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Frequent Flyer Comes Out Top in Flying Fifteen Super Saturday Frostbite Series

5th November 2017
12 Flying Fifteens are ccontesting the NYC Frostbites on Dublin Bay 12 Flying Fifteens are ccontesting the NYC Frostbites on Dublin Bay Photo: Afloat.ie

The Flying Fifteen Frostbite Series supported by Mitsubishi recommenced after the Bank Holiday break with a new format designed to thrill and shake up the overall series, it didn’t disappoint! Dubbed Super Saturday there were six back to back races enjoyed by all on a blustery day with strong W-NW winds, beautiful sunshine and a strong out going tide.

Good starts and a good first beat were the order of the day. There were four different race winners, Race 2 was won by Niall & Nikki Meagher who just managed to stay ahead of Ken Dumpleton & Paul Nolan. They were to get their moment of glory in Race 5 when they hit the right hand side to win comfortably. Race 4 was won by Susan Halpenny & Mick Quinn. But the day belonged to Alan Green & Chris Doorly in Frequent Flyer who had 3 race wins to win the day and take over the lead in the Series with two weekends of racing left. This was in spite of their efforts to mess it up by being over the line twice and going back, But good tactics and boats speed got them back in the mix each time by the weather mark.

The 12 boat fleet had a good gender mix today with Gill Fleming helming with Conor O'Leary, along with Susan Halpenny and Valerie Mulvin driving their boats. We also had Stuart Harrison and his crew down from Lough Neagh who have joined the series. After the tough day the fleet were happy to adjourn to the National Yacht Club for refreshments and to warm up.

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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