Scottish (and Northern English!) Merlins
Hi all, I'm organising some racing for those north of the border this coming year, and I just wanted to start making contact with people to get a plan going. The idea at the moment is to have 4 or 5 'consensus' events chosen from a selection of Open events, and in the case of getting enough boats then I'll lobby for class starts. Most clubs are still formulating their plans for the year, but I'd like to do Loch Tummel (usually September) as a stunning and friendly venue, maybe Loch Venacher, plus a few sea venues like East Lothian YC, Holy Loch SC or Largs SC. It would be nice to do a north England event too, if there's one in the lakes or thereabouts? Pretty scenery and good social are requirements!
Some fantastic venues there will send you a list of Scottish and northern members, I would defo come up for an event
It would be good to have a sailing excuse to visit the family in Scotland.
What about the Keilder Water Dam-to-Dam race?
Kielder sounds like a great idea, should be doable for most I think. Certainly seems to tick the scenic box anyway. Will investigate! Keep the ideas coming!
Hi Andy and all others
We'd be keen to come to an ELYC event.
Hi Megan, that would be great as I can start getting the ball rolling. East Lothian is probably top of the Sea events list at the moment - I was there for the Scottish Champion of Champions event and the club regatta management was awesome. It's a beautiful place to sail too, and you often get decent breeze. Best bacon rolls I've ever tasted in a sailing club too. So Stewart I'll see what others are saying and get back to you in due course if that's ok. Thanks for your interest Chris - if anyone else fancies this event then let me know. I'll put the Doodle poll up later this week for people to register event preferences (still waiting for a lot of dates to come in tho!)
I would love to come, I have sailed there beforer a great place to sail but unfortunately I will probably not beable to make it that weekend.
No worries Angus, any ideas of other events in your neck of the woods? Maybe Wormit or something? Most of the sailing clubs are being slow to get event info out so I'm going to write to them individually I think...
Keep us informed. We sail a Merlin at Hollingworth Lake Sailing Club, but our yacht is based at Largs. If the timing is right, we would think about bringing the Merlin up one time.
Hi Martin, would a Largs based regatta work best for you then? I've contacted the club to see what is available. It would suit me well as my boat will be there, plus I can use my cruising boat at the marina as accommodation and my parents are 15 mins from Largs and would be able to put some more people up should there be a need...
Loch Tummel has a regatta 2nd weekend in September usually, A very beutiful place to sail and there is normally camping on site but if they decided to ahve a toppy event the same weekend it acn be a nightmare. My own club Forfar have a regatta last weekend in September. A very friendly club, but not quite as much space as Tummel and camping is at a campsite but very handy for the sailing club.
Loch Tummel is up there on my list certainly. I think the Bardowie Merlins have been seen at the Holy Loch Marineblast Regatta the last couple of years, I'll put that one in the Doodle poll for 7th and 8th September. Let me know when you have dates for the Forfar regatta and I'll add that too and see if people are interested. Cheers!
Hi guys am really pleased to hear some events are to be organised again. Hamish and I used to organise events at clubs where there were Merlins such as Wormit, Holy Loch, Chanonry, Forfar and Tummel. I will be supporting the events as much as I can in 3376 and even have a promise from Hamish to crew. I have spoken to the sailing sec at Wormit my home club and he is to give me dates for the regatta which I will post asap. The club would love to see the Merlins back again.
Wormit regatta will be held on 22nd and 23rd June 2013. A fleet of Merlins would be made very welcome.
Thanks Calum, I'll add it to the list. If anyone fancies posting a pic or 2 of their boat on the CalSail forum ( http://www.caledoniasailing.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=4 ) then feel free, be nice to see who we will be up against! In other news, my boat will be at the RYAS Big Weekend, hopefully fully rigged in the classes hall. Am aiming to have some video displayed and some leaflets etc too...
Just a quick note to let anyone north of the border know that our Smoker's Satisfaction 3122 will be at the RYA Scotland Big Weekend show this weekend, along with a variety of Merlin related videos and photos (many thanks to Demelza!), and a presentation on a big TV. Suggested racing dates are now in and I'll post the link to the calendar in the next day or 2.
Hope you have got the magazines and flyers
Hi there I have 3525 based at Bassenthwaite in the lake district. I will be coming up for Cumbraes weekend in Largs this year 31st of August to the 1st of September.
Cheers John, and I've got some timber in the garage in Montgomerie Drive if you need some bits for your thwart! Just finalising the event dates today and tomorrow, will announce here and by email.
Here's a report from the RYA Scotland Big Weekend which i took Merlin Rocket 3122 along to (http://www.caledoniasailing.com/rya-scotland-big-weekend-2013-report) The rather dapper looking fella in one of the pics is me in a Merlin hoodie ;-) The real dapper looking fella standing next to me is of course Stu Bithell's 470 helm Luke Patience. Lots of interest in the boat (which I bought for £450 hence the tag on the boom)with leads on possibly 7 boats in garages that I didn't know about up here. More fleet building news coming up soon.
