Upwards of 50 sailors are expected to travel to Cushendall this weekend for the East Coast of Ireland regional sailing championships in the Flying Fifteen class. The two-day championships will be the penultimate major event in Cushendall Sailing and Boating Club's 2011 sailing season, during which the club celebrated its 50th anniversary.
The Flying Fifteen is a 20 foot keelboat that provides competitive sailing for its two-person crew. There are thriving fleets across Ireland and the UK, with nearly 60 boats regularly competing in races in Ireland. More than 4,000 flying fifteens have been built worldwide to date and a large number of these are still sailing.
CSBC Commodore John Lowry said: "This is the second regional event to be hosted in Cushendall this year, following the Topper Ulster Championships in June. We’re all looking forward to some great racing on the water, and great craic off it. We have six Flying Fifteens in our club, and I know that those sailors are excited by the added competition from the visiting boats this weekend. We’re crossing our fingers for some good weather,” he added.
Last year’s East Coast Championship in Carlingford was won by Strangford Lough Yacht Club’s Buckfast, helmed by Darren Martin. Brian McKee, also from Strangford Lough Yacht Club in Killinchy, and sailing Stifflers Mom is currently ranked first in the national fleet, with only this weekend’s event left to race. David Gorman aboard Hy5ive and from the National Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire is second; while Strangford Sailing Club’s Gerry Reilly on Over the Moon is ranked third.
Should you have any special requests please contact: John Lowry on +44 7739 773809. More information about the event can be found here
Saturday 3rd September
09.00: Registration opens
11.00: Registration closes / Briefing for sailors
12:00: First race warning signal
16:00: Racing concludes
Sunday 4th September
Racing continues (Race times TBC)