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Famous Flying Fifteen 'Coweslip' on Display with Royal Yacht Britannia in Edinburgh

29th November 2017
HRH The Duke of Edinburgh sailing Coweslip with Uffa Fox HRH The Duke of Edinburgh sailing Coweslip with Uffa Fox Photo: Press Association

Coweslip, is now on display alongside the Royal Yacht Britannia in Edinburgh.

The 15 foot (on the waterline), two-person keelboat is on loan to the Royal Yacht Britannia Trust and is now on display in Edinburgh for visitors to enjoy. Designed and built by legendary sailor Uffa Fox, the Flying Fifteen was launched in June 1949 and, in the words of Uffa, it was "a sensible, safe boat, that was fun to sail as well, for the rough and tumble of tidal waters around the UK".

In Ireland, the Flying Fifteen remians ons of the strongest one design keelboat fleets with bases in Waterford, Dublin and Down.

Historic yacht Coweslip is the most famous of the Flying Fifteen keelboats, having been presented to Her Majesty The Queen and Prince Philip as a wedding present in 1949. Prince Philip frequently sailed on Coweslip with Uffa Fox and, together, they had great success sailing competitively, including winning the Britannia Cup in 1952 and in fact, in 1962 at Cowes, Coweslip nearly sank when she was hit by a gust of wind and capsized, throwing both Uffa and The Duke into the water.

Uffa Fox was born on the Isle of Wight and raised in East Cowes and was responsible for many of the developments which have contributed to the modern popularity of dinghy sailing.

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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