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The 23rd North Sails Golf Day raises £7,680 for the John Merricks Sailing Trust

by Suzy Hamel 12 Nov 2019 13:04 GMT 8 November 2019

A sunny but cold and frosty start greeted the 83 golfers that turned out for the North Sails Golf Day on Friday 8 November at Cams Hall Estate Golf Club in Fareham, that raised £7,680 for the John Merricks Sailing Trust.

John 'Jonny' Merricks worked at North Sails and the first Golf Day, was set up to raise money for a Trust to be started in John's name. Since its inception 23 years ago the North Sails Golf Day has raised over £212,000 for the John Merricks Sailing Trust (JMST).

Former colleagues and friends of John's, professional sailors and marine industry colleagues attended the event to play a round of golf whilst remembering John and supporting the charity in his name.

Winner of Day: Tim Peters - 43 Stableford points - winning on countback from:
2nd - Jamie Bollingbrooke - 43 Stableford points
3rd - Gareth Webb - 42 Stableford points

1st Lady - Louise Morton - 34 Stableford points

Contender Longest Drive: Tim Morton - winning an INEOS TEAM UK Henri Lloyd Jacket.

Peters & May Nearest the Pin: Andy Clarke - winning a basket of rum and mixers along with some Peters & May goodies.

The Best Team won the Bainbridge Trophy and 4 x Craftinsure Jackets: Nigel Barrow, Robert Hunt, David Barrow and Tim Law.

Bandit Trophy - won by Jamie Bollingbrooke

Ian Walker, JMST Trustee, thanked North Sails for hosting the event and all the players for supporting the day that raises such a fantastic amount for the Trust. He also highlighted how the funds are used to support so many young sailors in the UK.

Neil Mackley from North Sails thanked all the many companies who generously sponsored the event or donated prizes, as well as all the players, who supported the event.

Simon Fry kindly acted as auctioneer on the day, teasing out over £1,600 for a variety of auction items including the infamous Russian Champagne, which has now been auctioned over 20 times at the Golf Day.

Ian Walker gratefully accepted the fantastic cheque donation from Neil Mackley on behalf of North Sails.

Richard Langdon, Ocean Images generously donated his time to photograph the event and a selection of images is available on the JMST Facebook page.

Huge thanks go to North Sails for managing the event and to all the Hole Sponsors: Contender UK; Peters & May; Southern Spars; Marineware; Dimension Polyant; Soluxion Ltd; Osmotech; Grapefruit Graphics Ltd; Craftinsure; Toolkit Websites; TT Rigging; R F Composites and Ocean Images, as well as all the companies who donated raffle prizes and auction items.

And, of course, all of the golfers who turn out to support the day, enjoy a round of golf with friends and remember Jonny.

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