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    Merlin Rocket 

    The Merlin Rocket is a development class where only a few hull dimensions are controlled, offering freedom to designers to develop their best hull shapes. The Merlin Rocket has been adopted by the RYA as a National Class. Refined over 70 years of development, the Merlin Rocket is now an extremely modern class providing excellent racing throughout the UK with a very active class association.

    Merlin Rockets

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    Merlin Rocket Class website

    Facebook page

    2018 National Championship entry

    Merlin Rocket designer

    Various since 1947

    Hull material

    FRP or Wood (clinker form)


    Max 4.27m


    Max 2.18m

    Number of crew


    Sail area

    Approx 10m sq (varies) 

    Mainsail, headsail and symmetric spinnaker

    Class status

    RYA National Class

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    Merlin Rocket Class contacts

    Chair: Chris Martin

    Secretary: Andrea Downham

    Technical Officers: Dan Alsop

    Rules & Measurement

    Current Class Rules

    Merlin Rocket Measurement Form

    How to obtain a Measurement Certificate

    Find a Measurer

    Merlin Rocket

    Merlin Rocket National Champions

    2017 Plas Heli Nick Craig & Alan Roberts (Merlin Rocket 3776)

    2016 Penzance SC Roger Gilbert & James Stewart (Merlin Rocket 3722)

    2015 Whitstable YC Ben Saxton & George Yeoman (Merlin Rocket 3742)

    2014 Looe SC Stuart Bithell & Tom Pygall (Merlin Rocket 3742)

    2013 Tenby SC Nick Craig & Alan Roberts (Merlin Rocket 3749)

    2012 Lyme Regis SC Stuart Bithell & Christian Birrell (Merlin Rocket 3742)

    2011 Hayling Island SC Andy Davis & Tom Pygall (Merlin Rocket 3684)

    2010 Penzance SC Stuart Bithell & Christian Birrell (Merlin Rocket 3699)

    2009 Whitstable YC Glen Truswell & Olly Turner (Merlin Rocket 3626)

    2008 Looe SC Roger Gilbert & James Stewart (Merlin Rocket 3656)

    Merlin Rocket builders

    Winder Boats, Kensington Street, Keighley, West Yorkshire, BD21 1PW. Tel: 01535 604980. Email: Website:

    Merlin Rockets

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