Please select your home edition
Edition
Ancasta Ker 33 728x90

19th Flying Fifteen World Championships - 33 overseas entries

by RHKYC Media on 25 Oct 2013
2009, FFI Worlds, RYCV Melbourne, Australia. Teri Dodds
RHKYC’s Official Logistics and Shipping Partner, GAC Pindar, this week delivered eleven 40’ containers to Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club’s Middle Island sailing centre, bearing the 33 overseas entries in the 19th International Flying Fifteen World Championship that will take place from 25 October to 8 November and which includes the Hong Kong Nationals.

Designed by Uffa Fox in 1947, the Flying Fifteen is a two-person keelboat which is officially classed as a dinghy and as the containers were being offloaded at Middle Island, overseas sailors began arriving in Hong Kong to reassemble hulls, keels and masts before official measurement starts today.

50 boats will participate in the Nationals, and 53 in the Worlds, with defending champion Graham Vials from Great Britain shipping his two month old boat Foof in for the event. Also competing will be three-time champion Steve Goacher (1995, 1997, 1999), also in a new boat – as yet unnamed. Steve has competed in the previous Hong Kong Worlds in 1997, noting 'we’re hoping for better luck this year … just prior to the last Hong Kong Worlds the boat was written off by a collision with a stolen car .. a new boat was supplied in double quick time and we worked night and day for two days to get it ready and went on to win'.

Many of the regular competitors cite Hong Kong’s vibrant night life as one of the things they are most looking forward to, along with 'sailing in 25kts of breeze, sunshine and shorts' and most particularly, the camaraderie and meeting up with old friends from around the world.

Some of the competitors have silverware in their sights, while others will be happy to finish mid-fleet against previous winners such as Alan Bax (1990), Nick and Janet Jerwood (2005), and Grand Alderson (2009). Flying Fifteen International Commodore Greg Wells will also be competing in Betty, now five years old and, while he has great respect for the other sailors on the water, claims 'the biggest competition is going to be the Hong Kong nightlife'.

The oldest boat on the water will be Bobby Salmond’s Vamoose which he first sailed with his father at the age of 13. The youngest competitor will be French Fries crew Wataru Takada, at 17 and the youngest helm Cosmas Grelon at 18 years of age, sailing on Noisy Forefather. Both will be sailing under the Hong Kong flag, although Wataru originally hails from Japan and Cosmas from France. Unsurprisingly Hong Kong has the largest representation with 19 boats, while Australia has 16 and Great Britain 14. Two boats from New Zealand, one from Spain and one from Ireland make up the entry list.

An event of this stature requires and immense amount of planning and an army of volunteers – Race Management will be led by International Race Officer Jerry Rollin from the Philippines, with his deputy Charlie Manzoni from Hong Kong, while the International Jury will be chaired by Great Britain’s Penny Carter.

Racing gets underway on Monday 28 October with a practice race before six races over three days of racing in the Hong Kong Nationals. There follows a lay day on 1 November, then the 19th International Flying Fifteen World Championship is contested over seven races from 2 to 7 November, with a re-sail day scheduled for 8 November.

Event Schedule [all racing is scheduled to take place in the waters south east of Lamma]
Hong Kong Nationals Competitors’ Briefing – RHKYC Middle Island – Sunday 27 October

Practice Race – Monday 28 October - 1400hrs
Hong Kong Nationals Race 1 and 2 – Tuesday 29 October – First start 1200hrs
Hong Kong Nationals Race 3 and 4 – Wednesday 30 October – First start 1200hrs
Hong Kong Nationals Race 5 and 6 – Thursday 31 October – First start 1200hrs
Hong Kong Nationals Prizegiving – Thursday 31 October

Lay Day – Friday 1 November
Competitors Briefing – RHKYC Kellett Island – Friday 1 November

International Flying Fifteen World Championships – Saturday 2 November – First start 1200hrs
International Flying Fifteen World Championships – Sunday 3 November – First start 1200hrs
International Flying Fifteen World Championships – Monday 4 November – First start 1200hrs
International Flying Fifteen World Championships – Tuesday 5 November – First start 1200hrs
International Flying Fifteen World Championships – Wednesday 6 November – First start 1200hrs
International Flying Fifteen World Championships – Thursday 7 November – First start 1200hrs
International Flying Fifteen World Championships – Friday 8 November [Re-sail Day]
International Flying Fifteen World Championships Overall Prizegiving – Friday 8 November
Wildwind 2016 660x82Mondo Travel Americas Cup Tour - Catamaran 2855Ancasta Ker 33 660x82

