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Fireball

Fireball

Designed in 1962 by Peter Milne as a performance boat for the masses, the Fireball is still going strong today. New boats are all kevlar/glass foam sandwich construction which makes them light, stiff and low maintenance. Older wooden or fibreglass boats are very cheap, with decent examples available for under £500. It is an ideal boat for those seeking an inexpensive route into performance dinghy sailing, or for those who don't want the limitations of an asymetric. The class is very active and organise national championships, open meetings and club opens across most of the UK. Internationally the class is also strong with European and World Championships held annually.

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Show news Fireball Leinster Championship at Skerries
Young teams triumphant
Posted on 10 Jul
Fireballs at the Weymouth Dinghy Regatta
Some great racing over the weekend in the Bay and Portland Harbour
Posted on 7 Jul
Fireball Worlds to return to Ireland in 2022
Lough Derg Yacht Club to host the event
Posted on 17 Jun
Fireballs at Blackwater
The first Gul Golden Dolphin event of the year
Posted on 15 Jun
Fireball Open Meeting Season starts this weekend!
Back on the water at Brightlingsea after a year full of disruption
Posted on 18 May
Camperdown Mitre 10 Bullen Merri Easter Weekend
Fireballs revel in the conditions on Lake Bullen Merri
Posted on 10 Apr
Seven Dinghies for Seven Decades
Watch Dougal Henshall's RYA Dinghy Show talk!
Posted on 2 Mar
2021 Fireball UK Nationals: New date, new venue!
Set for Hayling Island Sailing Club at the end of September
Posted on 24 Feb
8 Bells: Bob Fisher - Mr America's Cup
The larger-than-life yachtsman, journalist and author passes away at 85
Posted on 26 Jan
Bob Fisher - The second Wise and Witty Man
A key influencer in the world of sailing
Posted on 14 Jan
Irish Fireball News - Domestic and International
New Committee members and 2021 calendar dates
Posted on 24 Dec 2020
Fireball Winter Champs to be held in November
King George Sailing Club step in to host the event
Posted on 27 Oct 2020
Fireballs at Paignton
Unusual launching conditions but great races in Torbay
Posted on 23 Sep 2020
Rescheduled 2020 Fireball Nationals cancelled
HISC makes the decision with great regret
Posted on 18 Aug 2020
Helly Hansen Irish Fireball Nationals
Repeat winners retain their title, but they had to work for it!
Posted on 10 Aug 2020
All the Fs in sailing
Fantastic full on fast, fun, and FLAT bottomed - the scow
Posted on 30 Jul 2020
2020 Fireball Nationals provisionally back on!
Alongside the 505s at HISC in October
Posted on 19 Jun 2020
2020 Gul UK Fireball Nationals cancelled
Too much uncertainty with only 8 weeks to go
Posted on 27 May 2020
Bow down and send it!
What does that even mean?
Posted on 24 Apr 2020
Fireball Worlds at Howth in 2020 cancelled
Given the severity of the current crisis and ongoing uncertainty around travel
Posted on 18 Apr 2020
Signs of aluminium mast wear
A 5-minute check could save you time and money
Posted on 9 Apr 2020
HISC Gul Fireball Open Postponed to 29/30 August
Joining in with HISC's rescheduled "Whitsun Regatta"
Posted on 7 Apr 2020
Gul Fireball Nationals 2020 registration suspended
Hoping the event can go ahead as planned, but monitoring guidelines
Posted on 5 Apr 2020
Staunton Harold Fireball & Scorpion Open cancelled
After the latest advice to avoid unnecessary gatherings and travel
Posted on 17 Mar 2020
Staunton Harold to host Fireballs and Scorpions
Gul Golden Dolphin and Silver Scorpion event on 21-22 March
Posted on 12 Mar 2020
2020 Gul UK Fireball Nationals entry now open!
Being hosted by Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy in July
Posted on 8 Mar 2020
Fireball Gul Golden Dolphin Series Winners
Including the draw for a weekend break at the Watergate Bay Hotel
Posted on 3 Mar 2020
Dinghy girls survive the Arctic
Swapping their sails for skis on a week long expedition
Posted on 22 Feb 2020
Gul renew their sponsorship of UK Fireball Fleet
Supporting racing in the class for another three seasons
Posted on 24 Jan 2020
Gul Fireball Inlands at Draycote Water
The rugby, a massive storm, then a dramatic drop in the wind
Posted on 7 Nov 2019
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Fireball UK Nationals Attendance
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Ed Butler Snr (left) and Frank Miller finish 3rd in the Fireball Leinster Championship at Skerries
© Frank Miller
Ed Butler Jnr (right) and Sean Collins finish 2nd in the Fireball Leinster Championship at Skerries
© Frank Miller
Daniel Thompson (right) and Ronan Wallace win Fireball Leinster Championship at Skerries
© Frank Miller
Round the Islands RNLI Fundraiser Races at Blackwater SC
© Zoe Nelson
Blackwater Fireball Open
© Zoe Nelson
Blackwater Fireball Open
© Zoe Nelson
Blackwater Fireball Open
© Zoe Nelson
Blackwater Fireball Open
© Zoe Nelson
Blackwater Fireball Open
© Zoe Nelson
Blackwater Fireball Open
© Zoe Nelson
Club race at Blackwater Sailing Club
© Ian Johnson
Grafham Belle
© Tim Olin / www.olinphoto.co.uk
The first race of 2021 at Blackwater Sailing Club
© Belinda Sturge
Camperdown Mitre 10 Bullen Merri Easter Weekend
© Simon Gunner
Fireballs during the Camperdown Mitre 10 Bullen Merri Easter Weekend
© Glen Donovan
Fireball class
© Tony Bull
Like his other contemporaries in this Wise Men Series, Bob would always look to innovate where he could. The first generation Fireballs were pretty basic, lacking spinnaker and trapeze and with a very traditional cut to the jib
© Dougal Henshall
The Datchet Flyer - Seldén SailJuice Winter Series opener
© Tim Olin / www.olinphoto.co.uk
The Datchet Flyer - Seldén SailJuice Winter Series opener
© Tim Olin / www.olinphoto.co.uk
2018 Gul Fireball Worlds at Carnac
© Urs Kueblis
The 2020 Fireball open meeting at Paignton
© Andy Probert / Paignton SC
The 2020 Fireball open meeting at Paignton
© Andy Probert / Paignton SC
The 2020 Fireball open meeting at Paignton
© Andy Probert / Paignton SC
Fireballs on the beach at HISC
© Nick Hurst
Helly Hansen Irish Fireball Championships - Silver Fleet Winners; Clodagh Nash and Glen Fisher
© Frank Miller
Helly Hansen Irish Fireball Championships - Prizegiving MC Neil Colin with Margaret Casey
© Frank Miller
Helly Hansen Irish Fireball Championships - Race Officer Suzanne McGarry with her present from the Irish Fireball Class Association
© Frank Miller
Helly Hansen Irish Fireball Championships - 2nd Overall; Louise McKenna and Hermine O'Keeffe
© Frank Miller
Helly Hansen Irish Fireball Champions - Noel Butler and Stephen Oram
© Frank Miller
Helly Hansen Irish Fireball Championships - 3rd Overall; Daniel and Harry Thompson
© Frank Miller