Welcome to the Australian Flying Fifteen Association website.

“The Original Sports Boat”

A Flying Fifteen is the original sports boat, as it is a planing keelboat.
There are more than 4100 Flying Fifteen’s around the world, and are suitable for racing on a variety of sea, estuaries, lakes and rivers.

In Australia there are 15’s in most states and you can find contacts under the Where We Sail tab.

There is an annual National Championship where sailors compete for the Coweslip Trophy presented by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh. In addition most states have their own state championship as well as regular club racing.

“On the global scene every second year there is a World Championship which rotates between Continents. On the in-between years there is a European Championship.

  • An incredible weekend at Canberra Yacht Club , with over 100 boats competing in the ACT Dinghy Championships. A near perfect forecast, and good reports from last year’s event spurred on the registrations leading into the weekend, making in one of the biggest regattas in the club’s recent years. The fleet was made up of decent numbers of the usual suspects; Sharpies, Lasers and Spirals, but this year was bolstered by travellers from the RS Aero’s, Heron’s and Mirrors, with Pacers, Sabres, 2.4’s, NS14’. A  huge thanksto all of the volunteers for their efforts. In particular Gerry Brooks was the PRO for the event and took full advantage of the conditions to keep the fleet punching through the races with minimal delay. Congratulations to all who competed, check out the results here and photos on facebook here (thanks to the amazing Andy MacDonald for the incredible shots and narrative this album shows of the Saturday’s racing!) It was disappointing to have only three Flying 15s racing, but, as Mark Holmes said to me, it is better to be seen than not seen – and what wonderful conditions we had to show off the Flying 15 at its best, with the breeze gusting to 46kph on the Saturday and 37kph on the Sunday. We had three short races on each day, starting at the prescribed time of 1pm and 10am.  The average elapsed time for the six races was about 40 minutes.  We raced in a general division for boats with a yardstick of 106 to 109 that had insufficient numbers to make up their own class.  Our main competitors were the Tasars and NS 14s. In the division, Craig Rainey skippered Mark Holmes’ boat, with Mark as crew, finished second overall on yardstick. Peter Forster & , Will were fifth overall, with Matthew Mitchell and crew, Chris, in sixth place. The ACT Flying 15 championship was based on those results.  Craig/ Mark won four heats and were second in one,  Peter and Will  won two heats and had a second and a couple of thirds (Craig/Mark opted not to sail in the final heat, preferring, sensibly,  to spend the time packing up their boat prior to driving home to Paynesville, Lake Macquarie, respectively.) Full Results  I have to say that I was tired after the weekend – and I have a case of gunwale bum! – but I was pleased to be fit enough to attend an 80th birthday dinner on the Saturday night for one of our longtime members, Graham Giles. A belated happy birthday from us all Graham! And, after the racing session on Saturday, we had our AGM.  In the absence of any other nominations Peter Forster was re-elected President, Bruce as Treasurer and Matthew and Paul as committee members. 

  • The Notice of Race for the 2024 National Championship being hosted by Lake Macquarie Yacht Club 8th to 12th January 2024 has been released.   Find all necessary information and a link to the online entry form in the NOR which can be found here, or on the LMYC website.  FFIA along with LMYC look forward to welcoming all Flying Fifteen owners and competitors.

Event Calendar
Date Event
7-12 Jan 2024 Australian National Championship, Lake Macquarie YC Belmont NSW        NOR & Entry
10-11 Feb 2024 Ossie McCutcheon Trophy, Gippsland Lakes YC, Paynesville
17-18 Feb 2024 Victoria State Championship, Gippsl;and Lakes YC, Paynesville
August 2025 FFI World Championship, Weymouth UK
For Sale/Wanted
  • Flying Fifteen International AUS 3062 Fru Fru Fully equipped and ready to sail. Trailer fully registered. Current Owner              FFI-ACT Association   Mob: 0457774271 $ 2,500   ono

For Sale/Wanted
  • Well maintained Sail Power hull with Selden spars. Comes with four sets of sails (P&B medium main, jib and spinnaker: newest only used in 2023), carbon fibre spinnaker pole, P&B Boat cover, safety equipment (buoyancy bags, anchor, bailers) and trailer. Ready to sail in any competition. Reduced to $14,000 Contact: Wim Speelman 0429867434 David Hall 0447914013 Located: Esperance Bay Yacht Club

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