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Harken sponsor Glyn Charles Pursuit Race

by Suzy Hamel, JMST 24 Mar 2016 11:47 GMT 2 May 2016
Glyn Charles Pursuit Race racing © HISC

The Glyn Charles Pursuit Race at Hayling Island Sailing Club is about fun, fundraising and remembering Glyn, one of Great Britain's best young sailors, tragically lost in the 1998 Sydney Hobart race.

Haying Island Sailing Club host the event to raise funds for the John Merricks Sailing Trust (JMST). John, a great friend of Glyn's and a fellow member of the 1996 British Olympic team, died in a car accident in 1997.

Harken have recently announced they will once again be sponsoring the JMST with a range of exciting prizes designed to heat up the competition amongst competitors. The work the John Merrick's Sailing Trust carries out is invaluable and supporting grassroots sailing is extremely important, making this an event Harken are delighted to be a part of.

Without financial support from other people, 1996 Olympic 470 Silver Medallist, John Merricks would never have been able to fulfil his ambitions and demonstrate his remarkable talent for sailing. Set up by those closest to John following his untimely death, The John Merricks Sailing Trust seeks to help other young sailors achieve their potential through the sport of sailing.

Every penny raised goes towards supporting youth sailing at a grass roots level in the UK. The Glyn Charles Pursuit Race is one of the largest races in Chichester Harbour; this race is about having fun. It is a true "celebration of life", and there is a vast haul of prizes to celebrate taking part.

This event is open to all monohull dinghies and small racing keelboats with a PY below 1451. Hayling Island Sailing Club offers accommodation, breakfast until 11 am, lunch, dinner and the bar is open all day!