Many have called Bill Lee’s Merlin the boat that launched the West Coast’s love of high speed downwind sailing. The ultra-narrow icon has been bastardized and frankenboated to near death (thanks Leif Beiley) in her recent years of Great Lakes racing, but with her long-awaited return to a Santa Cruz that once loved and worshipped her, all that is about to change. For a beautifully written look at the full and fascinating history of one of the sport’s most important milestones, click over here. Here’s the arrival report from SA’er “sleddog”, from the thread. Photos from the same dog.