Red Sails on Merlin 1443
I've just aquired a 1960's Ian Proctor IX merlin rocket no. 1443. The sails are bright red and seem to be original. Any more history on the boat would be great.
1443 was probably built in 1962. The 1963 MROA year book says she is Proctor Mk X11 not X1 built by Wyche and Coppock in Nottingham. At that time she was named Snark 11 and was owned by J D Grayson and T W Lambert at South Yorks SC.
Sorry I meant to say she is a Mk X11 not Mk 1X.
Thanks for the info Tony. Any idea why she has red sails as I've never seen them on a merlin before.
My boat, 1220, was based in Whitstable in the early 60's and had red sails from a local loft on the sea wall, it is a XII
Sorry Nick I have no idea why she had red sails and I can't remember racing against any merlin with such coloured sails.
277 used to have red sails.... probably due the name being Redskin
The Whitstable Sailmaker would have been Goldfinch Sails
Maurice Cockerill had Sails made in various colours in the 70's & 80's. Maybe it was a common practise? I'll ask him.