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National Yacht Club Prepares for Flying Fifteen World Championships on Dublin Bay

30th April 2019
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The Subaru sponsored Flying Fifteen World Championships sets sail on Dublin Bay this September The Subaru sponsored Flying Fifteen World Championships sets sail on Dublin Bay this September Photo: Afloat.ie

With the Subaru Flying Fifteen World Championships combined with an International event and the Championships of Ireland, this September promises to be a festival of sailing on Dublin Bay hosted by the National Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire.

Preparations are well underway and all countries have completed their qualification series with the closing date for those qualified and early entries to the event of 30th April. There are also a number of places available in the Pre Worlds which is the Championship of Ireland, for crews to enter the World Championships. The event takes place 50 years after the first Flying Fifteens raced in Dublin Bay.

The Worlds and Pre Worlds will have prizes a plenty, the fleet will fight it out for Orange, Green and Blue fleet prizes as well as day and spot prizes so if you have not already entered there is still time to get your entries in!.

Joining the expected good number of local boats, crews from as far away as New Zealand, Australia and Canada, as well as closer neighbours from Spain, France and the UK., are all preparing to make their way to Ireland for the event. These include current World Champion Steve Goacher & Tim Harper (UK), European Champions from Lake Garda Hamish McKay & and Andrew Lawson (UK) along with the National Champions of most countries including Ireland's Dave Gorman & Chris Doorly from the host club.

April 30th also sees the official launch of the event at the National Yacht Club with the main title sponsor Subaru along with a number of other sponsors that will all help make it a successful championship.

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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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