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Antrim Pair Willis & McClernon Win Flying Fifteen Northern Championships

22nd June 2017
Brian Willis (left) and Alan McClernon (centre) (CASC) won the Flying Fifteen Northern Championships at Lough Neagh Brian Willis (left) and Alan McClernon (centre) (CASC) won the Flying Fifteen Northern Championships at Lough Neagh

Brian Willis and Alan McClernon (CASC) won the Flying Fifteen Northern Championships in fine style winning three of the four races in light winds. Sixteen boats competed in the event hosted by Lough Neagh Sailing Club, Its been a long time since the fleet came to these shores and the majority of competitors enjoyed the warm weather camping at the lake shore.

The first race was won by Mulvin & Beirne (NYC) with Harrison & Hickland second, Willis was sixth after going back for a recall. Willis, a long time master of lake sailing soon got into his stride to win the next two races closely followed by McKee & Smyth. Light winds, well no wind, greeted the fleet on Sunday. PRO did well to get one race in and Willis continued his consistent sailing which saw him win what a would be the last race to win the Championship – a nice way to start Fathers Day according to Alan!

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  • Comment Link nigel sands 22nd June 2017 posted by nigel sands

    Well done to Lough Neagh Sailing Club for hosting a great event

Flying Fifteen - At A Glance

Overall Length 20 ft6.1 m

Waterline Length 15 ft4.6 m

Mast Height 22 ft 6 in6.86 m

Sail Area 150 sq ft14 sqm

Spinnaker Area 140 sq ft13 sqm

Hull Weight 300 lb136 kg

Keel Weight 400 lb169 kg

Minimum Weight 685 lb305 kg

Racing Crew Two

Ideal Crew Range 18 - 28 st145 - 185 kg

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