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Six Irish Flying Fifteens Contest European Championships in Brittany

8th May 2024
Alan Green and Chris Doorly of the National Yacht Club are one of six Irish Flying Fifteens racing at the 2024 European Championships in Brittany
Alan Green and Chris Doorly of the National Yacht Club are one of six Irish Flying Fifteens racing at the 2024 European Championships in Brittany

Six Irish boats are competing at the Flying Fifteen European Championships starting on Thursday (March 9th) at Crozon Morgat in Brittany.

With crews also from France, Spain, Belgium, and the usual UK contenders, it promises to be an exciting four-day event.

Five of the Irish crews are from the National Yacht Club (NYC) in Dun Laoghaire, and the sixth are current National Champions Niall and Ronan O Briain from Connemara.

The Irish comprise: 

  • Ian Mathews and Keith Poole (NYC)
  • Alan Green and Chris Doorly (NYC)
  • Niall Meagher and Nicky Matthews (NYC)
  • Shane McCarthy and Hugh McNally (NYC)
  • Niall and Laura Coleman (NYC)
  • Niall and Ronan O Briain ( Connemara)

Although it is early season, the Irish have undergone winter training with NYC head coach Thomas Chaix, who will also be on the water in Crozon.

In addition to the national champion O Briains, former GP14 World Champion Shane McCarthy is also expected to be in the mix.

The event, hosted by Centre Nautique Crozon Morgat in Brittany, is part of the regional event Le Grand Priz Ecole Navale. Team

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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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