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Midalnd Circuit

The Midland circuit usually comprises eight events on a variety of large ponds, small and large reservoirs and a river, some Midland Circuit events have Silver Tiller Status and others do not. 
For 2017 I have 6 confirmed events as shown on the fixtures list and ongoing negotiations with two others. 
Traditionally entry to the circuit was achieved by living or sailing at a club within sixty miles of Midland sailing club, however we are open to visitors! Four events are required to qualify and should you sail the four Silver Tiller events then you just need to sail one sea event of your choice to qualify on both the Silver Tiller and Midland Circuits. 
The circuit offers close sailing to all members of the Merlin fleet, Olympic Medallist? No problem the circuit will offer you Merlin National championship and other class world championship winners to sail against. Not quite of that ability? Well we offer Silver Tiller winners and club standard wooden spoon winners for you to compete against! In short whatever your ability there is always someone to race on the Midland Circuit. 
Interested? contact Martin Smith on the below email for further details.
 
 fatboy3567@gmail.com


Posted: 22/01/2017 00:23:05

14 Merlins set for the Steamer & Steve Nicholson Trophy

14 Merlins from clubs across the country have entered this years Starcross Steamer and the Steve Nicholson Trophy race at Northampton. Looking through the entries I note that the team of Matt Biggs and Ben Hollis have paired up for these events, is this a bit of fun? or the reforming of a once highly competitive team? time will no doubt tell.

Posted: 21/01/2017 09:39:44

New Boat Launch immenent

Having been released from it's mould at Dave Winders Factory of Dreams your Chairman has been busy fitting out his new vessel at the Dinghy Tech / Dirty Hands boatyard over the past few days.
The latest rumour is that this new Merlin will take her maiden voyage and have her name revealed this coming Sunday at Blithfield.
I understand that neither "David Attenborough" (aka Boaty Mc'Boat Face) nor "Stig of the Dump" are contenders for the name which is odd given Chris's "national history" interests and "floordrobe" style of living during Salcombe week :)
 
 
 
 


Posted: 18/01/2017 23:49:21

Vintage European Merlins to attend SMELT

Living in France but sailing out of the Belgium S.N.E.H. ASBL club Rod Andrew has been busy encouraging other European based Merlin's to give SMELT 2017 ago this Whitsun.
 
Rod tells us that "around a dozen European based vintage Merlin's from sail number circa 1750 to 3450 have expressed an interest in the event" 
 
The older boats that attended last time made quite an impact as Tim Fells reported;
"No report of this event would be complete without mention of the extraordinary (one might say eccentric) performance of Francois Podevyn who had brought his 1964 Chippendale Proctor mark XVI down from Belgium. Sailing single handed, dressed in the sailing gear of the time (flat cap, cotton trousers and plimsoles), out in all conditions, flying his spinnaker and showing great seamanship skills, Francois was the undoubted star of the weekend!" 
 
This Whitsun there are no MROA organised events taking place so if you want a fix of Merlin action with a bit of French Flare irrespective of the age of yourself or your boat then Carnac is the place to be! 
 


Posted: 18/01/2017 12:09:00

20 Merlins bound for Southern Brittany

If you find yourselves at a loose end over the period of the late May bank holiday and fancy a bit of Merlin sailing then with no Silver Tiller or regional events on that weekend then Carnac might be the place to be.
Those who went last time reported very favourably on the event and many are returning again. With plenty to see and do for the shore based family members and plenty of local accommodation from the posh to not so posh there's lots on offer.


Posted: 06/01/2017 19:05:00

2017 Fixtures Now Live

2017 Silver Tiller fixtures are now live on the website - Thanks Olly.
 
Midland Circuit and Thames Series to follow shortly 


Posted: 06/01/2017 17:41:42

New memberships valid untill 31/12/2017

Any one taking out a new membership of the Merlin Rocket Owners Association will currently receive the rest of this years membership for free. 

Posted: 28/10/2016 08:01:33

Mike and Jane Calvert win the 2016 Craftinsure Silver Tiller

A clearly delighted Mike Calvert with wife Jane clinched the 2016 Craftinsure Silver Tiller at Parkston Yacht Club on Saturday. Winning the trophy for the first time since 2002 Mike spoke of his delight at lifting the trophy again and in an 8 year old boat.

Posted: 23/10/2016 16:45:10

Midland Circuit at Manor Park



Posted: 25/09/2016 19:32:59

Simon Potts & Ally Martin win Merlin Inland Champs



Posted: 25/09/2016 17:43:59