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Biggs & Evans in 'Checkmate XIX' Claim Flying Fifteen East Coast Victory at Dun Laoghaire

19th September 2021
Flying Fifteen East Coast Champions - Nigel Biggs and Peter Evans of Howth Yacht Club
Flying Fifteen East Coast Champions - Nigel Biggs and Peter Evans of Howth Yacht Club Credit: Afloat

Despite an overnight cushion of six points, Nigel Biggs and Peter Evans of Howth Yacht Club were chased all the way in today's final races of the Flying Fifteen Irish East Coast Championships off Dun Laoghaire Harbour

Five races were sailed with one discard applied in a buoyant turnout of 23 boats.

Racing on a similar course area to where Biggs claimed a Class Two ICRA national title a fortnight ago, the HYC duo sailing Checkmate XIX scored two fifths in the final races.

It put Biggs and Evans a point ahead of National Champions John Lavery and Alan Green who moved up from fifth overnight to take second overall but only after a tie break with Shane MacCarthy and Chris Doorly of the National Yacht Club who finished third. 

Second overall - John Lavery and Alan GreenSecond overall - John Lavery and Alan Green

Third overall - Shane MacCarthy and Chris DoorlyThird overall - Shane MacCarthy and Chris Doorly

Flying Fifteen East Coast Championships 2021 Top Ten Overall

  1. IRL 4092 Checkmate XIX Gold HYC Nigel Biggs Peter Evans 1.0 2.0 3.0 (5.0) 5.0 16.0 11.0
  2. IRL 4083 Phoenix Gold NYC John Lavery Alan Green 2.0 7.0 (12.0) 2.0 1.0 24.0 12.0
  3. IRL 4085 Boat Gold GSC/NYC Shane MacCarthy Chris Doorly (22.0) 6.0 2.0 1.0 3.0 34.0 12.0
  4. IRL 3892 Stiffers Mom Gold Portaferry Sailing Club Stuart Harrison Conor Brennan 6.0 (18.0) 1.0 11.0 2.0 38.0 20.0
  5. IRL 3883 Fleet Fox Gold WHSC Charlie Boland Rob McConnell (12.0) 3.0 10.0 3.0 4.0 32.0 20.0
  6. IRL 3896 Triggers Brush Gold WHSC Lee Statham Andy Paul 3.0 8.0 7.0 4.0 (24.0 DSQ) 46.0 22.0
  7. IRL 4018 Final fling Gold Portaferry Sailing Club Shane Mc Carthy Brian Fitzmaurice 9.0 1.0 4.0 9.0 (24.0 DNF) 47.0 23.0
  8. IRL 4037 Ffast Antic Gold Killyleagh Yacht Club Andrew McCleery Colin Dougan 7.0 5.0 5.0 8.0 (24.0 DNF) 49.0 25.0
  9. IRL 4074 Simply Gold Gold County Antrim Yacht Club Willis Bryan John McPeake 4.0 12.0 9.0 6.0 (24.0 DNF) 55.0 31.0
  10. IRL 4093 Mike Wazowski Silver NYC Ian Matthews Keith Poole (14.0) 4.0 13.0 10.0 6.0 47.0 33.0

Full results are here

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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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