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Schroders London Boat Show 2005

Saturday, 08 January 2005
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Shirley Robertson presents award certificate to Sophie Weguelin and Lucy Cripps

Shirley Robertson presents award certificate to Sophie Weguelin and Lucy Cripps

Sophie Weguelin, aged 15, has moved into 420s from the Optimist in which she represented GBR at the Worlds last year. She was also 1st girl and 2nd overall at the UK Nationals last year. Sophie received a grant towards half a new 420, which she is sailing with her crew Lucy Cripps, finishing top girls at the last two open meetings in Burnham and Itchenor. Sophie writes, “The boat is great and we are up to speed with our competition. Soon after getting the new boat we went to the 420 Class Inland Championships where we were 15/60 & 2nd Youth Girl Team, a big improvement on our results at the Nationals in August - we are happy with that. Our current goals are: Selection to RYA National Youth Squad 2005, GBR 420 Worlds, Junior Europeans Teams 2006. Many thanks to the John Merricks Sailing Trust - I wouldn't be able to do this without your help.” Michael Nickson, aged 12, from Astbury Sailsports in Congleton, received the Trust’s first award for a windsurfer; the grant went towards a new board mast, sail and boom. Michael started windsurfing at aged 8 and was 1st in the 5.5 open class at the Youth and Masters Windsurfing Championship in Weymouth last year. He attends all T15 events and has been in N/W Zone Squad for the last 2 years and has attended many championships. Michael has once again been selected for the RYA N/W Zone Squad for 2005. Phillipa Horne, aged 14, from Frensham Pond Sailing Club was awarded a grant towards a 2nd hand cadet. She has now been selected for the Southern Zone Squad and attended her first training session in December. Phillipa writes, “I have a new crew and we are working together to improve our sailing. Our first big event in 2005 is the National Inland Championships at Rutland in April. My aim for the year is to improve my national ranking and to get into the national squad.” Ruth Whiteley, aged 13, from Ripon Sailing Club in Yorkshire, was awarded a grant to help pay for Topper Northern Zone Winter training costs and upgrading her boat. She was spotted by JMST Trustee, Jim Saltonstall on a training weekend and selected for the Topper Northern Zone Squad. Since receiving her award she has gained her first trophy for a 2nd place in the club’s junior section. She also came fourth in the Autumn Series and 3rd overall in the Open Frostbite Series. Ruth writes, “Next year I am hoping to win many more trophies and maybe come 1st in a series! Also in 2005, I am planning on entering many away series such as the Topper Travellers and the School Series, as well as carrying on with my Zone Squad training. The grant has been extremely helpful so far and we are continually grateful for it! Because of it I am able to carry on my training with the zone squad, we are also able to upgrade my topper as my coaches have asked!” The John Merricks Sailing Trust is a registered charity that supports young sailors in financial need. Set up in memory of 1996 Olympic 470 Silver medallist John Merricks, who died tragically in 1997, the Trust has to date awarded over £60,000 to individuals or projects that seek to further youth sailing. If you or your project needs financial help to achieve your goals then see www.jmst.org.uk for more details.
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