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Hoylake Sailing School/John Percival Marine Associates was recently presented with an award from the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI), recognising the support that the school has given to the charity for over two decades, in the form of funds raised by selling RNLI merchandise and in-house collecting. 

During a small presentation held at Hoylake Lifeboat Station, attended by HSS/JPMA staff members and RNLI crew, Managing Director, Anna Percival-Harris paid tribute to her late father saying “John lived 200 yards from the Lifeboat Station, so it was a big part of his life. He was so proud to have served on the Hoylake RNLI crew, and the thought never crossed his mind that we were doing this for recognition. We are overwhelmed to be presented with an award to acknowledge this. Now we have grown into a larger company, operating in the superyacht and workboat sectors, we still aspire to support this worthy charity and all of the volunteers who risk their lives to save others”.

The late John Percival and his wife Maureen opened Hoylake Sailing School’s doors in 1996. Whilst John taught RYA courses, Maureen was in charge of running the school’s chandlery, The Bosun’s Locker, selling clothing, equipment and publications/charts to seafarers. It was only natural for the chandlery to also sell RNLI merchandise, given John’s position as Deputy Launching Authority for Hoylake Lifeboat Station.

The school’s affiliation with the Hoylake RNLI fundraising committee has continued to this day, with Hoylake crew members and crew wives also being employed by the school. Every year a large selection of RNLI diaries, calendars and Christmas cards is displayed and sold through the winter period. Over the years Hoylake Sailing School has raised many thousands of pounds for Hoylake Lifeboat Station.


JPMA are a group of experienced marine professionals and small craft practitioners, most of whom are Master Mariners or Chief Engineers who hold, or have held, senior positions within the Marine Industry. We work out of Hoylake Sailing School, set in the heart of Hoylake, on the beautiful Wirral peninsula in Northwest England.

We offer all of the courses in the RYA Shorebased Cruising Scheme, and we train Merchant Navy, Superyacht and Workboat professionals to all levels. Our speciality is preparation for MCA Oral exams for both Deck and Engineering, with a high pass rate on first attempt. We offer most of the written Yacht modules for Deck up to Master

All of our tutors have a wide experience of sailing and power cruising in UK and overseas waters.


Rosalind Whiteley

Tel: +44 (0) 151 632 4000



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