Salcombe Yacht Club Doom Bar Merlin Week 2014

04/11/2013 12:02:30
Jayne Morris
Please find attached the Entry Form for next years Salcombe Merlin Week.
We are opening entries on November 5th with a bang!

We would prefer you to transfer payment straight to our account please quote MERLIN and your sail number.

We are looking forward to it already!
04/11/2013 13:05:12
I take it these are copied year on year as nowhere does it show the actual dates of the event!
Is this right in a Notice of Race?

04/11/2013 15:47:40
Olly Turner
Dates are listed on the SYC website.
05/11/2013 14:08:45
Jayne Morris
And here is a link to the  Notice of Race with the Dates.
Check out the Merlin 2014 page on our website for a photo of Captain Cheggers who has a message for you.
06/11/2013 17:28:18
Hi Jane - will the accepted entries be posted on the SYC web site to confirm receipt?

06/11/2013 17:28:18
Hi Jane - will the accepted entries be posted on the SYC web site to confirm receipt?

08/11/2013 13:27:47
Jayne Morris
Thanks for your entires so far,I will keep the Entry List updated as they arrive.
Keep them coming...

09/11/2013 15:53:04
Keith Callaghan
Maybe it's my failing eyesight, or just old age, but I could not find the dates of Salcombe Week anywhere on the NOR or entry form. I have already booked accommodation for the week 5 July to 12 July: can anyone confirm that this is the correct week?

09/11/2013 16:17:25
Salcombe Merlin Week described as being from 6th to 11th July 2014 on the Club website. You should be OK.

09/11/2013 16:26:06
Keith Callaghan
Thanks. Yes, it is my failing eyesight: I can now see the reference in this thread (above) to a link to the dates. But would it not have been simpler just to put the dates on the NOR???

10/11/2013 20:33:42
John M
the date is on the notice of race.  look at the photo.  it is a little hidden though

10/11/2013 22:58:39
The first link from Jayne is without the date. The second link (4th post) has the date as described by John M

22/11/2013 08:53:30
Jez 3719
Lot's of entriies now, although I can't see who is the 59th and 61st entry? You might want to check your numbering.

22/11/2013 08:54:03
Jez 3719
And check my spelling and grammer at the same time!!

22/11/2013 18:44:45
Is there a posted list of entries?

22/11/2013 20:36:31
Yes Luke see above or below!!
24/11/2013 15:05:47
Has anyone noticed who Keith Callaghan has got to helm for him?
I'm sure older MR people will remember him.

24/11/2013 17:50:12
Mr X
Certainly do! Welcome back Colin!

26/11/2013 20:25:39
Maybe even Andy Gray will show up!

04/12/2013 09:20:21
Tim Fells
One month in, 84 entries and lots of big names still to enter.  Time to talk to the harbour master about increasing the 120 boat limit?!

04/12/2013 10:59:21
Tim - did you deliberately open a can of worms?  

I still think it is a pity that the limit was raised from 100 and that the club does not seem interested in the views of the class / competitors. We are coming again despite not because of the bigger fleet. I was very glad it was not windy last year....


04/12/2013 15:44:02
Dave C
I'm with you there 100% Antony!

04/12/2013 17:15:48
It the profit they want isn't it. Understandable when clubs are increasingly aspirational in their on shore facilities, the sailors have to at least pay their way so the social drinkers and diners can do so in comfort!

04/12/2013 18:17:30
V. Meldrew
We're not seasoned veterans of Salcombe week having only three under our belt, but we've found it to be a superb event,rain wind or shine, well organised by the club with a great sense of continuity and cameraderie. However it would be very welcome if the club could negotiate a discounted rate with the locals for accomodation during the week. This year a new rate was introduced with one of the letting companies which added a significant amount to the holiday total. 
It frequently feels like we're a captive audience or maybe fish in a barrel, whether its adding more boats to the crowded start line or higher accomodation costs, swapping weeks around or just the cost of a coffee. Profit must be a significant driver in the decisions. But we still turn up each year and love the sailing and company it provides.

04/12/2013 19:58:12
Chris M
The fleet size has increased by 10 boats in any one race, but the start line has increased in length by a third AND you can actually choose an end to start from. I've done two Salcombe weeks and this years was significantly less fraught than last!

04/12/2013 20:54:55
Fraught is what separates the men and women from the girls and boys.

04/12/2013 22:02:31
John M
Even at low tide the start line is not increased by one third.  However the additional space is material compared to the extra boats

Given there was not much more than 10mph on any startline there was quite a lot of banging this year, and I see no reason why there would not be more with more breeze.

The key thing is that now we know that all starts will be let go but that 10 people will be extracted when we get to Gerston due to start line infringements I guess different tactics to be employed in 2014!

05/12/2013 10:29:15
As a Kingsbridge boy who grew during the early 80's not being able to afford to join the members of the 'posh' yacht club and race I used to potter about and watch the Merlin's when I was younger, even managing to scrape the cash together to buy a relatively new boat for £500 that someone had simply abandoned at the boat yard after a bad Salcombe week!  At that time Salcombe was a mecca for the Gin and Tonic yacht brigade, with 4 boats abreast on every mooring during the summer and prices across town to match! I feel Salcombe is a shadow of its  former self in this respect and all the better for it from a sailors perspective. Everything now seems to me to be much more affordable in real terms and you can actually find some accommodation (and cheap if you stay away form the water front or even move a mile out of town), space on the water and beaches and get a table for dinner. As for the costs of competing it seems like an absolute bargain when you compare it to other sports and look at what you get for your money, the amount of people it takes to organise such an event and all the social activities laid on.... what's the problem?

20/12/2013 13:36:47
Jayne Morris
Thank you for the 114 entries for Merlin Week 2014 so far.

Only six entry spaces remain and then we shall have a waiting list. (If you are on the waiting list please don't transfer any payment at this time)

On behalf of all at Salcombe Yacht Club may we wish you a very Merry Christmas and a year of sunshine and good breezes!

20/12/2013 14:41:51
Still some notable absences, Dalby, Whitworth to name but two.

20/12/2013 17:51:24
Alex 3627
Oops! I have been very off the ball with my entry this year... Mine will be in the post tomorrow morning... Hopefully there will be space still! :-S

20/12/2013 20:24:43
maybe there crewing.....theres a lot of tbc,s on the list....

20/12/2013 20:24:49
maybe there crewing.....theres a lot of tbc,s on the list....


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