Aldeburgh Flying Fifteen fleet
Close to Aldeburgh in the alphabet but a long way by sea is the Flying Fifteen Classic fleet in Apollo Bay. Almost in the Roaring Forties, Apollo Bay is the most Southerly village on the Australian mainland!
Home to a growing fleet now up to of 10 sailing Classic Fifteens (Affrodite 962, April Dancer, Black Pearl 2352, Cest si Bon, Euffamism 2250, FFantome 2100, Miss Molly 2380, Wal, Windswept, Ziff).
With a few more up in the hills (Knives and Forks 1942?, Town Bike 1404? & Zappa) that don’t get out much!
Is this the largest fleet of active Classics in the world? We’d love to hear there are more out there! We’re just a little club with a few dinghies and a dozen keelboats but the Classic Fifteens are our competitive fleet racing class with 6-9 on the water throughout summer. Affordable, robust and capable in the big swells of the Southern Ocean – an ideal boat for a sail on the fringes of the Bass Strait.
Glad to hear there are still Classics sailing in the UK. They are getting less common Down Under – or maybe they are all coming to Apollo Bay for their twilight years!