Great 'near one design' racing
I am the proud owner of a beautiful Jon Turner Merlin, 3381, Seventh Wave. I love her for what she was, what she is and what she will be as I slowly bimble her back to a pristine condition. I lust after the Lotus Engineering boat and one day I might be fortunate enough to own Dark Star. Keep the development going!
Here here. One of my biggest regrets in life is giving up sailing my Merlin when I was 18 and not coming back to the class until 10 years later. I think I missed out on the time that I would have learnt the most and been at my fittest!! I am content to float about and get as close to the front as possible and give the big boys the occasional fright!
The main point about the class is the availability of old boats. Here at Thames we have the fastest growing club Merlin fleet based on vintage boats. Note a third of the entrants in the DeMay series are Thames boats. Unfortunately Fribbs (Commodore at Thames,)even though his has six fingers, couldn't work out his dates when he got his boat and it doesn't qualify as a vintage for another few years. All old Merlins welcome to the CVDRA event soon at Thames.