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Royal St George’s McCourt & O’Leary Take Victory in 20–Boat DBSC Flying Fifteen Fleet

11th May 2018
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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. 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. Photo: Afloat.ie

In what started as a drifter for the DBSC  Flying Fifteens and the PRO Jack Roy considering cancelling the racing for the evening a fresh breeze filled in from the SW and provided perhaps the most exciting conditions for racing so far this season.

An impressive fleet of 20 Flying Fifteens were on the start line including Tom Murphy in a new boat. (IRL 4057). The bias was clearly at the committee boat end and there was the usual eagerness for the favoured spot resulting in a couple of boats OCS. Mulligan & Bradley along with Gorman & Doorly were quick out of the blocks and we were to find out later why! As the boats headed in towards the shore to Battery mark Mulligan led the way followed closely by Gorman, McCourt and Green. A reach out to East mark saw Mulligan extend his lead but on the next exciting two sail reach Gorman and McCourt closed the gap. Gorman took the lead but inadvertently went through the start line where other boats were still starting to be later disqualified, McCourt moved into second .As the leaders headed to the finish line Gorman crossed but there was no hooter, McCourt was next and got his victory, Mulligan was next but no hooter allowing Green & Murphy to claim second spot with Colman & Quinn in third place. It was a great race and nice to see one of the new boats in the Royal St George take line honours.

Thanks to Jack and his team on Freebird for perservering and providing a great course.

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.

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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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