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More Connemara Flying Fifteen Success at Lough Derg Yacht Club Freshwater Keelboat Regatta

15th October 2023
Ros an Mhíl's Dermot Flaherty and Joe McDonagh sailing Phoenix were winners of the Flying Fifteen class at the Lough Derg Yacht Club Freshwater Keelboat Regatta
Ros an Mhíl's Dermot Flaherty and Joe McDonagh sailing Phoenix were winners of the Flying Fifteen class at the Lough Derg Yacht Club Freshwater Keelboat Regatta Credit: Josh St John

With the Flying Fifteen national title going west for the first time this year, the 2023 season just finished on a high for the class's burgeoning Connemara fleet, with Galway boats taking first and second in Lough Derg Yacht Club's Freshwater Keelboat Regatta at Dromineer in County Tipperary.

Ros an Mhíl's Dermot Flaherty and Joe McDonagh sailing Phoenix were winners by four nett points from national champions Niall and Ronán O'Brien in a ten-boat fleet.

Four races were sailed on Saturday with one discard, but racing was abandoned on Sunday by Race Officer John Leech due to a lack of wind at Dromineer.

National Yacht Club trio Alan Green and Keith Poole finished third.

Ten Flying Fifteens competed.

Race Results

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2024 Irish Flying Fifteen Worlds Qualification Events Calendar

  • FFAI Westerns 25th + 26th May - Sruthan, Connemara
  • British Nationals 19th - 22nd June - SLYC, Co Down. Rank +50%
  • FFAI Champs of Ireland - 6th - 8th Sept – Dunmore Rank +50%
  • FFAI East Coast - 21st - 22nd Sept - Dublin.
  • FFAI South Coast - 12th - 13th Oct - Lough Derg

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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