Flying Fifteen

Flying Fifteen

4 Seasons

The Flying Fifteen is sailed and raced in several countries around the world on the sea, estuaries and inland waters. Club racing is the most important aspect of flying fifteen sailing and you will find links to a club near you on the various pages of this website.

The boat is 6 metres long and the 15 refers to the original waterline length – 15 feet (4.57m). The Flying Fifteen is a dinghy with a keel so is ideal for those who have sailed dinghies and are tired of or too old to cope with capsizes.

Unlike many sports boats you only require one other person to sail with you, crew combinations come in all sizes, genders and ages – it is just a matter of tweaking the boat to suit your combination. It is easy to launch by two people either off a ramp or using a hoist, it is also easy to tow behind a family car.

The Class Association is very strong and class rules are tightly managed by the FFI Council so that any developments do not de-value existing boats. Flying Fifteen International Council manages the class, and each affiliated National Association nominates a delegate to FFI Council.

The Flying Fifteen is an International Class recognised by World Sailing. National events are organised by the various National Associations, while the World and European Championships are organised by Flying Fifteen International (FFI).

Flying Fifteen
  • 2016 UKGlobal Flying Fifteen UK Nationals - Day 1

    Episode 1

    Day One of the 2016 UKGlobal Flying Fifteen UK Nationals from Hayling Island Sailing Club. Cracking one-design racing in typical Hayling Bay conditions. A dominant start by Richard Lovering and Matt Alvarado clinching a clean sweep of two bullets with Ollie Stewart and James Grant lying second ov...

  • 2016 UKGlobal Flying Fifteen UK Nationals - Day 2

    Episode 2

    Hayling Bay stepped it up - literally - on day two. Strong South Westerly breeze created some serious speed humps for the sailors to navigate, with the top crews catching some fast rides downwind; today was the day to see a Flying Fifteen on the plane! The harsh conditions also took some casualti...

  • 2016 UKGlobal Flying Fifteen UK Nationals - Day 3

    Episode 3

    One-Design racing doesn't get much closer than this. Another stunning July day at Hayling Island Sailing Club with 20+ knots of breeze and patches of sunshine. The atmosphere in the boat park is warm like the weather, despite the tussle in the top ten! All change at the top with Jeremy Davy and M...

  • 2016 UKGlobal Flying Fifteen UK Nationals - Final Day

    Episode 4

    That's a wrap! After an absolute beasting on the Bay for the first three days, the Championship finished with a serene backdrop to give many of the sailors a well deserved rest. Blues skies, sun shining and the wind gently pushed the fleet around the race course for the final three races. Tide an...

  • 2016 Chichester Harbour Race Week - Day 1

    Episode 5

    Day 1 of the 2016 Chichester Harbour Race Week started in gorgeous British summer conditions hosted by Hayling Island Sailing Club. Due to tides, racing started early at 10:00 with a pleasant twelve knot Easterly pushing the boats round the course. We speak to Chris Turner and Jono Loe about thei...

  • 2016 Chichester Harbour Race Week - Day 2

    Episode 6

    Hayling Island is coming down with a Feva!!! The RS Feva fleet is dominant out on the water with their fluorescent kites making them easily recognisable. Today we talk to a couple of young crews who have definitely caught the sailing bug. Terrific to see so many young people out on the water!


  • 2016 Chichester Harbour Race Week - Day 3

    Episode 7

    Race Week continues on Chichester Harbour. A stiff south-easterly and sunny conditions meant Day 3 went smoothly. We spoke to members of the Fast Handicap Division made up of a variety of boats from lightweight International Canoes to classic Flying Fifteens. After racing the competitors enjoyed ...

  • 2016 Chichester Harbour Race Week - Day 4

    Episode 8

    After an hour's postponement this morning due to a lack of breeze, Day 4 of Chichester Harbour Race Week kicked off to a increasing south westerly. Taking a look at the spectrum of boats today demonstrating the diversity of sailors here at Hayling Island. From Optimists to RS Elites, it doesn't m...

  • 2016 Chichester Harbour Race Week - FInal Day

    Episode 9

    Sore heads were met by grey skies on the final day of Chichester Harbour Race Week. After a 4-day streak of champagne sailing conditions, the tide turned at Hayling Island with nasty squalls rolling through causing the race committee to abandon racing. An early pack up and a crowded prize marking...