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Success for Youth Sailors supported by the JMST

Whilst many of the JMST awards are made to grass roots  community sailing projects some are made to talented young sailors who like John Merricks during his own youth,  need financial help to pursue their ambitions. It is always a real thrill to see these sailors do well and this year’s RYA Youth National Championships bore witness to some remarkable performances by JMST award winners. 2009 ISAF Youth World silver medallist Izzy Hamilton won the RSX windsurfing for the 3rd consecutive time and now has the chance to go one better and win gold at the ISAF Youth World Championships in Turkey this Summer. 

Izzy Hamilton

Izzy managed to win 2 races in the mixed fleet finishing 4th overall and was first girl by some marginThough, as it turned out her main competition for the girls title came from another JMST award winner Sophie Bailey. The John Merricks Sailing Trust helped fund Sophie’s new RSX board in 2008 whilst we awarded £1500 to Izzy in 2009 for a new mast and sail.

Sophie Bailey

Joining Izzy in the RYA Team GBR Youth team for Turkey will be Mike Wood and Hugh Brayshaw both individual JMST award winners who recently teamed up in a 420.  They dominated the 420 fleet finishing with less than half the points of the second placed boys team. 

Mike Wood & Hugh Brayshaw

James Hayward

Another JMST award winner James Hayward won the bronze medal in the boys 420. All of these 3 have received awards to help defray some of the high training costs associated with youth sailing at the highest level. The Trustees are delighted to see award winners doing so well and in particular to see 3 of them following in John’s footsteps to represent Britain at the ISAF Youth World Championships.

Ian Walker,  Trustee

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