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#flyingfifteen – On a beautiful sunny summers evening with a s/se force 4-5 breeze it was perfect sailing conditions for the 17–Flying Fifteens. PRO Jack Roy and his team set a great course and there was some exciting sailing especially downwind.

With the tide ebbing those who went towards the shore had less wind than those who elected to stay out. Doorly/Quinn were first at the weather marked followed by Murphy/Ratto, Mulvin/Beirne and Dumpleton/Mulligan. Dumpleton sailed a great reach to take the lead and at the next mark he was followed by Mulvin and Doorly. These three stayed ahead. On the last reach Dumpleton sailed too low allowing Mulvin to get the lead. Dumpleton clawed back on the last beat to the finish but Mulvin held on by a whisker to record his first win in his new boat IRL 4028. Dumpleton was second followed closely by Doorly in third, Leonard fourth and guest helm Jon O'Rourke in fifth.

Once again it was great racing and fantastic to see such a large turnout and once ashore and packed the fleet had a very enjoyable bbq in the NYC.

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#flyingfifteen – British Flying fifteen ace Charles Apthorp will lead a training day for one of Dublin's biggest one design keelboat fleets on Saturday, June 7th. 

The former World and British champion from Hayling Island Sailing Club will focus initially on the critical area of mast set-up in the 20–foot keelboat. 

The training will start at 10am at the National Yacht Club before on the water tuition that will lead into DBSC racing where the class has been achieving turnouts of up to 18 boats for Bay competition.


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#flyingfifteen – On a cool evening with a NE force 3 breeze a great turnout of 18 Flying Fifteens took part in Thursdays DBSC series. There was great excitement as David Mulvin and Ronan Beirne launched a brand new boat IRL 4028. 

The first mark was Zebra, Tom Galvin and Alan Dooley came in from opposite sides to lead from guest helm Prof Maurice O'Connell sailing with Mary Jane Mulligan in IRL 3606 in third place and David Mulvin in fourth. Prof was fouled at the mark by Doorly/Green but soon got going downwind to keep in touch with the leaders. This group stayed ahead as those behind kept bringing each other up high downwind and downtide!

On the last downwind leg Prof and MaryJane stayed low and with the incoming tide were able to take advantage coming into the leeward mark and take the lead and the race. Galvin was second with Dooley a very close third, Mulvin fourth, Doorly fifth and Murphy sixth.

Once again it was great racing and fantastic to see such a large turnout and once ashore and packed the fleet had a very enjoyable meal together in the NYC.

Full results here

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#ffirl – On a cold day with a n-ne force 3/4 breeze a great turnout of 17 Flying Fifteens took part in the RIYC regatta on Saturday.

In exciting close racing David Gorman & Chris Doorly, back after a two year break, put in a good days work winning the two races.

After a shift in the starting sequence of race 1 the PRO put the AP up, shortly after the first race got underway, there was a small bias at the pin but with so many boats and a short beat it made sense not to get pinned in out left in the shifty conditions. Those who went up left of centre fared well but there was very little in it. Mathews/Poole got their nose in front closely followed by Gorman with Murphy third and Green fourth. This is as it stayed but there was a twist on the last broad reach, Gorman was always snapping at Matthews heels and went low on the last reach hoping to gain from the tide. A little surge on a wave and being able to reach up to the last leeward mark enabled them to get their nose in front and win the race.

The second race eventually started after a long cold interval, again the pin was slightly biased. Green was over the line and went back, Dooley and Galvin were flying and were one and two at the weather mark, followed by Tom Murphy. From fifth at the mark Gorman got the wind in his sail and sailed a superb reach to take the lead, a lead he was not to lose. On the second beat the wind was still shifty, Dooley was sailing well and went up the right as did Gorman. Mathews had moved up to third and went left, luckily Gorman covered them as Dooley lost out over on the right side.

This was how it stayed with Mathews finishing a close second with Murphy third, the Meaghers fourth and Dooley fifth. It was great racing and fantastic to see such a large turnout and once ashore fleet headed to the RIYC for refreshments and entertainment.

Top five overall results were as below, for full results see






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#ffirl – On a cool summers evening with a NE breeze 18 Flying Fifteens took to Dublin Bay last night for Thursday night DBSC racing. David and Claire Gorman of the National Yacht Club took the gun in their first outing of the year in IRL 3920 followed by Tom Galvin in IRL 3757 with Tom Murphy third and Geraldine O'Neill fourth. This group got ahead on the first beat and as many struggled in the light airs to get going.

