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The Irish Flying Fifteen class has announced its 2017 racing programme with two freshwater events on its national calendar for the first time. The 30–boat fleet will head to Craigavon for its Northern Championships at Lough Neagh on June 17th and a season finale will also be held on freshwater when the fleet makes its annual return to Lough Derg Yacht Club on October 21st. Full fixtures below:

Flying Fifteen 2017 Programme

May 27th / 28th: East Coast Championship - DMYC, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin
June 17th / 18th: Northern Championship - Lough Neagh Sailing Club, Craigavon
August 19th / 20th: South Coast Championship - WHSC, Dunmore East
September 8th - 10th: Championship of Ireland - CAYC, Whitehead 
October 21st – 22nd: Western Championship & LDYC Keel Boat Regatta - LDYC, Dromineer

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Five Flying Fifteen couples danced the salsa, jive and cha cha cha for the Flying Fifteen Glitter Ball Trophy last night at the National Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire.

Six weeks in training with a professional dance coach produced some expert displays for over 100 attending the special night.

Four judges voted Dun Laoghaire sailors Niall Meagher and Bernie Mulvin the winners but only after a dance– off.

 

 

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This weekend's Flying Ffifteen Western Championships was hosted by Lough Derg Yacht Club in varied shifty conditions. Racing could not have been much closer as after six races one point separated the first three boats with Brian McKee & Ian Smyth (SLYC) winning on countback from David Gorman & Chris Doorly (NYC) with Bryan Willis & John McPeake (CAYC) one point behind in third and Sean Craig & Alan Green (NYC) fourth.

Fifteen Flying Fifteens travelled and they were not disappointed with the welcome, the quality of racing from John Leech and his team and of course the local entertainment. On Saturday the wind was from the E-NE but shifted constantly to make it a difficult day. There were four different race winners, Willis, Craig, Gorman and McKee but it was McKee who led overnight with the more consistant results.

On Sunday the forecasted strong winds did not materialise but it was stronger from the East. As usual it was snakes and ladders up the beat but Craig led the way in the first race to win from Gorman in second, Willis third and McKee fourth. Going into the last race it was all to play for and a number of winners were possible. The Meaghers led the way up the first beat in impressive style closely followed by Gorman who soon took the lead. If he kept this lead he would win, just as he rounded the gate and went right the wind shifted left and Willis and Rory Martin went into first and second for the last beat. The wind had picked up so the racing was extremely close but this is how it finished and McKee was the winner on countback. All the positions were hotly contested and those who didn’t travel missed out on great racing in what was the last event of the season.

It was a great seasons sailing with great numbers in some of the best locations in the country. Thanks to FFAI President Keith Poole and his hard working committee in for all their work behind the scenes in making it happen. The fleet ranking concluded with this event and consolation for Gorman & Doorly was that they finished the season at the head of the ranking table.

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National Flying Fifteen Champions 1974–2012

Year Boat Helm Crew Club
1974 E.Sheehy KYC
1975 J,Lowry Mrs.J.Lowry CSC
1976 N.Watson KSC
1977 E.Gilmore KSC
1978 D.Tucker KYC
1979
1980 J.McCann SLYC
1981 C.Simmonds
1982 J.Rodgers KSC
1983 J.Millar KSC
1984 P.Morrison M.Gotral
1985 A.Bax NSC
1986 R.Bannon NYC
1987 J.Millar I.Coryn “Tie”
Trophy presented by to Flying Fifteen Association by Mr & Mrs Olaf Sorenson
1988 The Real Thing G.Dunleavy D.O’Brien NYC
1989 Lethal Weapon J.Millar C.Coffey CSC
1990 Mind Over Matter G.Dunleavy M.Conway
1991 Cunning Stunt I.Claever D.Shellcock
1992 Ruffa Gruffa J.Thomson M.Brown
1993 Newform J.Millar S.Penney KSC
1994 Going Grey G.Reilly D.Morrison SSC
1995 Forrader IV B.Falet I.Coryn RN&SYC
1996 Zimner J.Rodgers S.McCarthy PSC
1997 Tender Wood B.McKee Bob Gilmore SLYC
1998 Awesome J.Lavery G.Dunleavy NYC
1999 Ffangs J.Burke A.Green NYC
2000 J.Lavery G.Dunleavy NYC
2001 G.Dunleavy D.Gorman NYC
2002 J.Burke B.Canton NYC
2003 J.Lavery D.O’Brien NYC
2004 D.Martin S.Murray SLYC
2005 M.Hart T.Hall PDSC
2006 M.Sheehy A.Green KYC
2007 D.Martin S.Murray SLYC
2008 D.Gorman C.Doorly NYC
2009
2010 D.Martin S.Murray SLYC
2011 D.Gorman C.Doorly NYC
2012

