Why Sail One?

First Impressions

Most people's first thoughts on racing a Merlin Rocket follow a similar pattern:
  • My, these Merlins go well to windward.
  • Downwind, they're great.
  • They are so comfortable and everything works.
  • They are wicked fighting machines.
  • Oops, the competition is a bit hot. One mistake and a pile of boats pass you.
Final comment back on-shore:
      What a great crowd, these Merlin sailors sure know how to party!




The Merlin Rocket sits at the centre of the dinghy-racing scene. It combines the boat handling and tactical racing of the traditional designs with the thrills and excitement of the modern "fast in a straight line" designs.
Upwind, the high aspect rig means that in light and medium wind conditions, the Merlin Rocket is one of the highest pointing dinghies around. It is the bane of the trapeze boat sailor. The power to weight ratio and the controllability of the rig means that planing to windward is common in strong winds, without much loss of pointing ability.

On the reaches, the long spinnaker pole and new 10m2 spinnaker are a powerful combination. The long pole keeps the spinnaker away from the mainsail, so close reaching under spinnaker remains one of the strengths and thrills of Merlin Rocket sailing.
The conventional symmetrical spinnaker remains effective at all sailing angles and so the downwind strategy has to be carefully considered. Do you plug straight downwind or gybe from broad reach to broad reach? It depends! It's your call on the day.


Merlin Rocket - the boat for all courses.
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One for the Vintage boys and girls
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Derek King''s 80th Birthday
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Lymington Dinghy Regatta 15/16 July
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Merlin insurance
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No 570 free
Bryan09/07/2017 20:53:20 - 2391
Salcombe Pictures
Alan357109/07/2017 19:31:44 - 1821
Lost at Salcombe - spinnaker bag and contents
Matt Greenfield08/07/2017 23:16:46 - 1481
Lost at Salcombe - spinnaker bag and contents
Matt Greenfield08/07/2017 23:16:29 - 1181
Next best thing to being there!
Andrew M08/07/2017 09:26:29 - Ben Marshall5665
Wanted: tall(ish) rig with small(ish) jib
Dekerfer07/07/2017 10:08:24 - Dekerfer2313
3331 Resoration
Colin Simmonds 06/07/2017 14:18:21 - 1861
Merlin Rocket designs - request for plans
Keith Callaghan05/07/2017 14:51:55 - Jefferson Smith200423
Restoration of 2135 Tumbler
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Thanks to Alex Jackson
Chris M02/07/2017 08:35:16 - Chris Martin2901
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Gareth Griffiths30/06/2017 19:10:37 - Gareth Griffiths NHRC2371
Eligibility for De May series
Tim Medcalf29/06/2017 15:07:39 - Rod Andrew73923
Merlin Rocket 337 THUNDER
28/06/2017 16:45:15 - Tim Medcalf23811
Sail measurement at Salcombe
Richard Harris28/06/2017 14:43:55 - Stuart Bates MR36153746
Whitstable Silver Tiller 24-25 June
JC28/06/2017 11:18:47 - Ross4013
Sailing boots - whitstable
AHayes28/06/2017 09:56:03 - AHayes1511
Magazines for clubs
Logan28/06/2017 09:05:31 - Colin Brockbank1571
Salcombe Week - Team Prize.
Peter Male27/06/2017 16:01:51 - Peter Male3472
Salcombe Spreader Crisis !
Alan 357127/06/2017 08:02:52 - Gareth Griffiths NHRC4655
HD Sails for sale
Chris Gould25/06/2017 10:52:11 - 3041
Crew wanted for Salcombe
Malcolm Hyams25/06/2017 10:08:56 - 2391
Crew wanted for Salcombe
Malcolm Hyams25/06/2017 10:08:51 - 1581
Room/Rooms at Salcombe
Joe Tosh23/06/2017 16:55:51 - 2321
Room/Rooms at Salcombe
Joe Tosh23/06/2017 12:03:40 - 1301
Room/Rooms at Salcombe
Joe Tosh23/06/2017 10:19:59 - 1491
Full HD Sails For Sale £395.00
Paul Hollis23/06/2017 08:41:02 - Paul Hollis2802
TSC Sunday June 25th
Ben Marshall22/06/2017 09:57:57 - Ben Marshall2592
Eligibility for De May series
Tim Medcalf21/06/2017 09:51:20 - 1721
NoR Minima De May and Thames Series
Andrea19/06/2017 12:29:48 - Ben37672752
Merlin Week 2017
Graham Cranford Smith17/06/2017 16:11:58 - Ian Mackenzie6252
Championship Courses
former whitstable pro17/06/2017 15:58:16 - Ian Mackenzie3538
Transom flaps
16/06/2017 11:35:20 - Steve Razzetti1130717
Summer mags / yearbook
Logan. New dog 16/06/2017 10:17:39 - Colin Brockbank2792
Salcombe - South Sands Derelict Site
Alan357115/06/2017 19:46:42 - 2891
Wanted Lifting Winder Rudder
Stuart Jenkins15/06/2017 11:40:15 - 1681
Spinny sheets
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U Bolts
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Salcombe Week
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Spinnaker lost at HISC
Fiona Gray13/06/2017 14:10:13 - 1851
Well done HISC
Chris M13/06/2017 12:36:00 - Ross3404
Sails for Sale at Salcombe!
Samantha Lulham11/06/2017 19:28:23 - 2031
Bargain Winder for sale - cheaper every week!
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Salcombe Week Mill Bay Dinghy Available!
Jez368611/06/2017 14:14:00 - Jez36862311
Spinnaker Wanted
Alan357107/06/2017 23:00:51 - Chris Martin2963
Brightlingsea Silver Tiller Open 4th and 5th June
Piers Lambett06/06/2017 13:25:03 - Ross72811
Salcombe Week - beer tokens!!
Dave C05/06/2017 14:12:11 - David3893
HISC ST
Barnsie03/06/2017 10:12:08 - Gareth Griffiths NHRC4082
History wanted on Merlin 1711
29/05/2017 09:16:58 - Samantha Lulham58622
Lifting Rudder Stock wanted
Michael Hamilton27/05/2017 12:40:03 - 1901
Biographic article on Jon Turner in Y&Y
Keith Callaghan25/05/2017 09:50:45 - Barnsie4163
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Pwllhelli Silver Tiller 13/14 May
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Bourne End Week - 27 to 30 May 2017
John Meadowcroft18/05/2017 19:06:23 - Richard P5586
Don''t get too cocky with the sea and wind !!
Luna Rossa18/05/2017 16:04:39 - Luna Rossa4184
Starcross ST - win a new jib!
Dave Lee16/05/2017 17:19:25 - Dave Lee3383
Salcombe Crew Required
Jez368615/05/2017 15:59:57 - Jez36861971
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