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
Salcombe week photos
John Murrell11/07/2017 16:37:53 - Alan35717126
One for the Vintage boys and girls
RichardT11/07/2017 13:48:00 - 5421
Derek King''s 80th Birthday
Jefferson Smith11/07/2017 01:21:56 - jefferson Smith5113
Lymington Dinghy Regatta 15/16 July
Louise Johnson10/07/2017 14:40:28 - Lou Johnson6353
Merlin insurance
JC10/07/2017 10:19:32 - Dave C8017
No 570 free
Bryan09/07/2017 20:53:20 - 10011
Salcombe Pictures
Alan357109/07/2017 19:31:44 - 4521
Lost at Salcombe - spinnaker bag and contents
Matt Greenfield08/07/2017 23:16:46 - 3891
Lost at Salcombe - spinnaker bag and contents
Matt Greenfield08/07/2017 23:16:29 - 4381
Next best thing to being there!
Andrew M08/07/2017 09:26:29 - Ben Marshall8625
Wanted: tall(ish) rig with small(ish) jib
Dekerfer07/07/2017 10:08:24 - Dekerfer5013
3331 Resoration
Colin Simmonds 06/07/2017 14:18:21 - 5121
Restoration of 2135 Tumbler
Chris Hodges02/07/2017 20:50:34 - Chris Hodges7227
Thanks to Alex Jackson
Chris M02/07/2017 08:35:16 - Chris Martin6241
Anyone got a spare Centre board for Salcombe week?
Gareth Griffiths30/06/2017 19:10:37 - Gareth Griffiths NHRC5711
Eligibility for De May series
Tim Medcalf29/06/2017 15:07:39 - Rod Andrew105023
Merlin Rocket 337 THUNDER
28/06/2017 16:45:15 - Tim Medcalf53811
Sail measurement at Salcombe
Richard Harris28/06/2017 14:43:55 - Stuart Bates MR36156606
Whitstable Silver Tiller 24-25 June
JC28/06/2017 11:18:47 - Ross6403
Sailing boots - whitstable
AHayes28/06/2017 09:56:03 - AHayes4051
Magazines for clubs
Logan28/06/2017 09:05:31 - Colin Brockbank3841
Salcombe Week - Team Prize.
Peter Male27/06/2017 16:01:51 - Peter Male6032
Salcombe Spreader Crisis !
Alan 357127/06/2017 08:02:52 - Gareth Griffiths NHRC7245
HD Sails for sale
Chris Gould25/06/2017 10:52:11 - 8101
Crew wanted for Salcombe
Malcolm Hyams25/06/2017 10:08:56 - 5631
Crew wanted for Salcombe
Malcolm Hyams25/06/2017 10:08:51 - 4571
Room/Rooms at Salcombe
Joe Tosh23/06/2017 16:55:51 - 4981
Room/Rooms at Salcombe
Joe Tosh23/06/2017 12:03:40 - 4101
Room/Rooms at Salcombe
Joe Tosh23/06/2017 10:19:59 - 3901
Full HD Sails For Sale £395.00
Paul Hollis23/06/2017 08:41:02 - Paul Hollis5532
TSC Sunday June 25th
Ben Marshall22/06/2017 09:57:57 - Ben Marshall6132
Eligibility for De May series
Tim Medcalf21/06/2017 09:51:20 - 4101
NoR Minima De May and Thames Series
Andrea19/06/2017 12:29:48 - Ben37675502
Merlin Week 2017
Graham Cranford Smith17/06/2017 16:11:58 - Ian Mackenzie10502
Championship Courses
former whitstable pro17/06/2017 15:58:16 - Ian Mackenzie6238
Transom flaps
16/06/2017 11:35:20 - Steve Razzetti1221817
Summer mags / yearbook
Logan. New dog 16/06/2017 10:17:39 - Colin Brockbank5642
Salcombe - South Sands Derelict Site
Alan357115/06/2017 19:46:42 - 6721
Wanted Lifting Winder Rudder
Stuart Jenkins15/06/2017 11:40:15 - 4361
Spinny sheets
Ross15/06/2017 11:19:29 - Gareth Griffiths NHRC5783
U Bolts
Alan357114/06/2017 18:47:43 - Alan35715245
Salcombe Week
Stuart Bates MR361514/06/2017 09:34:33 - 5761
Spinnaker lost at HISC
Fiona Gray13/06/2017 14:10:13 - 4571
Well done HISC
Chris M13/06/2017 12:36:00 - Ross6964
Sails for Sale at Salcombe!
Samantha Lulham11/06/2017 19:28:23 - 4581
Bargain Winder for sale - cheaper every week!
stuart gurney11/06/2017 15:18:07 - the gurn213419
Salcombe Week Mill Bay Dinghy Available!
Jez368611/06/2017 14:14:00 - Jez36864981
Spinnaker Wanted
Alan357107/06/2017 23:00:51 - Chris Martin5843
Brightlingsea Silver Tiller Open 4th and 5th June
Piers Lambett06/06/2017 13:25:03 - Ross96511
Salcombe Week - beer tokens!!
Dave C05/06/2017 14:12:11 - David6913
HISC ST
Barnsie03/06/2017 10:12:08 - Gareth Griffiths NHRC6572
History wanted on Merlin 1711
29/05/2017 09:16:58 - Samantha Lulham93022
Lifting Rudder Stock wanted
Michael Hamilton27/05/2017 12:40:03 - 4831
Biographic article on Jon Turner in Y&Y
Keith Callaghan25/05/2017 09:50:45 - Barnsie7913
Latest ST updates
Ross24/05/2017 11:26:28 - Ross5074
Pwllhelli Silver Tiller 13/14 May
Ian Mackenzie19/05/2017 18:15:09 - Ian Mackenzie146721
Bourne End Week - 27 to 30 May 2017
John Meadowcroft18/05/2017 19:06:23 - Richard P8296
Don''t get too cocky with the sea and wind !!
Luna Rossa18/05/2017 16:04:39 - Luna Rossa6594
Starcross ST - win a new jib!
Dave Lee16/05/2017 17:19:25 - Dave Lee5743
Salcombe Crew Required
Jez368615/05/2017 15:59:57 - Jez36864381
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