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The late Ben Mulligan (right) in his Flying Fifteen 'Enfant de Marie' with Cormac Bradley

Ben Mulligan

22nd November 2022 Flying Fifteen
“Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears;I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him.The evil that men do lives after them;The good is oft interred with their bones;” Mark Anthony’s speech on the death of Julius CaesarFrom Shakespeare’s play…
The Dun Laoghaire Harbour Flying Fifteen fleet competed in 69 races sailed in the 2022 season
The Dun Laoghaire Flying Fifteen fleet held their AGM last night, chaired by the outgoing Captain, Jill Fleming and attended by seventeen members with representation from the three Dun Laoghaire clubs which have “Fifteens” on their decks, the National Yacht…
Chris Doorly (left) and Shane McCarthy were the winners of the Dun Laoghaire Harbour Flying Fifteens Frostbite Series
Eleven Flying Fifteens played out the last act of the 2022 sailing season under sunshine conditions on 5th November in good winds from a westerly direction. The early part of the day saw the freshest breezes, but they eased slightly…
The Dunmore East winning pair of Lee Statham and Andy Paul (4070) who travelled up for each of the National Yacht Club Flying Fifteen Frostbite Saturdays at Dun Laoghaire Harbour
On the eve of the third round of the Flying Fifteen Frostbites, hosted by the National Yacht Club, we were all shocked to hear that our dear friend Ben Mulligan had passed away. Ben was an integral part of the…
The late Ben Mulligan, DMYC sailing secretary and Flying Fifteen sailor regrets to record the death of Dun Laoghaire sailor Ben Mulligan. A successful helmsman in many forms of yacht racing over a lifetime of sailing at Dun Laoghaire Harbour, he was the skipper of the top Flying Fifteen 'Enfant…
Gordon Patterson's Fagin from Royal North (centre) among a bunch of Squis at Lough Derg Yacht Club's Freshwater One Design Regatta
The Lough Derg Freshwater One Design regatta last weekend was, for most, a two-day event reduced to one, and for the Northern Ireland sailors who made the long journey to Dromineer somewhat disappointing, especially for the Belfast Lough Flying Fifteen…
There was a fine turnout on Lough Derg, 19 Flying Fifteens for the 2022 Freshwater One Design Regatta title on Lough Derg
Niall O'Brien and Ronan O'Brien won the Irish Flying Fifteen's last regatta of 2022 at the weekend when they claimed the 2022 Freshwater One Design Regatta title on Lough Derg. It is the second win of the season for the Connemara duo, who…
Gordon Patterson' Fagin (100) chasing David Stewart's Granat from Royal Irish YC on Strangford Lough
It is a long way to Tipperary and Lough Derg Yacht Club at Dromineer from the Squib strongholds on Belfast and Strangford Loughs in the North. Dromineer lies on the shores of Lough Derg, on the River Shannon and 10km…
The Flying Fifteen Class will now embark on a four Saturday race-day Frostbite Series starting next Saturday (8th October), with the intention of sailing two races a day with the freshwater regatta in Lough Derg the following weekend (15/16th).
Dun Laoghaire Flying Fifteens are preparing for a busy end to the year with a four-week Harbour Frostibe Series beginning this Saturday.  The biggest one-design keelboat class on Dublin Bay will break its series on October 15th to compete at…
David Gorman and Michael Huang/Chris Doorly were the Flying Fifteen DBSC Saturdays (All Season) winners
One of the smaller Flying Fifteen fleets of the year, ten boats, turned out for the last DBSC Saturday of 2022. A number of crews were away sailing Fireballs in Killaloe, and some others are away on holidays, and it…
The Flying Fifteen Frostbite Winter Sailing Series 2022 starts on Saturday, October 8th
A four-week Flying Fifteen Frostbite Winter Sailing Series 2022 will take place in the National Yacht Club starting on Saturday, October 8th.  Up to 30 of the 20-foot keelboats are racing on Dublin Bay, most NYC-based, so a strong entry…
Dun Laoghaire Harbour sailor Ciarán Crummey
Dun Laoghaire Harbour sailor and marine biologist Ciarán Crummey has died.  Ciarán, of Bawnboy in County Cavan, unexpectedly passed on 5th September after a short illness, according to an announcement on The talented dinghy and keelboat sailor, who was as…
Flying Fifteen Champions of Ireland - Peter and Juliette Kennedy of Strangford Lough Yacht Club and Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club
After three days of challenging racing and race management, the Flying Fifteen Championship of Ireland concluded on Sunday 4th September, with a well-deserved victory by father and daughter combination Peter and Juliette Kennedy (3920), flying the burgees of Strangford Lough…
The father and daughter team of Peter and Juliette Kennedy from Strangford Lough Yacht Club were the Flying Fifteen National Championships of Ireland winners after six races sailed at the National Yacht Club
Peter and Juliette Kennedy from Strangford Lough Yacht Club were crowned Irish Flying Fifteen National Champions after six races sailed at the National Yacht Club on Sunday.  The father and daughter pairing led the three-day Dun Laoghaire championships from start…
The intention is to run three races on the final day of the Flying Fifteen Nationals on Dublin Bay
Peter and Juliette Kennedy continue to lead the Flying Fifteen National Championships of Ireland after three races sailed at the National Yacht Club. Leaders since Friday, the consistent Strangford Lough father and daughter combination are on eight points. They have…
Flying Fifteen racing on Dublin Bay. A fleet of 31 are competing for the Irish title this weekend at the National Yacht Club
Yachties, like any other sportspeople, enjoy consistency. Footballers and rugby players want consistency of interpretation of the rules when they are playing. Football has introduced VAR to try and enhance the application of consistency to offside decisions and instances of…

Flying Fifteen - At A Glance

Overall Length 20 ft6.1 m

Waterline Length 15 ft4.6 m

Mast Height 22 ft 6 in6.86 m

Sail Area 150 sq ft14 sqm

Spinnaker Area 140 sq ft13 sqm

Hull Weight 300 lb136 kg

Keel Weight 400 lb169 kg

Minimum Weight 685 lb305 kg

Racing Crew Two

Ideal Crew Range 18 - 28 st145 - 185 kg

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