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St Malo Test for JMII crew

Thursday, 09 July 2009

RYA Press Release


9 July 2009than week remaining to enter 2008 RYA Youth Nationals

St Malo test for RYA Rolex Fastnet crew


The RYA’s young crew for this year’s Rolex Fastnet Race have their chance to put their teamwork to the test when they contest the RORC Cowes – Dinard - St Malo race on board the RYA-run TP52 John Merricks II this weekend (Friday 10 July).


A team of 14 sailors, plus skipper Luke McCarthy, was unveiled by the RYA last month as the crew to take on the famous 608-mile Fastnet challenge, which departs Cowes on Sunday 9 August.


Much of the final Rolex Fastnet team predominantly comprises sailors from the RYA Keelboat Programme who have sailed together extensively on John Merricks II over the past two seasons.


However, the 164-mile RORC Cowes-St Malo presents the first and last opportunity for the selected sailors to sail together as a final team mainly in the positions that they will specialise in for the Rolex Fastnet.


Skipper McCarthy admits it is crucial the sailors have the chance to sail together as a complete Fastnet unit before the main event.


He said: “Our Rolex Fastnet crew is a real mix of experience and youth. Five of the team sailed in the 2007 race on our Farr 45 John Merrickswhile five only came on to the RYA Keelboat Programme in September 2008.


“They may have all sailed together at various times in the past two years but it is one thing being on the same crew mixing and matching positions as and when required and completely another knowing your specific job inside out and having the trust of your teammates that you will perform in your role to the best of your ability.


“The sailors are going to have to be bang on their game for the entire duration of the Rolex Fastnet so to be able to identify and address any potential problems in advance is critical. The sailors have to sail the St Malo Race as if it is the Fastnet as that is the only way we can see where any such issues may arise and what we can do about them.”


This weekend’s event also contributes to the RORC Under 28 Championship Trophy, a new Youth trophy for 2009 for yachts who have a minimum of 50 percent of their crew under the age of 28 on 1 January 2009.


The RORC Under 28 Championships Trophy takes into account a boat’s highest points score from the IRC National Championship, Cowes-Dinard-St Malo, Rolex Fastnet and Autumn IRC Regatta, with three results to count.


Alongside a strong performance in the Fastnet, winning the inaugural Under 28 Trophy was John Merricks II’s other main goal for the season.


The first warning signal for the RORC Cowes – Dinard - St Malo is scheduled for 11.50am on Friday with prizegiving set to take place at the Société Nautique de la Baie de St. Malo on Sunday at 12pm (local time).


John Merricks II RORC Cowes – Dinard – St Malo crew:

Skipper/nav - Luke McCarthy

Helm - Tom Smedley

Tactics - Nick Cherry

Backstay - Scott Millar

Mainsheet - Ben Pym

Main caddy - Ed Dyer

Trim 1 - Josh Rumbol

Trim 2 - Sally Olsen

Grind/mast - Rich Graham

Pit1 - Tim Jestico

Pit2 - Becky Scott

Sewer - Hester Robertson

Mid bow - Peter Cowell

Bow - Phil Miller


Photograph: John Merricks II in action. Credit Paul Wyeth/RYA.

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