Please select your home edition
Edition
Bakewell-White Yacht Design

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 660x82Bakewell-White Yacht DesignZhik ZKG 660x82

Related Articles

Vendee Globe - Romain Attansio at the Horn
Romain Attanasio rounded Cape Horn, the third of the legendary capes in the Vendée Globe at 2043hrs UTC on Friday Romain Attanasio (Famille Mary-Étamine du Lys) rounded Cape Horn, the third of the legendary capes in the Vendée Globe at 2043hrs UTC on Friday after 75 days 8 hours and 41 minutes of racing. Only Dutchman Pieter Heerema and Frenchman Sébastien Destremau are still sailing in the Pacific.
Posted today at 8:58 am
Former Clipper Race skipper equals British record in Vendee Globe
Alex Thomson, has finished in second place after a thrilling fight to the finish to the Vendee Globe. The youngest skipper to win the Clipper Race, Alex Thomson, has finished in second place after a thrilling fight to the finish to the Vendee Globe.
Posted today at 6:38 am
Quantum Key West Race Week closes with a bang
Doug De Vos' Quantum Racing was awarded Boat of the Week honors at the 30th anniversary Quantum Key West Race Week By winning the final race of the highly competitive 52 Super Series and with it the class championship, Doug De Vos' (Ada, MI) Quantum Racing was awarded Boat of the Week honors at the 30th anniversary Quantum Key West Race Week hosted by the Storm Trysail Club.
Posted today at 5:19 am
Quantum Key West Race Week - Day 5 images by Nico Martinez
Nico Martinez was on water at 2017 Quantum Key West Race Week, 52 Super Series and provided this gallery of images Photographer Nico Martinez was on water at 2017 Quantum Key West Race Week, 52 Super Series and provided this gallery of images from Day 5 action.
Posted today at 4:29 am
Countdown to Mount Gay Round Barbados Race
Following on from Coastal Series over last three days, competitors are enjoying rest in preparation for big race. Following on from the hugely successful Coastal Series over the last three days, competitors at the Mount Gay Round Barbados Regatta, organised by Barbados Cruising Club in association with Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc, and Mount Gay, are enjoying a well-earned rest in preparation for tomorrow’s big race.
Posted today at 4:00 am
Triumphant Quantum Racing are Key West Champions
Doug DeVos’s Quantum Racing team came back from uncharacteristic high scoring to close out first regatta title of 2017 Showing the winning hallmark of a crew that are current 52 Super Series champions, and three times holders of the title, Doug DeVos’s Quantum Racing team came back from an uncharacteristic high scoring, mid-regatta, three-race slump, to close out the first regatta title of 2017, triumphing in today’s last race of Quantum Key West Race Week.
Posted today at 3:37 am
Azzurra looks towards the 52 Super Series in March in Miami
Conclusion of races in Key West was worse than expected for Azzurra but her team is looking towards second event in USA The conclusion of the races in Key West was worse than expected for Azzurra but her team is looking towards the second event in the USA, in March in Miami, with confidence before getting ready to head back to the Med.
Posted today at 3:01 am
Le Cléac'h and Thomson revel in the Vendée Globe glory
Armel Le Cléac'h and Alex Thomson were basking in the glory of becoming the solo round the world race's fastest sailors. Armel Le Cléac'h and second-placed Alex Thomson were today basking in the glory of becoming the solo round the world race's fastest ever sailors. Le Cléac'h and Thomson arrived in the race's home port of Les Sables d'Olonne in France just 16 hours apart after more than 27,000 nautical miles of racing over 74 days to claim the top two podium places.
Posted on 20 Jan
Quantum Key West Race Week – Day 4 images and videos by Nic Douglass
Nic Douglass has provided these images and videos from day four Nic Douglass has provided these images and videos from day four
Posted on 20 Jan
Jules Verne Trophy – New equator record for IDEC Sport
Francis Joyon, Sébastien Audigane, Clément Surtel, Gwénolé Gahinet, Alex and Bernard achieved the best performance ever Francis Joyon, Sébastien Audigane, Clément Surtel, Gwénolé Gahinet, Alex Pella and Bernard Stamm achieved the best performance ever for the stretch betweenUshant and the Equator after rounding the three capes (Good Hope, Leeuwin and the Horn) with a time of 35 days, four hours and 45 minutes.
Posted on 20 Jan