Flying Fifteen

Flying Fifteen

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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).

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Flying Fifteen
  • TME - Flying Fifteen World Championship 2019 - Final Day

    Episode 1

    How else could the Final Day finish in Dublin Bay for the 2019 Flying Fifteen World Championships hosted by the National Yacht Club? Graham Vials and Chris Turner dominated the racing throughout the regatta and finished off with a bullet - winning the last and becoming World Champions for the fou...

  • TME - Flying Fifteen World Championship 2019 - Day Six

    Episode 2

    "Dublin Bay has really turned it on!" Masterclass or retribution for Day Five - simply put Vials and Turner (GBR 4071) put the after burner on and flew to the front in the single race of Day Six.

    Video Producer: VR Sport Media

  • TME - Flying Fifteen World Championship 2019 - Day Five

    Episode 3

    You have good days (Day Four) and some bad ones (Day Five) - Graham Vials and Chris Turner (GBR 4071) overall leaders had to retire after Race 8 with damage to their boat, so the rest of the fleet had a chance to claw back some points in the three race monster day. Breeze up and Flying Fifteen's ...

  • TME - Flying Fifteen World Championship 2019 - Day Four

    Episode 4

    It was a day that we all wish for - everything goes your way and two bullets in the bag! Graham Vials and Chris Turner (GBR 4071) sliced their way through the fleet and picked off the front runners in each race - leading overall after four days with a seventeen point difference ahead of fellow Br...

  • TME - Flying Fifteen World Championship 2019 - Day Three

    Episode 5

    Dun Laoghaire can be a tricky place to sail with the variable wind and tide - the third day of the 2019 Flying Fifteen Worlds was no exception. It certainly was a memorable day for the Apthorp family with son, Charlie, beating his dad, Charles, to first place in Race Four, crewing for Ashley Smit...

  • TME - Flying Fifteen World Championship 2019 - Day Two

    Episode 6

    Second day of the 22nd Flying Fifteen Worlds hosted by the National Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire, Ireland. Seventy two boats were packed onto the start and one mistake can be very costly with the quality of the sailors competing in the keelboat class. GBR 4005 - Andy McKee and Richard Jones leadin...

  • HISC - Whitsun Regatta 2019 - Sunday

    Episode 7

    Hayling Island Sailing Club certainly knows how to put on a Bank Holiday regatta - sun, waves, wind and a great social. UK Tasar Nationals, Flying Fifteens, I14s and a whole host of RS classes.

    Video Producer: VR Sport Media

  • HISC - Whitsun Regatta 2019 - Saturday

    Episode 8

    Glamour day in Hayling Island for a multitude of classes racing at the Whitsun Regatta including the UK Tasar Nationals. Plenty to see from Flying Fifteens, I14s and a whole host of RS classes.

    Video Producer: VR Sport Media