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Flying Fifteens Get Close Competition on Dublin Bay

1st June 2015
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Flying Fifteens Get Close Competition on Dublin Bay

#flyingfifteen – Betty sailed by Dave Gorman & Chris Doorly won the two races at the weekend where 17 Flying Fifteen fleet turned out in the DBSC Saturday series. Tom & Eamon Galvin also had a great day getting two seconds. Race Officer Barry O'Neill and his team on Freebird set great windward- leeward course's in a building southerly wind. The start line was long enough this week and the bias was at the committee boat for both races.
Race 1: the tide was flooding and the wind was oscillating, there appeared to be slightly more wind upon the left towards the harbour, this proved correct as Tom Murphy reached the weather mark first just ahead of the Galvin brothers and Gorman with Mulligan & Green in Frequent Flyer just behind. Downwind Galvin took the lead and it was only on the next beat that Gorman got ahead by going in to the right for more pressure. It remained close up to the finish, Gorman first, Galvin second, Mathews third and Mulligan fourth.
Race 2 the committee boat end had a slight bias and the tide had started to ebb, Mulligan tacked to the right as the main fleet went left, it was shifty and Mulligan was looking good, suddenly there was another shift, those on the left got a lift and Murphy again lead at the weather mark followed by Gorman, Mulligan and Galvin. Downwind Gorman took the lead, on the remaining beats the wind had shifted slightly to the right and going towards the shore paid each time. Gorman led the way to the line, Galvins were second with Mulligan third and Mathews fourth.
A feature of the racing was how close it is between all the boats, It was great to see so many boats out racing. This Thursday the DBSC series continues this week.

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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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