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Flying Fifteens

Flying Fifteens have been at Hayling since 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. Today, we have a growing number of boats in the fleet, currently 21, most of which are berthed at HISC and regularly turn out for club racing and pursuits.

Class Captain: Charlie McKee

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! A competitive 15 does not cost the earth, they can be bought for no more than the cost of the other types of dinghies in the fleets at HISC. You get a lot of boat for the money. Any members interested in trialling a 15 would be most welcome. Please come and talk to any of us.

The HISC calendar for 2024 has plenty of opportunity for Flying Fifteen sailors to race every weekend. A highlight of the racing calendar is the Bulwark Trophy, which is our open meeting, scheduled for the Whitsun Regatta in May. The class is keen for a good turnout at Chichester Harbour Race Week with a proposal submitted for our own start, making it a great event for 15 sailors from other clubs. 

The Flying Fifteen is a great sea boat, so the monthly Pennant series are often a focus, where we race in Hayling Bay.  We have also enjoyed Sprint racing in the past and there is greater appetite to run races for 2024. With the World Championships in the UK in 2025, there is much to practice for, and we are optimistic for a good representation of qualifiers from HISC.

The HISC fleet is grateful to Mark Nicholson for five years spent as the tireless Class Captain. This role is now taken over by Charlie McKee.  

Facebook group: HISC Flying Fifteen fleet