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Blaze

Blaze

Designed by Ian Howlett and John Caig in 1996, the Blaze is a one-design, single-handed racing dinghy with hiking wings, a stayed carbon or aluminium mast and a powerful 10.4m2, moderate square-top, semi-soft sail. A large, shallow, self-draining cockpit sits on a wide, ready-planing hull with pivoting foils. Originally polyester-built by Topper, the Blaze is now produced by Hartley Boats employing epoxy-sandwich construction. The Blaze is most at home on open coastal water and excels on a fully-powered reach for fast, exciting racing under a PY of 1033. 'Fire' (8.8 m2) and 'Halo' (11.4 m2) sail variants - same mast, same rig - paired with the wing design offer manageable handling for a wide range of helm weights.

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Show news Hartley Boats Blaze Nationals Runners and Riders
The fleet will start racing at Pembrokeshire Yacht Club on Friday
Posted on 20 Jun
Sea Sure and Hartley Boats Fire Nationals
A two day event of extremes at Warsash
Posted on 5 Jun
Blaze Eastern Championship
Costa-del-Sheppey shines
Posted on 6 May
Sea Sure and Hartley Boats Fire Nationals Preview
The fleet is set for Warsash SC on the first weekend of June
Posted on 3 May
Blaze Training and Open at Carsington
What the Blazes...?
Posted on 19 Apr
Fire Inlands at Burghfield
A forecast for the adventurous
Posted on 25 Mar
The RCYC Snow Globe races 7 & 8
James Hutton-Penman goes to the top after winning both races
Posted on 5 Dec 2023
The RCYC Snow Globe races 5 & 6
16 boats lined up, including 4 Otters and 2 visitors
Posted on 28 Nov 2023
The RCYC Snow Globe races 3 & 4
The Blazes win the second day
Posted on 21 Nov 2023
Blaze Inlands at Yorkshire Dales
Great forecast attracts visitors from Pembrokeshire to Aberdeen, Essex and beyond
Posted on 22 Oct 2023
Sea Sure Blaze Nationals 2023 at Warsash
A class-record 71 boats entered for the event
Posted on 19 Jun 2023
Blaze Nationals 2023 - Runners and Riders
At the time of writing 68 boats are entered
Posted on 2 Jun 2023
Paignton Open Single Handed 2023
Tor Bay was a sight to behold with over 100 boats on the water for POSH
Posted on 25 May 2023
Battle of the Hikers preview
No trapeze? Get to Rutland this May!
Posted on 18 Mar 2023
Hartley Boats Blaze and Fire Inland Championships
The deemed wisdom at Draycote in a westerly is to go left up the beat
Posted on 6 Oct 2022
North West Senior Travellers at Elton
Bolton SC win club prize as series conclues in nearby Bury
Posted on 8 Sep 2022
Blaze Eastern Championships 2022
Glorious conditions for racing in Burnham
Posted on 30 Aug 2022
Blaze National Championships at Stone
Ben Harden wins with a day to spare, for the second time in a row
Posted on 14 Jun 2022
Blaze Southern Championship
Warsash is one of the most welcoming clubs
Posted on 31 May 2022
Get ready to enter the Blaze Nationals
Reduced rate for first 10 sailors, first 20, first 30, and so on
Posted on 23 Mar 2022
Blaze class set for RYA Dinghy & Watersports Show
The best boat to see this weekend?
Posted on 24 Feb 2022
Blaze class review of 2021
And calendar of events for 2022 with warning about the class rules
Posted on 11 Dec 2021
Blaze Inlands at Hornsea
A challenging weekend for the race officer, but beautiful sailing
Posted on 14 Oct 2021
Blaze Eastern Championships at Burnham
Miniature boat racing adds amusement to evening social
Posted on 24 Aug 2021
Aberdeen & Stonehaven YC Annual Regatta
Not all dolphins followed the SIs
Posted on 22 Aug 2021
What's their secret?
We speak to the classes which are seeing a boom in attendance
Posted on 28 Jun 2021
Blaze Nationals at Paignton
Biggest turnout in the history of the class!
Posted on 18 Jun 2021
Blaze National Championships Runners and Riders
Entries about to hit an all-time high as the fleet gets set for Paignton
Posted on 1 Jun 2021
Blaze Southern Championship at Warsash
New sail unveiled at the event
Posted on 25 May 2021
Blaze Northerns at Dee
The first regional championship of 2021 for the fleet
Posted on 20 May 2021
Links
Blaze UK Nationals Attendance
see the full nationals attendance table here

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Charlie Matthews during RCYC SnowGlobe 2023
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Ben Harden during Blaze National Championship 2023
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Blazes sailing during Blaze National Championship 2023
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Peter McFarlane during Blaze National Championship 2023
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Will Gould during Blaze National Championship 2023
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Blazes sailing during Blaze National Championship 2023
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Dave Shafto - 'Dork' of the Day award (and 4th overall) in the Fire Nationals at Warsash
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Fire Nationals at Warsash
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Fire Nationals at Warsash
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Newcomer Abbey Hire finishes 2nd in the Fire Nationals at Warsash
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Fire Nationals at Warsash
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Fire Nationals at Warsash
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Fire Nationals at Warsash
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Fire Nationals at Warsash
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Fire Nationals at Warsash
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Chris Smart wins the Fire Nationals at Warsash
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Charlie Matthews wins the Blaze Eastern Championship at the Isle Of Sheppey
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Blaze Eastern Championship at the Isle Of Sheppey
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Blaze Eastern Championship at the Isle Of Sheppey
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Blaze Eastern Championship at the Isle Of Sheppey
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Blaze Eastern Championship at the Isle Of Sheppey
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Blaze Eastern Championship at the Isle Of Sheppey
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Blaze Eastern Championship at the Isle Of Sheppey
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Blaze Eastern Championship at the Isle Of Sheppey
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Blaze Eastern Championship at the Isle Of Sheppey
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Fire fleet at Paignton
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Chase Sailing Club Wednesday Series 2024
© Dave Watkins
Blaze Training and Open at Carsington
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Blaze Training and Open at Carsington
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Blaze Training and Open at Carsington
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