TOTAL AMOUNT AWARDED IN SIXTEEN YEARS
OVER £290,000 THROUGH 190 GRANTS
DATES FOR DIARIES
Glyn Charles Pursuit Race
Saturday 17th May 2014
Hayling Island Sailing Club
21st September 2014 at 11am BST
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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."
Guests of Honour at the Tiger Dinner were Chris Draper, Olympic bronze medallist and Luna Rossa helmsman in the Americas Cup World Series; Ian Walker, JMST Trustee, double Olympic Silver medallist and Volvo Ocean race skipper on Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing; as well as Dennis Merricks, John’s father and JMST Trustee.
Chris Draper won the 2nd ever Tiger Trophy 19 years ago in 1995, the year after John Merricks himself won the inaugural Tiger Trophy event in 1994. Chris bought one of his Prada wetsuits to auction at the Tiger Dinner - see Twitter photos.
Sailors Dave Hall and Paul Constable from Thorpe Bay YC have attended all of the 21 Tiger Trophy events and were placed 9th this year sailing a Fireball.
All at the JMST would like to thank all the competitors, race officials and organisers for their support of this great event. Most especially to Dick and Vicky Sanders for their tireless work in managing this event and ensuring its long legacy as a firm fixture in the sailing calendar for so many people.
Following a conversation with Rod Carr, last years guest speaker at the Tiger Dinner and a JMST Trustee, a scheme was proposed to utilise the funds contributed to by all the winter warriors in the years following John’s death. The Trust agreed to supply at least 10 JMST starter boats a year for the next 5 years to be administered through the RYA OnBoard scheme and the first 14 have now been awarded - see below.
Three of the sailors awarded a boat through the OnBoard scheme attended the Tiger Dinner with their families, after an invitation was extended to all those sailors.
The Tiger roared as 166 braved the Rutland Challenge.
Ignoring the dire weather forecasts of extreme wind, rain, snow, and high tides, 166 boatloads of winter warriors from all over the UK came to Rutland for this year’s 2 day ‘Challenge’ for the John Merricks Tiger Trophy. Half of the proceeds of the event go to the Trust, established after John’s death to support youth sailing. This was also the final regatta of the closely fought GJW Direct Sailjuice Winter series and SailRacer provided their Sail Trackers to monitor the situation, thankfully sponsored by Rule 26.
BOATS AWARDED TO ASPIRING ONBOARD SAILORS
The largest British lake avoided the high tides and snow and the sun shone all weekend but it could not avoid the strengthening south easterly wind on Saturday. The actual 10 knots was a lot better than forecast and at the briefing from Race Officer David Wilkins, this had increased to 15, gusting 22, as confirmed from his large and well practiced race team monitoring from the racecourse. Three races were scheduled and by the start of the first fast fleet race, the wind had increased to 18, gusting 24, and progressively increased during the course of the race.
The gusts were getting bigger and, depending on the situation, incredibly exciting or almost uncontrollable. The race team decided to finish the race after two laps for the fast and one lap for the slow boats. There were some great examples of boat handling skills in what were very difficult gusty conditions. In the fast fleet the 29er of Connellan/Alloway, Fireballs of Burge/Wagstaff, Batchelor/Clark and Birrell/Brearey and the 505 of Smith/Needham and in the “Slow” fleet, the 420 of Riley/Taylor and a great battle of the Lasers between Wetherell and Simpson – with Wetherell coming out on top followed by the Scorpion of McKee/Massey. These were being pushed all the way by a Flying 15, Solos, Enterprise, Laser 2000 and others.
The comment afterwards from competitors was about the “hairy downwind legs with big gusts hitting hard”. This decimated the fleet – with 45 boats finishing from over 100 starters. Then AP over H (racing postponed return to shore) was flown after race 1 and no more racing was possible on Saturday. The safety teams which included the local Army and RAF crews under the experienced direction of Dick Richardson, Rutland’s safety coxswain, were very busy rescuing boats who got into trouble.
The caterers were ready for the early retiring fleet with food and Tiger beer supplied as usual by local brewers Everards who also supplied the prizes. Tony Everard, the past President of the company gave John his first 420 ‘Rutland Challenge’ .While competitors retired to the lounge to reflect on their brief but exciting time on the racecourse and watch the rugby, the club was prepared for the Tiger Dinner.
This year, the ‘black tie’ code was reintroduced and a comprehensive carvery was served. Before Dennis Merricks, John’s father thanked everyone for coming; the Commodore was presented with the ‘John Merricks Tiger Club’ trophy, newly introduced to encourage greater club participation. A total of 78 clubs were represented in the entries, but most by only one boat. When the Tiger started, John was the only RSC member to take part, this year they had the greatest number and it is hoped that other clubs take this Trophy away from them in the future.
