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Black Flag Penalty for Lavery and Green at the Flying Fifteen Worlds

21st March 2023
Race seven winners Nick Jerwood and Brad Sheridan at the Flying 15 Worlds at Fremantle, Western Australia
Race seven winners Nick Jerwood and Brad Sheridan at the Flying 15 Worlds at Fremantle, Western Australia Credit: Regatta Services

As the Flying Fifteen World Championships in Australia pass the halfway point, Ireland's John Lavery and Alan Green will be hoping that a full series can be sailed following a black flag penalty in race seven that has knocked them out of the top ten overall.

The National Yacht Club pairing, who were ninth overall, and as high as seventh after a very solid start, dropped five places to 14th after the setback. 

If more than nine races are sailed, however, two discards come into play, allowing the possibility of an Irish recovery.

There was just one race on Monday on yet another hot late summer day in Fremantle as the regatta passed the halfway point. The fleet was held ashore for a few hours until a soft sea breeze perked up about midday.

Race 7 began in 7 - 11 knots from the SW.

Course six was set, which consisted of two windward/leeward legs followed by a beat to the finish. The race was started under black flag after one general recall.

Britain's Graham Vials and Chris Turner maintain a comfortable lead in the championship. Australia's Nick Jerwood and Brad Sheridan are second, with Britain's Ian Pinnell and Ian Cadwallader third.

Full results here

Wednesday is a layday with two races scheduled for Thursday

Published in Flying Fifteen Team

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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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