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“A man who really enjoyed his sailing” – the late Paddy Kirwan at the helm of his Club Shamrock Boomerang, which he owned and campaigned for 19 years. Photo courtesy Ann Kirwan
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Paddy Kirwan 1929-2017

14th November 2017
Officially he was Captain Patrick Kirwan, a retired Senior Pilot with Aer Lingus. But for his many friends and shipmates in sailing at home and abroad, he was always Paddy Kirwan, whose death at the age of 88 has taken…
12 Flying Fifteens are ccontesting the NYC Frostbites on Dublin Bay
Flying Fifteen
The Flying Fifteen Frostbite Series supported by Mitsubishi recommenced after the Bank Holiday break with a new format designed to thrill and shake up the overall series, it didn’t disappoint! Dubbed Super Saturday there were six back to back races…
Ronan Beirne (left) with John Leech of LDYC (centre) and David Mulvin, winners of the Flying Fifteen Western Championships on Lough Derg
Flying Fifteen
The National Yacht Club's David Mulvin and Ronan Beirne lifted the Flying Fifteen Western Championships after four races sailed on Lough Derg yesterday as part of the Lough Derg Yacht Club's Freshwater Keelboat Regatta writes our special correspondent. The annual…
Flying fifteen winners Niall and Nikki Meagher in Ffantastic Mr Fox
Flying Fifteen
Niall and Nikki Meagher in Ffantastic Mr Fox had two great race wins in very difficult shifty conditions in the National Yacht Club Flying fifteen Frostbite Series on Sunday. The strong winds of the morning had abated and by the…
Last weekend was the first day of the traditional six week frostbite series run by the NYC
Flying Fifteen
In an exciting days racing in a strong westerly wind Flying Fifteen class Captain John O’Sullivan with UK guest crew Ben Longstaff stunned the fleet in Race 2 with a fantastic win to record his first ever race victory. It…
Race 7 of the championship was the first to bring out the general recall flag, but the fleet got away at the second attempt.
Flying Fifteen
The Final day of the 2017 Flying Fifteen National Championship finished with a flourish in squally conditions in Falmouth Bay. Two races were scheduled with an earlier start of 1100hrs to finish the regatta before another front hit the Cornwall…
The start of race two at the Flying Fifteen British Nationals
Flying Fifteen
After a lost day of racing due to high winds and driving rain yesterday, The Flying Fifteen National Championship got underway yesterday at the Royal Cornwall Yacht Club, Falmouth with some ideal sailing conditions, light to moderate breezes with a dose…
Annalise Murphy (The National Yachts Club's Olympic Silver Medalist) with (from left) Ronan Beirne (Commodore National Yacht Club), Niall Meagher (Event Chairman) and Chris Doorly (Flying Fifteen Association of Ireland President) at the recent announcement of the up and coming Flying Fifteen World Championships to be hosted by the National Yacht Club in September 2019
Flying Fifteen
The 2019 Flying Fifteen World Championships will be hosted by the National Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire it has been announced. The event will run from 2nd -13th September on the waters of Dublin Bay. 85 boats will compete with entries…
Race two winners in the DBSC Flying Fifteen series Niall and Nikki Meagher
Flying Fifteen
Two great close Flying Fifteen races were held on Saturday on Dublin Bay where a surprisingly strong northerly wind made it a tough day on the water for the 18–strong fleet competing in the DBSC series.  In Race 1 the…
Northern Ireland sailors are in the top three places of the Flying Fifteen ranking list
Flying Fifteen
The Flying Fifteen class has released its national ranking list after last weekend's Championship of Ireland in Antrim.  With one event left to sail this season, Strangford Lough's Brian McKee is the top ranked sailor with Northern Ireland helms occupying…
Youtube video features interviews with competitors. Scroll down for video
Flying Fifteen
A novel 15–minute Youtube video that features interviews with competitors – including world champion Steve Goacher – at the Flying Fifteen National Championships gives an insight into the keelboat scene.  Filmed by Vincent Polding, who says that despite not being…
Steve Goacher and Alan Green were winners of the Irish Flying Fifteen Championships at County Antrim
Flying Fifteen
Perennial Steve Goacher from Lake Windermere sailed to victory in a single race on the final day of the Flying Fifteen Irish Championships at County Antrim Yacht Club. The multiple World and British Champion, sailing with Dun Laoghaire's Alan Green,…
Goacher Dominating Flying Fifteens at Whitehead
Flying Fifteen
Visiting World Flying Fifteen Champion Steve Goacher is making short work of the Irish Championships that is otherwise dominated by Northern Ireland crews at Whitehead in County Antrim today. Results to date are downloadable below. Goacher, from Lake Windemere, counts…
Flying Fifteen champions David Gorman and Chris Doorly of the National Yacht Club have had to pull out of the Whitehead Championships after a mast break in a windy DBSC race last weekend
Flying Fifteen
Defending Irish Flying Fifteen champions David Gorman and Chris Doorly of the National Yacht Club are out of this weekend's Championships at Whitehead in County Antrim following a dismasting on Dublin Bay. The excitement is building for the Flying Fifteen Championships of…
Flying Fifteen sailor Ian Mathews (left) with Ciara and Rosemary of the NYC's Adult Sail Training Group
Flying Fifteen
A fun and successful evening was had out on the DBSC race course by all as the Flying Fifteen class held an open evening for those who attended the NYC Adult Training courses during the summer. The idea devised by…
Breezy conditions for the Flying Fifteen South Coasts
Flying Fifteen
Northern Ireland entries took the top four places at the Flying Fifteen South Coast Championships at Wateford Harbour Sailing Club, Dunmore East in County Waterford at the weekend. Strangford Lough brothers Rory and Andy Martin Martin of Strangford Lough Yacht Club…

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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