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Irish Flying Fifteen Championships Will Proceed Under New Guidelines at Dunmore East

19th August 2020
Flying Fifteen racing comes to Dunmore East this weekend in County Waterford Flying Fifteen racing comes to Dunmore East this weekend in County Waterford Photo: Afloat

After last night's announcement of new Irish Government pandemic guidelines, Chris Doorly, President Flying Fifteen Association of Ireland says the class championships will still go ahead in Dunmore East, County Waterford this weekend.

Doorly said in a statement last night the decision to proceed comes after consultation with hosts Waterford Harbour Sailing Club (WHSC) and Irish Sailing.

"Both Irish Sailing and FFAI are of the opinion that the event in Dunmore East can still go ahead", the statement says.

WHSC is taking onboard the revised guidelines both on and off the water with the priority of keeping members, competitors and the local community safe. 

The WHSC clubhouse will be acting as a restaurant and not a bar with limited access to the club depending on numbers and social distancing.

The first race is scheduled for 3pm on Friday.

Meanwhile, Storm Ellen – that has already contributed to the cancellation of the Laser Nationals in Cork Harbour –  may result in unsafe conditions and disruption especially over high ground, lakes and sea areas from tonight.

Cork will bear the brunt of the storm, which will produce a core of very severe and destructive winds between 9 pm and midnight tonight.

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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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