, Optimist, Laser 4.7, Bic Techno 293OD) to promising OnBoard sailors over the next five years, providing them with the opportunity to progress their skills and continue to participate in the sport.
Andy Green, performed a fantastic job as auctioneer, coaxing a grand total of over £1,850 from bidders in the auction, for high value items from Musto; Guy Salmon Range Rover; The Wheel Specialist, Fareham and Trudy Cook at Ocean Art as well as Olympic memorabilia.
Neil Mackley from North Sails said, “Raising money for charity in the current economic climate is not easy, and I would like to thank all of the many companies who have generously donated prizes and sponsorship, as well as the players, many of whom have attended year after year, for their support.”
Richard Langdon and Rachel Jaspersen from Ocean Images generously gave up their day to photograph the event - a selection of images and a short film are available on the JMST Facebook page: www.facebook.com/jmst.uk Also see the Album 'Golf Day 2013' in the gallery.
All the images from the day can be viewed here.
1st - Mark Lee - 43 Stablefored points - £150 pro shop vouchers
2nd - Dan Bath - 39 Stablefored points - £100 pro shop vouchers
3rd - Ian Clarke - 38 Stablefored points - £50 pro shop vouchers
Ladies Trophy: Tessa Richardson - £50 pro shop vouchers
Best Team: Darren Frost, Simon Igglesden, Dan Bath, Barry Boyce.
Winners of the Bainbridge Trophy and 4 x Craftinsure Golf Day jackets.
Guy Salmon Range Rover Longest Drive: Simon Igglesden, winner of 2 x Henri Lloyd performance jackets
Grapefruit Graphics Nearest the Pin: Won with a Hole in One by Nick Baggot!
He was presented with 2 x Bainbridge Sail Cloth jackets and a voucher for a round of golf for 4 players at Cams Hall Golf Club.
Huge thanks go to North Sails for managing the event, Peter Nash of the Seahorse Golf Society and every company and individual who donated prizes and the individual Hole Sponsors: North Sails; Dimension Polyants; Guy Salmon Range Rover; Banburys; Osmotech; RF Composites; TT Rigging; Toolkit Websites; Soluxion IT; Grapefruit Graphics; Ocean Images; Craftinsure.
Polypipe Regatta raises over £5,000 for the JMST
The 2013 Polypipe Regatta marked the 15th anniversary of the charity sailing event for the property and construction industry, the event has raised a staggering £125,000 for a range of charities since 1998.
Originally created by organiser, and Regional Director of Polypipe, Steve Upson to raise money for treatment of his autistic nephew William, the Poylpipe Regatta started out with just twelve yachts and raised £1,000. On the 15th anniversary, in September 2013, 62 yachts took part.
The regatta uses Sunsail's full fleet of thirty-two Sunsail F40 yachts - an identical fleet of matched Beneteau First 40 yachts, the largest one-design charter fleet in the world. Added to this are a fleet of chartered Beneteau First 40.7; First 40 and Elan 410 yachts, as well as four Pilot Cutters.
Over the years the event has raised money for various charities, as well as the John Merricks Sailing Trust through entry fees, raffles and forfeit contributions. This year the Polypipe Regatta supported Sunsail's partner charity Sail 4 Cancer and the John Merricks Sailing Trust.
The Polypipe Regatta 2012 raised over £5,160 for the John Merricks Sailing Trust.
See Polypipe Regatta for more details.
Many Congratulations to our Patron Sir Ben Ainslie and all of
Team Oracle USA on winning the 34th Amercia's Cup.
Thank you for providing us all with some extremely exciting
sailing to watch over 19 races!
The Victory Team are victorious at The Bugle's
Charity Cricket Challenge in Hamble
£1,603 raised for the John Merricks Sailing Trust
On Sunday 21st July, Hamble village pubs The Bugle, King & Queen, The Victory and Ye Olde Whyte Harte all fielded teams for the coveted Bugle Charity Cricket Challenge Cup. The annual contest is organised by The Bugle in order to raise money for the John Merricks Sailing Trust.
The day kicked off with wall-to-wall sunshine and gazebos were duly erected all around the pavilion for the players and supporters. The four teams entered a draw to decide the playing order, for their short 20 over matches. The Bugle team, captained by Jonathan ‘Boycey’ Taylor, fielded a host of internationally renowned sailors including Guy ‘Nipper’ Salter, Matt ‘Catflap’ Cornwell, James ‘Shag’ Stagg, Tom McWilliam, Mark ‘Tommo’ Tomson, Sean Barber and Mike Forster. They fielded first against The Victory and could not stop them from knocking up a cricket score of 99 runs! “100 to win lads!”, cajoled Captain Boycey Taylor, “Lets’ go!”, however it was not to be and The Bugle team could never get close to The Victory’s fantastic score.
With the sun blazing down and spectators setting up camps around the playing fields, the scene was set for the next game, which was won by the King & Queen against Ye Olde Whyte Harte.
With everyone filled with BBQ food and beer, put on by The Bugle, the losing teams returned to the crease for a semi final match, with The Bugle winning Bronze position over Ye Olde Whyte Harte.
Ian Walker, JMST Trustee, double Olympic silver medallist and Volvo Ocean Race skipper, who sailed with John Merricks at the Atlanta Games in 1992 where they won a silver medal in the 470 class, arrived to umpire the final between the King & Queen and The Victory.
