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Large Turnout in Flying Fifteen DBSC Series Race

18th September 2017
Race two winners in the DBSC Flying Fifteen series Niall and Nikki Meagher Race two winners in the DBSC Flying Fifteen series Niall and Nikki Meagher

Two great close Flying Fifteen races were held on Saturday on Dublin Bay where a surprisingly strong northerly wind made it a tough day on the water for the 18–strong fleet competing in the DBSC series. 

In Race 1 the fleet got off to a clean start, a couple were caught out late in the timing as there was no Dragon or SB20 fleet. Most went left out of the outgoing tide but Conor O’Leary in 3753 led the way from Coughlan & Marshal after they both went right to stronger wind. All was to change downwind, Ian Mathews sailing 4028 with NYC Commodore Ronan Beirne moved into the lead and stayed well ahead to take the gun. Behind Green had moved into a comfortable second place after being late at the start with Ben Mulligan & Tom Murphy third in what was an extremely close finish with a cluster of boats crossing the line at the same time.

It was blowing hard for Race 2, the favoured pin end was claimed by the Meaghers, they stuck to the left side which now had more wind and were first to the weather mark just ahead of the Cahills and Coughlan. Again places were to change downwind especially at the gate, the Meaghers kept their lead while Jill & Frank avoided trouble to stay in second as Mathews moved up to third. In a short race this is how it stayed.

Thanks to Eddie Toterdell and his team for an entertaining afternoons sailing. With only two weeks of Series 2 David Mulvin leads the Series with Ben Mulligan & Cormac Bradley in second place followed by Alan Balfe.

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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