Merlin Rocket Championships
17 - 23 August 2019

Welcome to the home of the 2019 Aspire Merlin Rocket National Championships
Here you will find the all the latest information about the event


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For 2018 Champ’s competitors who re-enter and pay before 1 May 2019, we are pleased to be able to offer you a “Loyalty Bonus” of entry at £215. For all other Early Entries (payment before 1 May 2019) entry will be £240, with £50 discount for youth sailors (25 and under), older Merlin’s (3571 and older), and first time helms who have never competed before at our Nationals (as helm or crew).
Before completing your entry form you may want to have a look at the fleet allocation, see here:


Please read the latest Notice of Race document (V1.1 issued 28/2/19), see here:

NoR – V1.1 2019

Entry is available Online, by email or by Paper

Online Entry

Please use the Online entry link here:

On Line Entry Form

Online banking payment – transfer TO MROA account: 09-01-50 04337891 (Ref Sail Number/Surname). NB – please check you are paying the correct MROA account.

If a sailor at an MROA event is under 18 a Parent or Guardian Declaration is required

Parent or Guardian Declaration Form

email Entry

Please complete an entry form and return as follows;

email entry – Click on the Entry Form icon and the form will download. Open in Abode Acrobat Reader App. Using the Adobe”Fill & Sign” option, enter your details and save a copy. You should now be able to share/email your saved form. If all else fails; print your completed form, either scan or photo your form and email the resultant jpg to

Online banking payment – transfer TO MROA account: 09-01-50 04337891 (Ref Sail Number/Surname). NB – please check that you are paying the correct MROA account.

Paper entry

Click on the Enter icon, the form will download, open in browser, print. Fill in and post with cheque (or do bank transfer) to MROA, c/o 64 Welton Road, Braunston, Daventry, NN11 7JJ

Entry Form

Entries So Far


Race Docs

Notice of Race V1.1

Sailing Instructions V1.1

Rule 42 MR Common Breaches V4








Race Committee Policy

Protest Committee Policy

Arrival Guidance







Equipment Inspection



This year we will again be running gold, silver and bronze fleets. All competitors race together for the championship in the normal way and this is for subsidiary trophies and prizes.

As a guide for which fleet to enter:

The Gold fleet will include those who;

    • have finished in the top 20 of any national championships (with an entry of more than 40)
    • have finished in the top 15 of any national championships (with an entry of less than 40)
    • have finished in the top 30 at any Salcombe Merlin week
    • have finished in the top 10 of a Merlin Rocket Open meeting in recent years
    • are considered a professional sailor

The Silver Fleet will include those who;

  • do not qualify for the Gold fleet
  • have finished between 21 – 30 in any national championship (with an entry of more than 40)
  • have finished between 16 – 30 in any national championship (with an entry of less than 40)
  • have finished between 31 – 70 at any Salcombe Merlin week
  • have finished in the top 30 of a Merlin Rocket Open meeting (with an entry of more than 40)

The Bronze Fleet will include those who;

  • do not qualify for the Gold or Silver fleet

You can select your preference of fleet but ultimately the decision is at the Organising Committee’s discretion.


