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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 Helly Hansen Irish Fireball Nationals
Repeat winners retain their title, but they had to work for it!
Posted on 10 Aug
All the Fs in sailing
Fantastic full on fast, fun, and FLAT bottomed - the scow
Posted on 30 Jul
2020 Fireball Nationals provisionally back on!
Alongside the 505s at HISC in October
Posted on 19 Jun
2020 Gul UK Fireball Nationals cancelled
Too much uncertainty with only 8 weeks to go
Posted on 27 May
Bow down and send it!
What does that even mean?
Posted on 24 Apr
Fireball Worlds at Howth in 2020 cancelled
Given the severity of the current crisis and ongoing uncertainty around travel
Posted on 18 Apr
Signs of aluminium mast wear
A 5-minute check could save you time and money
Posted on 9 Apr
HISC Gul Fireball Open Postponed to 29/30 August
Joining in with HISC's rescheduled "Whitsun Regatta"
Posted on 7 Apr
Gul Fireball Nationals 2020 registration suspended
Hoping the event can go ahead as planned, but monitoring guidelines
Posted on 5 Apr
Staunton Harold Fireball & Scorpion Open cancelled
After the latest advice to avoid unnecessary gatherings and travel
Posted on 17 Mar
Staunton Harold to host Fireballs and Scorpions
Gul Golden Dolphin and Silver Scorpion event on 21-22 March
Posted on 12 Mar
2020 Gul UK Fireball Nationals entry now open!
Being hosted by Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy in July
Posted on 8 Mar
Fireball Gul Golden Dolphin Series Winners
Including the draw for a weekend break at the Watergate Bay Hotel
Posted on 3 Mar
Dinghy girls survive the Arctic
Swapping their sails for skis on a week long expedition
Posted on 22 Feb
Gul renew their sponsorship of UK Fireball Fleet
Supporting racing in the class for another three seasons
Posted on 24 Jan
Gul Fireball Inlands at Draycote Water
The rugby, a massive storm, then a dramatic drop in the wind
Posted on 7 Nov 2019
Enter now for the Gul Fireball Inlands 2019
Taking plae at Draycote Water SC on 2-3 November
Posted on 21 Oct 2019
Fireballs at Chew Valley Lake
Gul Golden Dolphin Series Final Round
Posted on 15 Oct 2019
019 Gul Fireball Golden Dolphin finale preview
To be held at Chew Valley Lake on 12-13 October
Posted on 2 Oct 2019
Hyde Sails Autumn Offer now live
Discounts available on race-winning One Design sails
Posted on 21 Sep 2019
Fireball Under 26 Championship at Blackwater
Four bullets is enough for Georgia Booth and Tom Kyne
Posted on 18 Sep 2019
Fireball Youth Championships preview
Blackwater SC to host event last held in 2008
Posted on 12 Sep 2019
Fireball Worlds at Point Claire overall
A final day forecast for sunshine and wind that did not disappoint
Posted on 31 Aug 2019
Fireball Worlds at Point Claire day 4
Breeze builds to a perfect 15 to 18 knots in race 8
Posted on 30 Aug 2019
Fireball Worlds at Point Claire day 3
A new wind direction and new challenges at Pointe Claire
Posted on 28 Aug 2019
Fireball Worlds at Point Claire day 2
Light easterly winds prove challenging
Posted on 27 Aug 2019
Fireballs at Chichester Harbour Race Week
Wide-ranging winds with racing generally held in glorious sunshine
Posted on 26 Aug 2019
Fireball Worlds at Point Claire day 1
More wind than expected in Montreal
Posted on 26 Aug 2019
Fireball North American Championships overall
Wind and sunshine both show up for the final day
Posted on 24 Aug 2019
Fireball North American Championships day 2
Race two proves hard to complete at Pointe Claire YC
Posted on 23 Aug 2019
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Fireball UK Nationals Attendance
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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
Helly Hansen Irish Fireball Championships - Classic Fireball Winners; Colm Breen (middle) and Cormac Power Breen (right) with DMYC Commodore Frank Guillfoyle
© Frank Miller
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
An early promotional pamphlet from Chippendale boats featured this superb photo of the prototype Fireball during an early outing at Hamble
© Eileen Ramsay / Chippendale
In a marked contrast to many other scows, the genius of Peter Milne was to add a double chined hull and plenty of curves
© Chippendale
An early marketing picture extolling the virtues of the Fireball, promising fast fun, good racing and a great social scene
© UK Fireball Assoc
Fantastic full on fast, fun, and FLAT
© David Henshall
The Fireball Nationals is provisionally back on!
© Simon Benson
Ian Dobson and Richard Wagstaff collecting their multitude of prizes at last years nationals at the Royal Torbay YC
© Andy Wilcox
Ian Dobson and crew Richard Wagstaff winning the 2019 Worlds in Canada
© Urs Hardi
2019 Staunton Harold Fireball Open
© Tony Bullock
2019 Staunton Harold Fireball Open
© Tony Bullock
2019 Staunton Harold Fireball Open
© Tony Bullock
Gul UK Fireball Nationals 2020
© UKFA
2019 Fireball Golden Dolphin Series Winners
© Derian Scott
Fireball Prize Draw Winner Paul Cullen
© Derian Scott
2020 Tiger Trophy
© Tim Olin / www.olinphoto.co.uk
Chichester Yacht Club Snowflake Series day 2
© Dani McTernan
Daniel and Harry Thompson with their Frostbite Mugs for Race 2 in the PY Fleet - Dun Laoghaire Frostbite Series 2 day 2
© Cormac Bradley
46th GJW Direct Bloody Mary
© Mark Jardine / YachtsandYachting.com
Overall winners Kevin Hope and Andy Stewart in a Fireballat at the Notts County First of Year Race
© David Eberlin
Blithfield Barrel Round 2
© Neil David
HISC Christmas Cracker 2019
© Peter Hickson
Dun Laoghaire Frostbite Series day 5 - Frank Miller & Grattan Donnelly almost silhouetted in the winter sunshine
© Cormac Bradley
Dun Laoghaire Frostbite Series day 5 - Noel Butler & Stephen Oram execute a gybe en route to the leeward mark
© Cormac Bradley
Dun Laoghaire Frostbite Series day 3 - Louise McKenna mug winner with Commodore Frank Guilfoyle
© Frank Miller