Gently does it.

04/07/2012 21:15:42
Jack Holts own Merlin number 16 "Gently" will be relaunched after careful restoration by Chris Barlow. Gently has been dry stored for many years and holds the record as the most successful Merlin at the nationals and is being relaunched at the Holt Centenary event at Wraysbury Lake on Sunday 8th July. 
Please come and celebrate this famous boat with us.
More details or roger @ cvrda . org

05/07/2012 13:58:12
And other Holt Merlins will be sailing on both Saturday and Sunday - more boats taking part would be good. Modern Holt boats are as welcome as Classics and there's lots of prizes too. Details below.
06/07/2012 15:07:10
Mike Liggett
Gently's record is infact shared with Seventh Heaven (3296). Winner in 1984, '86, '87 & '88 and 3rd in 1982. Also with the same crew on each occasion.

09/07/2012 19:26:01
Gently was successfully re-launched at Wraysbury Lake Sailing Club (Jack Holt was a founder) and images are linked below.
09/07/2012 19:26:52
Well done Chris and Mervyn - a lot of work has gone into Gently to restore her.

12/12/2012 10:26:06
Gently has now been entered in the Classic Boat Restoration of the year. She is the only dinghy entered and Chris and Mervyn deserve the recogniton for all their hard work bringing this iconic boat back to the water.
Please take a little time to vote for her via the link below

She is under the title european restoration under 40ft.

Merlins have been leading the way in the classic dinghy world so show the world that the classic dinghy scene is out there and its not all about enormous yachts and enormous restoration bills in expensive boat yards.

12/12/2012 13:27:08
12/12/2012 18:39:46
slideshow of the restoration - or at least the bits I photographed.
I think you need to scroll down and click SLDESHOW, which is under the bottom picture.
ps Mags how can send you some photos for the photo library?

13/12/2012 08:48:27
Good Job. She is looking lovely.
13/12/2012 09:13:34
Done, a brilliant job, history revived.

13/12/2012 12:07:53
Richard Battey
Chris, what a fantastic job you have done. Well done!

13/12/2012 14:03:45
Nick Price (214)
Fantastic! Makes me realise how lucky I was with Diabolo. Well done.

13/12/2012 15:30:23
Pat Blake
Chris and Mervyn have done a fantastic job on Kate. She really is an iconic boat and we are so lucky to have such talented enthusiasts to have restored her and got out sailing again!
So how about going on-line to Classic Boat and voting for her in numbers.
Wouldn't it be great to have a Merlin win this prestigious award?
13/12/2012 15:44:16
Pat Blake
OK - Meryn did a fatastic job on Kate too (that is his other iconic boat) but it is Gently that we are interested in this time.


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