Here's the latest Scottish Merlins update, as emailed to the list of Scottish and Northern English owners today:
Fran Gifford and I will double deck 2 boats and come to the holy loch where my granny used to live
Andy, can you add my name to the email list please - [email protected] thanks
We will be delighted to see the class at our regatta
Sent you an email Hamish. Another Merlin has turned up in Edinburgh, so that's 3 there alone that I know about. Went through the secondhand boat list for sub - £1000 boats but all I checked have gone bar one, so if anyone knows of anything from Smokers vintage onwards sitting in a garage then please let me know so I can try to hook people up with boats (and get another one myself). Cheers.
My old Summer Wine is still in Dundee I think. The guy that bought if from me was a member at Dundee sailing club. Not sure if its still there though.
Due to a clash of dates, the regatta at Wormit has had to be moved to 3rd and 4th August. The club would be happy to run an event on the original dates but it would be preferable to have the Merlin event with the regatta in August. Apologies for any confusion caused and hope the Merlins can still return to the club for another great weekend of sailing and socialising.
Thanks for that Calum, I'll change the dates on the poster I'm making up. Should have it ready in the next couple of days.
can organise something at bassenthwaite sailing club if you like
Scottish list of dates and a flyer coming later this weekend - some of the regattas might fill up quickly (elyc) so I'll post a separate topic for them with an urgent message. Looking forwards to sailing now the sun is out!
Fran and I all booked up for holy loch , gues ferry from gourock is best
You need to take Western Ferries as the Dunoon Ferry is passenger only. I will try and find better details of the Newsagent shop where you get the ferry tickets at the local's cheap price rather than pay the full price on the boat (over 20% off). The newsagent on the south side of Shore St, next to the Co-op is the agent and it has the Western Ferries sign outside.
Yes Western ferries are the only way for cars now since CalMac pulled the plug on the bigger one. Shorter trip anyway! If anyone needs a place to stay and doesn't mind sleeping on a boat, I was going to use my cruising boat a up there as accomodation for the weekend.
Merlin 3544 is travelling North this weekend and is going to spend the summer at Dalgety Bay Sailing club. I am currently working on building Aircraft Carriers at Rosyth and with a colleague we are planning to do the Wednesday evening racing, assuming we can get out of work! I had heard there might be other Merlins in the area?
Building Aircraft Carriers that probably wont ever launch aircraft? Obviously an expert on whether to retain bilge keels.
Hi David, East Lothian YC has an open weekend at the beginning of June that we are attending (see forum topic on it for details). There are at least 2 others in Edinburgh (mine stays west) and another one at Forfar Loch, plus at least one on the Tay. Drop me an email for more info and I'll send you the 'circuit' we have planned. Best, Andy
Oh and 2 more modern ones at Bardowie - no word from them yet (although not checked if they were on my email list)
Made contact with the Bardowie ones, hopefully we can get something together there. Sailing my Smokers this weekend for the first time (weather permitting!) - too many distractions with other boats recently but going to be fun! Any news from any of the boats being restored up here? More boats coming out of the wood-(and Winder GRP sandwich)-work, and a possible new owner on the Clyde.
Hamish have you seen that Summer Wine recently? If it's around I'm hoping I can persuade the owner to get along to an event or 2. Cheers, Andy
Andy, will swing in past the Dundee sailing club dinghy park this week and see if its still there. Wil keep you posted. Cheers H.
An event for any Northern or Scottish Merlin, is the Lord Birkett 6th & 7th July this year.. Number8 of Y&Y 50 events to do.. http://www.yachtsandyachting.com/tests/YachtsandYachting50Regattas_Top10.pdf
Boat is now ready, after a swimming session when old buoyancy bag straps decided to snap leaving the boat swamped and then capsized, thankfully close to shore. The next event we will make is Largs Regatta week Cumbraes Weekend on 24th/25th August, followed by MarineBlast regatta (http://www.marineblastregatta.co.uk/) on 7th/8th September. Both are excellent events, well run in beautiful surroundings and with great social. Hope to see some of you there!
Summary of Smoker's Satisfaction MR3122 project up at http://www.caledoniasailing.com/get-racing-on-a-budget-merlin-rocket-3122-project-report . I've created a mailing list for Scottish Merlins and have sent a first email so if you aren't on this and want to be added to the list then get in touch with me on [email protected] . Cheers!
Officially on the calendar now!
Mags, you need to replace Hamish Miles with Andy Johnston at the top of the Scotish page. His number is on the Committee list. Thanks.
If we get 5 or more boats at either event then I'll put up a whiskey or chandlery based voucher as a prize...bonus! If anyone wants to travel then I can put people up for Largs, and I may have a space or 2 on the big boat (cruiser) for MarineBlast accomodation too.
Crewing space available this weekend on a very nice NSM 4 at Cumbraes Regatta. Email me for more details, and I can provide comfortable accomodation and transport to and from Largs each day, so all you need is to get yourself here! Stunning scenery and sailing almost guaranteed. We will be there in our Smokers Satisfaction, others coming too I think.
Looking like 4 boats for Cumbraes weekend - Smokers satisfaction, NSM4 and 2 Canterbury Tales. May be another couple I don't know about, but if anyone else wants to come then get involved, will be a fun weekend!
Team Green will be coming too.
Just found the Marineblast report