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.
TopicAuthorLatest PostViewsPosts
Apparent wind
Logan21/07/2020 16:22:24 - Rousey5428
East Lothian champs dates
Logan19/07/2020 23:09:27 - Pat Blake4495
Adur 3
Tim Medcalf16/07/2020 08:27:01 - David Seer216814
1963 Merlin rocket
Tim Clothier15/07/2020 14:32:33 - Former Whitstable Pro9922
Spinnaker Poles for sale?
Carl Mayhew08/07/2020 11:03:39 - Ben Green6085
Spinnakers for sale?
Carl Mayhew04/07/2020 20:04:29 - Frances Gifford4152
Getting Back on the water RYA
RC371503/07/2020 13:13:08 - 5031
Scamming sales enquiry ?
Rob Hatley01/07/2020 23:05:59 - Loz7223
rules, i love rules.
Matt 349430/06/2020 17:51:14 - Jo & rod sceptical125914
Ken Lawton sad news
Colin26/06/2020 12:07:54 - David Greening6362
Links around the website
Rousey 363426/06/2020 11:55:09 - Martin Smith4282
Shoreham ST cancellation
William Warren 24/06/2020 12:22:55 - 7141
2002 merlin rules
Ezi dave24/06/2020 11:10:43 - Stuart Bates8165
Poole Week
JonCG18/06/2020 20:52:45 - 5251
One String System
Ainslie French16/06/2020 16:34:46 - Ainslie French136422
New jib Bar
Matt13/06/2020 08:16:02 - Chris Martin7345
Fly Guy Sail Nos 3312
Paul Good11/06/2020 10:18:54 - Stuart Bates8704
Problems with Coast & Country Cottages booking for Merlin Week
Keith Callaghan05/06/2020 19:25:09 - Jo Haworth184826
Minima YC De May & Thames Series Event CANCELLED.
Stuart Jenkins02/06/2020 14:28:30 - Stuart J117751
Tenby Championships - Cancelled
MROA Committee01/06/2020 21:31:31 - 7241
Merlin 3009/3911
William Grime01/06/2020 20:52:14 - David Greening8169
Silver Tiller Questionnaire
M.R.O.A. Committee01/06/2020 09:23:00 - MROA Committee5802
Free sails
Chris Grosscurth31/05/2020 11:05:56 - Grozzer8134291
Free sails
Chris Grosscurth31/05/2020 10:51:25 - Grozzer8133111
Masts
Timothy Rogers23/05/2020 21:42:10 - Richard B12669
Mainsheet hoop track
Timothy Rogers23/05/2020 21:15:49 - Gareth Griffiths NHRC8507
Merlin Rocket National Championships Update
MROA Committee23/05/2020 00:25:47 - Martin Smith240816
What we are missing this weekend
Andrew Mills22/05/2020 09:20:17 - Andrew Mills4411
3364 Shadowfax
21/05/2020 13:52:21 - Gareth Griffiths275714
Hull / Deck join
Elodie Grenen18/05/2020 10:44:55 - Elodie Grenen6175
MROA AGM Cancelled
Chris Kilsby18/05/2020 10:23:56 - 5371
Sad News Mike Liggett.
Jon Cowper 3463.17/05/2020 17:45:59 - Tony Johnson6302
Merlin Week update 30/3/2020.
Graham Cranford Smith SYC. 16/05/2020 19:43:36 - Steve M17048
Merlin Rocket e-Sailing - RYA Spring Championships - ENTER!
Chris Kilsby16/05/2020 11:12:16 - Chris Kilsby9685
Merlins and social distancing
Andrew Mills14/05/2020 17:33:13 - Dan H10457
Merlin Week 2021
Graham Cranford Smith SYC. 13/05/2020 11:27:27 - RH27719
Brightlingsea SC Silver Tiller 6-7th
Andy Bines04/05/2020 10:09:24 - 5581
3646
Hamish ex332101/05/2020 18:52:08 - Andy 3376 9384
ST results to date
Ross27/04/2020 12:25:07 - Ross5701
Salcombe Guide on Y & Y
Andrew Mills20/04/2020 11:54:06 - David Greening8185
Spring Magazine
Pat Blake15/04/2020 23:23:37 - Derik Palmer144914
Sheerline
Tim Rogers15/04/2020 13:20:35 - Timothy Rogers6253
Dickie Dee
Richard Adams11/04/2020 16:22:54 - 7281
NSM1 design
Mike Blunt10/04/2020 19:08:45 - mike blunt8016
One string rake
Rousey10/04/2020 08:36:50 - Gareth Griffiths NHRC6995
And now a boom
Timothy Rogers10/04/2020 06:50:21 - Batson5642
Mk VIII
09/04/2020 11:00:29 - Pat Blake12536
Spinnaker pump halyard drawing
Chris Grosscurth09/04/2020 10:47:23 - Stuart Bates8967
Vintage Merlin Rocket Wanted
John Michael Whelan07/04/2020 20:18:25 - Tim Medcalf8362
Sailing on TV - Tuesday 7 April at 5:30 pm
Louise Johnson06/04/2020 20:01:30 - 4941
Whitstable Silver Tiller cancelled
John Cooper06/04/2020 18:57:15 - 4501
Covid-19
Rousey04/04/2020 17:34:07 - Ian Mackenzie10097
Parkstone Merlin Training & Silver Tiller 2/3 May
Nick Scroggie01/04/2020 14:42:36 - 19771
Jack the Lad 1529
Peter Keeble 01/04/2020 14:34:58 - 4061
3735 updates
James Wells30/03/2020 15:29:11 - Chris K9945
Salcombe Silver Tiller 2021 and Merlin Week 2020 update.
Graham Cranford Smith Salcombe Yacht Club 29/03/2020 13:30:46 - Louise Johnson8462
A video to amus if we are missing going sailing
Andrew Mills27/03/2020 20:42:09 - Andrew Mills7993
Dinghy Show
Colin Simmonds25/03/2020 21:59:47 - Gareth Griffiths NHRC209121
Cheap MR sails on ebay
RB22/03/2020 16:16:57 - 5171
Ranelagh Thames and De May Series - Cancelled
Frances Gifford22/03/2020 08:06:22 - 4261
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