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Flying Fifteen Northern Champions - From left to right, Stewart Harrison, winning helm, Flying Fifteen Northern Championship, Shane McCarthy, Commodore Portaferry Sailing Club, John McAlea, Race Officer and Conor, winning crew Flying Fifteen Northern Championship
For those who were unable to make the first Flying Fifteen "away" regatta since the summer season of 2019, you missed glorious sunshine, great hospitality, fickle winds, and challenging tides! The venue was Portaferry on the northern shores of the…
14 Flying Fifteens are contesting the Northern Championships at Strangford Lough
14 Flying Fifteens enjoyed glorious sunshine and light winds just inside the narrows of Strangford Lough for their Northern Championships on Day 1. Race Officer John McAlea had his hands full with fickle winds and a strong tide but still…
A file photo of Flying fifteen racing on Dublin Bay
Shane McCarthy & Chris Doorly (4085) dominated the latter 60% of the DBSC Flying FifteensThursday race last night in what were the best summer conditions we have had thus far. For each of the last three days, grey skies in the…
Nineteen Flying Fifteens answered the DBSC Race Team's call for starters last night and Race Officer Susan McGarry responded by giving them one of the longest courses we have enjoyed this season so far – Battery, Bulloch, Island, Molly, Island,…
Flying Fifteen racing on Dublin Bay
Misty thriller on Dublin Bay!"Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness,Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun,Conspiring with him how to load and bless, with fruitThe vines that round the thatched eaves run."From: John Keats "Ode to Autumn" One would not imagine…
Flying Fifteen racing on Dublin Bay. The class is the most popular keelboat class in the 21-class DBSC fleet
A light fluctuating wind to start, an ebbing tide and a series of significant wind changes gave the Flying Fifteens and their race officer Brian Mathews a busy and challenging night (17 June) in the second Thursday of points racing…
Flying Fifteen racing on Dublin Bay. The class is the most popular keelboat class in the 21-class DBSC fleet
With Dublin Bay Sailing Club's final week of Pandemic-restricted Training Races currently underway (restrictions are lifted on Monday, June 7th), the always-numerous Flying Fifteen class have been threatening to fly too high, and may need to have their wings clipped…
DBSC Flying fifteen duo Ben Mulligan and Cormac Bradley (file photo)
Like all DBSC members, the offer of training races for race committee members and competitors alike, has been a welcome feature for the Flying Fifteen fleet in these opening days of the 2021 summer sailing season. Last night saw the…
The Open Dutch Championships ORC 1, 2 and 3 were scheduled to be held during the now cancelled North Sea Regatta
To mark the 50th anniversary of the death of Uffa Fox, one of the most highly regarded naval architects and enthusiast of all aspects of sailing, the Royal London Yacht Club, together with the Cowes Classic Boat Museum, and supported…
Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta has received 94 entries so far for the Open Cruiser Championship (8th – 11th July 2021) on Dublin Bay
Entries for Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta (VDLR) are beyond expectations for July's event giving organisers the opportunity to close the entry system at the end of April to review the 320 boats received so far. Ireland's biggest regatta on Dublin…
Prince Philip and Uffa Fox sailing Coweslip
Tim O'Brien, President of the UK Flying Fifteen Association, paid tribute to HRH Prince Philip, a former FF helmsman By now many will have read and seen the sad news that HRH Prince Philip has died - much will be…
The next Flying Fifteen World and Australian Championships will remain in the same format as the proposed 2022 event but delayed by a year due to the uncertainty surrounding the global COVID 19 pandemic
The 2022 Flying Fifteen World and Australian Championships have been postponed to 9th to 23rd March 2023. A consequence of this change is that the 2023 World Championships scheduled for Weymouth will now be held in the Summer of 2025.…
Flying Fifteen sailing on Dublin Bay
The Flying Fifteen organisation in France is working hard to try and have a European Championship in 2021 but Covid is being very persistent and its scheduled event at École Na-vale, Lanvéoc-Poulmic, Brest, France between 13 -15 May 2021 is looking…
The new Ginger Boats Flying Fifteen hull
A new hull builder gives Flying Fifteen sailors an option to the Ovington hull that has been so dominant in the class in recent years has been announced for the 20-foot keelboat class.  The class, one of the largest one-design…
Flying Fifteen sailing on the Clyde
Scottish club Royal Northern & Clyde Yacht Club is keen to recruit Irish Flying Fifteen entries for its staging of the UK National Championships from 24th - 27th June 2021. Ireland has a strong tradition of attending the UK event, particularly when…
RYA High Performance coach Andrew (Hammy) Baker has been elected President of the Irish Flying Fifteen Class
The Flying Fifteen Association of Ireland (FFAI) hosted their delayed AGM on the Zoom platform last Wednesday night (13th Jan) with a virtual attendance from Dun Laoghaire, Strangford Lough and Dunmore East and, refreshingly, Galway, where there is a significant…

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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