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Flying Fifteen
Dave Gorman (left) and Chris Doorly with the Boat of the Week 'Dubarry Boot' Trophy and Flying Fifteen Cup
In advance of the Subaru sponsored Flying Fifteen World Championships in Dun Laoghaire in September, the local fleet had the small matter of the Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta to attend to writes Cormac Bradley Except, that in 2019, the event…
 Flying Fifteens about to start a race at Whitehead
County Antrim Yacht Club welcomed the return of the Flying Fifteen class on 22 and 23 June 2019 for their East Coast Championships. 21 boats with their crews arrived on Saturday morning to promising weather conditions. Race Officer Ruan O'Tiarnaigh,…
Andy McCleery (left) and Colin Dougan (right) are presented with their East Coast Prizes at County Antrim Yacht Club
Northern Ireland's Andy McCleery and Colin Dougan were the winners of Sunday's East Coast Flying Fifteen Championships at County Antrim Yacht Club. The NI pair tied with National Champions Dave Gorman and Chris Doorly of Dublin Bay going into the last race but…
Flying Fifteen Pair David Gorman and Chris Doorly were Afloat.ie Sailors Of The Month for September 2015
A 16-boat Flying Fifteen fleet had an interesting course that made use of the temporary replacement of Harbour mark and took us to a new mark that we haven’t visited for quite some time: Island. The race proceeding commences in…
Roger Chamberlain and Charlie Horder of Strangford Lough Sailing Club
The first regional event of the year took place at the weekend at the newly built Strangford Sailing Club with the Flying Fifteen Northern Championships being won by Roger Chamberlain & Charlie Horder (SLSC) with consistent results while all around…
The Subaru-sponsored Flying Fifteen World Championships sets sail on Dublin Bay this September
The National Yacht Club has issued a call for volunteers to assist in its hosting of the Flying Fifteen World Championships from 1-13 September. As many as 86 boats expected to enter the event, which will take place 50 years…
Locals Andy McCleery and Colin Dougan (PSC) are competing at this weekend's Flying Fifteen Northern Championships at Strangford Sailing Club
The excitement is building for the first regional event of the year with the Flying Fifteen Northern Championships being hosted this weekend by Strangford Sailing Club. It is one of the first events to be held since the rebuilding of…
Perfect Alibi - Tim Goodbody (left) and Vincent Harris sailing in the Flying Fifteen fleet as part of the Palma Vela regatta
Beijing Olympian Tim Goodbody junior of the Royal Irish Yacht Club finished second overall sailing an elderly Flying Fifteen in Palma Vela in Mallorca, Spain at the weekend. Originally created as a regatta for Maxis, and formerly known as the Maxi Race…
Dave Mulvin (left) and Ronan Beirne – DBSC Flying fifteen race winners
At 17:00 yesterday afternoon, no one would have been too put out if the DBSC Flying Fifteen racing for the evening had been “canned”. A day of heavy rain with very little wind, it was more akin to a late…
At the Flying Fifteen Worlds launch at the NYC were (from left) Tim Ryan of Dun Laoghaire Harbour, Barry Dempsey of Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council, the National Yacht Club's Ronan Beirne, Cllr Cormac Devlin and Dun Laoghaire Harbour Master Simon Coate
The National Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire has preparations well underway to host the 2019 Flying Fifteen World Championships.  The event was launched on Wednesday and will see up to 80 two-person boats take to the water for the qualifying Pre-worlds from…
The Subaru sponsored Flying Fifteen World Championships sets sail on Dublin Bay this September
With the Subaru Flying Fifteen World Championships combined with an International event and the Championships of Ireland, this September promises to be a festival of sailing on Dublin Bay hosted by the National Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire. Preparations are…
Frank Miller & Cormac Bradley, opening night winners DBSC 2019
Thirteen Flying Fifteens answered Race Officer Jack Roy’s call to the start of the first race of the Dublin Bay Sailing Club’s 2019 Summer Season and two of those were so excited at the prospect of the return of summer…
A Class One start at the 2017 Dun Laoghaire Regatta on Dublin Bay
With three months to go to the first gun off Dun Laoghaire’s famous harbour, 410 boats are already entered — and more than half the entries are visiting craft to Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta 2019. It is an early-season marine…
Strangford Sailing Club was gutted by fire in September 2017
The Flying Fifteen class will return to Strangford Sailing Club for its Northern Championships this May, the first time the keelboat class has sailed at the County Down venue since the clubhouse was destroyed by fire in 2017. The new club…
Flying Fifteen winners Alan Green (left) and Chris Doorly (second from right) wer winners of the Flying Fifteen Frostbites at the National Yacht Club
In near perfect conditions for the month of November, fifteen Flying Fifteens turned out at the weekend on what was dubbed 'Super Saturday' with six races for the conclusion of the Mitsubishi Flying Fifteen Frostbite Series hosted by the NYC.…
A new Flying Fifteen fordeck plug at the Ovington Boats factory
Jonny Fullerton chats with Boat Builder Nathan Batchelor at Ovington Boats regarding the development of the Flying Fifteen and the future prospects for the class. The Flying Fifteen is described as ‘the original sportsboat’ although unlike today’s modern sportsboats, it…

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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