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An Australian competitor at the 2019 Subaru Flying Fifteen World Championships on Dublin Bay
The 2021 Flying Fifteen International World Championship that was scheduled to be sailed at the Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club in Western Australia next February has been cancelled, according to Afloat sources. There is no official news of the cancellation…
Flying Fifteens return to Dunmore East in August
After the excitement of the Subaru Flying Fifteen World Championships on Dublin Bay last year there is a renewed interest in the keelboat class with some famous names teams to spice things up in 2020. Both 1992 Olympian Peter Kennedy…
David Mulvin and Ronan Beirne of the National Yacht Club finished fourth in Cormac Bradley's imaginary opening race of the DBSC Flying Fifteen season last Thursday evening
The Dublin Bay Sailing Club (DBSC) season first race was last Thursday but due to COVID-19 it never happened. To mark the occasion, the following imaginary Flying Fifteen race report was written by Cormac Bradley for the biggest one-design fleet…
The Flying Fifteen Euros in May is cancelled
The Flying Fifteen European Championships scheduled for in France in May has been cancelled due to COVID-19. The FF International Association will review in August if there are any further options for rescheduling the regatta. Flying Fifteen Worlds 2021 The…
2022 Flying Fifteen European Championships to be Sailed at Cowes   
The Cowes Corinthian Yacht Club (CCYC) has been selected to host the 2022 Flying Fifteen European Championships in what will be the year of the 75th anniversary of the design of 1947. The championship will be held from 20 -…
A Flying Fifteen race at Morgat, France
The 2020 Flying Fifteen European Championship will be held in conjunction with the Flying Fifteen National Championship of France. This next major event for the international class follows the successful staging of last year's Subaru Flying Fifteen World Championships on…
Flying Fifteen under spinnaker on Dublin Bay
The buoyant Flying Fifteens are looking forward to competing in Howth Yacht Club's Wave Regatta in May for the first time as part of the 2020 Irish fixtures calendar announced by Class President Chris Doorly today.  After the excitement and the full programme leading…
Drama at September's Subaru Flying Fifteen World Championships with one boat receiving rescue boat assistance after a capsize in the breezy conditions that prevailed on Dublin Bay
DMYC sailor Neil Colin will be elected DBSC Flying 15 captain at next week's fleet agm at the Royal St. George Yacht Club. After a packed season for the Flying Fifteen class, the agm will include a review of September's…
Olympian Cathy MacAleavey (left) with her daughter Claudine racing their Dublin Bay Water Wag on the Shannon. Cathy will be the only woman helm in this weekend’s All-Ireland Sailing Championship at Dun Laoghaire, crewed by her husband Con Murphy
Only in Ireland could it be like this. We hear that of many things in this curious island of ours. But the varying sailing, location and personal backgrounds of the sixteen helmspersons competing in this weekend’s All-Ireland Helmsmans Championship at…
New world champions - Chris Turner and Graham Vials ashore at the National Yacht Club
There was little if any surprise when Graham Vials and Chris Turner came ashore at the National Yacht Club this afternoon that the Derwent Reservoir Sailing Club duo had claimed their fourth Flying Fifteen World title after a marathon long Dublin Bay…
Champions-elect: Graham Vials and Chris Turner sailing 'Floaty McFloatFace' from (Derwent Reservoir SC)
After the disappointment of sitting out two races yesterday due to boat damage in a collision for which they were awarded redress, Britain’s Graham Vials and Chris Turner sailing 'Floaty McFloatFace' from (Derwent Reservoir SC) are on the verge of…
A sudden gust at the gybe mark hits the World Championship Flying Fifteen fleet in today's second race on Dublin Bay
There was drama on the finish line of the Subaru Flying Fifteen World Championships today in Dun Laoghaire as regatta leaders Graham Vials and Chris Turner (Derwent Reservoir SC) were involved in a collision which holed their boat forcing them…
Graham Vials and Chris Turner have a 19 point lead at the half way stage of the Flying Fifteen Worlds in Dun Laoghaire
As the Subaru Flying Fifteen World Championship reaches the halfway stage at the National Yacht Club, Dublin Bay delivered another blustery day to complete two more races in the 12-race series. Early in the morning, the wind was howling but…
A close finish in light winds between overall leaders Graham Vials and Chris Turner (4071) and Australia (4063) Mike Hart and Dean McAullay
The forecast for day 3 of the Subaru Flying Fifteen World Championship was for very light airs all day but by the time competitors started to arrive at the National Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire on Sunday morning, a faint…
Overall leaders - Fiery Chariot (GBR 4005) Andy McKee and Richard Jones from Dovestone Sailing Club
After three races sailed at Dun Laoghaire, British boats have total control of the Subaru Flying Fifteen World Championships at the National Yacht Club on Dublin Bay and take the top 12 places overall after three races sailed. Lying in…
British National Champions Graham Vials and Chris Turner in action on Dublin Bay
British National Champions Graham Vials and Chris Turner of Derwent Reservoir Sailing Club have taken an early lead in the Subaru Flying Fifteen World Championships at Dun Laoghaire today. British boats took the top five places in the single race…

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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