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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 Top Tips from the Fireball Nationals 2021
With Champion Matt Burge & Dave Hall
Posted on 6 Oct
2021 Gul Fireball UK Nationals at Hayling overall
Two races held on the final day during a lull to complete the championship
Posted on 4 Oct
2021 Gul Fireball UK Nationals at Hayling day 2
Chomping at the bit after the opening 'rest day'
Posted on 2 Oct
2021 Gul Fireball UK Nationals at Hayling day 1
Raising cups of tea instead of raising sails
Posted on 1 Oct
2021 Gul Fireball Nationals Runners and Riders
Let's look at who this year's contenders could be
Posted on 28 Sep
Fireball Munster Championship at Lough Derg
Josh Porter and Cara McDowell show outstanding consistency and speed
Posted on 20 Sep
Fireball Nationals reduced entry fee final call
Get your entry in before the 20th September!
Posted on 17 Sep
Hall & Constable's Fireball lights up the Tiger
Popular winners of the John Merricks Tiger Trophy at Rutland
Posted on 1 Sep
Fireballs at Chichester Harbour Race Week
Dave Hall and Paul Constable win event with two days to spare!
Posted on 18 Aug
Gul Fireball Nationals registration now open
Hayling Island to host at the end of September
Posted on 14 Aug
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
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Fireball UK Nationals Attendance
see the full nationals attendance table here

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Fireball Top Tips
© James Eaves / RYA
Matt Burge & Dan Schieber win the 2021 Gul Fireball UK Nationals
© Simon Benson
2021 Gul Fireball UK Nationals
© Christophe Favreau / www.christophefavreau.com
Ropelocker winners Matt Scott and Doug Byatt during the 2021 Gul Fireball UK Nationals
© Simon Benson
Ropelocker Frank at the 2021 Gul Fireball UK Nationals
© Simon Benson
Ropelocker night at the 2021 Gul Fireball UK Nationals
© Simon Benson
2021 Gul Fireball UK Nationals day 2
© Simon Benson
2021 Gul Fireball UK Nationals day 2
© Simon Benson
2021 Gul Fireball UK Nationals day 2
© Simon Benson
2021 Gul Fireball UK Nationals day 2
© Simon Benson
Racing postponed on day 1 of the 2021 Gul Fireball UK Nationals
© Chris Turner
The calm before the storm... Steve & Tom Goacher ahead of the 2021 Gul Fireball UK Nationals
© Derian Scott
Commodore's Reception on day 1 of the 2021 Gul Fireball UK Nationals
© Derian Scott
Fireball Munster Championships at Lough Derg
© Joe St Leger
Fireball Munster Championships at Lough Derg
© Joe St Leger
Cara McDowell and Josh Porter win the Fireball Munster Championships at Lough Derg
© Joe St Leger
Dave Hall and Paul Constable win the John Merricks Tiger Trophy 2021
© Tim Olin / www.olinphoto.co.uk
Dave Hall and Paul Constable win the John Merricks Tiger Trophy 2021
© Tim Olin / www.olinphoto.co.uk
Chris Turner and Colin Parke on the superb second leg of race 1 - Fireballs at Chichester Harbour Race Week
© Rob O'Neill
Dave Hall and Paul Constable during race 1 - Fireballs at Chichester Harbour Race Week
© Rob O'Neill
Chris and Darren Powles leading the fleet on day 4 - Fireballs at Chichester Harbour Race Week
© Peter Hickson
Day 2 fleet shot with East Head sand dunes in the background - Fireballs at Chichester Harbour Race Week
© Peter Hickson
Olympian Eilidh McIntyre presenting the Keith Garner Memorial Plate to Dave Hall - Fireballs at Chichester Harbour Race Week
© Fiona Sayce
Special prize for “Poser of the Week”, awarded to Jack Jardine for the music system aboard his Fireball, entertaining the fleets between races - Kippford Week at Solway
© David Henderson
Sunny sailing in a Fireball Jack Jardine and Alex Lammie - Kippford Week at Solway
© John Sproat
Fireballs at Chichester Harbour Race Week
© Peter Hickson
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