Ian Walker had ‘flown in’ and he presented three Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing caps to Huw Farmer, Oliver Mills and Morgan Plant, first recipients of the John Merricks Sailing Trust starter boats administered through the RYA OnBoard scheme. This 5 year scheme to supply some 70 Toppers, Optimists, Lasers and Bic Techno boards to young sailors at the very beginning of their sailing was introduced following a discussion at last years dinner when Rod Carr was the guest.
This year’s Guest of Honour was Chris Draper who won the trophy 19 years ago. He spoke of his recollections of John and his recent experiences as helm of Luna Rossa in last years America's Cup. He reflected on the death of Bart Simpson as well and concluded that sailors gathered strength from mutual support in adversity and welcomed the newest 10 year olds sitting next to him. He had brought with him, a shiny silver wetsuit made by Prada, which was auctioned along with other significant items to raise even more money for the Trust. The evening concluded with some vigorous dancing to ‘Bodgers Mate’.
Back row l - r: David Wilkins, Nick Clarke, Dennis Merricks, Ian Walker, Chris Draper, Dick Sanders.
Front Row: Huw Farmer, Oliver Mills, Morgan Plant
The weather forecast on Sunday was always better than Saturdays and so it proved with perfect sailing conditions for this 2 hour pursuit race in 15 knots of breeze with the odd gust to 20.
SailTracker units were attached to the top 10 of the GJW Direct Sailjuice Winter Series attending as well as representatives of the other classes to give a rough spread of the race online. Trackers were also placed on the marks, lead boat and starter boat. Spectators in the clubhouse could monitor the race on screen as well as being updated by commentary from the lead boat. Visibility from the Club terrace enabled the whole racecourse to be covered.
The race started on time with the Topper of Alex Hughes and William Russell remaining in the lead for nearly half the race before being overtaken firstly by the Miracle of Sam Mettam / Sophie Holden, then the 420 of Tim Riley / James Taylor and the 29er of Ed Connellan / Will Calloway. The 29er pulled past the 420 with about 30 minutes to go and started to pull ahead. Meanwhile, the RS800 of Roger Philips and Will Crocker, 29er of Andrew Kilburn / Hugh Ward and 505 of Andy Smith / Tim Needham and a gaggle of Fireballs led by Dave Wade / Tim Hartley and Musto Skiffs led by Richard Stenhouse were closing in on the slower boats.
With 45 minutes to go to the end of the race the foiling Moths started and had to “unlap themselves” by 1.5 laps before they even registered on the leader-board. Simon Hiscocks pulled away from Chris Draper and he was literally ‘flying’ covering a lap in 15 minutes and averaging 22 kts when the average fleet speed was 8.6 kts (data care of SailTracker). Coming towards the end of the race, the Connellan / Alloway 29er had a clear lead but then capsized as they were dropping their kite. At this point, it became a battle between them and the Phillips RS800. At the finish, the 29er won by less than a boat length from the RS800. Andy Smiths 505 had cut through to 3rd place followed very closely by the 29er of Kilburn/Ward and 420 of Riley / Taylor. Wade and Hartley led a strong group of Fireballs and Stenhouse kept his lead on Ben Schooling in the Musto Skiffs.
While the 23 strong race team reconciled the finish at the six possible finish lines, the fleet packed their boats and the trophies and prizes were laid out. Dennis Merricks was on hand to make the presentations and the Tony Everard Trophy (Winner on Saturday) was awarded to Matt Burge and Richard Wagstaff (Fireball-Poole YC). All the other results were dependent on the pursuit so the overall winner of the Tiger Trophy and winner of the John Merricks Pursuit Trophy was Ed Connellan and Will Alloway (29er Rutland SC) sailing for the first time together.
Dennis Merricks with winners Ed Connellan and Will Alloway
The Junior Trophy (Under 16) was awarded to James Grummett and Daniel Budden (29er Burwain SC) and the Shere Khan Trophy went to Andy Dring and Simon Laken (Laser 2000 Rutland SC). The Lady Tiger Trophy was initially awarded to Lottie Harland (Laser Radial Burghfield / Hayling Island SC), also JMST award winner in 2011, who was one of a small number of girls to finish both races but after further checking, Val Millward (Challenger Rutland SC) was declared the winner.
