Please select your home edition
Edition
1DSailing Leaderboard

Willowbrook Foods Flying Fifteen Championships of the British Isles - Preview

by Fiona Anderson 14 Jun 20:22 BST 27-30 June 2018
Willowbrook Foods Flying Fifteen British Isles & Classic Championship poster © SLYC

100 sailors will take to the water this month, as Strangford Lough Yacht Club hosts boats from all over the UK and Ireland to compete in the Willowbrook Foods Flying Fifteen Championships of the British Isles.

Beginning on 27th June, the four-day event will see helms and crews compete for the Flying Fifteen Association of Ireland's Northern Championships. This hotly-contested event has attracted previous and current world champion helmsmen, including Charles Apthorp and Steve Goacher.

The championship marks the diamond jubilee of Flying Fifteen Sailing on Strangford Lough, which remains home to many previous winners of this prestigious trophy. Strangford's flat waters and picturesque scenery make it ideal for water sports, especially sailing.

This year's event is sponsored by Ireland's largest bagged salad producer Willowbrook Foods, based in Killinchy on the shores of Strangford Lough. Willowbrook Foods Managing Director, John McCann MBE, is a former National World Champion and New Zealand Champion sailor:

"As a County Down based business, we are delighted to be supporting this event and look forward to welcoming competitors, families and old friends back to sail and enjoy our beautiful landscape. As an ex Flying Fifteen sailor, I have enjoyed the boats for years and visited many foreign climes, enjoying the hospitality of other clubs. It is great to be able to ensure the viability of another great championship on our doorstep and support the sport I have enjoyed so well. It is a great honour to host the event here in Northern Ireland," said John McCann MBE.

The racing can be viewed from several locations around the lough including Whiterock, Kirkubbin, Sketrick and Mahee. A high number of competitors, spectators, volunteers and visitors are expected in the area. In turn tourism revenue for local businesses and accommodation providers will be generated, as event organiser Roger Chamberlain explains:

"The Flying Fifteen is a two-man high performance planning keelboat with a symmetrical spinnaker which is spectacular to watch. It was the chosen racing boat of Prince Phillip, and still attracts many of the top sailors in the country. These boats take a great deal of skill to sail competitively and with a growing fleet in Ireland and the UK, we can expect some great racing and some fantastic evening entertainment for friends and families alike.

"We have over 50 entries to date from the UK and are expecting to match that from all corners of Ireland. Most will stay locally and enjoy our great hospitality and produce, which we will showcase in the evening events through partners such as Copeland Gin and Finnebrogue Artisan.

"Events like this would not be possible without the support of our main sponsors Willowbrook Foods and Ards and North Down Borough Council, as well as the huge number of volunteers who have given up their time to help out."

Find out more at slyc.co.uk/event/2143

Related Articles

Flying Fifteen European Championship
Garda Trentino has once more has bewitched competitors At the Fraglia Vela Riva, the European Championships of the Flying Fifteen class were concluded, (hull with bulb, widespread especially in Great Britain, Ireland and Australia), frequented by amateurs Posted on 8 Sep
Zhik Poole Week overall
Saving the best till last Poole Week started on Sunday with rain, gales and no sailing. It ended on Friday with wall-to-wall sunshine, a perfect breeze and the Red Arrows looping the loop in the background. Small-boat racing in Poole Harbour doesn't get much better than this. Posted on 1 Sep
Zhik Poole Week day 5
Gently does it Some days you know you're going to be lucky to get any wind. Posted on 31 Aug
Flying Fifteen European Championship preview
Get ready for Garda The Flying Fifteen European Championship takes place from 2-7 of September at one of Europe's favourite venues, Lake Garda. The crystal clear deep waters and regular 'Peler' and 'Ora' breezes make the venue one of the more glamorous locations. Posted on 30 Aug
Zhik Poole Week day 4
Bring on the breeze! It was all action in Poole Harbour as over 200 sailors took to the water for the third day of racing in Zhik Poole Week. Posted on 30 Aug
Zhik Poole Week day 3
Changing wind, changing fortunes Sailors have long known that they can take little for granted on the water, but one certainty in Poole Harbour is that each day is going to be different from the one before. Posted on 29 Aug
Ullswater Cruiser & Keelboat Weekend
25 boats, including the Tempest Northerns and Flying 15 Lakeland Grand Prix Twenty-five boats took part in two days of racing at Ullswater Yacht Club's special Cruiser and Keelboat Weekend on August 25 and 26. Posted on 28 Aug
Zhik Poole Week day 2
A classic afternoon's sailing After Sunday's rain and gales put paid to any racing, Monday brought what many competitors described as perfect conditions in Poole Harbour. Posted on 28 Aug
Zhik Poole Week day 1
Wet and windy weather fails to suppress sailors' spirits For much of this season the met men have struggled to predict what's going to happen barely 12 hours in advance: those of us on the central south coast would have been better off ringing granny in Penzance and asking her to look out of the window. Posted on 26 Aug
Zhik Poole Week ready for action
Poole Harbour set to come alive with dinghies and keelboats on Sunday Poole Harbour will come alive with dinghies and keelboats from Sunday afternoon as Zhik Poole Week gets under way. Posted on 24 Aug