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Flying Fifteen Pair Galvin & McConnell Cross First in Perfect Dublin Bay Race

8th May 2015
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Flying Fifteen Pair Galvin & McConnell Cross First in Perfect Dublin Bay Race

#flyinfifteen – With a steady 10–knot wind from SE that never faltered, it was a night to be on Dublin Bay, with 17 Flying Fifteens crossing the Thursday night DBSC start line.
Race Officer Jack Roy told all fleets to watch the ebb tide pushing the fleet across the start line, and his warning worked as the fleet got away cleanly, well spread along a square line for a fast beat down the coast to Bulloch.
Tom Galvin & Peter McConnell (3757) having gone out, rounded first, with David Mulvin & Ronan Beirne (4028) right behind, followed by David & Sarah Gorman (3920) and Niall Coleman & Mick Quinn (4008) following closely.
A close two-sail reach ensued, in which Mulvin took the lead at top of long run back to Pier. Galvin regained the lead downwind, and held on up the second beat.
The race finished with a short reach out to Molly, back to Pier and then to an upwind finish. Places changed all the time in the close racing, with Galvin & McConnell holding on to win, with Niall Coleman & Mick Quinn second, having just passed the Gormans, who finished third ahead of David Mulvin and Ronan Beirne. John O'Sullivan & Ken Ryan held off a strong finishing pack to take 5th.

Next weekend the Flying fifteen heads north for the East Coast Championship at Whitehead in County Antrim. A fleet of over 25 boats are expected.Download notice of race below.

DBSC results here

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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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