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Flying 15 Video Captures County Antrim Championships

12th September 2017
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A novel 15–minute Youtube video that features interviews with competitors – including world champion Steve Goacher – at the Flying Fifteen National Championships gives an insight into the keelboat scene. 

Filmed by Vincent Polding, who says that despite not being an avid sailor, he couldn’t resist the opportunity to film some of the top crews. 

One question Polding says he forgot to ask during his time at the County Antrim Yacht Club, was why are they called Flying Fifteens?

Can anybody help him?

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  • Comment Link Roger Bannon 13th September 2017 posted by Roger Bannon

    They are called Flying Fifteens because they originally had a design waterline lenght of 15 feet and Uffa Fox called all his planing keelboat designs Flying whatever the lenght they were in feet. He had several including a Flying 25!!!!!

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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