Dennis Merricks with Lady Tiger Trophy winner Val Milward
Top 10 results were:-
1st – Ed Connelan & Will Alloway (29er Rutland SC)
2nd - Tim Riley & James Taylor (420 Warsash SC)
3rd - Andy Smith & Tim Needham (505 Notts County)
4th - Matt Burge & Richard Wagstaff (Fireball Pool YC)
5th- Nathan Batchelor & James Clark (Fireball - Tynemouth SC)
6th - Christian Birrell & Sam Breary (Fireball)
7th - Henry Wetherell (Laser Beaver SC)
8th - Andy Dring & Simon Laken (Laser 2000 Rutland SC)
9th - Dave Hall & Paul Constable (Fireball Thorpe Bay YC)
10th - Ian Dobson & Ben Ainsworth (Fireball SMVC)
420 - Tim Riley & James Taylor (Warsash SC)
29er - Ed Connellan & Will Alloway (Rutland SC)
Fireball - Matt Burge & Richard Wagstaff (Poole YC)
Moth - Simon Hiscocks (Weymouth PNSA)
Laser - Henry Wetherell (Beaver SC)
Laser Radial - Daniel Wigmore (Grafham Water SC)
Merlin Rocket - Richard Whitworth & Emma Norris (Parkstone & Hollingworth
Musto Skiff - Richard Stenhouse (Rutland SC)
Rutland Sailing Club members
Rutland Chandlery - Ant Chapman
Rule 26 Ltd
Aspiring young sailors have been awarded boats and windsurfers, donated by the John Merricks Sailing Trust (JMST), the official charity partner of the RYA OnBoard (OB) programme, in the inaugural year of an exciting new scheme.
The 14 youngsters were selected from almost a hundred applications after competing in the RYA Zone and Home Country Championships which took place at nine venues across the UK this September.
“We were overwhelmed with the amount of applications we received and selecting just a small number of sailors was an extremely difficult task” said RYA OnBoard Operations Officer, Cat Ferguson.
“Although many of the youngsters selected haven’t been sailing or windsurfing for long, they have all shown lots of enthusiasm, talent and commitment to the sport. The 13 boats and one board that the JMST have donated, will provide these sailors, who may not have ordinarily had the opportunity, to progress their skills with the highest quality equipment and to continue to participate in sailing. Hopefully they will go on to achieve their goals”.
Over the next five years the JMST will donate more than 50 single-handed junior pathway boats and boards to promising OnBoard sailors. Each year at least one young sailor will be selected from each of the nine RYA Zones and Home Countries, to receive two years of exclusive use of the boat which has been donated by the Trust. After which the boats will be donated to the sailor’s original club or training centre to benefit club training programmes and enable other young OB sailors to benefit in the future and progress into club, regional and national racing activities.
Ten-year-old Kristof Jenkins who sails at Burghfield SC was delighted when he discovered he had been gifted the use of an Optimist. “When I first got into a boat last August I felt as though I really belonged there and now I want to be out on the water all the time. Because I’m dyslexic I find school work very difficult and now I’ve found sailing I have something to look forward to. I love racing and one day would like to compete in the Olympics like John Merricks and Ben Ainslie” he said.
The RYA is also delighted to announce Bishop Skinner Marine as the official RYA OnBoard JMST marine insurer. Bishop Skinner has kindly agreed to insure all of the donated boats and boards for the two year period the youngsters will be campaigning.
Bill Southgate, Marine Schemes Director at Bishop Skinner said: ‘ I’m thrilled to be involved in this excellent initiative, it’s a really good idea to help youngsters already involved in sailing to improve their skills and compete at higher levels . By combining the expert guidance of the RYA and with the support of the John Merricks Sailing Trust, this scheme provides the springboard needed for those to fulfil their passion for sailing but who may have otherwise would have struggled to find the necessary funds to progress".
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.
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.
Youngsters who have been selected for RYA OnBoard JMST awards are:
· Morgan Plant, Grafham Water Sailing Club, Suffolk
· Amy Armstrong, County Antrim Yacht Club, Northern Ireland
· Fintan Burke, Pennine Sailing Club, Leeds
· Finlay Tulett, Aberdeenshire Sailing Trust, Aberdeenshire
· Curtis McKay, Hillingdon Outdoor Activity Centre, Buckinghamshire
· Kieran Jordan, Lee on Solent Sailing Club, Hampshire
· Kristof Jenkins, Burghfield Sailing Club, Berkshire
· Oliver Mills, Pennine Sailing Club, Leeds
· Noah Sheriff, Bristol Sailing Club (All Aboard School), Bristol
· Huw Farmer, Llangorse Sailing School, Powys
· Thomas Backshall Kennedy, Clywedog Sailing Club, Aberystwyth
· Charlie Bennett, Pugney’s Country Park, West Yorkshire
· Krishan Bhogal, Manor Park Sailing Club, Staffordshire
· Jennifer Booth, Pennine Sailing Club, Leeds
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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.