The Merlin Rocket is the ultimate hiking dinghy for two people – refined over 70 years of development. Now an extremely modern class providing excellent racing throughout the UK.
From Olympic sailors and World Champions, the Merlin Rocket is the most versatile and rewarding non-trapeze, non-foiling 14ft boat in the World.
Sailed highly competitively by crews weighing in between 18st to 24st, the Merlin Rocket offers everything from quiet pond sailing to full-on, downwind wave riding. The class offers club sailing throughout the UK, the Silver Tiller travellers’ circuit, Inland and National Championships and the infamous Salcombe Week.
The VR Sport Media Crew visited the UK's Dinghy Show to interview some of the exhibitors. Mark "Corky" Rhodes chatted with Oliver Turner from the Merlin Rocket Class Association about what makes the development class so popular in the UK and their infamous "Salcombe Pilgrimage".
Merlin Rocket Nationals 2017 - Wednesday Was A Blast!
The Aspire Merlin Rocket Nationals are well under way with Nick Craig and Alan Roberts dominating with four wins out of five races (they got a second in that one)! Pwllheli can be gentle like a lamb or wild like the Welsh dragon - Wednesday was a blast for those who ventured out..
Merlin Rocket Nationals 2017 - Time to come out fighting!
Nick Craig and Alan Roberts may be leading the Aspire Merlin Rocket Nationals but the rest of the fleet came out fighting. Stunning port flyer in Race 7 for Will Warren and Mark Oakley, Gould/Kilsby and Davies/Warren took gold each in the three back to back races but is it enough to stop the curr...
Merlin Rocket Nationals 2017 - Surfs Up - Craig & Roberts Champions
Nick Craig and Alan Roberts are crowned Aspire Merlin Rocket National Champions at Pwllheli Sailing Club. The surf, sun, sand and sea monsters were the ultimate combination for the fleet with many tired bodies and big smiles.
The Merlin Rockets are a development class and have had many designs over the years - Pat Blake takes you through three variations including the 'Summer Wine', 'Canterbury Tales Mark 5' and 'Genii Evolution'. Filmed on location at the Merlin Rocket Nationals 2017 in Plas Heli.