Our Job

How do I join?

Full membership costs £30 per year (£25 if paid by standing order), or you can join as an Associate for £20 (£15 if paid by standing order). Associate membership is for those who do not own a boat - you get most benefits, but cannot vote at the AGM.

While crews do not need to be members under the rules, regular crews are encouraged to become Associate members in order to support the association in its activities, from which they benefit.

Print out a membership application form and a standing order form (unless you wish to pay by cheque), and post to the membership secretary (the address is on the forms).
Renewals are due 1st January each year.

 
When completing the standing order section please use your name as the bankers reference. 

Who works on the committee?

See everyones names and contact details (including some dodgy photos!)

 

What does the committee do?

  1. Furthers the interests of your class (see below)
  2. Encourages class development at a sensible pace
  3. Works to maintain residual boat value / prices, and maintain a secondhand boat list
  4. Organises the National, Inland, and 'Club Sailors' championships
  5. Coordinates various Open Meetings and the Silver Tiller series
  6. Publishes event guidelines to help clubs running open meetings
  7. Runs race training days
  8. Keeps older boats competing with vintage racing
  9. Produces this website, which includes a members-only library
  10. Sends you a bumper magazine 3 times a year
  11. Publishes a yearbook containing history, rules, details of boats built and members
  12. Allows anyone to try a merlin for free
  13. Promotes the use of a handicap (PY) adjustment table for older boats

 

In more detail...

The committee of Merlin Rocket Owners Association is the management team for the membership. Committee members are voted in at the AGM, and the committee elects a Chairman from their number. Under the class rules, the committee is charged with furthering the interests of the class, and governing the affairs of the class. The Merlin Rocket is a National Class, which means that the RYA has ultimate responsibility for the ensuring the class runs within the class rules; any changes to the rules have to be ratified by the RYA. The committee meets about 5 times each year, one of the meetings is an all day affair, called the 'Away Day', at which long term strategy for the class is planned.

 

'Furthering the interests of the class' is interpreted to mean activities that relate to:

  1. Promotion of the class to the public with a view to - Growing the membership, Maintaining the strong profile of the class in the sailing press, Working to maintain residual boat values/ prices
  2. Keeping members informed about the Association?s activities
  3. Organising events for members
  4. Arranging the Class presence at the Dinghy Exhibition
  5. Promoting changes to the class rules that it feels will benefit the current members and help to secure the future of the class. The policy currently being pursued is to avoid any changes to the rules that could be divisive to the membership

 

'Governing the affairs of the class' is interpreted to mean:

  1. Organising the requisite General Meetings
  2. Ensuring that the Association complies with any legal requirements to which it is subject (Auditing, Data Protection etc)
  3. Setting in place financial strategies that plan for the present and the future, and ensuring that the strategies are followed. Association income is primarily from subscriptions, but is enhanced significantly by revenue from sales of merchandise, advertising in class publications, and sponsorship for the National Championships. The Association plans to break even each year, but by good financial management and cost control over the years there is a healthy balance currently.

 