PRO Jack Roy and his team set a great but challenging course around the Bay with three beats. After a frantic start bunched at the pin end most of the fleet headed out to the left. At the first weather mark Geraldine ONeill/Ben Mulligan lead from Tom Murphy followed by the Gormans with Tom Galvan close behind.

Down the fleet there were some good recoveries after poor first beats notably Ken Dumpleton/Mary Jane Mulligan who got finished fifth and Alan Green who redeemed himself with a seventh!

It was great to see such a large turnout and once ashore the club bbq was in full swing and a great evening was had by all.

Full DBSC results for last night here.

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#flyingfifteen – John Lavery of the National Yacht Club marked his return to the Irish Flying Fifteen circuit with a win at the southern championships at Dundalk Sailing Club on Carlingford Lough at the weekend. While there was a small enough turnout of 13 boats there was a tight finish at the top of the fleet after four races.

Sailed in everything from 20–knot gusts on Saturday to less than 5 knots and 2–knot tides on Sunday, visiting race officer PJ Gault from Strangford Lough did well to complete the series given the unpredictability of the south westerly conditions.

Lavery, sailing with David O'Brien, finished with a 1,2,2 but second and third overall were decided only on the tie break rule with Strangford's Andrew McCreery and Colin Dougan counting a 1,3,4 but earning the runner–up slot from clubmate's Roger Chamberlain and Hamo Baker on the same score.

The full results of the Flying fifteen 2014 Southern Regatta are available to download below.

The next event for the 'ffers' is next month's Northern Championship at Cushendall SC from June 14/15.  The Championship of Ireland is also heading North to Portaferry SC on Strangford Lough from August 22-24. The season conlcudes with the East Coast Championship in Dun Laoghiaire, at the National YC from October 4/5

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#flyingfifteen – On the eve of its Southern championships in Carlingford and on a beautiful warm summer evening with a variable s-se breeze twelve Flying Fifteens from the National Yacht Club took to the Bay last night for DBSC Thursday evening. Chris Doorly/Alan Green took the gun in Frequent Flyer IRL 3970 followed by Tom Galvin in IRL 3757.

PRO Jack Roy and his team set a great but challenging course around the Bay. After a frantic start bunched at the committee boat end most of the fleet headed in towards the shore out of the strong incoming tide. At the first weather mark Alan Dooley/ Joe Hickey lead the way followed by guest helm Geraldine O'Neill with Ben Mulligan and Michael McCambridge/ Peter Murphy in third with Doorly/Green back in sixth place. This is how it remained till the last long beat from Pier mark up to Island mark.

The first three headed in out of the tide but the winds were lighter inshore, IRL 3970 headed out to sea followed by 3757 on a shift and found more wind. On arrival at the mark those who went in were nowhere to be seen and these first two had a sizable lead. That's how it remained till the end with Dooley in third place followed by Adrian Cooper in fourth. 

DBSC Thursday results here.

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#flyingfifteen – National Flying fifteen champions Ian Mathews and Keith Poole were dismasted during a breezy start to the Dublin Bay season last weekend. It's a set back in preparations for this weekend's first regional Flying fifteen event at Dundalk Sailing Club on Carlingford Lough which the duo are still expecting to contest.

The National Yacht Club pair, who won the national championships in Dunmore East last season, broke a stay leaving them looking for a replacement spar for the County Louth fixture. Sailing Instructions for the event are downloadable below.

Up to 30 boats are expected on the northern lough on Saturday for a five race event that is forecasted to be a light air event.

Meanwhile, there was an early start to the season for a number of Irish FF sailors who travelled to Palma Vela regatta, held in Mallorca a fortnight ago. The National Yacht Club's Alan Green sailing with Michael Clough was the winner of the Flying Fifteen division. Irish crews Simon Murray, Chris Doorly and Ken Dumpleton were also racing in Spain.

In buoyant times for the class, the Kia sponsored Dun Laoghaire Flying Fifteen fleet continues to expand with a number of new boats to the fleet as well as some crews upgrading their boats. For the first time in a long number of years the fleet has expanded to include boats in the DMYC. More on the FF fleet expansion here


Flying fifteen duo Ian Mathews and Keith Poole secure their boat after a dismasting in DBSC racing last weekend


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#flyingfifteen – The Kia sponsored Dun Laoghaire Flying Fifteen fleet continues to expand with a number of new boats to the fleet as well as some crews upgrading their boats. For the first time in a long number of years the fleet has expanded to include boats in the DMYC. 

