Topic : Merlin Inlands Grafham Water SC 14/15 September 2013

Grafham Water SC is delighted to host the Merlin Inland Championships once again and hope you will come and savour some of the best inland sailing in the UK. Racing is planned to start on Saturday at 1300 with three back to back races and followed by two races on Sunday starting at 1030.

Motor homes and camping can be pre-booked with the secretariat on 0845 6442548 and a local accommodation list can be viewed on the GWSC web site

Food from our new caterers can be booked on the day for Saturday night and a lively disco will follow in the Top Bar.

The link to the NOR is

See you there,

Dave Philpott 01487 815020

Posted: 26/08/2013 18:58:24
By: Dave Philpott
Hi anyone know what the entry fee is ??
Cant seem to find it ......

Posted: 02/09/2013 21:37:56
By: Gravadlax
looks like £30 for non members of GWSC

Posted: 02/09/2013 22:11:06
By: k.m.
Sadly I cannot make it this weekend as I must earn my crust and stay at work. Is there anyone going who could jot down the trophy winners for me at the prize giving? 

It would be most helpful and save me alot of time trying to work it out from results! I have a list of the trophys to make it easier that I could email across to you.

Thanks Jez

Posted: 10/09/2013 15:43:17
By: Jez3719
Sailed at Grafham last weekend. They still have the killer creyfish. They power wash your hull and trolly after sailing, so none escape.

Posted: 10/09/2013 21:00:08
By: broz
My 18-year-old daughter is keen to do this event and I would very much like to encourage her to go and try the Merlin experience, she will borrow my old boat and probably have fun at the back of the fleet but I see from the NOR that helms must be members of the MROA to enter. I am a full member so what is ths score on this one? It would be a shame if this probibited a young helm trying the class. She is a very experience sailor and 29er helm so shouldn't get in the way of the "pro's".

Cheers Dave

Posted: 11/09/2013 07:20:51
By: DaveC
Hi Dave C
I am happy as you are a full memeber to let your daughter have a go I will know someone will shout but the more youngsters we get to try the Merlin then the better it is for th future of the class. By the sounds of it she is not going to effect the overall results greatly.

Paul Hollis

paul Hollis

Posted: 11/09/2013 08:50:00
By: Paul Hollis
I bet she does better than you expect! But then I would say that as she is going to be sailing an excellent boat!!

I agree with paul. I think there are times when rules should be relaxed to allow development of the class, but appropriate times.

Have fun, I am only sorry I will not be there to join in myself!

Posted: 11/09/2013 08:53:15
By: Jez3719
Thanks Paul, much appreciated. I hope she will move into Merlins once she has done with the youth scene. If she has a good week-end it could make all the difference! She is also bound to tell her sailing pals around the country so there is some PR value here too! (Jez, I expect she will make a better job of starting than her old dad did in Salcombe and do the boat justice!)
Cheers, Dave

Posted: 11/09/2013 09:18:12
By: DaveC
Hi, Thank you for letting me race at the weekend as a non member. I had great fun and hope I didn't cause too much disruption around the race course for all of the other competitors. I am really keen to do more racing in the Merlin next year as either a helm or a crew. I am off to university next year so may not be able to afford funding my own boat (anyone looking for a keen crew!). If I manage to steel my dads boat again I was wondering if anyone had a spare moment to teach me more about how to set up the rig to its best potential.


Posted: 16/09/2013 20:52:11
By: Abbie Croft
Hi Abbie glad you enjoyed it I was on the committee boat all weekend and you looked like you were have ing a good time.

if you start a new thread on the forum I'm sure some one will only be to pleased to give you a hand to tune the boat.

look forward to seeing you out again.

Paul hollis

Posted: 17/09/2013 15:42:45
By: Paul Hollis
Are there any photos available from the Inlands.
havent seen any published

Posted: 27/09/2013 16:07:59
By: MR3708
Keith Callaghan has some photos I think, obviously they focus(!) on his boats.

Posted: 27/09/2013 20:29:58
By: Ben 3634


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