|#||Boat Name||Original Owners(s) / Crew||Etymology|
[Person supplying information]
Out of the Blue
|Out of the Blue was named after the immensely successful album by the Electric Light Orchestra.|
|The bat reference is obvious - Dangermouse was a popular children’s cartoon in the mid 80’s, could be a connection.|
|This was sister ship to the 'White Whale' (3389) so the word play was on the white goods angle. At the same time there was an American Footballer of some girth (and speed) named William Perry whose nickname was 'The Refrigerator' - for some reason this was Peter's nickname in the hockey team for which he played!! ( Also known as the bulk of the team!!)|
|When buildiging the boat, Steve's objective was to view only 7 planks for the hull and use the 8th plank to create a complete half barrel in planks. In order to do this the design had to be based on the maximum exposed limit, a phrase in the rule book at the time which hounded Steve.|
Original name:- Dynabyte
Re-named:- Rising Tsar
Renamed by:- Graham Williamson & Nick Yeoman
|Red was the preferred colour of the weaponry for this duo, and the name is a play on the russian link, and their climb towards stardom and the 1993 nationals which they lost on countback.
Charge of the Light Brigade
Mike Lennon (& Kevin Driver)
|At a time when the perceived wisdom was that 24 stone was needed for successful Merlin sailing, Mike & Kevin weighed in at around 19 stone, unshaven, dressed and wet! Hence the allusion to the famous attack by lightly armed soldiers taking on the heavy guns.|
Love Over Gold
|Named after album by Dire Straits|
|Phil was sailing with David Hawkins so no explanation needed! |
|A reference to Colin's ancestry.|
|A well known album by Elvis Costello.|
|The design was a 42 and the name came courtesy of the Taylor's and the Blake's via the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. (Chris thinks it was mainly Debbie's idea.) The current colour isn’t what Chris envisaged as “a highly intelligent shade of blue”- which was a darker blue than the current shade.|
|A boat builder building his own boat, plus a long lead time.|
Re-named:- Smoke Over Water
Re-named by:- R.Waller
Re-named:- Smoke on the Water
Re-named by:- Peter Walker
|A song on the Deep Purple album Machine Head (1972). The inspiration was from a major fire at the casino in Montreux with the smoke spreading over Lake Geneva. The group were in Montreux for the recording.|
|Name chosen by John's family with reference to an incident in Chaucer's Millers Tales, when a character stuck his bum out of a window and farted like a hunderclappe. (The boat is a Canterbury Tales)
|Named as a follow-on to Once Bitten (3355) - a boat already owned by the Warren family|
|The boat is a Phil Morrison '42' design and George was in his 40's when he built it.|
|Named after the Annie Lennox album, my wife's haircuts (also in the style of Annie Lennox) and the perceived attitude needed to win a championship.|
|Tony's daughter, Louise, had just started sailing when she went to see the musical 'Cats'. This was followed by a school poem project and the subject was 'Skimbleshanks' the railway cat.|
Tales of Marco Polo
The boat was commissioned by Geoffrey Cox when the issue of new Merlin numbers was approaching those of his childhood Cadet - Marco Polo CK 3476.
Geoff took a keen interest in the appearance of the boat during construction and spent much time making sure that it was going to be a really beautiful boat.
|The boat was built by Rob using the first Jon Turner foam sandwich shell which had come out a bit heavy for Jon to use. It was therefore ideal for using Rob's idea of using a spaceframe to take the loads. The half foredeck was to save weight as it didn't need a full one for stiffness.|
The name derived from a variety of sources - a song by Billy Idol - the design being a bit rebellious (the space frame) and the rebell yell ( yee-haw) Rob & his son Jay tended to do when screaming off on a planing reach.
