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Frequent Flyer is Top of DBSC Flying 15s

25th May 2015
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Frequent Flyer is Top of DBSC Flying 15s

#flyingfifteen – On a beautiful summers day the Flying Fifteen fleet turned out in good numbers again with 19 boats competing in the first DBSC Saturday series. Race Officer Suzanne McGarry and her team on Freebird got two races in a flooding tide and a building southerly breeze. Frequent Flyer helmed by Ben Mulligan with Alan Green had a great day winning the two races followed closely by Gorman & Doorly with two second places.
Race 1: Ben and Alan got a great start and led the way for the whole race, behind there was a battle for the minor places, Dooley & Hickey were in great form and in lap two got into second place, it was nip and tuck between them and Gorman but on the last beat Gorman got ahead to win by a whisker. Niall Meagher sailing with Mary Jane Mulligan were a comfortable fourth followed by Maguire and Poole who had a great battle to the finish line.
Race 2: had a general recall, this was no surprise as the start line was way too short for the number of boats. Again the committee boat end had a slight bias, on the restart Colman went out to sea as Mulligan, Gorman and Poole went inshore mainly because of poor starts! Approaching the weather mark Colman was looking good coming in from the left but Mulligan got around followed by Colman and Murphy with Gorman back in the pack. It was only two laps so there was not much time to catch up, Mulligan held on but there was a lot of traffic at the final leeward mark and a large group of Fifteens arrived at the mark together with the squibs. Most tacked off to the left including Murphy and Poole to clear their air, Mulligan went in on port as did Gorman who was in the middle of the group, Gorman tacked on a good line, with the wind increasing and veering to the right it was a sprint up to the finish, Gorman was now within a boat length of Mulligan, Murphy was just behind in third, this is how it finished.
This Thursday the DBSC series continues. Results for Saturday's race 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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