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Flying Fifteen Irish East Coast Championships at County Antrim Yacht Club

by Michelle Hill 26 Jun 13:15 BST 22-23 June 2019
Flying Fifteen Irish East Coast Championships at County Antrim © COYC

County Antrim Yacht Club was pleased to welcome the return of the Flying Fifteen class on 22 and 23 June 2019 for the Flying Fifteen East Coast Championships. The event was kindly sponsored by Kingfisher Building & Bespoke Joinery.

21 boats with their crews arrived on Saturday morning to promising weather conditions. Race Officer Ruan O'Tiarnaigh, from Ballyholme Yacht Club, set a windward/leeward course in Whitehead Bay.

With steady SE winds averaging 12 knots, the three scheduled races were completed on Saturday afternoon. Results were tight at the end of the day, but with races one and two seeing multiple black flag recipients, competitors were anxious to put in the remaining races for the discard to kick in.

The club put on a great meal and entertainment for competitors and members on Saturday evening.

Sunday afternoon's anticipated breeze only achieved 5-8 knots, dropping as the day went on. Two longer windward/leeward races were run, completing the series. Competitors returned to shore to be welcomed with refreshments while packing up and awaiting prize-giving.

In the Gold fleet, Andrew McCleery and Colin Dougan from Killyleagh Yacht Club took top honors in Ffantastic Representing the National Yacht Club, David Gorman and Chris Doorly took second place with Hammy Baker and Peter Chamberland from Strangford Lough Yacht Club.

Ben Mulligan and Cormac Bradley from Dun Laoigaire Motor Yacht Club took first place in the Silver fleet in As Good as it Gets. Second went to Alan Green and Keith Poole from the National Yacht Club, followed by Charlie Boland and Rob McConnell from Waterford Harbour Sailing Club in third.

A strong local presence in the Classic fleet saw very tight competition with only 2 points separating the top three boats, all of which represented County Antrim Yacht Club. Feeling Frisky took first place, sailed by Andrew Mitchell and Ben Ferris. Second went to Sheela and John Lewis, with third going to Rory McKenna and David McFarland.

All in all it was a fantastic event, which received many compliments from competitors. County Antrim Yacht Club would like to thank Kingfisher Building and Bespoke Joinery for their generous sponsorship, Race Officer Ruan O'Tiarnaigh, Event Organiser Rory McKenna, Catering Organiser Marion Graham, and the large team of volunteers who contributed to the success of the event.

Overall Results:

PosFleetName of BoatSail NoClub of HelmHelmCrewR1R2R3R4R5Pts
1GoldFFastantic4037Killyleagh Yacht ClubAndrew McCleeryColin Dougan3(BFD)3118
2GoldBetty3920National Yacht ClubDavid GormanChris Doorly5223(RET)12
3GoldFer 'FOX' Sake3756Strangford Lough YCHammy BakerPeter Chamberlain1545(RET)15
4SilverAs Good As It Gets3688Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht ClubBen MulliganCormac Bradley43‑92817
5GoldTriggers Brush3896Waterford Harbour Sailing ClubLee StathamAndrew Paul(BFD)1110921
6GoldDuff3912National Yacht ClubGavin DoyleDave Sweeney76‑126322
7GoldFF'N Halyin3974Strangford Lough YCRory MartinAndy or Rory(BFD)4581027
8GoldFFinisterre3753DMYC / RStGeorgeAlastair CourtConor O'Leary6‑11109429
9GoldNo Name4028Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht ClubNeil ColinMargaret Casey98611(RET)34
10SilverViking3970National Yacht ClubAlan GreenKeith Poole(BFD)9771134
11SilverHard Currency3682Waterford Harbour Sailing ClubCharlie BolandRob McConnell2(BFD)1117636
12BronzeFfrenetic3606Royal Coal HarbourHugh CahillJosh10(BFD)1312540
13SilverFFlagella4057National Yacht ClubTom MurphyCarel La Roux(BFD)71613743
14SilverFandango3697Royal St George Yacht ClubLouise McKennaHermine O'Keefe111319‑20245
15GoldFFantastic me FFox3938National Yacht ClubNiall MeagherNicki Matthews8101414(RET)46
16GoldStifflers Mom3892Strangford Lough YCBrian McKeeIan Smyth(DNS)BFD841549
17ClassicFeeling Frisky2493County Antrim Yacht ClubBen Ferris/Andrew MitchellPeter Darragh1314‑18161255
18ClassicCharlie Brown2278County Antrim Yacht ClubSheela LewisJohn Lewis1217‑20151357
19ClassicHappy Feet2657County Antrim Yacht ClubRory Mc KennaDavid Mc Farland141217‑191457
20ClassicDefinitely Maybe2156Carrickfergus Sailing ClubRory MooreJackson Smyth161515‑211662
21Classic4016East Antrim Boat ClubIan PattersonAlan Mc Clernon15162118(RET)70

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