|Believed to be a reference to the film Highlander. The lead cast member of the television series, Adrian Paul, explained, "The Quickening is the receiving of all the power and knowledge another immortal has obtained throughout his/her life. It is like the receiving of a sacrament or a massive orgasm".|
[Chris Martin / Mike Liggett]
Wing and a Prayer
|This was a brand new Phil Morrison design that (hopefully) would be a good weight carrier. (See 3403) It was and this was the 'prayer' element of the name. When the boat was first launched it was rigged with a wing mast that was the same section as used on the Tornado catamaran - a failed experiment - but gave the 'wing' element to the name
The design became known as 'Thin Ice'.|
Seren Y Mor
H. & W. A. Wright
|Henry & Walter, who sailed at Bala, had a long tradition of giving their boats welsh names. Seren Y mor is welsh for Sea star.|
Re-named by:- Steve Essex
|Possibly a reference to the film “The Mask”|
Wizard of Odd
|play of the epic "Wizard of Oz". This was an 'odd' boat - a Thin Ice design but without a thwart - which was unusual for a Rowsell boat.|
|Named by Jamie after an elbow move in the martial art of Tomari-te.|
|Alan had previous boats (not Merlins) called 'Shambles' (GP14) and 'Shammozle' (Moth). The boat name continued the 'Sh...' theme with the word having a meaning of "having a party or having a ball". Furthermore, the family of Sue (his wife & crew) were fans of folk dancing.|
|18 years on from The Red Baron (2865), on the 16th September 1992 (Black Wednesday), as Britain saw interest rates hit 15% before deciding to leave the Exchange Rate Mechanism (ERM), Will thought - sod it - it is time for a new boat. So Sterling Crisis it was.|
|When Patrick came to order this boat, a Canterbury Tales or Let it Ride seemed to be the option. However, he wanted something different. He went to Laurie Smart and they studied the drawing of the current boats to come up with a new derivative that they considered would beat all. Most of the ideas came from Laurie so 'Smart Pants' as in 'how clever' but there could be another interpretation. (see 3620)|
|This was a book that was the prequel to Silence of the Lambs
|Again, the bat bit is easy, maybe Dick enjoyed this early 90’s board game?|
Andrew Mills advises that the story he had about Heaven Sent came from Judith Massey and corroborated by Rob O'Toole, who sailed the boat in her 1st championships.
Alasdair Evans came into a pretty large inheritance and went to Jon Turner, who was turning out foam sandwich CT's at the time for somewhere north of £13,000. He requested him to design and build the best Merlin he could, money no object. The bill was quite large, and the boat was known colloquially as"Evans spent"
It is understood that the name relates to the clipper ship that set the world's sailing record for the fastest passage between New York and San Francisco. The ship held this record for over 100 years.
It follows on the theme from a previous boat (3483 - Cloud 9)
|Following the theme from his previous boats - another species of bat.
Re-named:- Sticky Fingers
Re-named by:- Nick "Boris" Heginbotham
Slap & Tickle
Phil & Paula Mason
|Named after a track on the 1979 'Cool For Cats' album by Squeeze. Musical taste and influence had moved onto a retro stage. The new boat coincided with getting engaged in 1994. The track was a ballad about a couple getting together. It seemed to just fit in a light hearted way if not romantically ... and included the lyric ... "Never chew a pickle with a little Slap Tickle!"
[Phil & Paula Mason]
Graham Williamson & Nick Yeoman
|A follow on from Rising Tsar (3408) - continuing the red/Russian theme and the next step along the way.|
|Rather self indulgently, named after its eponymous first owner.|
The Newark Eel
Brain Salad Surgery
Album by Emerson, Lake & Palmer
Pass the Parrot
|The term came from an over active workshop phone.|
|Mike bought the bare hull - a Canterbury Tales. Chauser's Sir Topaz was also unfinished. Sir Topaz was portrayed as a great hunter.|
|Not named by original owner.|
[1996 Year Book]
Before purchasing this boat, Steve and his son Tobi sailed a NSM IV that was a rather questionable shade of green. As a result, Steve and Tobi were known as Team Green at Midland SC.
The new boat was therefore called NV - which stands for Nouveau vert (French) or Nuovo verdi (Italian) - and means “new green”. The new boat was blue and yellow, which when mixed together makes green. Or was there a sense of being green (team) with NV (envy).
|This boat, designed & built by John, was supposed to be the first of a line, all to include the noun Valley (John was a member of Trent Valley SC.) To manage peoples expectation, in case it was not a rocket ship, John thought of Freight to acknowledge the nearby railway. The next would have been Valley Express - but it did not arrive.|
An Bradan Fease
|The name is related to Irish mythology. A tale about a 'Salmon of knowledge' - a fish that has gained all the world's knowledge and this is passed to the first person that eats the flesh.|
Original name:- Blazing Saddles