Thirteen young people’s sailing ambitions have been boosted thanks to an on-going partnership between the John Merricks Sailing Trust and RYA OnBoard which has awarded them exclusive use of their own boat or windsurfing board for the next two years. After two years, the boat or board is then donated to the child’s club.
Launched in 2013, the partnership supports those who display enthusiasm, drive, talent and commitment to the sport and who may not ordinarily have the opportunity or financial backing to achieve their goals. In its six years, 76 boats and boards have now been donated with some remarkable success stories.
This year’s recipients all applied for and were awarded their new boats or boards after attending their respective British Youth Sailing Regional Junior Championships at the end of September.
“For many of the winners it will be the difference between continuing in the sport and not,” says Hannah Cockle, RYA OnBoard Operations Officer. “It is such a thrill telling the sailors and their families they have been successful because we know what a difference getting a boat or board will make to their lives.”
“This will help me to achieve my goal of getting into National Squad then going on to compete in the Olympics. I feel so privileged to have received such an amazing award. I feel that this will boost my confidence,” says Olivia Robson, one of the recipients.