Nick Bubb has secured a £5,000 grant from the John Merricks Sailing Trust

Nick Bubb, the up and coming 24-year-old, East Coast sailor who’s hoping to compete in the Mini Transat later this year, has secured a £5,000 grant from the John Merricks Sailing Trust.

Bubb whose Mini Transat sponsors pulled out of the campaign two weeks ago has, thanks to the John Merricks Sailing Trust, been given the opportunity he needs to continue his campaign. This is the largest single grant to a private individual the JMST has ever awarded.

The John Merricks Sailing Trust, set up to give under 25-year-olds the opportunity promote the achievement of their potential through the sport of sailing, recognised Nick’s tremendous dedication and commitment – two qualities which were personified by the late John Merricks himself. John’s former sailing partner and JMST Trustee Ian Walker commented: ‘Nick deserves all the support we and anybody else can give him. The Trustees were all very impressed by the lengths he has gone to thus far to realise his dream. We wish Nick all the best for these races and for the Mini Transat. With other people’s help I’m sure he has a great future ahead of him.”

Having completed over three thousand miles in his new Seb Magnen-designed Mini notching up some impressive results in the meantime (see, Bubb looks set to make an impact in the Mini fleet. He is currently on his way to France to prepare for the Mini Fastnet, which starts on 15 June from Douarnenez in France. He then has three further build up races and several thousand miles to go before the Transat itself. His boat will be re-named the ‘John Merricks Sailing Trust’ until he secures a new main sponsor.

Nick commented: ” I am extremely grateful, not only to the trustees of the JMST but also to all the people who’s hard fundraising efforts made this support possible. I am proud to represent the trust and John’s memory. I’m looking forward to trying to emulate John’s success and will certainly do my bit to raise funds for the trust when the opportunity arises.”