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Flying Fifteen Frostbite Continues with New Leaders at the National Yacht Club

12th November 2018
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Captain's Prize – FF Captain Mick Quinn (left) presented the half model trophy to Alan Green (centre) and Chris Doorly Captain's Prize – FF Captain Mick Quinn (left) presented the half model trophy to Alan Green (centre) and Chris Doorly

The Flying Fifteen class Mitsubishi Frostbite series continued over the weekend with Race 7 and 8 at the National Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire on Dublin Bay. Twelve boats made it to the start line including visitors Stuart and Tim from Lough Neagh who went into the weekend as leaders and Brian Willis from Antrim Boat Club who had National Champion helm David Gorman as crew. The days racing also combined with the local class Captains (Mick Quinn) prize so lots to play for!

It was a calm morning with a light south to south west breeze and an outgoing tide. The bias was at the pin end and those on the left were in the lead group, Green & Doorly were first to the weather mark followed by Harrison & Sheard with Valerie & David Mulvin third. This is how it stayed for most of the race, the PRO shortened the race at the weather mark, Harrison went left but Green stayed right and Harrison crossed for what he thought was a win but unfortunately was over the line at the start.

The wind had shifted a bit more southerly for race 2, it was still light and if you found and had clear wind you were going to be in a good position. Harrison took it to extreme and was over the line again but only found out after crossing the line first on the water. The Meagher’s, Dumpleton, O’Sullivan and Coughlan were all going well as the fleet remained in a tight bunch. Green had a poor start and was behind but with 3 beats to do there was no panic. It was shifty and difficult to gain, the Meagher’s got the gun to win the race, Willis & Gorman second, the Mulvin’s third and Green managed to overtake a couple of boats on the last beat to take fourth. Three boats were all on equal points for the Captain's prize but Green & Doorly won on countback by having won the first race, Willis was second and the Mulvin’s third. Captain Mick Quinn presented the prizes for all three in the club afterwards- it couldn’t have been any closer.

The results and the introduction of the second discard meant that the new leaders are now Green & Doorly in Frequent Flyer going into the last weekend but there is still a lot to play for with two races scheduled. Once again Ian Mathews and his team did a fantastic job providing good close racing in tricky shifty conditions.

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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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