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New Hull Builder for Flying Fifteen Gives Option for Keelboat Class

3rd March 2021
The new Ginger Boats Flying Fifteen hull
The new Ginger Boats Flying Fifteen hull Credit: BIFFA

A new hull builder gives Flying Fifteen sailors an option to the Ovington hull that has been so dominant in the class in recent years has been announced for the 20-foot keelboat class. 

The class, one of the largest one-design keelboat classes in Ireland, raced for World Championship Honours on Dublin Bay in 2018.

Ginger Boats of Cockermouth in Cumbria, run by Phil Hodgkins, has a reputation for building fast GP14 dinghies is now adding Flying Fifteen Hulls to its inventory.

The company has recently been strengthened by the recent appointment of Alex Leonard (another skilled boat builder) as a director of the company last year. Phil and Alex have recently won contracts to produce solo hulls for Rooster and RS200 hulls for RS Sailing.

Flying Fifteen racing on Dublin Bay Photo: AfloatFlying Fifteen racing on Dublin Bay Photo: Afloat

Hodgkins says he has made a few changes to the traditional Dingwall internal layout, designing a new console as can also be seen in the above picture.

More here on the new build on the class website

Mewanhile, as Afloat reported here, Scottish club Royal Northern & Clyde Yacht Club is keen to recruit Irish Flying Fifteen entries for its staging of the UK National Championships from 24th - 27th June 2021 where no doubt the first of the Ginger boat hulls will be competing. 

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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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