Current National champions Ian Mathews and Keith Pool may not have it all their own way with some new boats making an appearance on the bay with David Mulvin, Gerry Donleavy and the Niall Meagher all in new boats. Dave Gorman and Chris Doorly are also returning this season.

The class are also forging links with Bray and Greystones where they hope to participate in the local regattas with the view of holding regional events at these venues in the future.

The regional events take place in some of the most beautiful places in the country, Carlingford, Cushendall and Dublin Bay with the Championships of Ireland taking place in Portaferry, Strangford Lough in August.

The events this year count as a qualification for the next World Championships which take place at Hyeres in the south of France in 2015.

In what is sure to be a fantastic event the European Championships take place at the Royal Club Nautica Pollenca in Mallorca in September. 

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9th December 2013

Flying Fifteen - Static

Flying Fifteens, the most fun you can have with your keel on!

This 20-foot long international sportsboat is the largest one–design keelboat class in Dublin Bay. Check out all the latest Flying Fifteen News.

What Is a Flying Fifteen?

The Flying Fifteen is a high-performance planing boat which is now one of the most popular one–design keelboat class in the world. (The "fifteen" refers to its waterline length.) It is capable of some 14 knots on a reach without the problems arising from capsize or trapeze and is easily transportable and stored. It is arguably the safest, most exciting small yacht available. Mixed crews are common.

The boat can be trailed behind a small family car and can be launched off a slip. At a glance:

The Flying Fifteen was designed in 1947 by the famous British yacht designer Uffa Fox and has since become the largest fixed-keel class in the world with over 4000 boats. 

The Flying Fifteen is also the largest one–design keel boat class in Dublin Bay with regular turnouts of 18 plus boats on Thursday evenings and Saturdays.

There are 4 regional events held each year. The Regional events are held in such locations as Kinsale, Dunmore East and Westport.

The East Coast Championships are being held in Dun Laoghaire on the 5th and 6th of October 2013 with more than 40 boats expected.

All levels are catered for with prizes for winners of the gold, silver and bronze fleets.

Dun Laoghaire Fleet members have also travelled to World and European events. There is either a World or European event each year. European events have been held in such places as Majorca, La Rochelle, Lake Garda and Kinsale. World Championships have been held in UK, Dun Laoghaire, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.

The Flying Fifteen was first sailed in Dun Laoghaire in 1972 and has thrived since then. Some of the sailors are second generation, with new members joining the fleet each year. The fleet recognises the importance of the social side to sailing and organises family days, fleet dinners and fun races, culminating in the annual dinner and prizegiving in November each year.

The Dun Laoghaire fleet is delighted to announce that KIA Motors has agreed to sponsor the fleet. Kia's strap line "the power to surprise " is very appropriate when describing the Flying Fifteen.

Whats Been Happening?

There is always something going on in the world of sailing, here we follow all the latest news that is going on in the sailing world of the Flying Fifteens. Check out all the latest Flying Fifteen News.

Flying Fiftteen - The History

The Flying Fifteen was originally designed by the legendary Uffa Fox, the 6m (20ft) craft has maintained its reputation as an exciting and competitive two-man racing craft. It provides access to Sailing at reasonable prices for men and women from 15 to 75 and beyond.

Irish National Flying Fifteen Champions

1974 E.Sheehy KYC
1975 J,Lowry Mrs.J.Lowry CSC
1976 N.Watson KSC
1977 E.Gilmore KSC
1978 D.Tucker KYC
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
2010 D.Martin S.Murray SLYC
2011 D.Gorman C.Doorly NYC
2012 J.Lavery D.O'Brien NYC

Frequently Asked Questions about Flying Fifteens

What is the cost of a good competitive boat? 

A good competitive boat costs between 5,000 and 7,000

Are older boats less competitive than new boats? 

No, boats of 10 years and older regularly win events.

Where can I try a Flying Fifteen? 

The fleet runs open days and opportunities to sail a Flying Fifteen. See the fleet’s website for details             

Will I get support if I buy a Flying Fifteen?

Yes, the fleet provides training sessions on the water, boat tuning sessions and rules lectures.

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The home club of Laser Radial Olympic Silver medalist Annalise Murphy, the National Yacht Club is a lot more besides. It is also the spiritual home of the offshore sailing body ISORA, the Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race and the biggest Flying Fifteen fleet in Ireland. Founded on a loyal membership, the National Yacht Club at the East Pier in Dun Laoghaire on Dublin Bay enjoys a family ethos and a strong fellowship in a relaxed atmosphere of support and friendship through sailing.

