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Irish Flying Fifteen Class Sailing News
An interesting course was set for the DBSC Flying Fifteens: Harbour – Pier – Poldy – Pier – Poldy – East – Molly – East – Finish
Dublin Bay Sailing Club (DBSC) Race Officer John McNeilly certainly had a challenge on his hands on Thursday night past as Mother Nature decided she initially wasn’t going to play ball with his plans for the one-design fleet, SB20s, Flying…
DBSC Flying Fifteens had their first breezy Thursday DBSC race of 2024
On the first blustery night of the 2024 DBSC Thursday night series, there appeared to be some reticence about going on the water and that was to be expected in a week in which the dinghies didn’t get out on…
Shane McCarthy and Hugh McNally in winning mode at the Flying Fifteen Western Championships
The first provincial regatta of the 2024 Irish Flying Fifteen season saw the fleet congregate in what has become, in a very short space of time, a very popular venue. In 2022, a small group of Dun Laoghaire Flying Fifteens…
15 boats are contesting the Flying Fifteen Western Championships in Connemara
National Champions Niall and Ronan O'Briain of Flying Fifteen Chonamara lead the 15-boat Flying Fifteen Western Championships after two races sailed in overcast and cool conditions with intermittent rain off the Galway coast. The National Yacht Club's Shane McCarthy and…
A turnout of fourteen boats for DBSC Thursday race is indicative of the strength of the Flying Fifteen Class across the Dun Laoghaire waterfront
With five Dun Laoghaire-based Flying Fifteens away in France at the European Championships, a turnout of fourteen boats for last night’s DBSC Thursday race is indicative of the strength of the Class across the waterfront and even at that there…
Alan Green and Chris Doorly of the National Yacht Club are one of six Irish Flying Fifteens racing at the 2024 European Championships in Brittany
Six Irish boats are competing at the Flying Fifteen European Championships starting on Thursday (March 9th) at Crozon Morgat in Brittany. With crews also from France, Spain, Belgium, and the usual UK contenders, it promises to be an exciting four-day event.…
Neil Colin and Margaret Casey (left) winners of the Flying Fifteen Heineken Plate – 1st Overall DBSC Gold Fleet
The 2023 DBSC season was a mixed bag of weather for everyone and the Flying Fifteens were no exception. We had Saturdays when we were blown off due to too much wind or dangerous seas only to find the following…
Irish Flying Fifteens will be subject to a qualification protocol for the 2025 class World Championships in Weymouth
Irish Flying Fifteens, one of the country's biggest one design keelboat classes, will be subject to a qualification protocol for the 2025 class World Championships in Weymouth, England if more than if more boats want to compete on the Dorset coast…
A light air start to the Flying Fifteen Frostbite Series at Dun Laoghaire Harbour
It didn’t look very promising when the Flying Fifteen competitors arrived at the National Yacht Club at Dun Laoghaire Harbour on Saturday as the sea was flat calm with only an odd hint of wind and none forecast till later…
World champion Clementine van Steenberge partnered up with world female runner-up Jessica Riordan (from the RstGYC) just a few weeks ago, and they are already making their skills known with a solid 7th place finish and a comfortable gold in the girls at the 29er Eurocup finals on Lake Garda
At home... Last weekend provided plenty of action on the back of a stormy Friday, with many club sailors enjoying a great weekend of training and racing. Fireballs blast along on Dublin Bay at the end of season regatta The…
Robin Hilliard and Joe Hickey (3729) chase Peter Murphy and Ciara Mulvey (3774) 
The Flying Fifteen class in Dun Laoghaire started its annual Frostbite series, which has been going since 1979, with PRO Keith Poole and his team getting in two races in ideal conditions. The tide was flooding, and the wind was…
Connemara sailors at Lough Derg's Freshwater Regatta -  Winners in the Flying Fifteen fleet, sailing
At the end of a busy season for many clubs in Dun Laoghaire Harbour and along the west coast, Lough Derg Yacht Club played host to the Fresh Water Keelboat Regatta last weekend, drawing a fleet of over 60 boats…
Ros an Mhíl's Dermot Flaherty and Joe McDonagh sailing Phoenix were winners of the Flying Fifteen class at the Lough Derg Yacht Club Freshwater Keelboat Regatta
With the Flying Fifteen national title going west for the first time this year, the 2023 season just finished on a high for the class's burgeoning Connemara fleet, with Galway boats taking first and second in Lough Derg Yacht Club's…
County Antrim Yacht Club Commodore Peter Darragh, (L) with 2023 Flying Fifteen National Champions Niall (L) and Ronan O’Briain, Flying Fifteen Chonamara
Sailing for sport in Connemara has long tended to be in a world of its own with the local traditional craft, but 2023 is very much a breakout year. One of our “Sailors of the Month” for July was the…
Greystones Sailing Club's Shane MacCarthy and Richard Rigg were sixth overall at the UK Flying Fifteen Nationals at Weymouth
After eight races sailed at the Flying Fifteen British National Championships at Weymouth, sole Irish competitor Shane MacCarthy from Greystones Sailing Club with Richard Rigg finished overall.  MacCarthy, who counted four top ten results, travelled to the Dorset coast, having won the previous…
After four races sailed at the Flying Fifteen British National Championships at Weymouth, sole Irish competitor Shane MacCarthy from Greystones Sailing Club with Richard Rigg is lying seventh overall.  MacCarthy travelled to the Dorset coast, having won last weekend's Irish East…

2024 Irish Flying Fifteen Worlds Qualification Events Calendar

  • FFAI Westerns 25th + 26th May - Sruthan, Connemara
  • British Nationals 19th - 22nd June - SLYC, Co Down. Rank +50%
  • FFAI Champs of Ireland - 6th - 8th Sept – Dunmore Rank +50%
  • FFAI East Coast - 21st - 22nd Sept - Dublin.
  • FFAI South Coast - 12th - 13th Oct - Lough Derg

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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