Related Articles

Alex Thomson finishes second in the Vendée Globe
Thomson, 42, crossed the finish line of the race in Les Sables d'Olonne, today on his 60ft racing yacht Hugo Boss. Thomson, 42, crossed the finish line of the race in Les Sables d'Olonne, France, at 0737hrs UTC today on his 60ft racing yacht Hugo Boss.
Posted today at 12:41 pm
Alex Thomson defies the odds to finish second in the Vendée Globe
After 74 days, 19 hours and 35 minutes at sea, British sailor Alex Thomson reached the finish line on his boat Hugo Boss After 74 days, 19 hours and 35 minutes at sea, British sailor Alex Thomson reached the finish line on his boat Hugo Boss at 7:37 UTC Friday 20th January 2017, and in doing so broke his own British record of 80 days for the fastest solo circumnavigation of the globe in a monohull.
Posted today at 12:31 pm
2017 Bénéteau Four Peaks Race – this weekend, in Hong Kong
Supported by Simpson Marine The 33rd edition of Hong Kong’s #1 adventure race, the Bénéteau Four Peaks Race supported by Simpson Marine, is ready to set off this weekend, 21-22 January.
Posted today at 7:56 am
America's Cup - Racing schedule and sights for fans in Bermuda
Those considering making the trip to Bermuda need to be aware of the race schedule and the different options. With the America's Cup due to get underway in five months time, those considering making the trip to Bermuda need to be aware of the race schedule and the different options. The travel blog extract and images outline some of the tourist attractions in Bermuda, that are available during the gaps in racing, or give an alternative if your team gets eliminated and you need grief therapy.
Posted today at 3:04 am
Le Cléac'h smashes Vendée Globe race record in spectacular style
Dozens of spectator boats took to the water to welcome their new hero back to the French port of Les Sables d'Olonne. Dozens of spectator boats took to the water to welcome their new hero back to the French port of Les Sables d'Olonne.
Posted on 19 Jan
Sailing World Cup Miami – New challenge ahead for the 'legend'
Among the 453 sailors racing out of Regatta Park at Coconut Grove, Robert Scheidt is teaming up with Gabriel Borges Among the 453 sailors racing out of Regatta Park at Coconut Grove, Miami from 22-29 January, Brazil's Robert Scheidt is teaming up with Gabriel Borges in an attempt to master the 49er like he has the Star and Laser.
Posted on 19 Jan
Armel Le Cléac'h wins the Vendée Globe in record time
Armel Le Cléac'h has today won the Vendée Globe, setting a new record for the solo non-stop round the world race French sailor Armel Le Cléac'h has today won the Vendée Globe, setting a new record for the solo non-stop round the world race in the process.
Posted on 19 Jan
Clipper Race – Qingdao ambassadors selected after intensive trial
Qingdao has a rich history in the Clipper Race, the only event which trains amateur sailors to become ocean racers Qingdao has a rich history in the Clipper Race, the only event which trains amateur sailors to become ocean racers, and is the event’s longest standing Team Sponsor. The 2017-18 race edition will mark the seventh time Qingdao, also a Host Port, has entered a team in the biennial race across the world’s oceans.
Posted on 19 Jan
RORC Caribbean 600 – Winning ways
American yachts have had a winning streak in this classic race, winning five out of eight editions of the 600-miler. American yachts have had a winning streak in this classic offshore race, winning five out of eight editions of the 600-miler, starting and finishing in Antigua.
Posted on 19 Jan
Vendee Globe - Le Cleac'h flying home
Vendee Globe race leader Armel Le Cleac's is on the final tack for the finish of the 2016/17 Vendee Globe Race. Vendee Globe race leader Armel Le Cleac's is on the final tack for the finish of the 2016/17 Vendee Globe Race. At the 0400UTC position report he had 145nm to sail to the finish at Les Sables D'Olonne and was expected to be greeted by a crowd of hundreds of thousands of French sailing fans on Thursday afternoon or early evening local time.
Posted on 19 Jan