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The Merlin Mission

The team was established in 2017 after Chip Merlin, a Tampa based attorney, purchased the iconic sailboat from Bill Lee, the ship’s creator. Chip Merlin 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.

With the new crew, the boat sailed in its first race from St. Petersburg to Habana, Cuba, on February 26, 2018 and was first In Line Honours and first in its class.

Merlin Yacht Racing brings innovation and nostalgia to the sport of sailboat racing. With the boat weighing 24,000 pounds, a beam of 12 feet, and a sail area of 1,800 square feet, the hours of engineering that were spent to create the Merlin in 1977 made sailing a large ultralight-displacement boat something special – the motto “Fast is Fun” lives on.

Merlin represents the boundless enthusiasm of the seventies and the mystique of unconquered waters of today.

Our Races

Merlin continues it’s competitive tradition.

July 21, 2018

Chicago to Mackinac race

June 14, 2018

Newport Bermuda Race

April 27, 2018

Regata Del Sol Al Sol

February 26, 2018

St. Petersburg - Habana Race

August 13, 2018

Verve Cup

Without our sponsors
and wind we are irrelevant

Latest News

Keep up with the latest press our team is getting.

Race Bulletin #19 – Ecclestone & Merlin Interviews, Sunrise Finishes
Race Bulletin #19 – Ecclestone...
Most of us can agree that discipline is one of the most important virtues …
Race Bulletin #19 – Ecclestone & Merlin Interviews, Sunrise Finishes
Race Bulletin #19 – Ecclestone...
Most of us can agree that discipline is one of the most important virtues …
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