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Craig Steers Frequent Flyer to DBSC Flying Fifteen Victory

15th May 2015
Craig Steers Frequent Flyer to DBSC Flying Fifteen Victory

#flyingfifteen – Guest helm Sean Craig sailing with Alan Green won DBSC's Thursday's Flying Fifteen race from Dave Gorman & Chris Doorly with Dave Mulvin & Ronan Beirne in third, Again there was a great turn out of 17 boats on a tricky evening with a strong in coming tide and a light easterly breeze. There was a clean start with most boats below the line with the strong tide, the committee boat end seemed to pay but there wasn't a lot in it as there was more wind at the pin end, soon the boats got into their stride and those who went tight gained,

Colman & Quinn were going well as was Craig and Doyle. Gorman tacked more left and rounded the first mark side by side with Colman, Downwind to Bay mark was a drift but Colman led from Craig with Gorman and Mulvin close behind going into the beat out to East mark. This was to be the critical leg-most boats kept going on port but after a while Gorman went out left searching for wind, and was followed by Craig and Mulvin. Craig led with Mulvin moving up to second, Gorman third and Colman back in fourth,
Boats were worried about the time limit, it would be a shame to go to the effort of sailing and not get a finish, there was little or no wind now but on the fleet drifted towards the finish line. Craig stayed clear but there was a final twist behind, Colman seemed to be moving and catching up by coming down the middle, Mulvin gybed over to cover him but this allowed Gorman who was over on the right to drift into second place. Mulvin finished third with Colman fourth and Dooley fifth. On arriving ashore the crews were delighted to see that the BBQ was still going strong..

Well done to the PRO Jack Roy and his team on Freebird for perservering in difficult conditions. This Saturday the DBSC series continues but many of the fleet will be heading to Whitehead for the East Coast Championships being hosted by County Antrim Sailing Club.

Click for DBSC Thursday results

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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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