Isabel wins Topper

Some great news one of our young sailors Isabel Ritchie has won a brand new Topper for two years from the John Merricks Trust / On board initiative.

Isabel was shaking with excitement when she found out: “I am super excited to be awarded a topper, I It is a huge honour to be chosen. Thank you so much to the Merrick Trust. A big thank you to the coaches, instructors and members at Notts County Sailing Club who have been so supportive and give up so much of their time to our Youth Squad. It means so much because the equipment will help me continue to compete at the club and start to race in different regional opens too.”

Isabel competing in the 2019 Topper Midlands at the club, her new boat will allow her to develop and improve

Ten youngsters from across the UK have been handed a huge boost in their ambitions to become top class dinghy sailors thanks to a national programme helping young talent progress in the sport.

The delighted sailors have been awarded exclusive use of their own boat for the next two years through the on-going partnership between the John Merricks Sailing Trust (JMST) and RYA OnBoard.

Launched in 2013, the partnership supports 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. In its seven years, 86 boats and boards have now been donated with some remarkable success stories. At the end of the two years the club is due to be handed the boat to be used by other young members.

Isabel enjoying sailing with a friend Georgia

James Logan, Notts County’s Commodore said: “A shining star of achievement by Isabel Ritchie to brighten up our winter. She has become one of just 10 nationwide beneficiaries of the 2020 OnBoard and John Merricks Sailing Trust partnership and has been awarded exclusive use of her own Topper for the next two years. Well done Isabel, we all look forward to seeing you out on the water next season.”

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