Minutes

Minutes of the AGM and reports from the 'Away Day' are published in the magazine and website (in the library) for members to read.
TopicAuthorLatest PostViewsPosts
Training Weekend 2018 - please read
Chris M17/01/2018 16:26:38 - 7241
Chichester Snowflake
Nick Craig15/01/2018 14:03:00 - Will and Mary H7602
What makes Merlin Rockets great?
Sel15/01/2018 08:39:30 - Barnsie140118
Brian Saffery Cooper
Barry Dunning14/01/2018 22:14:50 - Yesterday Man of Whitstable 13164
Details of ‘Witchcraft’
Sam Bagshaw14/01/2018 10:28:49 - Sam Bagshaw6974
Measurement certificate
Tim Rogers09/01/2018 07:56:16 - Chris M8496
Exe Jib for sale.
Pete Nicholson06/01/2018 09:44:51 - Chris Rathbone 7604
Bloody Mary
Logan woof woof04/01/2018 18:33:18 - Logan11545
Cheap Speed Sails
Ross03/01/2018 09:22:19 - 6111
What makes Merlin Rockets great?
Sel01/01/2018 12:09:36 - 6031
Lyme Regis Accommodation
Graham Cranford Smith31/12/2017 09:25:06 - stuart gurney8042
Sixty seconds worth of distance run !
Luna Rossa 31/12/2017 07:52:09 - LunaRossa13716
Robert Lee-Warner
Former whitstable pro17/12/2017 16:06:46 - 8481
De May and Thames series
Ben Marshall16/12/2017 11:50:32 - Olly Turner7794
1st merlin
Dan H15/12/2017 07:56:34 - Chris M9093
Crew Training at Wembley
Anthony Rickaby14/12/2017 14:15:28 - Godfrey7072
Hobbit (2245) Free to a Good Home
Andrea09/12/2017 20:19:23 - Ben 376714736
Amazon and RNLI
Dave C05/12/2017 12:18:53 - 8021
Spreaders for chipstow mast
Pete Slack01/12/2017 12:39:00 - Pete9413
2018 Calendar
Barnsie29/11/2017 19:45:51 - Tim Male9454
Grafham Grand Prix - no late entries this year
Dave Philpott22/11/2017 18:13:55 - 8781
Wanted twin pole spinny system
Mike Liggett22/11/2017 09:59:50 - Mike Liggett9084
Autumn mag
Logan22/11/2017 06:08:34 - Colin Brockbank130712
Adur 3
Tim Medcalf20/11/2017 20:12:22 - Chris Martin142413
The death of 3047
Spratt20/11/2017 19:53:59 - Andrew Mills10385
Burghfield Date Error
Fixtures Man20/11/2017 08:36:53 - 6701
Accommodation for Salcombe 2018
stuart gurney14/11/2017 17:51:25 - John Adams11204
Final 2017 Thames Series results
Ross14/11/2017 11:24:28 - 6901
Ranelagh - Saturday 11th
Frances Gifford13/11/2017 19:17:58 - Chris Rathbone 9877
Anyone want to sell a lift rudder?
Andy Gardiner10/11/2017 13:15:56 - Andyismrtoad10408
Rookie - needs instruction
Ben Loxton-Edwards09/11/2017 08:58:32 - RichardT10429
Sail sale - reduced price
Dave C07/11/2017 13:41:15 - 7191
Older boats rig tension
Old git John06/11/2017 20:17:30 - Dan Alsop11568
mainsheet traveller
scam06/11/2017 14:19:41 - John fildes 11378
Fixtures
Andy Gardiner06/11/2017 10:43:24 - Andyismrtoad8365
mainsheet traveller
scam - 6300
Page links broken?
KM31/10/2017 00:03:17 - Martin Smith5932
Final vintage series results published
Ross30/10/2017 20:50:52 - Ross8262
Final Silver Tiller and Grand Slam results
Ross30/10/2017 09:24:35 - Ross7283
Helm/Crew available for Felucca
Tom Daniel27/10/2017 08:37:19 - 7681
Blithfied Open & 2017 HD Sails Mid Circuit decieder
Martin Smith25/10/2017 13:06:27 - John Adams11795
Open results
Ross23/10/2017 09:09:51 - Ross8363
3047
Matt22/10/2017 19:03:18 - Spratt10415
Burghfield Open 14th October
Ally 20/10/2017 17:01:17 - Ellie11087
Spinnaker Halyard pump
Nick20/10/2017 12:28:00 - Barnsie251026
Merlin Photos
Demelza19/10/2017 19:19:01 - 8191
Ian Holt, Merlin Rocket designer.
19/10/2017 18:48:25 - Ross221022
Salcombe 2018 entry open date / time
Ross18/10/2017 12:10:24 - Ross9003
Endeavour Trophy
Andrew Mills17/10/2017 23:27:12 - Chris Martin7795
Silver Tiller Dinner and Felucca
Steve Crook17/10/2017 23:07:58 - Steve11326
2017 HD Sails Midland Circuit
Martin Smith16/10/2017 21:26:43 - Rob Sloane108310
2x Spinnakers for Sale
Jon15/10/2017 14:04:38 - 6581
Peggy Brown 24-7-23 to 14-10-17
Sally Garrett14/10/2017 22:54:44 - 6811
Carbon Boom For Sale
Alex10/10/2017 15:16:53 - 6661
Job tack placement
Chris Rathbone 09/10/2017 17:38:18 - Chris Martin8584
Merlin Opens at Hampton SC 14 &15 October
John09/10/2017 13:13:54 - 6411
Thin Ice on eBay
Andrew Mills06/10/2017 20:10:13 - Stuart Bates MR36158192
Merlins at Tamesis on 7&8 October
Tim Medcalf06/10/2017 11:39:48 - John Adams98310
Parkstone ST 30th Sept/1st Oct
JonCG04/10/2017 16:22:31 - results13769
Boat restoration charities
Nigel Wilyman04/10/2017 10:48:01 - rock8904
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