Flying Fifteen

Fleet Introduction

The Flying Fifteen is a two person racing sports boat which is 6 metres long which was originally designed by Uffa Fox in 1947.  The Fifteen refers to the original waterline length - 15 feet (4.57m).  The boat has significantly evolved over its 72 year history and has been maintained as an attractive, competitive, high performance modern sports boat.

The Flying Fifteen can be described as a dinghy with a keel so it is ideal for those who have sailed dinghies and who are looking for a high performance boat with the advantage of a keel to provide greater stability compared to centreboard dinghies with comparable performance.
Unlike many sports boats only two people are required to sail a Flying Fifteen and crew weight is not critical.  Helm and crew combinations of all sizes, genders and ages successfully race Fifteens at Club, National and International level, tuning the boat to suit their specific crew weight combination and sailing style.

Despite perceptions that the boat is heavy to manoeuvre on shore and in and out of the water, it is actually easy launched by 2 people either off a ramp or by using a hoist, and the boat can be towed by a family sized car. Recovery from the water is always made easier by fellow Fifteen sailors helping out on the slipway at the end of a day’s racing.

Owners and their crews have come into the Fleet from Merlin Rockets, Fireballs, Enterprises and various other classes. There are a number of boats sailed by husband and wife teams and the Fleet enjoys an excellent social programme with a very friendly Fleet atmosphere both on and off the water.
Flying Fifteens have raced in Poole Harbour since the early 1950s and they were adopted as a Fleet at Parkstone Yacht Club in 1996. They are dry-sailed at the Club with launching and retrieval facilitated by a pontoon specifically set up for the Fleet.  There are currently 24 boats in the Parkstone Fleet with sail numbers ranging from 2876 to 4054.  Club races typically have turnouts of 10-18 boats.  There is no distinction made between boats based on age (ie Classic and Silver Fleet boats compete on level terms with newer boats).

The Flying Fifteen Fleet races three times a week (Wednesday afternoons, Friday Evenings, and Saturday afternoons) always with a dedicated fleet start.  Racing takes part within the harbour with the start and finish from the Club race platform, about half a mile from the club, and on occasions, when conditions permit, out in Poole Bay using committee boat starts. Races are typically of two to two and a half hours duration and are always close, competitive and highly entertaining.
The annual Poole Week Regatta in August sees an entry of up to 25 Fifteens with strong support from members of other clubs.

Parkstone Yacht Club hosted the National Championships in 2010 and 2014 with an entry of 65 boats and was judged to be an excellent event by the competitors and by the class association (UKFFA).  The 2019 National Championships are again going to be held at the Club.

The Class Association is very strong and class rules are tightly managed by the Flying Fifteen International Council ensuring that any developments do not de-value existing boats and fleet sailing remains close and competitive irrespective of boat age, manufacturer, sail maker etc.

The Club welcomes membership applications from sailors who wish to join the Fifteen fleet. Please contact the Fleet Captain or Vice Captain for further information and assistance.


If you would like to experience sailing in a Flying Fifteen please talk to our Fleet captain, or just pop down on Wednesday, Friday or Saturday and talk to one of us.
 


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Class Captain: Steve Randle
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Social Sec: Christina Moncur

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