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Irish Flying Fifteen Class Sailing News
The DMYC's Neil Colin and Margaret Casey from the DMYC lead overall after two races sailed in the DBSC Thursday Flying Fifteen Race
On a day that started with grey skies and torrential rain showers in my part of the world, the latter part of the day presented an evening of sunshine and light winds for a fifteen-boat fleet of Flying Fifteens in…
Flying Fifteen Western Championships winners with (from left) regatta organiser Mike Hopkins (FFC), Andrew “Hammy” Baker and Peter Chamberlain
Seventeen boats contested the Flying Fifteen Westerns in Connemara this past weekend with visitors from Strangford Lough (1), Dunmore East (2) and Dublin Bay (6). Early arrivals on Friday were treated to an evening’s sail on a Galway Hooker and…
Flying Fifteen sailing on Dublin Bay
With six Dun Laoghaire-based Flying Fifteen crews contesting the Western Championships in Connemara and one other absentee, a turnout of ten boats for the second Saturday of DBSC 2023 wasn’t too bad a head count and those who made the…
Race seven winners Nick Jerwood and Brad Sheridan at the Flying 15 Worlds at Fremantle, Western Australia
As the Flying Fifteen World Championships in Australia pass the halfway point, Ireland's John Lavery and Alan Green will be hoping that a full series can be sailed following a black flag penalty in race seven that has knocked them…
Ireland's John Lavery and Alan Green (IRL 4083) make a strong start in race one of the Flying 15 World Championships at the Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club in Australia
After six races sailed and five to count, Ireland's John Lavery and Alan Green are in the top ten of the Flying 15 World Championships at Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club in Australia. Steady sailing from Dublin Bay's Lavery and Green saw…
Two ex-world champions Grant Alderton (foreground) and Nick Jerwood will both compete for 2023 World Championship honours in Fremantle from March 9th
77 boats from 4 continents are entered, with overseas entries travelling from as far away as South Africa, the UK, Ireland, Hong Kong, New Zealand and all over Australia to compete at the 2023 Flying Fifteen World Championship (March 9 -…
John Lavery and Alan Green are one of two National Yacht Club boats combinations racing in the March 2023 Flying Fifteen World Championships in Fremantle, Western Australia
Two National Yacht Club boats from Dun Laoghaire – the stronghold of Irish Flying Fifteen sailing – will contest the 2023 World Championships next month in Fremantle, Western Australia. Former Irish national champions John Lavery and Alan Green, along with…
Michael Huang (left) and David Gorman (R), All Season Saturday Winners, Siobhan Cup, with Class Captain Jill Fleming
One of the largest one-design fleets in Dublin Bay Sailing Club, the Flying Fifteens, gathered at the end of November in the Royal St. George Yacht Club to mark the close of the 2022 season. In contrast to the previous…
The late Ben Mulligan (right) in his Flying Fifteen 'Enfant de Marie' with Cormac Bradley

Ben Mulligan

22nd November 2022 Flying Fifteen
“Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears;I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him.The evil that men do lives after them;The good is oft interred with their bones;” Mark Anthony’s speech on the death of Julius CaesarFrom Shakespeare’s play…
The Dun Laoghaire Harbour Flying Fifteen fleet competed in 69 races sailed in the 2022 season
The Dun Laoghaire Flying Fifteen fleet held their AGM last night, chaired by the outgoing Captain, Jill Fleming and attended by seventeen members with representation from the three Dun Laoghaire clubs which have “Fifteens” on their decks, the National Yacht…
Chris Doorly (left) and Shane McCarthy were the winners of the Dun Laoghaire Harbour Flying Fifteens Frostbite Series
Eleven Flying Fifteens played out the last act of the 2022 sailing season under sunshine conditions on 5th November in good winds from a westerly direction. The early part of the day saw the freshest breezes, but they eased slightly…
The Dunmore East winning pair of Lee Statham and Andy Paul (4070) who travelled up for each of the National Yacht Club Flying Fifteen Frostbite Saturdays at Dun Laoghaire Harbour
On the eve of the third round of the Flying Fifteen Frostbites, hosted by the National Yacht Club, we were all shocked to hear that our dear friend Ben Mulligan had passed away. Ben was an integral part of the…
The late Ben Mulligan, DMYC sailing secretary and Flying Fifteen sailor regrets to record the death of Dun Laoghaire sailor Ben Mulligan. A successful helmsman in many forms of yacht racing over a lifetime of sailing at Dun Laoghaire Harbour, he was the skipper of the top Flying Fifteen 'Enfant…
Gordon Patterson's Fagin from Royal North (centre) among a bunch of Squis at Lough Derg Yacht Club's Freshwater One Design Regatta
The Lough Derg Freshwater One Design regatta last weekend was, for most, a two-day event reduced to one, and for the Northern Ireland sailors who made the long journey to Dromineer somewhat disappointing, especially for the Belfast Lough Flying Fifteen…
There was a fine turnout on Lough Derg, 19 Flying Fifteens for the 2022 Freshwater One Design Regatta title on Lough Derg
Niall O'Brien and Ronan O'Brien won the Irish Flying Fifteen's last regatta of 2022 at the weekend when they claimed the 2022 Freshwater One Design Regatta title on Lough Derg. It is the second win of the season for the Connemara duo, who…
Gordon Patterson' Fagin (100) chasing David Stewart's Granat from Royal Irish YC on Strangford Lough
It is a long way to Tipperary and Lough Derg Yacht Club at Dromineer from the Squib strongholds on Belfast and Strangford Loughs in the North. Dromineer lies on the shores of Lough Derg, on the River Shannon and 10km…

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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