Richard would have been nagging all you Merlin sailors, so I am now taking up the task on his behalf. “Real Magic”, a coffee table book, sets out, brilliantly, the first 70 years of the Merlin Rocket. Researched and written by David “Dougal” Henshall it is a tour de force, not cheap at £40 but, if your interest in Merlins goes beyond just steering them, it is a must have. Loads of hull lines, photos and drawings – from the end of WW2 to the present. To buy simply go on the MROA website Forum, scroll down to “Real Magic” and Dougal explains.