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Sharps Doom Bar Merlin Rocket Week 2017

Sunday 2nd - Friday 7th July


Please note that if you are on the wait list for 2017 do not send any money to SYC. Payment will be requested once you have a place confirmed.

Update November 2nd
Dear Teams.

We are astonished at the take up for Merlin Week.

We are also VERY sorry that there is so much unfulfilled demand. We will see if anything can be done but my guess is, we are stuck with the 120 boat limit. To those of you on the waiting list my strong advice is not to panic. The waiting list last year was nearly as long as this. But over time it dissolved as Mike Calvert will testify. In the end 119 boats raced, with one spare place we could not fill.

In short, those who wanted to sail, sailed.

Meantime thank you to everyone for supporting Merlin Week. I am grateful to Dan for his suggestion. Any others please email me at . I am pushed at work so bear with me please.

We have a planning meeting fixed and we will circulate the outcome of that as soon as we can.

That said, I can foreshadow that a retrospective draw is not likely to be in the offing, based on early soundings with the committee. We are also reluctant to alter the flight system and start line location. Spectating starts is a key feature of the week. We agree; speculative entries may be an issue. For any that might be in that category please can we ask you to search your conscience?

The position will be clearer after Friday when the deadline for payment passes. We will update then. We may well review the entry fee refund policy (with advance notice) in order to focus minds.

If you are on the waiting list I repeat, all is not lost based on last years’ experience.

Meantime, lest there be doubt about the health of the Merlin Rocket class look no further than here.


Please bear with us. Last year, all those who hung in, raced.

Best. Graham Cranford Smith






Please enter on the Open Meeting Page

Merlin Week 2017 entries will open on November 1st online.
A link for entries is on the Open Meetings Page.  The Notice of Race and Sailing Instructions are downloadable at the bottom of this page.

Please note the following:

Change of details

If your details change, particularly your crew or boat information, please would you let us know directly? Please note the Principal Race Officer cannot accept sail number changes once Merlin Week is underway.


If for any reason, your circumstances change and you can no longer come, please email  . Providing we can replace your entry with a boat our waiting list we may, at the SYC Merlin Week organising committee’s discretion, refund your entry fee, net of an admin charge of £20.00).  However please note we cannot offer refunds after the 10th June 2017.


We recommend you book your accommodation now, to avoid disappointment.  The following links may help you:

-   Coast and country

    Salcombe Tourism

   Air B & B

Boat Park

If you want to leave your boat at Batson, please book your space directly with the Harbour office. Office: 01548 843791

Office: 01548 843791

Boat Park: 01548 844010


Registration will take place at Batson Boat Park on Saturday 1st July between 09:00 and 15:00.

Trolley Transfer

For those of you who are purchasing passes for Mill Bay we will offer a complimentary trolley transfer between 12noon and 5pm Saturday 1st July. 

Please note that neither SYC nor the owner designated assistance moving the trollies can accept responsibility for any damage incurred during transfer.


Trailer Parking

Your entry includes parking for your trailer. Maps will be provided at registration.

Please note that neither SYC nor the owner of the field can accept responsibility for loss or damage of your trailer during storage.

Trailers are not permitted on Millbay or outside a designated space at Batson. Please leave it in the trailer park or other space.


Competitors' Briefing

The competitors' briefing will take place in the yacht club at 18.30hrs on Saturday 1st July. 




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