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WHAT IS A FLYING FIFTEEN?
The Flying Fifteen is a 20ft (6m) two man keelboat and was designed by Uffa Fox in 1947. It has proven to be a popular choice for men and women of all ages, and is sailed all over the world.
The most famous fifteen was 'Coweslip' presented by Fox to the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip and his wife Queen Elizabeth II as a wedding present. Fox and the Prince sailed the yacht together frequently at Cowes.
Over the years, the flying fifteen has been modified and improved, with further design changes approved by Fox before his death. When John Calvert-Jones won the UK championships, the class gained notoriety worldwide and was expanded to receive international status. The first world championships were held in Perth, Australia in 1979 and have alternated between Northern and Southern hemispheres every two years.
The International Federation of Flying Fifteen Associations is formed by eleven countries: Australia, Britain, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, New Zealand, Philippines, South Africa, Spain, USA and Zimbabwe.
FLYING FIFTEENS AT GYC
The fleet of flying fifteens in Geraldton has grown over the last ten years, to the point where Geraldton is well known for it's flying fifteen competition. Sailors from the yacht club are regular competitors at state, national and an international titles, with Geraldton Yacht also playing host to the state and national championships at various times over the last few years.
For information about sailing a Flying Fifteen at Geraldton Yacht Club, contact the club on (08) 9964 1664 or at email@example.com
To read more about Flying Fifteens in Australia, visit the Flying FIfteen International, Australia website at: www.flying15.org.au