Applications are being invited for the 2013 Jersey Clipper Bursary following new funding that has helped to secure its future for the next four years.
Nigel Philpott, until recently the Island’s Director of High Net Worth Residency, has donated £1,800 to the Bursary funds, enough to cover the award for the next three years.
A keen boat-owner, Mr Philpott has been presented with the model of Jersey Clipper, previously housed in the Maritime Museum, in recognition of his gift and has arranged for the model to be prominently displayed in the Royal Channel Islands Yacht Club at St Aubin.
In addition, the Island’s three former Harbourmasters – Capt Roy Bullen, Capt Brian Nibbs and Capt Howard Le Cornu – have jointly pledged an additional £600 to the Bursary funds, ensuring a further year’s award.
Now in its seventh year, the Bursary – originally a legacy from the three Jersey campaigns in the Clipper Round-the-World Race made possible through the generosity of Dandara, Les Pas Holdings and UBS – is designed to assist an Islander to achieve a nautical ambition. This could be a trip on a tall ship, participation in a watersports competition or training programme, undertaking a marine biology field trip or competing in an ocean race – anything with a maritime theme.
Applicants of all ages are invited to apply for the 2013 award and the winner will follow in the wake of David Raimbault, a young member of St Catherine’s Sailing Club who won the 2012 Bursary.
David (13) used his £600 award to help with the travel costs of training and sailing his Optimist dinghy in the UK. The top-ranked Optimist sailor in the Channel Islands, he recently gained a place on the International Optimist Class Association Development Squad.
The deadline for submitting written applications for this year’s award is the end of May 2013. They should be no more than 200 words in length and should be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.