For our 75th Champ’s competitors who re-enter from 2019 and pay before 1 May 2020, we are pleased to be able to repeat the “Loyalty Bonus” offer for entry at £225. For all other Early Entries (payment before 1 May 2020) entry will be £250, with £50 discount for youth sailors (25 and under), older Merlin’s (3603 and older), and first time helms who have never competed before at our Nationals (as helm or crew).
Standard Entry (between 1 May 2020 and 30 June 2020) will be at £280 and Late Entry (1 July 2020 onwards) will be £300.
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 19/04/2020), see here:
Entry is available Online, by email or by Paper
Please use the Online entry link here:
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
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 email@example.com
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.
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
Entries So Far
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||3717||Wembley SC||John Green||Patricia Hickey|
|2||3695||Blithfield SC||Pete Slack||to be confirmed|
|3||3802||Burghfield SC||Simon Potts||Holly McArthur|
|4||3772||Whitstable YC||Phil Emery||Phoebe Paine|
|5||3713||Starcross SC||Stephen Harling||Eleanor Thomas|
|6||3746||Starcross SC||James Wells||Nicola Bass|
|7||3785||Starcross SC||Robin Charles||to be confirmed|
|8||3767||Parkstone YC||Ben Archer||Olivia Bellini|
|9||3787||Midland SC||Chris Martin||Samuel Bailey|
|10||3666||Upper Thames SC||John Meadowcroft||Sophie Edwards|
|11||3712||Burghfield SC||Ian Sharps||Alex Warren|
|12||3683||Lymington Town SC||Chloe George||Dan Martin|
|13||3777||Itchenor SC||George Yeoman||Sophie Yeoman|
|14||3778||Lymington Town SC||David Lenz||Vicky Lenz|
|15||3751||Whitstable YC||Huw Reynolds||Phil Scott|
|16||tbc||South Staffs SC||Andy Davis||Pippa Kilsby|
|17||3711||RNSA||Sam Thompson||Leanne Thompson|
|18||3756||Shoreham SC||Sophie Mackley||Oliver Meadowcroft|
|19||3796||Shoreham SC||William Warren||Megan Pascoe|
|20||3745||Wembley SC||Paul Dean||Russell Hall|
|21||3561||Wembley SC||Joe Shaw||Hannah Burt|
|22||3800||Shoreham SC||Richard Bramley||to be confirmed|
|23||3709||Lymington Town SC||James Ellis||Rob Henderson|
|24||3555||Swarkestone SC||Liam Weighill||to be confirmed|
|25||3763||Whitstable YC||Mark Barnes||Josh Wilce|
|26||3770||Fishers Green SC||Jon Steward||Annabel Steward|
|27||3774||Fishers Green SC||Richard Coulter||Chris Hill|
|28||3463||Hunts SC||Jonathan Cowper||to be confirmed|
|29||3577||Restronguet SC||Joe Tosh||Will Lowes|
|30||3662||Bartley SC||Nigel Hudson||Freya Hudson|
|31||3740||Cookham Reach SC||Patrick Blake||Jilly Blake|
|32||3779||Starcross YC||David Lee||Kirsten Glen|
|33||3732||Lymington Town SC||John Cooper||Becci Wigley|
|34||3698||Tata Steel SC||David Downs||Mick Greenland|
|35||3791||Parkstone YC||Jon Gorringe||to be confirmed|
|36||3811||Hollingworth SC||Stuart Bithell||Tom Pygall|
|37||3692||Whitstable YC||James Goodfellow||Julie Nuttal|
|38||3739||Netley SC||Ben McGrane||Roz McGrane|
|39||3619||Trent Valley SC||Guy Browne||Greg Martin|
For the 4th year running, we’ve joined forces with Aspire Financial Advisers who are proudly sponsoring the Merlin Rocket Championships in 2020.
The Northwest-based financial services company provides advice to individuals and businesses to help improve their financial wellbeing. Experts in their field, Aspire is known for building close relationships with their clients to help them achieve financial security.
Eight years since its inception, Aspire now has over 70 highly-experienced advisors working across the country covering all different financial backgrounds and expertise. They are also dedicated to developing young talent, providing jobs and training across the UK financial service industry.
Founded by keen sailor, Alan Woosey, he and his wife, Sarah have become key members of the Merlin Rocket Champions over the years and look forward to being a part of the competition in 2020.
You can find out more about Aspire’s services and stay up to date with their blog at www.aspirefinancialadvisers.co.uk
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
P&B (courtesy of Dave Wade) will be providing basic chandlery support for the Tenby Championships. The P&B van will be on site with a selection of items considered likely to be required during the week. If you wish to order some particular items in advance, please email Dave (email@example.com) or call 01604 592808 by 5th Aug and he will endeavour to bring them with him. Items not stocked in the van, or already sold out, can be ordered for overnight delivery by agreement.