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McKee Tops Flying Fifteen Ranking List

12th September 2017
Northern Ireland sailors are in the top three places of the Flying Fifteen ranking list Northern Ireland sailors are in the top three places of the Flying Fifteen ranking list

The Flying Fifteen class has released its national ranking list after last weekend's Championship of Ireland in Antrim

With one event left to sail this season, Strangford Lough's Brian McKee is the top ranked sailor with Northern Ireland helms occupying the top three places. Brian Willis is second with Andrew Martin in third. 

McKee has decided not to represent the class at Irish Sailing's Senior Helmsmans Championships in GP14 dinghies next month. It leaves the way clear for former Geep aces Brian Willis and John McPeake to represent the keelboat class.

Given the two–man class has has introduced a new crew register this season in a 'search for competent crew to help get more boats out on the water', it would be an inclusive move – and certainly an encouraging one for newcomers and old hands alike – if crew names actually appeared on the official ranking list (reproduced below).  

The Fifteens are back on the water for the Western Championships and Keelboat Regatta at Lough Derg Yacht Club October 20th - 22nd.

2007System

2017

2017

2017

2017

2016

   

 

C of I (50%)

South

North

East

West

   

Helm

71

70

69

68

67

Score

Ranking

Brian McKee

72

(48)

49

50

50

221.0

1

Brian Willis

69

49

50

(43)

48

216.0

2

Andrew Martin

73.5

50

(0)

44

46

213.5

3

Lee Statham

70.5

45

48

48

(44)

211.5

4

Ian Matthews

60

46

43

49

(0)

198.0

5

David Mulvin

61.5

37

45

45

(0)

188.5

6

Niall Meagher

52.5

(0)

46

47

43

188.5

7

Charlie Boland

66

41

38

38

(0)

183.0

8

Ben Mulligan

63

40

39

41

(0)

183.0

9

Neil Colin

51

39

41

(37)

41

172.0

10

Andrew McCleery

75

47

(0)

46

0

168.0

11

Peter Lawson

57

(0)

47

0

45

149.0

12

Alistair Court

58.5

44

(0)

35

0

137.5

13

David Gorman

40.5

(0)

0

42

49

131.5

14

Joseph Coughlan

(0)

36

0

36

37

109.0

15

Jeff Harrison

55.5

(0)

44

0

0

99.5

16

Peter Murphy

46.5

(0)

37

0

0

83.5

17

Stuart Harrison

(0)

0

42

40

0

82.0

18

Orla Lawson

43.5

(0)

0

0

36

79.5

19

Fraser Mitchell

(0)

34

0

0

42

76.0

20

Peter Sherry

(0)

35

0

0

40

75.0

21

Michael McCambridge

(0)

0

0

33

39

72.0

22

Niall Coleman

(0)

43

0

27

0

70.0

23

Roger Chamberlain

67.5

(0)

0

0

0

67.5

24

Malcolm Crichton

64.5

(0)

0

0

0

64.5

25

Gavin Pollard

54

(0)

0

0

0

54.0

26

John Lewis

49.5

(0)

0

0

0

49.5

27

Rory McKenna

48

(0)

0

0

0

48.0

28

Sean Craig

(0)

0

0

0

47

47.0

29

Ben Ferris

45

(0)

0

0

0

45.0

30

Alan Green

(0)

42

0

0

0

42.0

31

Andy Best

42

(0)

0

0

0

42.0

32

Rory Martin

(0)

0

40

0

0

40.0

33

Alan Dooley

(0)

0

0

39

0

39.0

34

Ken Dumpleton

(0)

38

0

0

0

38.0

35

John O'Sullivan

(0)

0

0

0

38

38.0

36

Michael Guy

(0)

0

36

0

0

36.0

37

Kevin Cushnahan

(0)

0

35

0

0

35.0

38

Adrian Cooper

(0)

0

0

34

0

34.0

39

Hugh Cahill

(0)

0

0

33

0

33.0

40

Ross Doyle

(0)

0

0

32

0

32.0

41

Alan Balfe

(0)

0

0

31

0

31.0

42

Ralf Hogger

(0)

0

0

30

0

30.0

43

Geraldine O'Neill

(0)

0

0

29

0

29.0

44

Valery Mulvin

(0)

0

0

27

0

27.0

45

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  • Comment Link John OSullivan 14th September 2017 posted by John OSullivan

    Congratulations to Brian McKee on topping the fleet helm ranking, based on consistent performances against top opposition throughout the qualifying events. And the very best of luck to Bryan Willis and crew John McPeake representing the Fifteens in the All Ireland Championship!

    It should be noted that the fleet ranking refers to the helm, as the sailor most consistently associated with each boat. This is the basis for qualification for international events. (It is also the reference for the All Ireland event, listings for which have not thus far included individual crew names.)

    The Flying Fifteen class takes pride in being open and inclusive for sailors at all levels. 2017 Class President Keith Poole, seen in action in the picture above, is a crew member, Alan Green, who compiles our ranking, regularly competes as crew in regional and international events, and won the recent Championship of Ireland crewing with World Champion Steve Goacher.

    In contrast to past practice elsewhere, it is class policy that both skipper and crew are named in all of the Association’s reporting of events.

    Crewing in a Flying Fifteen is the easiest and most popular route into the class, and we are delighted always to welcome newcomers and old hands alike.

    In addition to the Dun Laoghaire crew register linked above, the class website, flyingfifteen.ie, includes a list of clubs where Flying Fifteens are sailed and where new crew are regularly in demand.

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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