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