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Irish Flying Fifteen Victory for Gorman & Doorly at the National Yacht Club

30th September 2018
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A big gust hits Andy McCleery and Colin Dougan in the last race of the Flying Fifteen Nationals on Dublin Bay A big gust hits Andy McCleery and Colin Dougan in the last race of the Flying Fifteen Nationals on Dublin Bay Photo: Afloat.ie

The Deloitte sponsored Championship of Ireland for the Flying Fifteen class ended on Sunday with a sinew- stretching, gut busting race in the strongest wind of the weekend with thrills and spills on the top reach of the triangle!

However, by the time the last race started, the new National Champions had exited “stage left”. The speculation on Saturday night was that a 6th place in either of the two races on Sunday would be enough to see the host club’s Dave Gorman and Chris Doorly crowned National Champions. They duly made sure of their title by finishing in second place in the first race which was won by Charles Apthorp and Alan Green, their closest rivals. That meant they could retire to shore early, derig and enjoy an early shower before the balance of the fleet came in. Talking to Dave Gorman after the prize-giving, he admitted to being a bit nervous going out as they had to drop their rig on the Saturday night when the jib halyard was seen to be unravelling. Not the best of preparations for the last day of a regatta. Fortunately a spare was offered by Bryan Willis, but even then some modifications were required to get it all back in place.

Flying Fifteen 3718Andy and Rory Martin (SLYC) Photo: Afloat.ie

Sunday morning had brought a distinct change in the weather, cloudy conditions, a cooler temperature and a stiffer breeze, but still out of the western quadrant of the compass. Another new phenomenon was a short rain shower which on approach seemed to ramp up the wind strength, but on passing the wind dropped marginally again. Race Officer Jack Roy got proceedings started promptly but found himself having to use the General Recall for the first attempt at a start. That prompted the “shaking out” of the “U” Flag which trawled five boats out of the race.

It was a brisk race with great downwind conditions on the sausage and a preference for the left-hand side on the beats. It also brought a new combination to the individual race podium with a third place for Hammy Baker & Peter Chambers out of Strangford Lough. They were fast downwind! Bryan Willis & John McPeake were also having a much better half of the regatta, following a first place in the last race of the Saturday they would score a 5th and a 2nd on Sunday.

Having set six windward-leeward courses thus far, the “T” flag was broken out for the last race of the regatta – maybe as a reward for our perseverance! The breeze also came to the party with probably the hardest beats of the regatta. Charles Apthorp & Alan Green dominated the race to win by a country mile and all this with Charles wearing an orthopaedic boot and walking around the club with a single crutch – how determined is that! The top reach of the second lap triangle was exhilarating, provided you could keep the boat upright. There were quite a few spills on the leg with some very distinguished combinations showing their keels for all the world to see………….but what happens on the water, stays on the water, so no names will be divulged.

Flying Fifteen 3718(Above and below) Ian Matthews and Keith Poole of the host club, the NYC pair were European Race winners on Lake Garda a month ago. Photo: Afloat.ie 

Flying Fifteen 3718

One of the better stories saw a crew slide out on the foredeck to recover a broken spinnaker sheet so that it could be retired to the sail after the gybe mark for the second reach. The last beat of the regatta really was a battle with the wind getting up as forecast. It made for some very hard but exciting sailing.

So, after a seven-race series, the Class has new National Champions and we were treated to exceptionally good race management by Jack Roy and his team. We had three different days of weather and the adage “there was something for everyone” rang true in this instance. We were also very grateful for the sponsorship of Deloitte and Dave Dalton of the sponsoring company was in attendance to hand over the prizes together with National Yacht Club Commodore, Ronan Beirne, a Flying Fifteen crew himself, Mick Quinn, Dun Laoghaire Class Captain and Frank Burgess who co-ordinated the award of the right prize to the right combination. Due thanks were recorded to the various volunteers who made the regatta possible.

The various winners in the different fleets and the top ten are listed below.

