Eighty-three golfers turned out for the North Sails Golf Day, raising £7,680 for the John Merricks Sailing Trust.

‘Jonny’ Merricks worked at North Sails and the first Golf Day - 23 years ago - was set up to raise money for a Trust to be started in his name.

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.

Winners

Winner of the day: Tim Peters - 43 Stableford points – winning on countback from Jamie Bollingbrooke - 43 Stableford points; third: Gareth Webb - 42 Stableford points

First lady: Louise Morton – 34 Stableford points

Contender longest drive: Tim Morton

Peters & May Nearest the pin: Andy Clarke

The best team of Nigel Barrow, Robert Hunt, David Barrow and Tim Law won the Bainbridge Trophy

Bandit Trophy: Jamie Bollingbrooke

Russian Champagne

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

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

Simon Fry was 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 more than 20 times at the Golf Day.

The day was organised by North Sails; hole sponsors were: 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.

Since its inception 23 years ago the North Sails Golf Day has raised over £212,000 for the JMST.