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Ben Mulligan RIP

29th October 2022
The late Ben Mulligan, DMYC sailing secretary and Flying Fifteen sailor
The late Ben Mulligan, DMYC sailing secretary and Flying Fifteen sailor officiating at last month's KIsh Race start off Dun Laoghaire Credit: Afloat

Afloat.ie regrets to record the death of Dun Laoghaire sailor Ben Mulligan.

A successful helmsman in many forms of yacht racing over a lifetime of sailing at Dun Laoghaire Harbour, he was the skipper of the top Flying Fifteen 'Enfant de Marie' launched from the Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club (DMYC) in 2020 for a maiden voyage victory.

Racing with long-term crew Cormac Bradley, the pair chalked up many top results on home waters and at regional championships across the country.

Earlier this month, the pair brought the curtain down on their 2022 season with a win in the final blustery DBSC race on October 3rd, as Afloat reported here.

Ben was the Rear Commodore and Sailing Secretary of the DMYC and is credited with breathing new life into the club's annual Dublin Bay Kish Race.

Last month he officiated in what has become the final big race of Dublin's summer sailing season with a fine turnout of 56 boats racing out to the famous lighthouse and back. 

A full appreciation of this popular Dun Laoghaire waterfront stalwart will appear in Afloat.ie in due course; meanwhile, our heartfelt condolences are with his extended family and many friends and shipmates in their sad loss.

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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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