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Woodstock & Friends
|The naming of this boat links back to 2102 and the characters from the Peanuts cartoons.|
A NSM design - clearly named after the popular brand of cigarette - Silk Cut.
(NSM = New smoking material)
Hamlet & Wildfire
|The boat is a Smokers Satisfaction - so it was named after the cigar (Hamlet) which gave you that satisfaction.|
Original name:- Silicon Ship
|Silicon Ship was built in the days of the emerging personal computer era. All the talk at that time was of Silicon Chips, so the boat, (obviously a play on words) was named to reflect the thinking at that time.|
Re-named:- The Bitterest Pill
Renamed by:- Phil & Paula Mason
|A new addition to the family saw a turn in direction with less time for sailing, their 'new' boat (3515) was sold and Silicon Ship bought to keep a connection.
However, they never really had the time and never did take to going back to an old boat and hence re-named it 'The Bitterest Pill', a track by the Jam.
In 1982 Phil had bought tickets to see the Jam in concert and subsequently sold them at a profit and didn't see them play live. It turned out to be their last tour, the wrong decision? It kind of fit, they had bought an old Merlin, a lovely boat, but it never did fill the gap.|
[Phil & Paula Mason]
Returned to original name:- Silicon Ship
Returned to original name by:- Jim Hopton
|Jim was the original crew for Robert. In addition to returning the original name to the boat he also painted it the original colour.|
For Ever Autumn
|For Ever Autumn was a single from the Jeff Wayne's hit War of the worlds|
Original name:- Seren Caer
H & W Wright
|The boat was commissioned by Henry Wright and his father Walter, to sail at Bala. The name was, because of where she was to be berthed, intended to be a play on words, in welsh, of their surname. The welsh for “Wright” (as in shipwright, wheelwright etc) is “Saer”. This was miss-spelled by Henry and Walter as “Caer” . (Caer is the welsh to describe a Roman stronghold, equivalent to the English “Chester”. )
“Seren” is welsh for “Star”! Hence the boat was intended to be called, in welsh, “Wrights’ Star”.
It is not known if the miss-spelling of “Saer” was intentional of an administrative error.
Renamed by:- Colin Palmer
Returned to original name: Seren Caer
Returned to original name by:- Peter Male
Renamed :- Eternal Flame
|Rumours was named after the hugely successful album by Fleetwood Mac.|
|Two records albums that were hits at the time the boat was built featured 'Captain Beaky and his Band'. Batty Bat was a member of the band and a hero in the song.|
|This boat was designed to be sailed heeled, but then much modified.|
|Money was tight, Phil was between jobs, and R & M boats were expensive. Spud phoned with the final price ( considerably more than the estimate from many years previously because of the waiting time, and far more than Phil had ever paid for a boat from other builders), and asked for the name and paint colour. Phil thought that he must be bananas spending so much money on a hobby. He responded; Paint it green and call it Bananas. Spud never asked him why. Phil reported that the boat was a revelation, worth every penny, and jumped him to the front of the fleet. The year it was launched, he almost won the 1980 Weymouth nationals winning 2 races, having previously never been in contention. It was another 11 years before he had a boat that was as good. (3471 - Savage).
Breakfast in America
Renamed:- If Only
Re-named by:- Rob Holroyd
|Just a reaction to the original name|
This was the 3rd boat that Jon was to build since starting-up on his own.
The name represented Derek's risk in having a boat from Jon, when the fashion was strongly with the established builders.
On collection Derek was so impressed that he immediately placed a substantial deposit for his next boat (Seventh Heaven - 3296).
|Dave Griffiths had always had Rowsell boats, and had insisted that his later ones were built by Jon Turner. When Jon went on his own Dave followed, becoming a turncoat.|
Re-named:- Jonathan Livingston Seagull
Re-named by:- J. Haslam
|A book first published in the 1970's|
Re-named:- Golden Snitch
Re-named by:- Magnus Smith
The boat was yellow when purchased by Magnus, and he fancied a literary name which did not require a re-paint. His wife suggested a term from the Harry Potter books which had gripped them both. It refers to a winged ball that is nearly impossible to catch. Such a mascot hangs from the boom.
