Vials and Turner are 2019 Subaru Flying 15 World Champions after tense last race.
Graham Vials was nervous as he launched his Flying 15 from the slip in the National Yacht Club on the last day of the Subaru Flying Fifteen World Championships. He and crew Chris Turner, of Derwent Reservoir Sailing Club, were leading the event – with 5 race wins from 11 race contested – but because of a finish line crash on Wednesday, they missed two races and could be caught on the final day if they finished much lower than 10th of the huge 75 boat fleet of boats from accross the globe.
“It’s Friday the 13th, you know” he said as the boat slipped into Dublin Bay and the start of the last race of the series under Olympic Race Officer and Irish Sailing and President, Jack Roy.
As the race concluded shortly after mid-day with another race win, Vials and Turner were deemed the 2019 Champions – the fourth Flying Fifteen World Championship victory for the pairing who sail from Derwent Reservoir Sailing Club near Heathrow.
Vials hails from Newcastle whereas Turner comes from the other end of England -Devon. This win makes them one of the most successfully Flying Fifteen pairings since the boat began to be sailed in 1947.
There was a lot for the Irish fleet to cheer about – most notably the stellar 8th place overall from Glenageary man Alan Green and Charles Apthorp QC, sailor under Hayling Island Sailing Club. While the highest ranking were Andy Martin and crew Rory Martin, Irish Sailing's Team Racing Officer, from Strangford Lough Yacht Club (SLYC) in 17th place, with Hammy Baker and Peter Chamberlain of SLYC in 19th, David Gorman and Chris Doorly of National Yacht Club (NYC) in 20th and Ian Mathews and Keith Poole of NYC in 23rd..
The next Flying Fifteen Worlds takes place in Freemantle near Perth in Australia in 2021.
Outside of the compeition on the water, there seems to be a competition for best boat name. Just take a look at the entry list with some creative names such as the winning boat Floaty McFloat Face, Easy Tiger and Fer 'Fox' Sake.