1st Saxton 2nd Craig 3rd Gilbert 5th Birrell 8th Pygal 9th Roberts All Merlin National Champions, making up 10 of our last 11 National Champions (helm or crew), off the top of my head. Guess who was missing! 😉
Dont't forget Alex Horlock and Arthur Henderson as well in 7th. Alex has been in the front of 3763 this season and Arthur guesting with Alan Roberts at Salcombe Week to name but one event. There was also Holly Scott, Rob and Mary Henderson to name but a few crewing. So 7 (including Ben who has not this season) of the top 10 helms have actively been campaigning Merlins this year. Shows the current depth in the class, but also shows that the ST week in week out warriors will/are finding it harder to get any silverware. Think we can safely say it is probably the most competitive adult none Olympic 2 person dinghy racing in the UK over the last 2 years and probably moving forward. Probably has a lot to do with accessability to good kit, whether, Winder, JT, KC, HD, North, P&B, Exe, Seldon, Chipstow etc and varried types of events with good turnouts. Long may it continue
It was Rob that crewed for Alan at Salcombe Week. Arthur crewed for Will. Plus all the others that haven't been named, a third of the fleet were/are Merlin Sailors!