• Merlin Heads East

    Merlin, the legendary Transpac record setter built in a Soquel chicken coop has flown the coop. Again.

    It was just confirmed via creator and most recent owner, Bill Lee that the sale has finalize.

    When asked if he felt joy or sadness in her departure, Bill replied "Mission Accomplished"

    "We saved her from languishing in a barn in Milwaukee and brought her back, put her back in a fixed keel mode
    and raced her in the 40th anniversary of the 1977 record setting year."

    Merlin's new owner is William "Chip" Merlin from the Tampa Florida area, who has done quite a bit of east coast sailing, mostly in
    Annapolis, Maryland and Mobile, Alabama. His most recent program being the B-32 "Chips All In" sailing out of the Davis Island Yacht Club.

    Speaking with Merlin's new Project Manager, Brian Malone of North Sails, St Petersburg, Florida, you get a sense that this is the right place for her next chapter:

    "Chip has admired Merlin and the whole Merlin mystic for a very long time. He has expressed a desire to purchase her for some time, and now, the timing was right"

    The boat is currently getting ready for a cross country transport on the bed of a large transport semi.

    Her tentative schedule will be the St Petes to Havana Race followed by the St Pete's to Mexico Race, The Newport Bermuda and if all goes well, the 2019 Transpac!

    "We have bit of water depth problem here, and Merlin's draft is problematic for many venues" Indicates Brian

    Merlin has brought joy to many a sailor, in major offshore events as well as local beer can events
    where the door was always open to get people on the water. IMages above from a recent Saturday sail
    out of SCYC with kids from the local PCISA chapter. They all had a gas and will have memories that bring a smile to
    their faces for years to come!

    The 40th Anniversary Re-Christening in Santa Cruz brought many a fan and Merlin Family together for another round of joy!
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