Why Sail One?

First Impressions

Most people's first thoughts on racing a Merlin Rocket follow a similar pattern:
  • My, these Merlins go well to windward.
  • Downwind, they're great.
  • They are so comfortable and everything works.
  • They are wicked fighting machines.
  • Oops, the competition is a bit hot. One mistake and a pile of boats pass you.
Final comment back on-shore:
      What a great crowd, these Merlin sailors sure know how to party!




The Merlin Rocket sits at the centre of the dinghy-racing scene. It combines the boat handling and tactical racing of the traditional designs with the thrills and excitement of the modern "fast in a straight line" designs.
Upwind, the high aspect rig means that in light and medium wind conditions, the Merlin Rocket is one of the highest pointing dinghies around. It is the bane of the trapeze boat sailor. The power to weight ratio and the controllability of the rig means that planing to windward is common in strong winds, without much loss of pointing ability.

On the reaches, the long spinnaker pole and new 10m2 spinnaker are a powerful combination. The long pole keeps the spinnaker away from the mainsail, so close reaching under spinnaker remains one of the strengths and thrills of Merlin Rocket sailing.
The conventional symmetrical spinnaker remains effective at all sailing angles and so the downwind strategy has to be carefully considered. Do you plug straight downwind or gybe from broad reach to broad reach? It depends! It's your call on the day.


Merlin Rocket - the boat for all courses.
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Merlin week flights
Salcombe Yacht Club29/01/2019 17:33:46 - 3601
Merlin Week 2019 MROA membership. IMPORTANT.
Salcombe Yacht Club29/01/2019 16:59:18 - 3031
Merlin Week 2019 MROA membership. IMPORTANT.
Salcombe Yacht Club29/01/2019 16:58:59 - 1821
Salcombe Week 2020
Tim Male28/01/2019 15:49:59 - Ian Mackenzie195519
Centreboard For Sale.
Ben 376726/01/2019 16:12:17 - 35739024
A nice boat for someone...
Derik Palmer26/01/2019 08:46:11 - Mike Liggett5573
whereabouts of Merlin Rocket no.3002
John Turner24/01/2019 14:33:17 - Rebecca Baker172414
Brian Southcott
Pat Blake23/01/2019 14:24:48 - Tamesis Club11327
Wanted - Sovereign launching trolley
Dan22/01/2019 16:33:02 - 33704654
Wanted: Compass
Richard22/01/2019 10:21:13 - Richard3103
Bow tack, yes or no?
John Cooper16/01/2019 10:22:51 - Ben3767142216
Itchenor Winter Warmer
George Yeoman15/01/2019 16:37:44 - 3741
tack fitting
Simon15/01/2019 16:34:23 - 2551
Mainsail design
Richard Saunderson09/01/2019 13:12:14 - Andrew Mills112229
of HDs for sale (1st at Salcombe Week and only used for this regatta)
Simon Blake06/01/2019 08:08:48 - Simon Blake5192
Crew for Salcombe
Tim Barr02/01/2019 11:19:17 - 3941
Main halyard working loads
Andyismrtoad26/12/2018 19:43:55 - Gareth Griffiths NHRC6647
A new Merlin Rocket design for 2019
Keith callaghan22/12/2018 06:26:20 - Gareth Griffiths NHRC7352
Grafham Hand Prix Sunday 30 Dec
Dave18/12/2018 14:24:58 - Dave3292
Sponsorship
RC371515/12/2018 20:39:05 - 4031
Gear guides
Claire14/12/2018 13:40:44 - Pip5845
John Harris
Richard Harris11/12/2018 19:17:07 - Dave & Jenny Philpott162116
Free sails
Chris Jennings10/12/2018 18:41:55 - Chris Jennings4522
Hull epoxy
Richie dugdale09/12/2018 16:13:49 - Rod & Jo9816
Main Halyard 2:1 length
Chris G 361309/12/2018 01:19:03 - Gareth Griffiths NHRC60813
merlin 2800
neil parkinson @ [email protected]03/12/2018 01:09:04 - 2271
Various Newbie Questions
Chris G 361328/11/2018 20:06:52 - Grozzer81365610
Magazine
Chris26/11/2018 19:00:29 - 2911
Wooden decks
17/11/2018 12:39:10 - Rod & Jo336259
Sailwave series templates
JMac08/11/2018 18:36:44 - JMac6093
15 % off Magic Marine for MROA Members
Lou Johnson31/10/2018 13:40:02 - sophie5757
Welcome to new members
Logan31/10/2018 07:11:18 - Colin Brockbank6324
Nautilus Imland Championships - next weekend
Chris M29/10/2018 20:18:32 - Ross9948
Epifanes clear gloss varnish - help please
Richard Saunderson28/10/2018 14:14:41 - Richard Saunderson79310
Salcombe 2019 entry update
Ross26/10/2018 18:21:27 - Graham Cranford Smith148511
Lymington - online entry refund?
Dave C24/10/2018 18:33:32 - Plus One4322
Ranelagh Downriver Race - Thames Series Finale - This Sunday
Frances Gifford24/10/2018 17:40:08 - Frances Gifford3542
History of 3216
Godfrey Clark22/10/2018 00:08:30 - William Harris136610
Silver Tiller Dinner Tickets - All gone (well, nearly)
Mark (the plus one)21/10/2018 13:02:49 - Ian Mackenzie4302
ST scores updated
Ross19/10/2018 16:46:02 - Ross6055
2019 Fixtures
Fixtures Man19/10/2018 14:12:15 - Jez36867017
Nautilus Yachting Inland Champs - 27/28 October 2018
Ian Mackenzie19/10/2018 11:47:19 - Ian Mackenzie4452
Lymington SIlver Tiller Forecast
Lou Johnson19/10/2018 10:25:51 - 2581
Silver Tiller Dinner and Dance Tickets 2018 ON SALE
#TeamLymo Merlin Fleet15/10/2018 10:39:31 - Lou Johnson7567
Dave Gunson
Nick Lightbody13/10/2018 16:24:53 - Martin Smith4351
Wanted - Buoyancy Bag
Dan12/10/2018 20:54:51 - Dan8733
Even more free sails on offer
Will12/10/2018 20:38:14 - Will Rainey8156
Silver Tiller Discussion.
john fildes12/10/2018 19:24:17 - Scam69519
Felucca
Steve Crook10/10/2018 14:28:10 - Ross7028
MR 3571 Hakuna Matata for sale
Alan357105/10/2018 10:37:26 - Alan Feist8353
Tamesis - DeMay & Silver Tiller/Thames Opens - 6&7th OCTOBER
Joe McLaughlin01/10/2018 09:57:57 - Tammy4182
Tamesis De May question
first time traveller01/10/2018 09:32:31 - Tammy3272
Vintage & Silver Tiller Merlin Opens - Hampton SC
Stuart Jenkins30/09/2018 15:29:31 - 2991
Wanted - old undercover
Alex30/09/2018 10:07:04 - 2601
Free sails on offer
Sophie28/09/2018 00:05:18 - Harry4895
Parkstone ST and 70th birthday supper
Ben376727/09/2018 19:55:53 - 2161
Even more free sails on offer
Will27/09/2018 16:26:46 - Will Rainey2311
Parkstone Yacht Club Silver Tiller 29/30 Sept 2018
Ben376726/09/2018 20:38:00 - Richard Whitworth7125
Parkstone travel M27
Scam26/09/2018 18:47:18 - Scam2471
Wanted - Boat Cover
Dan26/09/2018 16:19:31 - Dan3843
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