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DBSC Flying Fifteens Turn out in Force for First Dublin Bay Race

27th April 2018
Preparing to launch the Flying Fifteen fleet at the National Yacht Club Preparing to launch the Flying Fifteen fleet at the National Yacht Club

In the first DBSC race of the season there was an impressive turnout of fifteen Flying Fifteens on the start line last night. The first race is usually a mix of trepidation and excitement, there were some new boats out, new crew combinations and new members to the fleet. 

On a wintery night PRO Jack Roy warned the fleets that it was going to be a tricky unpredictable evening as the wind was flicking around and was forecast to drop off during the evening.

The wind held and being the first race the majority of the fleet were very eager to start at the biased committee boat end particularly as it was a fetch to the first mark.

Some boats got squeezed out, others were over the line but Dave Gorman & Chris Doorly started a few lengths down and were out of the starting blocks quickly and with clear wind soon took a lead that they were able to hold to the first weather mark at Bay and on till the finish.

Behind at the weather mark there was a scramble but Mulvin & Beirne were second followed by Green & Mulligan. Downwind to Omega there was plenty of action with lots of luffing duals. Niall Colman & class captain Mick Quinn along with Ryan & McAree made good gains after poor starts but there was to be no change in the first three.

Thanks to Jack and his team on Freebird and to the wind Gods for being kind.

This promises to be an exciting year for the class on the bay as there are now about 30 boats across the waterfront in the DMYC, RStGYC and the NYC.

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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