Subaru Flying Fifteen World Championship 2019

  • The 2019 Subaru Flying Fifteen World Championships took place at the National Yacht Club in Dún Laoghaire from 2nd to 13th September
  • Subaru continued their association with this event having previously sponsored the 2003 World Championships, the last time the event was held in Ireland
    • 85 boats participated with 170 competitors taking part from over 10 countries
    • This World Championship event drew crowds in excess of 15,000 people to make it the most successful Flying Fifteen World Championships ever

Subaru Ireland are delighted to have been the main sponsor and official vehicle partner of the Flying Fifteen World Championships 2019. This event was held between September 2ND and 13th at The National Yacht Club, Dun Laoghaire. A Flying Fifteen (or F15) is a two-person sailing dinghy or keelboat, designed for racing. The 2019 Subaru Flying Fifteen World Championships was the only keelboat sailing world championships to be held in Ireland this year and saw crowds of over 15,000 people flock to Dún Laoghaire and Dublin Bay. Crews from as far away as Australia and Hong Kong participated in the event which saw 85 boats compete with 170 competitors taking part from over 10 countries.

Ireland hosted the Flying Fifteen World Championships twice before in 1992 and 2003 but this years event was the biggest by far with crowds in excess of 15,000 people attending which saw the local economy of Dún Laoghaire benefit from a €1.5million tourism windfall on on hotels, food and entertainment. 

Subaru have a strong affiliation with the sailing community and sponsored this event back in 2003 also. Subaru have a range of versatile, safe and capable AWD vehicles that are perfect for towing and hence, the association with the sailing community works well for the brand.

Watch: Representatives from Subaru Ireland and the Flying Fifteen Championships discuss the association between Subaru and the F15 World Championships.


On the water, the competition was fierce and the wind that swept Dublin Bay made for perfect sailing conditions.

Watch: Action from competitors competing at the 2019 Subaru Flying Fifteen World Championships


Such was the strength of the association between Subaru and the F15 World Championships, one competitor took some time out to detail his love for the Subaru brand, having been proud owner of six Subaru vehicles over the years.

Watch: Ken Dumpleton, Subaru F15 World Championship competitor outline his reasons for being a loyal Subaru customer. 


Speaking after the event, Event chairman Niall Meagher commented;

‘This event was only made possible thanks to the generous and active support of a number of parties.  Our primary sponsor Subaru Ireland, Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council, Flying Fifteen International, Sailing Ireland and other enthusiastic supporters. I would like to thank them all individually for making the 2019 Subaru Flying Fifteen World Championships the best ever World Championships yet ”


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