The 2013 sailing season marks the 50th anniversary of the Flying Fifteen class racing at the Royal Windermere Yacht Club. In 1963 eleven boats were entered for club racing and this exciting new class brought new sailors to the club.
The following 10 years saw the fleet grow to a maximum of 42 boats this coincided with a huge growth in the class nationally and a local builder supplying winning Flying Fifteens to sailors around the country. The RWYC has seen its share of Championships and has hosted the Northern Area Championships on a number of occasions, the national fleet always attending the club in high numbers due to the warn welcome and quality racing provided. The club has had its share of success away from home, the most notable members being the three time world flying fifteen champions Steve Goacher and Phil Evans (1995, 1997 & 1999). This popular pairing continuing to set a high standard to the present day and are still a winning team on the circuit.
The fleet has continued to show good numbers in comparison with the national average fleet size currently the third largest fleet in the UK, whilst numbers are not what they once were the fleet can still turn out double figures for club racing.
The club is celebrating the anniversary on 1st June with the whole fleet expected to turn out plus invited guests. The day will be concluded with a celebratory dinner with current and past members of the fleet and national association in attendance. The club and fleet are always willing to introduce new members, those interested should visit the club website for details www.royal-windermere.co.uk.