2017 JERSEY CLIPPER BURSARY GOES TO ONE OF BRITAIN’S TOP YOUNG SAILORS
St Catherine’s Sailing Club assistant instructor Tom Pollard has been awarded the 2017 Jersey Clipper Bursary, worth £1,000.
The award, made in association with the Jersey branch of Swiss bank UBS, helped to fund the 16-year-old’s participation representing Great Britain in the Laser 4.7 World Championships held in Nieuwpoort, Belgium, in July.
In addition, thanks to an anonymous donation, the Jersey Clipper Bursary trustees have been able to present a runner’s up award of £500 to 17-year-old Hobie Cat sailor Ollie Voak who travelled to Noordwijk in Holland to race in the European Multihull Championships.
‘I feel very honoured and proud to be selected as the winner of the Jersey Clipper Bursary,’ said Tom, on receiving his award, ‘and I look forward to the opportunities it will provide.
‘I have also been selected to represent Great Britain in the Laser Radial Youth World Championships taking place in Medemblik, Holland, in August, and with these international experiences I hope to inspire the younger members of St Catherine’s Sailing Club and help to improve the standard of sailing.’
Ollie Voak, who like Tom goes to Victoria College, has been racing Hobie Cats since he was ten.
‘Competing in the Europeans against world-class sailors of many different nationalities has long been a personal goal,’ he said, ‘and the award will make a big difference to me in funding this exciting challenge.’
The annual Jersey Clipper Bursary, a legacy from the three Jersey campaigns in the Clipper Round-the-World Race, was established in 2007 through the generosity of Dandara, Les Pas Holdings and UBS. Further funding has since been provided by local boat-owner Nigel Philpott, the Island’s three former Harbourmasters – Capt Roy Bullen, Capt Brian Nibbs and Capt Howard Le Cornu – and, most recently, UBS.