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Salcombe Merlin Week
Sunday 8 July - Saturday 14 July
120 Merlins are entered for this year’s Salcombe Merlin week with three Tammy boats participating together with a large number of supporters.
This event is organised every year by Salcombe Yacht Club, and is hugely popular for the racing and off water activities.
Watch out for the reports!
Thanks to Jim Green for the following history of the event:
“After the introduction of the Merlin in 1948 and the subsequent establishment of the merged National Merlin Rocket class in 1951 the fleet expanded rapidly and many travelled down to Salcombe to compete in its annual town regatta. Soon there were enough Merlin Rockets competing that in 1958 they were offered their own start at the Salcombe town regatta, the first of which was won by top Tamesis sailor Brian Saffrey-Cooper who then went on to represent GB in the 1964 Olympics in Tokyo. Eventually so many Merlin Rockets competed at Salcombe that they were allocated their own exclusive Merlin Rocket Week which is now one of the most popular dinghy racing events in the UK. Over the years Salcombe’s Merlin Rocket Week has attracted many Tamesis members who have competed very successfully, particularly our own John Harris who has won the week no less than 6 times, a record beaten by only one other top Merlin Rocket sailor.
Nowadays, the event is limited to 120 competing boats which is greatly oversubscribed within the first few minutes of the entries opening and there is always a long waiting list, so the entries are split into four flights because Salcombe’s Harbourmaster sets a limit of 60 boats on the very congested start line. Each of the four flights compete against each other three times during the racing week and the spectacle of 60 Merlin Rockets jostling for position on the start line is one of the highlights of the week for the hundreds of spectators. For a sailing enthusiast, it’s a sight not to be missed! “