It was a close match but the ‘Master Batters’ of the King & Queen could never quite catch up with the score laid down by The ‘Victorious’ Victory team!
The best bit… a fantastic total of £1,603 was raised through the raffle, The Bugle’s Bar & BBQ and Team entry fees. The Bugle’s Bar & BBQ operates on a non-profit basis and all takings are donated to the JMST. The Bugle generously donates the supplies and resources for this event. http://www.buglehamble.co.uk
Many local businesses support the event by donating wonderful raffle prizes namely: The Ideal Collection; The Bugle; Coast Graphics, The King & Queen; The Victory; Ye Olde Whyte Harte; RYA; Grapefruit Graphics; Andark Diving and Watersports; La Dolce Vita; Katie Mawson Flowers; Steph Brandt - Hedge End Golf Centre; Force 4 Chandlery; Covet & Collect; Sea, Sky, Art; Bonne Bouche and Force 4 Dinghy Centre.
07 June 2013
JOHN MERRICKS SAILING TRUST BECOMES
RYA ONBOARD CHARITY PARTNER
The RYA is delighted to announce the John Merricks Sailing Trust (JMST) as the Official Charity Partner for the RYA OnBoard (OB) programme.
JMST seeks to help young sailors and youth sailing organisations to achieve their goals and was set up in the memory of leading Olympic sailor and 1996 Olympic silver medallist John Merricks.
As the Official Charity Partner, the JMST will donate 50 single-handed junior pathway boats and boards to promising OnBoard sailors over the next five years, providing them with the opportunity to progress their skills and continue to participate in the sport.
“I am really excited to have the support of the JMST to help us with our mission to introduce youngsters of all backgrounds to the sport and encourage them to continue to sail” said RYA Sport Development Manager Jon White.
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 nine RYA Zones and Home Countries giving them two years of exclusive use of their own boat donated by the Trust. After which the boats will be returned to the sailor’s original OnBoard club so other young OB sailors can continue to benefit in the future and progress into club and regional racing activities.
Ian Walker, John's former sailing partner, JMST trustee, double Olympic silver medallist and current skipper of Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing commented, "John was awarded a club sailing boat at a young age and it was in this 420 that he developed his talent and started on a pathway to success.
“This timely support was absolutely crucial to his sailing development and we set up the JMST in John's name hoping that we could help others in the same way. Working with the RYA OnBoard scheme will allow us to identify more young sailors in need of support and in doing so maybe we will find a few John Merricks' of the future."
To be considered, OnBoard sailors must compete in the Regatta Fleet at the RYA Zone Championships (28-29 September) which welcomes in excess of 1,000 young sailors across nine different venues throughout the UK. It’s a great first-time event and a key opportunity for any young sailor wishing to receive additional coaching and advice and experience a major RYA event in a supportive environment.
Jon White concludes: “We are hugely grateful to JMST for their donation of boats to the OnBoard programme. Their involvement will make a huge difference for aspiring young sailors and hopefully we will see more OB kids progressing into the RYA Junior Pathway. You never know, we could be developing the talents of a future Olympic sailor, record breaking yachtsman or professional windsurfer!”
For more information visit http://www.rya.org.uk/go/onboard
Run by the RYA, OnBoard is a grass roots programme which introduces sailing and windsurfing to young people aged 8 to 18, through schools, youth groups and training centres.
Over a ten year period OnBoard aims to introduce a minimum of 500,000 children to sailing and windsurfing in the UK, converting over 10% of them into regular participants. So far it’s nicely on track.
For more information about how to get involved in sailing visit the RYA’s website www.rya.org.uk or the OnBoard website www.ruob.co.uk
Boatropes.co.uk support the John Merricks Sailing Trust
with donations from all online sales.
Boatropes.co.uk is a relatively young business completely involved in the sailing industry and wanted to give something back by supporting their favourite charity. So they now donate 3% of all online revenue to the John Merricks Sailing Trust (JMST).
Boatropes.co.uk are an online retailer of quality marine rope for both yachts and dinghies.
In order to increase revenue for the JMST they are offering a voucher code for all supporters of the JMST that gives a 10% discount for any online purchase made at www.boatropes.co.uk.
Enter code: JMST2012 at checkout.
JOHN MERRICKS SAILING TRUST LAUNCHES NEW,
FREE TEXT MESSAGE SERVICE TO RAISE FUNDS
The John Merricks Sailing Trust (JMST) will be amongst the first charities in the UK to use its own, unique personalised text code, JMST01, to raise funds using JustTextGiving by Vodafone.
This is a brand new, free service for charities, that has no set up or fundraising costs for charities, no network charges for people making donations and every penny donated goes to charity. Gift Aid can also be added to donations.
From today, supporters of JMST can make donations of up to £10 by texting JMST01 and either £1, £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10 to 70070 to make their donation. The text message is free and all of the donation will be passed to the JMST.
Ian Walker, Volvo Ocean Race and Americas Cup skipper, Double Olympic Silver Medallist and JMST Trustee said: “This is a wonderful way for us to raise money as it’s speedy, simple and spontaneous. Most people have a mobile phone these days so we expect this to be very popular with our supporters.”
Text JMST01 £10 to 70070 to donate to The John Merricks Sailing Trust and make a difference today.