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 [email protected]
More recently, the fleets has had an influx of young(ish) blood to challenge the likes of the well established Palmers, Bannisters, Apthorp and Wells dynasties. Despite the pandemic, three new boats joined the fleet, two being new members. During 2020, 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 has plenty of opportunity for Flying Fifteen sailors to race every weekend. The season starts on 19th March. A highlight of the racing calendar is the Bulwark, scheduled for 1st and 2nd May. Dedicated bay racing in the renowned Pennant series starts in April, on a monthly basis excluding August, the final being in October. A Sprint series may also be added to the calendar.
Covid permitting, we hope to bounce back to racing with a vengeance in 2021!
Facebook group: HISC Flying Fifteen fleet