The Merlin Rocket Owners’ Association (”we”) is committed to protecting and respecting your privacy.  We are a membership organisation for people who own or have an interest in Merlin Rocket sailing dinghies.  We are very proud of our heritage as a historic dinghy class but also have a keen interest in developing the class to keep up with the latest technology advances, while keeping boats affordable.

Please read this policy carefully to understand how we collect, use and store your personal information.  By visiting or by signing up for membership of the Merlin Rocket Owners’ Association, you are accepting and consenting to your information being used as described in this policy.  We may update this policy from time to time, so please check it regularly to make sure you’ve seen the latest version.

We will always comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) when dealing with your personal data.  Further details on the GDPR can be found at the website for the Information Commissioner (  For the purposes of the GDPR, we will be the “controller” of all personal data we hold about you.


We will collect and process the following data about you:


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We use information held about you in the following ways:


You agree that we can share your personal information with:

We will only disclose your personal information to third parties:

This includes exchanging information with other companies and organisations for the purposes of fraud protection and credit risk reduction.  We will never sell your data to third parties or give it to anyone else for marketing purposes.

We may publish reports and the results of open meetings and other events on publicly available websites such as and in newspapers and magazines to publicise the class.  This may include your name, boat details and photographs.  Once online, we can’t control the further use of this information. 


The data that we collect from you will be transferred to and stored on servers or local machines located in the United Kingdom or the EEA.

Unfortunately, the transmission of information via the internet is not completely secure.  Although we will do our best to protect your personal data, we cannot guarantee the security of your data transmitted to our site; any transmission is at your own risk.  Once we have received your information, we will use security features to try to prevent unauthorised access.

For any payments which we take from you online we will use a recognised online secure payment system, which will operate to its own security standards and use encryption techniques.  We are not responsible for any losses, damages or claims relating to your use of that service.  If you don’t want to use it, you can send us a cheque or make a direct bank transfer instead.

Our site may, from time to time, contain links to and from the websites of third parties.  If you follow a link to any of these websites, please note that these websites have their own privacy policies and that we do not accept any responsibility or liability for any use of your personal data by these sites.  Please check these policies before you submit any personal data to these websites.


Membership data

If you are a member of the Merlin Rocket Owners’ Association we will keep your membership data while you are a member and for twelve months afterwards, in case you change your mind about renewing your membership and then for as long afterwards as is necessary to comply with our legal obligations. We securely destroy all financial information once we have used it and no longer need it.

Historical archive

As the Merlin Rocket class is a historic dinghy association where each boat is unique, we try to keep track of the fate of boats.  We will keep a permanent record of boat owners (name, boat and geographic location) for archive and historical purposes.  We also keep a permanent record of important events like the National Championships, Silver Tiller and Silver Pole.  This information will be limited to names, race results and boats.

Information you post on the web site

If you use our website facilities, you can delete your account at any time.  We retain back-up copies of the website for up to a year, but your information will not be accessible except by the webmaster.


You have the right to restrict our use of your personal information at any time.  You can do this either by checking certain boxes on the forms we use to collect your data, or by contacting us at [email protected].

You have the right to access and ask for a copy of any information we hold about you.  You can also ask for any information to be corrected or deleted.  Your rights can be exercised by writing to [email protected].

If you are dissatisfied with any aspect of the way we look after your personal data, you have the right to complain to the Information Commissioner at


Questions, comments and requests regarding this privacy policy are welcomed and should be addressed to [email protected].










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