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Glyn Charles Pursuit Race 2019
Hayling Island Sailing Club
Monday 26 August 2019


For the John Merricks Sailing Trust’s 20th anniversary year, the trustees wanted to celebrate by producing a video to mark the occasion.

Richard Langdon, Ocean Images, very generously offered his time to produce the video working with JMST trustee, Nick Bubb, to collate the raw footage from some of the sailors and community projects that had been helped with funding from the Trust in the past. Richard then provided us with this wonderful short film that was premiered at the JMST 20th anniversary party on 24 November 2017.

Huge thanks go to Richard Langdon for this fantastic memento marking 20 years of the John Merricks Sailing Trust.

Nick Bubb joins the John Merricks Sailing Trust as a Trustee

Nick was the recipient of a JMST award back in 2003 which supported his Mini Transat campaign and allowed him to demonstrate the potential he had begun to show as an emerging talent in shorthanded ocean racing. He subsequently went on to race around the world non-stop on a maxi-cat in the Oryx Quest, competed in the Volvo Ocean Race, Transat Jacques-Vabre, Route du Rhum, Mini Transat, numerous Round Britain & Ireland races and many other Open 60, Class 40, Mini and Figaro events.
More recently, Nick skippered the centenary Shackleton Epic Expedition during their crossing of the Southern Ocean re-tracing Shackleton’s voyage from Antarctica to South Georgia, on a 23 foot wooden rowing boat in vintage clothing. In addition to sailing, which still includes occasional Mini Transat racing, Nick has mainly focussed on ‘terrestrial’ based endurance events of late such as Ironman triathlons & ultra-marathons, combining the skill sets in 2012 to win the famous Tilman Trophy in the Three Peaks Yacht Race with his crew of family and friends.
Professionally Nick no longer works in sailing and after a short career in finance, now works with the wildlife conservation charity Fauna & Flora International as their Global Development Executive. Many of his achievements he attributes to the support he received from the JMST and the life changing opportunities that were given to him as a result.

As part of the voluntary role which includes helping to select future awardees and promoting the JMST, Nick will be representing the charity at the North Sails Golf Day on Friday 24th October, an annual event that always draws the support of former colleagues and friends of John’s.

Sir Ben Ainslie and Matt Cornwell from Ben Ainslie Racing and Iain Percy, Skipper of Artemis Racing will be joining a host of past Olympic medallists, professional sailors, yacht designers and marine industry colleagues, who turn out to play a good game of golf whilst remembering John and supporting the charity in his name. 

Nick Bubb - Mini Transat campagin supported by JMST in 2003 Nick Bubb in 2014

Ian Walker presents JMST / RYA OnBoard scheme winners with certificates at the Dinghy Show

 Photo courtesy of Ian Roman
Ian Walker met the JMST / OnBoard scheme winners from 2013 at the RYA Dinghy Show on Sunday 2nd March and commented, “Coming to the Dinghy Show is an emotional time for me as the last time I was here was with Jonny Merricks, our stand was one of the most popular as being sponsored by Mars, our boat was filled with chocolate to giveaway! 

I am very proud to be here today presenting these certificates to all the JMST / OnBoard scheme winners from 2013, along with fellow trustees Rod Carr and Derek Clark.

Over the last sixteen years the JMST has awarded funds to young sailors, some of whom have gone on to achieve great success, such as Dylan Fletcher, now ranked 5th in the World in the 49er class and Stuart Bithell who won a Silver medal at the London Olympics in 2012.

However, funding is not just awarded to up and coming sailing talent, but also to goes to individuals just starting out and community groups that support youth sailing.  

John Merricks did not come from a sailing family and learnt to sail at school.  He was a fantastic sailor but he was as well known for his sense of fun as he was for his natural talent.   Many people helped John on his way to achieving success and an Olympic Silver medal and Trust set up in his name aims to support youth sailing at a grass roots level hoping to encourage young sailors like yourselves to follow in his footsteps." 

The John Merricks Sailing Trust (JMST) was amongst the first charities in the UK to use its own, unique personalised text code, JMST01, to raise funds using JustTextGiving by Vodafone.
This FREE service for charities, 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.
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.
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