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Flying Fifteen Betty Takes Dublin Bay Sailing Club Double

29th June 2015
Flying Fifteen Betty Takes Dublin Bay Sailing Club Double

#flyingfifteen – It's days like this that we wonder why we sail, Dublin Bay was full of holes at the Seapoint side with the prevailing wind battling with the sea breeze but Suzanne McGarry and her DBSC team got two races in with a mainly s-sw breeze with an incoming tide. Both races in the Flying Fifteen class were won by Dave Gorman & Chris Doorly in Betty who managed to find the wind.

Race 1 started after a long delay and a relocation of the Committee boat, it was a square line and with the tide coming in. Most boats therefore headed towards the left but Gorman along with Alan Dooley went right where there appeared to be more wind. This proved to be the case as those on the left were all stopped in a hole, the race continued, some on the left were even trying the spinnaker but the sea breeze never filled in from the sea and Gorman won with Dooley second and Murphy third, there was a big gap to the rest but the Cahil brothers were fourth and Geraldine ONeill fifth.

It was hoped the wind would have settled for Race 2, it didn't! Again those who went more right gained, Murphy and Dooley were on that side and Gorman made his way over, again these three were well ahead, at the gybe mark the wind had gone around or so it seemed. Again it was the sea breeze fight the prevailing, Gorman was quick to spot it and gybed out to the left and took the lead from a frustrated Murphy and Dooley. These two battled to the finish and that was the finishing order. Behind Adrian Cooper sailing with his son were going really well and just held off Sherry & Ruddy who were fifth. Tom Murphy leads Series 2 after four races.

It was great to see so many boats out racing. This Thursday the DBSC series continues and next weekend the fleet head to Dunmore East for the Southern Championships.

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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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