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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 Dun Laoghaire Frostbite Series day 5
Forecast delivers for bumper fleet of 69 boats
Posted on 7 Dec
Dun Laoghaire Frostbite Series day 4
To race or not to race - that is the question
Posted on 30 Nov
Fireballs at Draycote
Last event in the Gul Golden Dolphin Series
Posted on 16 Nov
Dun Laoghaire Frostbite Series day 2
Last Sunday's 62-boat fleet was exceeded by a further 7 boats
Posted on 15 Nov
Dun Laoghaire Frostbite Series day 1
Entry cap of 120 boats already reached before first event
Posted on 10 Nov
2021 Gul Fireball Inlands at Chew Valley Lake
19 teams brave the forecast to attend the event
Posted on 9 Nov
Gul Fireball Inlands at Chew Valley Lake preview
The penultimate event in the 2021 Fireball calendar
Posted on 1 Nov
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
Links
Fireball UK Nationals Attendance
see the full nationals attendance table here

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Gul Fireball open meeting at Draycote
© Dominic Cottrill
Gul Fireball open meeting at Draycote
© Colin Snowdon
Gul Fireball open meeting at Draycote
© Dominic Cottrill
Gul Fireball open meeting at Draycote
© Dominic Cottrill
Gul Fireball open meeting at Draycote
© Colin Snowdon
Gul Fireball open meeting at Draycote
© Dominic Cottrill
Gul Fireball open meeting at Draycote
© Colin Snowdon
Gul Fireball open meeting at Draycote
© Colin Snowdon
2021 Gul Fireball Inlands at Chew Valley Lake
© Jon Cawthorne
Anthony and James Willcocks during the 2021 Gul Fireball Inlands at Chew Valley Lake
© Jon Cawthorne
Paul Cullen & Simon Forbes win the 2021 Gul Fireball Inlands at Chew Valley Lake
© Jon Cawthorne
Paul Cullen & Simon Forbes win the 2021 Gul Fireball Inlands at Chew Valley Lake
© Andy Scott
Fernhurst Books Draycote Dash
© Tim Olin / www.olinphoto.co.uk
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