Sail number Sailing club Helm Crew
1 3666 Upper Thames SC John Meadowcroft Oliver Meadowcroft
2 3804 Queen MarySC Andrea Brewster Charlotte Fildes
3 3787 Midland SC Chris Martin Samuel Bailey
4 3784 Lymington Town SC Mark Barwell Louise Johnson
5 3482 Medley SC Richard Burton Patrick Burton
6 3778 Lymington Town SC David Lenz Vicky Lenz
7 3719 Lymington Town SC Rob Martin Jan Martin
8 3802 Burghfield SC Simon Potts Ally Potts
9 3751 Whitstable YC Huw Reynolds Phil Scott
10 3807 Itchenor SC Tim Saxton Jodie Saxton
11 3777 Itchenor SC George Yeoman Sophie Yeoman
12 3732 Lymington Town SC John Cooper Becci Wigley
13 3723 Stone SC Geoff Kimber Helen Kimber
14 3772 Whitstable YC Phil Emery Phoebe Paine
15 3449 RYA Carl Whitehill Samuel Whitehill
16 3695 Blithfield SC Pete Slack Connor Langan
17 3577 Looe SC Joe Tosh Will Lowe
18 3801 Blithfield SC Matt Biggs Beka Jones
19 3712 Burghfield SC Ian Sharps Alex Warren
20 3442 Midland SC Matt Smith Jared Lewis
21 3764 Salcombe YC Tim Fells Fran Gifford
22 3796 Shoreham SC William Warren Rachel Rhodes
23 3756 Shoreham SC Sophie Mackley James Ward
24 3722 Frensham Pond SC Roger Gilbert James Stewart
25 3726 Salcombe YC Will Henderson Arthur Henderson
26 3709 Lymington Town SC Rob Henderson James Ellis
27 3767 Parkstone YC Ben Archer Olivia Bellini
28 3658 Burghfield SC Chris Jennings Chris Martin
29 3745 Wembley SC Paul Dean Russell Hall
30 3684 Blithfield SC Andy Davis Pippa Kilsby
31 3690 Lymington Town SC Tim Harridge Claire Mills
32 3766 Hampton SC Andy Dalby Peter Horn
33 3736 Burghfield SC Roger Phillips Will Crocker
34 3803 Bartley SC Chris Gould Chris Kilsby
35 3639 Royal Western YC Dan Heaton Rory Hunter
36 3691 Axe YC Mike Calvert Jane Calvert
37 3791 Parkstone YC John Gorringe Pete Gray
38 3619 Trent Valley SC Guy Browne Greg Martin
39 3790 Wembley SC Colin Brockbank Sue Brough
40 3561 Wembley SC Joe Shaw Hannah Burt
41 3668 Wembley SC Mark Smyth Julie Cronshaw
42 3776 Burghfield SC Nick Craig Tobytastic Lewis
43 3740 Cookham Reach SC Patrick Blake Jilly Blake
44 3788 Winsford Flash SC Christian Birrel Sam Brearey
45 3706 Looe SC Lawrence Tosh Jack Tosh
46 3673 Blithfield SC Caroline Croft Tom Lonsdale
47 3775 Brightlingsea SC Dan Willett Pete Nicholson
48 3794 Midland SC Julian Harms Timothy Harms
49 3735 Blackwater SC Dave Hall Paul Constable
50 3795 Shoreham SC Alex Jackson Mary Henderson
51 3774 Lyme Regis SC Jon Turner Richard Parslow
52 3786 Northampton SC David Wade Ben Rayner
53 3739 Netley SC Ben McGrane Roz McGrane
54 3759 Castle Cove SC Sam Barker Megan Pascoe
55 3711 RNSA Sam Thompson Leanne Thompson
56 3539 Lyme Regis SC Dan Alsop to be confirmed
57 3511 Hampton SC Andrew Mills Ellie Mills
58 3641 Parkstone YC Mark Waterhouse Mat Currell
59 3781 Hollingworth SC David Winder Liv Bell
60 3582 Chase SC Ben Pickering Nathan King
61 3555 Swarkstone SC – NSSA Emma Robertson Carl Weighill
62 3742 Salcombe YC Pete Ballantine Rob Allen
63 3800 Shoreham SC Richard Bramley Liam Weighill
64 3769 Salcombe YC Graham Cranford Smith Rob Langley
65 3704 Thames SC Jemma Horwood Sel Shah
66 3749 Blithfield SC Ben Hollis Colin Anderson



Looe Sailing Club

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Looe Sailing Club Info



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Aspire Registration Day

Registration & Scrutineering
Judge’s Briefing – Rule 42/Appendix P
Competitors’ Briefing
HD Sails Midsummer Madness – Spinnaker presentation
Light music/Club Social Night

Creation Cover’s Ice Cream Sunday
Late Registration
Founders Trophy
Apres Racing Ice Cream for the Fleet – from Gibsons
Commodore’s/Mayoral Welcome
Looe SC Reception
Daily Prizegiving
Music – Club Disco




Dinghytec & English Braids Monday
WWW (What Worked Well) – Thought’s from the Front
Beechers Cup & Clyde Quaich
English Braids Splicing School
Wizzard Quizzing Night – Round 1
Daily Prizegiving
Club Music
Complete Wizzard Quiz

HD Sails Tuesday

Informal Rules Workshop
West Country Trophy & Crews’ Race
Fancy Dress (Theme – Boat Names)
Daily Prizegiving
Duo – Jaded Angel


Harken Wednesday

WWW (What Worked Well) – Thought’s from the Front
Howard Trophy & Winter Trophy
Childrens’ Face Painting
Crews’ Union
Daily Prizegiving
Tom and Si’s Disco


Winder Thursday
Informal Rules Workshop
Ranelagh Trophy
Ranelagh Prizegiving
Band – Black Friday


Magic Marine Friday
Top Hat Trophy & Silent World Trophy
Grand Prizegiving
Aspire Party Night
Band – Ed Martin Duo



Associate Sponsors




Matching Service

Not attending the Nationals but willing to lend your boat to a competent helm and crew? Would you like to taste the Merlin Experience but need help finding a boat? Please contact

Also, if you are a crew looking for a helm, or a helm looking for a crew, please also get in touch and we’ll see if we can help.

Short of a crew? Also contact me. We may be able to sort fit, active, lightweight and enthusiastic crews from the NSSA. Again, contact me as soon as possible and we will see what we can do.


Useful links



Looe Chandlery
Situated in the beautiful historic fishing port of Looe, we are here for all your boating and sailing needs. You will find a fully stocked chandlery at competitive prices.



Looe 2019 Videos
Race 1

Races 2 and 3

Race 4

Races 5 and 6

Races 7 and 8

Looe 2014 Videos






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