Anyone for Golf?


Ian Walker receiving the big cheque on behalf of the JMST from North Sail's Neil Mackley
 

Ian Walker receiving the big cheque on behalf of the JMST from North Sail's Neil Mackley

All in the name of charity at the annual North Sails golf day in aid of the John Merricks Sailing Trust
A gloriously sunny and unseasonably warm morning greeted the 90 golfers who turned out for the tenth North Sails Golf Day on Friday 27th October at Cams Hall in Fareham. John ‘Jonny’ Merricks worked at North Sails and the first Golf Day, organised as it is today with the help of the Seahorse Golf Society, was set up to raise money for a Trust to be started in John’s name. Since its inception 10 years ago the Golf Day has raised £98,764. This fantastic event always draws the support of former colleagues and friends of John’s, Olympic medallists, Americas Cup sailors, yacht designers and keen amateur sailors who turn out to play a good game of golf whilst remembering John and supporting the charity in his name. Ian Walker, double Olympic silver medallist, remarked, “To raise so much money for such a good cause whilst having such a good time is a potent mix. The only thing we lacked was any ability with a golf club in hand! Thank you to everyone for supporting the day." Olympic Medallists Sarah Ayton and Sarah Webb made an impact on the course with their new team mate Pippa Wilson and together they presented all the prizes at the end of play. Winner of the day Rob Wilson, World Ranking Tornado Sailor, member of Team GBR at Athens Olympics and GBR Performance Squad for 2008 said, “John was a good friend and an inspiration to me, he had a huge natural ability as well as a great balance between professionalism and enjoyment.” Rob scored 48 Stableford points off his 28 handicap leaving Nick Dempsey, Olympic Bronze Medallist windsurfer, a close second and Brett Draper and Robin Irving in equal third overall. Meanwhile Alicia Bennett seized the ladies trophy, a beautiful crystal putter, with 36 points. Perhaps the

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