Flying Fifteen 3718Portaferry's Andy McCleery and Colin Dougan Photo: Afloat.ieFlying Fifteen 3718Former World FF Champion Charles Apthorp of Hayling Island Sailing Club (and the National Yacht Club) with Dublin Bay's Alan Green Photo: Afloat.ie

Flying Fifteen 3718(Above) Waterford Harbour's Lee Statham and Andy Paul (red spinnaker) are overtaken (below) by Strangford's Roger Chamberlain and Charlie Horder on a breezy reach in the last race Photo: Afloat.ieFlying Fifteen 3718Flying Fifteen 3718(Above and below) Strangford Lough's Hamish Baker and Peter Chambers Photo: Afloat.ie

Andrew Baker FF 2897

Flying Fifteen 3404Ken Dumpleton and John McNeilly Photo: Afloat.ie

Flying Fifteen 3239Roger Chamberlain and Charlie Horder (IRL 3962) lead a bunch downwind Photo: Afloat.ie

Flying Fifteen 3239Flying Fifteen 3239Ben Mulligan and Cormac BradleyDMYC's Ben Mulligan and article author Cormac Bradley Photo: Afloat.ie

Deloitte Flying Fifteen Championship of Ireland

National Yacht Club, 28 – 30 September 2018

Sail No.

R1

R2

R3

R4

R5

R6

R7

 

Bronze Fleet

 

1

Ken Dumpleton & John McNally

NYC

3955

16

RET

6

11

22

12

15

 

2

Gerry Ryan & Peter Dolan

NYC

4045

14

12

12

27

16

UFD

DNF

 

3

Alan Balfe & John Whelan

NYC

3995

26

15

16

24

19

18

20

 
                       
 

Silver Fleet

 

1

Gavin Doyle & Dave Sweeney

NYC

3707

6

14

13

5

8

10

7

 

2

Jeff Harrison & Rory Hickland

ABC

3648

13

9

18

17

13

UFD

DNF

 

3

Charlie Boland & Fintan Stanley

WHSC

3682

12

4

17

19

21

RET

RET

 
                       
 

Gold Fleet (Top Ten)

 

1

Dave Gorman & Chris Doorly

NYC

3902

3

2

2

1

3

2

DNC

 

2

Charles Apthorp & Alan Green

Hayling Island

3957

4

10

1

UFD

5

1

1

 

3

Roger Chamberlain & Charlie Horder

SLYC

3962

1

3

5

7

11

11

3

 

4

Andrew McCleery & Colin Dougan

Portaferry

4037

2

5

7

18

6

7

9

 

5

Lee Statham & Andrew Paul

WHSC

3896

7

1

9

2

RET

9

5

 

6

Hammy Baker & Peter Chambers

SLYC

3756

8

13

3

9

14

3

10

 

7

Gavin Doyle & Dave Sweeney

NYC

3707

6

14

13

5

8

10

7

 

8

Bryan Willis & John McPeake

Co. Antrim

3729

18

23

14

6

1

5

2

 

9

Alastair Court & Conor O’Leary

RStGYC

3753

23

8

8

3

12

13

8

 

10

Ian Matthews & Keith Poole

NYC

3864

5

16

OCS

16

9

4

6

 
                         

In the preview to this regatta, the author speculated that the winners should come from the following boats. The figure, in brackets after each name is where they finished overall;

ff Gorman(L – R) Mick Quinn, DL Flying Fifteen Class Captain, Dave Dalton, Deloitte, Dave Gorman, winning helm & Chris Doorly, winning crew Photo: Cormac Bradley

Dave Gorman & Chris Doorly (1), Charlie Apthorp & Alan Green (2), Ian Matthews & Keith Poole (10), Andy & Rory Martin (11), Andy McCleery & Colin Dougan (4). This is not meant as a “clever-clogs” close but just a modest justification for my original selection.

The Flying Fifteen regatta season wraps up in Lough Derg Yacht Club over the weekend of 13/14 October with the final regatta in the Worlds selection series………of which further anon!

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Dublin Bay Fireballer Cormac Bradley was appointed Rear Commodore of the International Fireball Class in 2017. He is a regular dinghy and one design correspondent on Afloat.ie

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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