It was a popular name choice at the time; Alan Warren sailed 'Golden Snitch 2' during the following season, though the '2' was not visible on the boat. The RYA registration forms concerning the name choices probably arrived in the same week.
|Vampire - species of bat|
|After so many years the reason is lost in history.|
One Samba Walk
|Named after a dance step.|
Patrick Blake & Roger Taylor
Ge'd up by his success in Merlins, Patrick decided to buy another Flying Dutchman and have a further shot at the Olympics. This time he was successful but it was 1980 and Moscow and the RYA boycotted the games. Patrick continued to sail Flying Dutchman but was keen to do Salcombe week and the Nationals, which in, 1970, he did in a borrowed boat with Roger as crew.
Roger, the husband of Patrick's sister-in-law was keen to to do club racing and open meetings so the family decided to share a boat.
|This was a buzz phrase at the time and was a good name for the boat. 'T' shirts were made saying 'I've got the message' and the trailer was liveried as The Message Carrier!|
|At the time Lawrie built this boat he was under a lot of grief from many directions.|
|Derek's seventh Merlin. (7th is highest of the heavens in Islam)|
Peter (Spud) Rowsell
|New Potato was named by Phil Morrison. The boat was quite radical at the time. It was designed and built in the Spring and Phil M wanted to relate the (design) name to the time of year - and the thought of new potatoes popped into his head.
|When Chris saw the boat being built by Laurie Smart, it looked one of the most beautiful boats that he'd ever seen. That name came very easily.|
|Dave spending too much time with his boats?|
|A Summer Wine design, named after a character in the TV series "The Last of the Summer Wine".|
|The name reflected Jon's feelings about Merlins and sailing them.|
Patrick Blake and Roger Taylor
|See 3283 'Family Affair' - it was time to update - so a continuation of the theme.|
|A 1980's pop song which also included the words " shame about the face"|
|Once the paint was chosen - the name became self evident.|
|Die Fledermaus - german for The Bat
Jerry Rook and Dan Alsop
|A follow on from Asp (2994) - Wasp = "Wasn't All Scrounged Parts"|
|Having picked the boat up, on turning a sharp corner Richard managed to pass a lamp post with the car to one side and the mast on the other. 'Blasting' the mast. Also a song by Steve Wonder.|
|Everyone thought that she was a New Potato design but in fact she was an NSM2. The name came from a character in a musical called “A Little Night Music"|
|Tim named the boat after a Meetloaf album that he liked at the time.|
W & W Wright
|The design is an 'Uptown girl' so the name speaks for itself|
|Diamond Smiles was a song on a Boom Town Rats album.|
[Broz (via Forum) / Mike Liggett]
|White Whale arose because of the shock of seeing a gleaming white lump trestled up on the concrete in the Easter sunshine of Spud's yard. There was a distinct sense of betrayal about the way the boat was made (melamine coated ply painted white). However it was meant to be a functional racing boat, not a piece of furniture. Phil joked that it looked like a white whale, and that seemed a good enough name. Phil hoped it would be suitably ironic for a fast boat.
[1988 Year Book]
Re-named by:- N. Brinn
In J. R. R. Tolkien's 'Lord of the Rings' there is a wizard called Gandalf and he has many nick-names. One of these is 'Mithrandir'. In the story, Sindarin is the everyday language of Elves and in this language 'Mithrandir' means grey pilgrim.
The boat was grey.
Who's a Pretty Boy
|The hull ended up being painted a soft pink. You can't turn up on the start line with a pink boat called Bruce.|
Re-named by:- M. Candelas
|Mark's first Merlin but fancied neither the name nor colour (re-painted pale blue) and being half Spanish thought 'Bandolero', (Spanish for Highwayman)
sounded good. A namesake of Mark was, Luis Candelas, Spain's most
notorious highwayman (the Spanish 'Dick Turpin').|