Bathing in the gentle waterfront ambience of Dun Laoghaire on the edge of South County Dublin, the National Yacht Club has graced the waters of the Irish Sea and far beyond for more than a century and in 2020 celebrates its sesquicentennial.  

The club is particularly active in dinghy and keelboat one-design racing and has hosted three World Championships in recent years including the Flying Fifteen Worlds in 2003, 2019 and the SB3 Worlds in 2008. The ISAF Youth Worlds was co-hosted with our neighbouring club the Royal St. George Yacht Club in 2012...

National Yacht Club Facilities

Facilities include a slipway directly accessing Dun Laoghaire Harbour, over eighty club moorings, platform parking, pontoons, fuelling, watering and crane-lifting ensure that the NYC is excellently equipped to cater for all the needs of the contemporary sailor. Berths with diesel, water, power and overnight facilities are available to cruising yachtsmen with shopping facilities being a short walk away. The club is active throughout the year with full dining and bar facilities and winter activities include bridge, snooker, quiz nights, wine tasting and special events.

National Yacht Club History

Although there are references to an active “club” prior to 1870, history records that the present clubhouse was erected in 1870 at a cost of £4,000 to a design by William Sterling and the Kingstown Royal Harbour Boat Club was registered with Lloyds in the same year. By 1872 the name had been changed to the Kingston Harbour Boat Club and this change was registered at Lloyds.

In 1881. the premises were purchased by a Captain Peacocke and others who formed a proprietary club called the Kingstown Harbour Yacht Club again registered at Lloyds. Some six years later in 1877 the building again changed hands being bought by a Mr Charles Barrington. and between 1877 and 1901 the club was very active and operated for a while as the “Absolute Club” although this change of name was never registered.

In 1901, the lease was purchased by three trustees who registered it as the Edward Yacht Club. In 1930 at a time when the Edward Yacht Club was relatively inactive, a committee including The Earl of Granard approached the trustees with a proposition to form the National Yacht Club. The Earl of Granard had been Commodore of the North Shannon Y.C. and was a senator in the W.T.Cosgrave government. An agreement was reached, the National Yacht Club was registered at Lloyds. The club burgee was created, red cross of Saint George with blue and white quarters being sky cloud, sea and surf. The Earl of Granard became the first Commodore.

In July of 1950, a warrant was issued to the National Yacht Club by the Government under the Merchant Shipping Act authorising members to hoist a club ensign in lieu of the National Flag. The new ensign to include a representation of the harp. This privilege is unique and specific to members of the National Yacht Club. Sterling’s design for the exterior of the club was a hybrid French Chateau and eighteenth century Garden Pavilion and today as a Class A restricted building it continues to provide elegant dining and bar facilities.

An early drawing of the building shows viewing balconies on the roof and the waterfront façade. Subsequent additions of platforms and a new slip to the seaward side and most recently the construction of new changing rooms, offices and boathouse provide state of the art facilities, capable of coping with major international and world championship events. The club provides a wide range of sailing facilities, from Junior training to family cruising, dinghy sailing to offshore racing and caters for most major classes of dinghies, one design keelboats, sports boats and cruiser racers. It provides training facilities within the ISA Youth Sailing Scheme and National Power Boat Schemes.

Past Commodores

1931 – 42 Earl of Granard 1942 – 45 T.J. Hamilton 1945 – 47 P.M. Purcell 1947 – 50 J.J. O’Leary 1950 – 55 A.A. Murphy 1955 – 60 J.J. O’Leary 1960 – 64 F. Lemass 1964 – 69 J.C. McConnell 1969 – 72 P.J. Johnston 1972 – 74 L. Boyd 1974 – 76 F.C. Winkelmann 1976 – 79 P.A. Browne 1979 – 83 W.A. Maguire 1983 – 87 F.J. Cooney 1987 – 88 J.J. Byrne 1988 – 91 M.F. Muldoon 1991 – 94 B.D. Barry 1994 – 97 M.P.B. Horgan 1997 – 00 B. MacNeaney 2000 – 02 I.E. Kiernan 2002 – 05 C.N.I. Moore 2005 – 08 C.J. Murphy 2008 – 11 P.D. Ryan 2011 – P. Barrington 2011-2014 Larry Power 2014-2017 Ronan Beirne 2017 – 2019

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