The class has adopted a system of racing older boats, so the owners of these boats can compete and enjoy large fleet racing without feeling the need to buy a newer boat.
Flying Fifteens with a sail number of 2700 or less, sail as a ‘Classic’, sharing the same courses but competing for their own trophies, as well as the main event. Some clubs are dominated by Classics and the competition is certainly no less enthusiastic!
At the Australian National Championships the Classics compete for the Walbourn Trophy, and most of the states have special trophies for Classics at their State Championship.
You can check if a boat is a classic from the Official Register.
For Flying Fifteens with a sail number between 2701 and 3400 (or modified boats below 2700) can sail in the Silver fleet. FFI has established a lower cut off of 3200 for World and European Championship events.
At the Australian National Championships the Silvers compete for the J.A.T. “Tally” Hobbs Trophy, and most of the states have special trophies for Silvers at their State Championship.