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 2021
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Brightlingsea SC Silver Tiller 6-7th
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Hamish ex332101/05/2020 18:52:08 - Andy 3376 8594
ST results to date
Ross27/04/2020 12:25:07 - Ross5091
Salcombe Guide on Y & Y
Andrew Mills20/04/2020 11:54:06 - David Greening7515
Spring Magazine
Pat Blake15/04/2020 23:23:37 - Derik Palmer139014
Sheerline
Tim Rogers15/04/2020 13:20:35 - Timothy Rogers5673
Dickie Dee
Richard Adams11/04/2020 16:22:54 - 6561
NSM1 design
Mike Blunt10/04/2020 19:08:45 - mike blunt7476
One string rake
Rousey10/04/2020 08:36:50 - Gareth Griffiths NHRC6065
And now a boom
Timothy Rogers10/04/2020 06:50:21 - Albatross5042
Mk VIII
09/04/2020 11:00:29 - Pat Blake11626
Spinnaker pump halyard drawing
Chris Grosscurth09/04/2020 10:47:23 - Stuart Bates8127
Vintage Merlin Rocket Wanted
John Michael Whelan07/04/2020 20:18:25 - Tim Medcalf7692
Sailing on TV - Tuesday 7 April at 5:30 pm
Louise Johnson06/04/2020 20:01:30 - 4271
Whitstable Silver Tiller cancelled
John Cooper06/04/2020 18:57:15 - 3781
Covid-19
Rousey04/04/2020 17:34:07 - Ian Mackenzie9257
Parkstone Merlin Training & Silver Tiller 2/3 May
Nick Scroggie01/04/2020 14:42:36 - 15621
Jack the Lad 1529
Peter Keeble 01/04/2020 14:34:58 - 3521
3735 updates
James Wells30/03/2020 15:29:11 - Chris K9065
Salcombe Silver Tiller 2021 and Merlin Week 2020 update.
Graham Cranford Smith Salcombe Yacht Club 29/03/2020 13:30:46 - Louise Johnson7232
A video to amus if we are missing going sailing
Andrew Mills27/03/2020 20:42:09 - Andrew Mills7043
Dinghy Show
Colin Simmonds25/03/2020 21:59:47 - Gareth Griffiths NHRC201121
Cheap MR sails on ebay
RB22/03/2020 16:16:57 - 4491
Ranelagh Thames and De May Series - Cancelled
Frances Gifford22/03/2020 08:06:22 - 3531
Salcombe Week
Barry Dunning19/03/2020 08:46:07 - Ben 376712588
Chichester YC silver tiller CANCELLED
chris grosscurth18/03/2020 21:26:19 - Grozzer8134271
Itchenor SC Silver Tiller CANCELLED
George Yeoman18/03/2020 14:26:04 - 3901
MROA staement on Covid 19 - Coronavirus
MROA18/03/2020 11:19:46 - Martin Smith9102
Aspire 75th National Champs - 2020
Ian Mackenzie17/03/2020 18:58:35 - Ian Mackenzie16518
Wembley Silver Tiller Open Meeting 15 March 2020
John Green17/03/2020 14:59:11 - Lou Johnson135410
Midland ST - cancelled
Chris M16/03/2020 18:08:52 - Chris Martin4331
... any crews for Wembley ?
Andy Jones13/03/2020 14:30:53 - Anna Aylward4562
RYA Issue New Class Rules (Rule C.8 rudders)
MROA Chair (on behalf of MROA Committee)13/03/2020 07:26:51 - Matt 3494146810
Merlin Week flight preferences 2020.
Graham Cranford Smith SYC. 12/03/2020 08:22:40 - 4171
David Oddie
Chris Haworth12/03/2020 07:37:18 - Chris Haworth 6133
Main Halyard
Rousey 363409/03/2020 18:47:51 - Chris Martin5457
De May and Open Meeting River Series
Martin Hunter09/03/2020 06:17:44 - martin3741
Buoyancy bag covers
Rousey 363407/03/2020 20:55:35 - Chris Martin5066
Burghfield ST 7th March Entry Open & Live Tracking
Simon Potts07/03/2020 14:28:22 - Tim M106610
Itchenor Winter Warmer 2020
George Yeoman06/03/2020 20:02:21 - George Yeoman19968
Calling All Regional Reps
Martin Smith05/03/2020 10:15:41 - Martin Smith4271
Merlin Rocket Class Training - 02/05/2020
Christian Birrell04/03/2020 13:57:10 - Martin Smith4401
HD Sails Midland Circuit Prize Evening
Martin04/03/2020 07:57:12 - D.H.6744
Wanted: Old Superspars Carbon Mast
Richard 203729/02/2020 10:11:51 - Richard4793
the lead and how to swing it...
scam27/02/2020 22:39:29 - Keith Callaghan6775
Important information about the Dinghy Show.
Pippa Kilsby27/02/2020 09:29:44 - 4041
MROA Training 02/05/2020
Martin26/02/2020 20:13:18 - Tim M4102
Re-Measuring
Gareth Griffiths24/02/2020 12:54:20 - Gareth Griffiths NHRC6426
BLITHFIELD BLAST Event
Blithfield Sailing Club20/02/2020 21:18:24 - 4201
Salcombe silver tiller
Tristram Squire20/02/2020 16:43:30 - 3791
New Rudder Design
Tom14/02/2020 09:31:39 - Do different20607
Perisher Series Lymington Town SC
Lou Johnson07/02/2020 21:10:22 - Gareth Griffiths NHRC7813
Rounding marks rules
Logan07/02/2020 13:43:44 - Andrew Mills8379
Blithfield Barrel
Peter Male06/02/2020 22:17:31 - Peter Male3901
Medium Kite
David Philpott31/01/2020 16:06:06 - Scam6654
Salcombe Accomodation Available
Jez 368631/01/2020 13:50:34 - 4201
The cut of your jib...
Scallywag30/01/2020 08:18:45 - Gareth Griffiths NHRC8486
2929 High Noon
22/01/2020 20:27:39 - A.musgrave12307
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