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Flying Fifteens

Flying Fifteens have been at Hayling since the very early days. HISC archivist Belinda Cook recalls that the first FF at HISC may well have been owned by John ‘Jack’ Barker in the late 1940s. Since then the Flying Fifteen fleet has flourished at HISC, thanks to many stalwarts and enthusiasts, not least the late great Roy Windebank, one of our legendary members.

Class Captain: Mark Nicholson

More recently, the fleets has had an influx of young(ish) blood to challenge the likes of the well established Flying Fifteen gurus. Despite the pandemic, four new boats joined the fleet, two being new members, and we saw around 15 boats in total turned out to race.

Despite its size and that it is a keelboat, the 15 is remarkably agile and fun in a breeze and in waves, yet forgiving for its crews. This has enabled mixed crews to compete successfully in all winds – it’s not just a boat for the big lads! Any members interested in a trial in a 15 would be most welcome. Please come and talk to any of us.

The HISC calendar for 2022 has plenty of opportunity for Flying Fifteen sailors to race every weekend. The season starts on 26th March. A highlight of the racing calendar is the Bulwark, scheduled for the Whitsun Regatta on 3rd to 5th June.  The Flying Fifteen is a great sea boat, so the Pennant series are always well attended. 

However, the really big even for us will be the Nationals, hosted at HISC, two years after we had to cancel the 2020 event. So there’s a real effort by fleet members to make this a real celebration in the class’s 75th year.

Facebook group: HISC Flying Fifteen fleet