Past ST winning boats - unknown sail numbers
I've updated the ST past winners page to include winning boat and crew details as per the ST trophy. I can't find record of two boats in the current yearbook as either destroyed or changed boat names since. Would someone with good memory ot older yearbooks be able to help please.
Merlin Rocket 1063 Golliwogs sailed by Robin and Sue Fowler. Severely damaged by a Greenline Bus in 1961. Rebuilt by a couple of youngsters who sailed her at Ranelagh.
Is there a good story behind the bus collision? Was a group of high-spirited sailors using the boat to bus-surf? Or merely the sad tale of a road traffic accident?
A very sad tale of a reckless bus driver.
Was Rosa Parkes on Board?
We are talking Greenline not Greyhound!
What was the bus number?
It’s strange how one can remember some things and not others!
The boat design, builder and number tally OK - the new name is listed as Marlin
Pat, this is taken from Keiths website
Blimey what have I started now ;-))
Oh yes - maybe thats right!
My boat was 2440 and built at the Aln Boatyard !
I always though the "Myths" were a good theme to run through a line of boats. Aln boatyard were very good builders they built mt last Merlin Rocket and did exactly as I asked and very well too. Arnott Dobson is still with us I had a long chat with him the other day.
When I last stopped at Alnmouth 4/5 years ago, we stayed at "The Boathouse" which I believe is on the site of Arnott Dobson's business. My first Merlin - The Entertainer (MR 2706) - was built by Aln Boatyard, and is still sailing.
Doesn't look as if it is a Merlin Rocket sorry to say. Boat number 1858 was a Chippendale built boat Proctor IX design from year 1966
How long is it? Could be a National 12?
Had a spare moment and rang Arnott Dobson (Aln Boatyard as was.) Says they finished a National 12 Wyche & Coppock shell around 1960 which would be the right sort of time for National 12 1858, they only finshed one Merlin from someone else shell and that was a Wyche & Coppock MkX1 around the same time.
Looking on the Twelves boat register, 1858 looks like a boat that had a number issued but was never measured.
I found the Nat. 12 list fascinating. When I was a fit, lithe young lad I helmed or crewed quite a few 12s in the 50s -- 482, 502, 508, 952, 973, 1010, 1179?, 1277, 1285, 1357 and maybe a few more.
That's a good memory you have there Robert!!!
That's the trouble with being my age Ross, you remember everything from your childhood and nothing from yesterday!