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Ballyholme Yacht Club to Host First Flying Fifteen East Coast Championships for Many Years

17th May 2018
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It is the class’s first visit in a long time to the club that had a thriving Flying Fifteen fleet in days gone by It is the class’s first visit in a long time to the club that had a thriving Flying Fifteen fleet in days gone by Photo: Afloat.ie

Excitement is building for the first regional event of the season for the ever popular Flying Fifteen class. With good numbers turning out at club level in Dublin and Strangford Lough in particular they now take to the road and head to Ballyhome Yacht Club on the south shore of Belfast Lough. It is the class’s first visit in a long time to the club that had a thriving Fifteen fleet in days gone by. A strong fleet is expected in what is the also the first qualifying event for next year’s World Championships which take place at the NYC in Dublin.

As usual in this fleet it is very hard to call the winner as the racing is always close and exciting and any of a number of boats could win. Last yea’rs winner Brian McKee & Ian Smyth (SLYC) hope to regain the trophy but there are a number of boats who will be looking to challenge. Willis & McPeake (CAYC) along with Andy & Rory Martin (SLSC) hope to carry last years excellent sailing through to this year’s events. Others hoping to go well are Andy McCleery & Colin Dougan (KYC), and the National Yacht Clubs Mathews & Poole and Gorman & Doorly amongst others.

Sponsorship is kindly provided by Bryan Willis Paints and Bosun Bobs Marine and Boat Specialists in Bangor. 

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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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