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Flying Fifteens and National Yacht Club to Remember Gerry Donleavy in Tribute Evening

20th June 2022
The late Gerry Donleavy will be remembered this week at the National Yacht Club
The late Gerry Donleavy will be remembered this week at the National Yacht Club

The Dun Laoghaire Flying Fifteen fleet and the National Yacht Club are hosting an evening of ' Remembering Gerry Donleavy' on Thursday 23rd June after the DBSC race at the NYC clubhouse on the East Pier.

Long-time NYC member Donleavy was one of the most successful helmsmen on the water winning multiple national and regional championship titles, including a unique double in 1988 when he won both the British and Irish Flying Fifteen National Championships.

Gerry Donleavy photographed at the NYC in 2019Gerry Donleavy photographed at a 505 class reunion at the NYC in 2019

He was associated with many dinghy classes including 420s, 505s and Fireballs where he coached and supplied equipment.

"The evening (starting at 8.30 pm) is to give the Flying Fifteen class and the wider sailing community the opportunity to remember Gerry by recounting stories and memories", organiser Chris Doorly told Afloat.

All are welcome.

Buffet supper tickets are available on

Published in Flying Fifteen Team

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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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