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This coming weekend the Mitsubishi Flying Fifteen Frostbite Series starts and are being hosted by the National Yacht Club for the next six weeks. Local FF fleet captain Joe Coughlan is hoping for a good turnout following the success of last week’s East Coast Championships and the high numbers racing during the summer.

As usual in this fleet it is difficult to call the winner as racing is always close and exciting, the holders David Mulvin & Ronan Beirne will be hoping to retain the trophy but any of a number of boats could win including the in form Meagher’s in Ffantastic Mr Fox and National Champions Dave Gorman & Chris Doorly in Betty.

It promises to be an exciting series as the local Moth class will also be participating in this annual series where Ian Mathews is race officer.

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With three three race wins on Saturday Charles Apthorp and Alan Green were always going to be hard to stop for overall honours today at the Mitsubishi Motors Flying Fifteen East Coast Championships at the National Yacht Club. In the end the visiting world champion from Hayling Island Sailing Club won by a convincing margin of eight points.

Second overall was Sean Craig and Chris Doorly on 15 points, a single point ahead of host club club–mates Ian Mathews and Keith Poole.

Full results in the record FF turnout are downloadable below as a PDF file.

Apthorp and Green retained the East Coast championships in an exciting weekends sailing on Dublin Bay. In contrasting conditions, Saturday was wet and windy with winds from the N-NE while Sunday was sunny with the winds eventually coming from the S-SE.

An impressive 33 boats participated with boats travelling from Strangford Lough, Dunmore East and Lough Neagh adding to the strong local fleet. Apthorp dominated proceedings on Saturday in the strong Northerly winds with three wins. Behind it was a much closer racing with places up and down, the chasing group included Ian Mathews& Keith Poole (NYC) who was second overnight, Chamberlain & Hoarder (SLSC) in third with Craig & Doorly (NYC) fourth

Sunday we all arrived to a sunny morning with no wind so the AP was hoisted while ashore, a welcome respite for those that overdid Saturday night! The wind started filling in so off we went for a 1.00pm start. After the delay the fleet was a bit too keen and there was a general recall and the black flag was introduced for the restart where two boats got caught out and were disqualified. On the restart there was a strong out going tide, The fleet split up the beat, Mathews and Mulligan were among those that headed towards the shore and led at the weather mark closely followed by Craig. The gate prove to be the crucial moment, Mathews going left and Craig and Mulligan to the advantageous right, Craig took the lead which he kept to win followed by Mulligan & Court with Mathews third, O’Neill fourth and Apthorp fifth thanks to Statham getting a black flag.

Going into the last race things were more interesting as Craig or Mathews still had a chance if they won and Apthorp was sixth or worse. Alas it was not to be, on the second start after a general recall Mathew, Craig, Chamberlain and Martin were all disqualified under the black flag and headed in for an early shower as Apthorp wrapped up the series with a fifth, the race race been won by McCleery & Dougan (KYC) with Colman & Quinn(NYC) second and Statham third.

Class captain Joe Coughlan performed the prize giving thanking the sponsors, the PRO Brian Mathews and his team including those in the race office and the competitors who all helped make it an exciting and memorable weekends sailing.

flying fifteenThere was a record 33–boat Flying Fifteen turnout

 

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This coming weekend the Mitsubishi Flying Fifteen East Coast Championships are being hosted by the National Yacht Club and local fleet captain Joe Coughlan is hoping to have up to thirty entries. With great numbers out in Dublin Bay all season additional boats will be coming from Dunmore East and Stangford Lough as well as from clubs along the Antrim coast and possibly Lough Neagh where there is a growth in the class.

