If you own an older Merlin and have just hopped over from the Salcombe 2020 thread, welcome and thanks.
As you will already have seen, we are now up to 21 entries for Looe this year. Not quite Salcombe entry rate but nevertheless I am delighted with the reponse so far from first-timers, re-entrants and older boats alike.
Only 59 places left!
So what can I say to persuade you, the owners of afficianado Merlins that we can offer you something too. My first suggestion is that you can enjoy some fantastic, peer group Merlin competition and get all the flavour of a Nationals. How so:
We already have entries from 2, 90's Canterbury Tales and I am promised a 3rd.
Both 3555 and 3582, Mk 1 Winders will be at the Champs, with youth helms and, fingers crossed, we may have more teams from the NSSA.
So, already plenty of peer group competition.
Of course, we would like more of you. What will you get :
All the fun of a Nationals start and racing with the main fleet.
Qualification for ALL of the Daily Prizegiving awards and, who knows; The Buttercup Trophy. Heavyweights Trophy.
If we get 10 plus Bronze Fleet boats older than 3571, we will look at additional glassware/awards.
What you will NOT get is being left out on the water for hours after the "main" fleet or chased up to get back to the start line for a second race without the chance of a break. The "Whiskey" flag (see the NoR) will be used judiciously so that if your boat speed is off the pace or your tactical choices are unfortunate, you will not spend an extra 40 minutes racing but can come ashore with the whole fleet or reposition in a civilised manner for a second race, You will all get a finish
Enter before 1st May in a boat older than 3571 and you get 9 races plus a Crew's Race and all the fun of a Nationals without running yourselves into the ground or punishing your tender Merlin. All for just £190.
I hope we can see some of you in the dinghy park.
Come and try us this year. See which peer group you can "Aspire
" to and, if response is promising, of course we can look at what we do for Tenby next year.