Flying Fifteen

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Flying Fifteen
Flying Fifteen Logo for 70th Anniversary year.jpg
Class symbol
Development
Designer Uffa Fox
Year 1947
Boat
Crew 2
Hull
Hull weight 677 lb (307 kg)
LOA 20 ft (6.1 m)
Beam 5 ft (1.5 m)
Sails
Spinnaker area 150 sq ft (14 m2)
Upwind sail area 150 sq ft (14 m2)
Racing
D-PN 90.0[1]
RYA PN 1022[2]

The Flying Fifteen is a 20-foot two person keelboat designed by Uffa Fox in 1947. In 2018 therefore the class is 71 years old.

History[edit]

The Flying Fifteen was quickly popular and the most famous Flying Fifteen is Coweslip presented to the Duke of Edinburgh and Princess Elizabeth as a wedding present. Uffa Fox and Prince Philip frequently sailed together at Cowes.

The Flying Fifteen has been modernized over the years, with Uffa Fox agreeing to changes towards the end of his life to improve the design specification and sail plan. By this time, the class had established itself in a number of countries, and when John Calvert-Jones traveled from Australia and won the UK championships, the stimulus was provided for the move to seek international status. Under the guidance of Tom Ratcliffe, an International Federation of Flying Fifteen Associations was formed by nine countries from four continents. The first world championships were held in Perth, Australia in 1979 and subsequently have alternated between the Northern and Southern hemispheres biennially. The first European Championship took place in Spain in May 2004.

Latest information about World Championship venues and results and countries where the Flying 15 is sailed are available on the Flying Fifteen International (FFI) website http://www.flying15.org

Racing[edit]

The International Federation is firmly committed to the one-design ideal and is actively promoting tighter tolerances and improved measuring techniques. The Flying Fifteen is now much more tightly toleranced than in the past and it is now not unusual for boats up to or even over five years old to be fully competitive.

Racing takes place both at sea and on inland waters, particularly large reservoirs and lakes to which the Flying Fifteen is well suited. Although national and world championships are an important feature of the class programme, every effort is made to encourage racing at all levels. Club sailing is the backbone of fleets throughout the world and close racing is enjoyed by men and women, both as helm and crew, with all ranges of ability and age.


Events[edit]

World Championships[edit]

Year
Gold Silver Bronze
1979 Perth  Free 'N' Easy (AUS)
John Cassidy
Don Russell
 Australia
Graham Lillingston
B. Thornley
 Great Britain
J. Royce
M. Nokes
1980 Hayling Island  Segundo 1 (NZL)
Barry Finlayson]
Ian Norrie
 Great Britain
Eddie Gilmore
Colin Coffey
 Great Britain
Bernie Trenowth Jr
Peter Howard
1982 Napier  Zero G (AUS)
Peter Gale
Mark Rimmington
 New Zealand
Roger Craddock
Stephen Battley
 Great Britain
John McCann
William Bassett
1984 Kinsale  Gripple Nipper (AUS)
Graham Lillingston
Mike McKenzie
 Great Britain
Graham Bailey
Bill Masterman
 Great Britain
Phil Morrison
Martin Gotrel
1986 Hong Kong  Instant Replay (AUS)
Glen Coulton
Grant Schultz
 Great Britain
Phil Morrison
Nigel Appleton
 Australia
Peter Gale
Mark Rimmington
1988 Lowestoft  Deejay (GBR)
Nigel Buckley
Tim Hancock
 Great Britain
Greg Wells
Steve Billingham
 Australia
Craig Rainey
Simon Walsh
1990 Brisbane  Willie Wonka (GBR)
Alan Bax
Alan Lockhart
 New Zealand
Roger Craddock
Steve Cunnold
 Great Britain
Ian Cleaver
Greg Wells
1992 Dún Laoghaire  Funny Face (GBR)
Ruper Mander
Gareth Edwards
 Australia
Jamie Thompson
Michael Brown
 Great Britain
Steve Goacher
Phil Evans
1994 Timaru  Whiffler (NZL)
Roger Craddock
Steve Cunnold
 New Zealand
Andrew Ball
Stuart Happ
 Great Britain
Rupert Mander
Chris Hewkin
1995 Hong Kong  Great Britain
Steve Goacher
Phil Evans
 Great Britain
Ian Barker
Bill Masterman
 New Zealand
Roger Craddock
Steve Cunnold
1997 Cowes  Great Britain
Steve Goacher
Phil Evans
 Great Britain
Rupert Mander
Chris Hewkin
 Great Britain
David McKee
Sally McKee
1999 Esperance  Two Lunches (GBR)
Steve Goacher
Phil Evans
 Great Britain
Mike Hart
Chris Gowers
 Great Britain
Alan Bax
Bill Masterman
2001 Durban  Great Britain
Charles Apthorp
Andy Weatherspoon
 Great Britain
Steve Goacher
Phil Evans
 Great Britain
Mike Hart
Chris Gowers
2003 Dún Laoghaire  Great Britain
Barry Parkin
Sue Parkin
 Great Britain
Mike Hart
Richard Rigg
 Australia
Rod Beurteaux
Chris O'Keefe
2005 Auckland  Australia
Nick Jerwood
Janet Jerwood
 Great Britain
Charles Apthorp
Alan Green
 New Zealand
Aaron Goodmanson
Alister Rowlands
2007 Puerto Pollenca  Great Britain
Mike Hart
Tim Hall
 Great Britain
Steve Goacher
Phil Evans
 New Zealand
Aaron Goodmanson
Alister Rowlands
2009 Melbourne  Australia
Grant Alderson
Dean McAullay
 Great Britain
Barry Parkin
Tim Hall
 Great Britain
Steve Goacher
Phil Evans
2011 Hayling Island  Great Britain
Graham Vials
Chris Turner
2013 Hong Kong  Great Britain
Graham Vials
Chris Turner
2015 Crozon-Morgat  Great Britain
Graham Vials
Chris Turner
2017 Napier  Great Britain
Steve Goacher
Tim Harper

European Championship[edit]

RYA Clubs with large Flying Fifteen fleets[edit]

For a full list of clubs see http://www.flying15.org for worldwide fleets and http://www.flying15.org.uk for UK fleets.

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ "Keelboat Classes". US Sailing. Archived from the original on 16 August 2012. Retrieved 31 July 2012.
  2. ^ "Portsmouth Number List 2012". Royal Yachting Association. Retrieved 31 July 2012.

External links[edit]