James awarded use of a Topper dinghy
ASPIRING young sailor James Smaggasgale has been awarded two years’ exclusive use of a Topper dinghy donated by the John Merricks Sailing Trust.
The 10-year-old from Ruislip was one of 13 youngsters nationally who were selected from more than 70 applicants after competing in the RYA Zone and Home Country Championships.
On hearing of his selection for the award Smaggasgale said: “It is really exciting to receive this boat, I’m looking forward to sailing it in my next event, I hope it’s windy!”
RYA OnBoard operations officer, Cat Ferguson said: “This is the second year we’ve teamed up with the JMST to run this scheme which is aimed at helping ambitious young sailors to progress in the sport.
“The boats and boards that the JMST have donated will provide these sailors, who may not have ordinarily had the opportunity, to progress their skills with the highest quality equipment to continue to participate in sailing.”
Run by the RYA, OnBoard is a grass roots programme which introduces sailing and windsurfing to young people aged eight to 18, through schools, youth groups and training centres.
JMST seeks to help young sailors and youth sailing organisations to achieve their goals and was set up in the memory of leading Olympic sailor and 1996 Olympic silver medallist John Merricks.
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