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Merlin Rocket

Merlin Rocket

14 foot restricted class with clinker-style hull. Flared hull up to 7'2" beam to give equivalent righting moment to trapezes and wings. Unusual shape of mainsail with long top batten to give sail area high up useful for rivers. Moderate sized conventional spinnaker, and sophisticated rig controls for the string fetishist. Fleets sail on any size of water from open sea to small lakes and narrow rivers.

&copy; David Harding / <a target="_blank" href="http://www.sailingscenes.co.uk">www.sailingscenes.co.uk</a> © David Harding / www.sailingscenes.co.uk
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Show news Arrested development
Has the restricted development genre had its day?
Posted on 23 Dec 2021
Restoration of a 1986 Merlin Rocket
Another eBay bargin gets loving treatment to make her stunning again
Posted on 18 Dec 2021
Gillard and Gray Rocket to Flyer Victory
Merlin sees off 98 other boats at Datchet's big winter event
Posted on 14 Dec 2021
Merlin Rockets at Itchenor
Final Craftinsure Silver Tiller event of 2021 hosted in windy conditions
Posted on 9 Dec 2021
Merlin Rockets at Brightlingsea
The entry list read like an Endeavour line up
Posted on 24 Nov 2021
Merlin Rocket Silver Tiller at Blithfield
17 boats turned up, only to 'sail' in 0 to 2 knots
Posted on 18 Nov 2021
Merlin Rocket Silver Tiller at Chichester
A prompt start on one of the springiest tides of the year
Posted on 9 Nov 2021
Interview with Hyde Sails' Ben McGrane
A life-long sailor and champion at national and world level in many classes
Posted on 29 Oct 2021
Merlin Rockets at Wembley
18 boats for the Craftinsure Silver Tiller open event
Posted on 26 Oct 2021
Merlin Rocket Felucca Trophy at Hollingworth Lake
How many girls can fit into a wendy house?
Posted on 19 Oct 2021
Merlins at Paignton
The English Riviera at its best for the Craftinsure Silver Tiller series event
Posted on 14 Oct 2021
Merlin Rocket Silver Tiller at Hampton
Thames Series concludes with dark clouds rolling in fast
Posted on 8 Oct 2021
Merlin Rocket De May Series at Hampton
Vintage racing followed by the annual curry and rum evening
Posted on 8 Oct 2021
Nautilus Yachting Merlin Rocket Inlands at Bala
25 teams make the trip over the hills
Posted on 28 Sep 2021
Merlin Rockets at Bartley
Latest round of the Craftinsure Silver Tiller Series
Posted on 20 Sep 2021
Merlin Rockets at Upper Thames
Craftinsure Merlin Rocket De May Series and Thames Series event
Posted on 15 Sep 2021
Entries open for the Merlin Rocket Inlands 2021
Taking place at Bala Sailing Club on 25th and 26th September
Posted on 15 Sep 2021
Merlin Rockets at Lymington
4th 'Sea' event of the Craftinsure Silver Tiller series
Posted on 10 Sep 2021
Merlin Rocket River Championship
Held during the Bourne End Week Regatta
Posted on 8 Sep 2021
Minima Yacht Club Regatta 2021
A sailor's delight on the Kingston reach of the Thames
Posted on 7 Sep 2021
Bourne End Week 2021
Held over the August bank holiday at Upper Thames Sailing Club
Posted on 3 Sep 2021
Three Lost (and Great) Wise Men
In many definitions of greatness, these three sailors tick most of the boxes
Posted on 3 Sep 2021
Aspire Merlin Rocket Nationals overall
Bithall & Pygall take the trophy after previous day lost due to heavy winds
Posted on 20 Aug 2021
Aspire Merlin Rocket National Championships day 3
Scotland is really spoiling the fleet with sunshine and a solid 15-18knots
Posted on 18 Aug 2021
Mike Fitzpatrick of Whistable YC passes away
Olympic campaigner, class measurer, championship organiser and author
Posted on 18 Aug 2021
Aspire Merlin Rocket National Championships day 2
Tom Cruise nearly ploughs his superyacht through the start line
Posted on 17 Aug 2021
Aspire Merlin Rocket National Championships day 1
Olympic gold medallist up against reigning champions at East Lothian
Posted on 16 Aug 2021
Salcombe YC Bucket and Spade Series race 3
Some of the very enthusiastic handicap fleet were too keen to start with
Posted on 15 Aug 2021
Aspire Merlin Nationals runners and riders
From Tokyo to the Fastnet to Scotland
Posted on 12 Aug 2021
Merlin Rockets at Shoreham
A gentle breeze and egg throwing at Craftinsure Silver Tiller Round 5
Posted on 27 Jul 2021
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Merlin Rocket UK Nationals Attendance
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Hamble Warming Pan 2022
© Trevor Pountain
King George Gallop
© Tim Olin / www.olinphoto.co.uk
Tom Gillard and Rachael Gray finish 3rd in the King George Gallop
© Tim Olin / www.olinphoto.co.uk
Tom Gillard & Rachael Gray in their Merlin Rocket
© Tim Olin / www.olinphoto.co.uk
Fishers Green Icicle Race 2022
© Kevin O'Brien & Keith Fielden
Fishers Green Icicle Race 2022
© Kevin O'Brien & Keith Fielden
The Wembley Wassail Pursuit Race 2022
© Mark Heretier
The Wembley Wassail Pursuit Race 2022
© Mark Heretier
The Wembley Wassail Pursuit Race 2022
© Mark Heretier
Salcombe Festive Series Race 3 on New Year's Day 2022
© Lucy Burn
Salcombe Festive Series Race 3 on New Year's Day 2022
© Lucy Burn
The Burghfield Breezer 2021
© Tim Olin / www.olinphoto.co.uk
New design of Merlin Rocket 'Hydro' for 2022
© Keith Callaghan
'Shaft' was a brave attempt to try something completely different in the Merlin Rocket fleet
© Jane Hill
in this classic shot from a crowded Salcombe, can you recognise the one boat that ISN'T a Winder?
© David Henshall
The latest boat to challenge the dominance of the Winder-built Merlin Rockets is the incredible 'Rockatross'
© Rob O’Neill
A bumper 2021 at Starcross Yacht Club
© Andrew Paley
A bumper 2021 at Starcross Yacht Club
© Andrew Paley
Restoration of a Merlin Rocket built in 1986 - trial sail
© Corin Nelson-Smith
Restoration of a Merlin Rocket built in 1986 - trial sail
© Corin Nelson-Smith
Restoration of a Merlin Rocket built in 1986 - control systems back in place
© Corin Nelson-Smith
Restoration of a Merlin Rocket built in 1986 - graphics applied
© Corin Nelson-Smith
Restoration of a Merlin Rocket built in 1986 - the non-slip sections prepared
© Corin Nelson-Smith
Restoration of a Merlin Rocket built in 1986 - fairing the hull
© Corin Nelson-Smith
Tom Gillard and Rachael Gray win the Datchet Flyer 2021
© Tim Olin / www.olinphoto.co.uk
Tom Gillard and Rachael Gray win the Datchet Flyer 2021
© Tim Olin / www.olinphoto.co.uk
David and Vicky Lenz win the final race in Class 2 during the Lymington Town Dinghy Winter Series
© LTSC
Craftinsure Merlin Rocket Silver Tiller at Itchenor
© Tom Trevelyan
Craftinsure Merlin Rocket Silver Tiller at Itchenor
© Caroline Gosford
Craftinsure Merlin Rocket Silver Tiller at Itchenor
© Caroline Gosford
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