John Merricks Trust Boat Application

The boats will be gifted to promising youngsters 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. Each year, at least one young sailor will be selected from each of the nine RYA Zones and Home Countries giving them two years of exclusive use of their own boat donated by the Trust. After which the boats will be returned to the sailor's original club so other young sailors can continue to benefit in the future and progress into club and regional racing activities. RYA Northern Ireland Performance Manager, Richard Honeyford comments: "This is a fantastic opportunity for young people who wouldn't ordinarily have the chance to access our sport and potentially continue it to a high level. It removes any barrier of equipment so the successful applicant can focus on the sport of sailing" If you would like to find out more about the partnership or would like to be in with a chance of being selected please visit the RYA website. In previous years there has been a form to complete at the event but this year we are asking for the form to be completed by 12pm on Friday 25th September. The form can be found here and shouldn’t take too long to complete. To find out whether you are eligible please read the Notice of Selection document which can also be found on the same website before completing the online form.


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