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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.

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    Merlin Rocket designer Various since 1947
    Hull material FRP or Wood (clinker form)
    Length Max 4.27m
    Beam Max 2.18m
    Number of crew 2
    Sail area Approx 10m sq (varies) 
    Rig Mainsail, headsail and symmetric spinnaker
    Class status RYA National Class

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    Merlin Rocket Class contacts

    Chair: Martin Smith

    Secretary: Chris Kilsby

    Technical Officers: Dan Alsop

    Rules & Measurement

    Current Class Rules

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    Merlin Rocket National Champions

    2018 Lyme Regis SC Christian Birrell & Sam Brearey (Merlin Rocket 3788)

    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:

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