As usual in this fleet it is difficult to call the winner as racing is always close and exciting and any of a number of boats could win. Frequent UK visitor and current holder of the trophy Charles Apthorp is expected to team up with Alan Green and they should be favourites to retain the trophy. Unfortunately National champions Dave Gorman & Chris Doorly will not be competing together as the ISA All Ireland Helmsman’s Championships are on the same weekend in Cork. But there is plenty of talent who will give Apthorp & Green a run for their money including Mathews & Poole (NYC) McCleery & Dougan (KSC), Willis & McPeake (CAYC) and also the in–form Niall & Nicki Meagher (NYC).

As well as FF event at the NYC, the Fireballs Leinster Championships and SB20’s re–arranged Southern Championships will also sail with Brian Mathews as the PRO.

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The final day of a long season of Flying Fifteen DBSC racing which started back in April draws to a close tomorrow, weather permitting of course. In a season where the numbers on the water have been impressive, 21 sailed last weekend, it is a contrast to other classes which have struggled to get meaningful numbers out racing. This has led to great club racing and also an improvement in the performance of Dun Laoghaire boats in Regional and National competitions.

The Saturday Series Trophy, kindly presented by Ken Dumpleton after the original was lost, has already been decided with David Gorman & Chris Doorly in Betty winning the overall Series from Ian Mathews & Keith Poole in The Gruffalo. The Second Series along with the Silver and Bronze fleet trophies have yet to be decided so there is plenty to play for tomorrow.

Next weekend the Mitsubishi Flying Fifteen East Coast Championships is hosted by the National Yacht Club and local fleet captain Joe Coughlan is hoping to have up to thirty entries.

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The Flying Fifteen East Coast Championships, the Irish Fireball Leinster Championships and the SB20 Southern Championships will all be raced under the burgeee of the National Yacht Club at Dun Laoghaire, Dublin in a fortnight on the 1st and 2nd October 2016. 

This is a change of plan for the SB20 class who have moved both the date and club for their Southern Championshipd fixture. The event was originally scheduled for the 24th & 25th September at Cobh SC in Cork Harbour.

It's not the last event of the 2016 calendar for the SB20s or Flying Fifteens either, both fleets are slated for a Midland Championship at Lough Derg YC on 22nd & 23rd October. 

Download the notice of race below. 

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On a warm Septembers day an impressive 20 Flying Fifteens turned out for racing on the Bay. It was a difficult day for the PRO Eddie Totterdell and his team as the weather was to shift at some stage to the SW but when it would change nobody knew, but change it did on the first beat of the first race.

In Race 1 the wind was still NW and there was a strong outgoing tide, so strong that boats had difficulty getting over the start line. An individual recall was called, a few who had dipped down were too close to call, this included McCambridge and Gorman who played safe and went back.

Tom Murphy along with O,Neill and the Meaghers headed towards the shore while Mathews and most of the fleet went right as the SB20 had done. Meanwhile those who went back including Gorman and Coughlan were having their own little battle to see who would be off the start line last!

A short time later the winds were changing as forecast and those on the left looked like they would get it first, they did but they had overstood the mark. Gorman after a late start tacked early and somehow managed to get in a good position as they approached the weather mark, at this stage the wind was behind and the spinakers were up!

O'Neill & MJ Mulligan led but Gorman managed to slip inside at the wing mark to take the lead down the run which was now a beat down to the gate which was the new weather mark! It stayed this way for the next lap with the Meaghers third, Murphy fourth and Alan Balfe fifth.

After resetting the course Race 2 got going but with the tide pushing the boats over the line and with the boats going up to soon and to fast there was a general recall. No messing with Eddie and the black flag went up for the restart. Three were still over the line, others including Gorman got stuck adjacent the committee boat as most of the fleet headed out to sea. The Meagher;s and O’Neill were nip and tuck but judging the tide and wind perfectly the Meagher’s lead at the weather mark and there was no catching them. They were closely followed by O’Neill and Mathews but it was all very close behind. On the last lap the Meagher’s increased their lead but behind there were changes happening, Mathews moved into second, Frazer & Gabrial were third and Gorman with the yellow Mitsibishi spinnaker had moved to fourth. The Meagher’s third and first was enough for them to deservedly win the day.

Thanks to the PRO Eddie and his team who did a great job in difficult conditions. To have 20 boats out in a club race was fantastic, all being well there will be a good number entered for the East Coast Championships that take place in two weeks time in Dun Laoghaire.

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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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