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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 Fireball UK Nationals at Rock Day 1
The day dawned with heavy rain and a promising breeze
Posted on 21 Jul
62nd Lord Birkett Memorial Trophy
Excellent event included fund raising for the Great North Air Ambulance Service
Posted on 18 Jul
Fireball Leinster Championship at Skerries
Josh Porter and Cara McDowell win in tricky conditions
Posted on 7 Jul
Irish Fireball Open Championship at Galway Bay
Chris Bateman and Lisa Flynn after six close-fought races
Posted on 24 Jun
Road to Gold: Richard Parslow
Multiple dinghy & keelboat champion
Posted on 17 Jun
62nd Lord Birkett Memorial Trophy Preview
One month to go, 160 entries have already been received
Posted on 10 Jun
This Monday: Road To Gold Q&A with Chips Howarth
Fireball world champ & Cyclops tech boss
Posted on 2 Jun
UK Fireball Nationals Early Bird Discount
Get your entry in by the 31st May to save!
Posted on 24 May
Fireball Spring Championship at Hayling
Inaugural event remembers a well liked sailor who tragically died in a plane crash
Posted on 14 May
100 Years of Jack Chippendale
One of the greats behind the golden era of the UK's domestic dinghy scene
Posted on 13 May
'Fine Lines' Top Ten part 10
With a full history of master boatbuilder Jack Chippendale
Posted on 1 May
Fireball Spring Championship Preview
The fleet is looking forward to classic Hayling Bay racing
Posted on 1 May
Irish Fireball Munster Championships
Stunning conditions at Monkstown Bay Sailing Club
Posted on 25 Apr
The oldest video footage of Fireball dinghies
A look back into our video archive
Posted on 21 Apr
Viking Marine DMYC Frostbites series 2 overall
Final races run in contrasting winds
Posted on 27 Mar
Viking Marine DMYC Frostbites series 2 day 17
Increasing wind strength reduces St Patrick's Day sailing to a single race
Posted on 21 Mar
Viking Marine DMYC Frostbites series 2 day 16
Another two races in the bag, in Dun Laoghaire
Posted on 12 Mar
Viking Marine DMYC Frostbites series 2 day 15
Weather permits three races, at last!
Posted on 5 Mar
Viking Marine DMYC Frostbites series 2 day 14
Some experienced competitors found the challenge a bit too robust
Posted on 28 Feb
Viking Marine DMYC Frostbites series 2 day 14
Change of Race Officer and a very shifty day
Posted on 21 Feb
Fireball Worlds overall
Gillard and Thompson take out the title with a race to spare
Posted on 16 Feb
Fireball Worlds day 5
Gillard and Thompson on match point heading into final day
Posted on 15 Feb
Viking Marine DMYC Frostbites series 2 day 13
After a weather enforced hiatus of three Sundays, racing returns to Dun Laoghaire
Posted on 14 Feb
Fireball Worlds day 4
Front of the fleet takes shape as we pass half-way mark
Posted on 14 Feb
Fireball Worlds day 3
The day was blown out after a lengthy wait on shore
Posted on 13 Feb
Fireball Worlds day 2
Still anyone's guess after mixed second day in Geelong
Posted on 12 Feb
Fireball Worlds day 1
Big breeze greets sailors on opening day in Geelong
Posted on 11 Feb
2024 Fireball Australian Nationals overall
GBR's Hall & Constable win, with Schulz & Higgins crowned Australian Champions
Posted on 10 Feb
2024 Fireball Australian Nationals Day 2
Race wins for Tom Gillard / Andy Thompson and Dave Hall / Paul Constable
Posted on 8 Feb
2024 Fireball Australian Nationals Day 1
Brits Dave Hall & Paul Constable lead after a day of exhilarating competition in Geelong
Posted on 7 Feb
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River Exe Regatta at Starcross
© Garnett Showell
Josh Porter and Cara McDowell win the Fireball Leinster Championship at Skerries
© Andrew Fraser / Skerries SC
Fireball Leinster Championship at Skerries
© Andrew Fraser / Skerries SC
Fireball Leinster Championship at Skerries
© Andrew Fraser / Skerries SC
Fireball Leinster Championship at Skerries
© Andrew Fraser / Skerries SC
Fireball Leinster Championship at Skerries
© Andrew Fraser / Skerries SC
Bala Long Distance weekend 2024
© John Hunter
Bala Long Distance weekend 2024
© John Hunter
Bala Long Distance weekend 2024
© John Hunter
Oilin Bateman and Conor Kelly finish 2nd in the Silver fleet at the Irish Fireball Championship at Galway Bay
© Frank Miller
Chris Bateman and Lisa Flynn win the Irish Fireball Championship at Galway Bay
© Frank Miller
Josh Porter and Cara McDowell finish 2nd overall in the Irish Fireball Championship at Galway Bay
© Frank Miller
Youth team William Draper (left) and David Evans finish 3rd overall in the Irish Fireball Championship at Galway Bay
© Frank Miller
Jack McNaughten (left) with main organiser John Barry and crew Riaghan Boardman finish 3rd in the Silver fleet at the Irish Fireball Championship at Galway Bay
© Frank Miller
Marie Barry and Cariosa Power win the Silver fleet in the Irish Fireball Championship at Galway Bay
© Frank Miller
Chips Howarth, Fireball world champ & Cyclops tech boss
© Road to Gold
Adam Whitehouse and Mike Hanson during the Whitstable YC Club Championship
© Steve Gray
Thomas Castle Aviation Heritage Fireball Spring Championship at Hayling Island
© Rob O'Neill
Thomas Castle Aviation Heritage Fireball Spring Championship at Hayling Island
© Rob O'Neill
Thomas Castle Aviation Heritage Fireball Spring Championship at Hayling Island
© Rob O'Neill
Thomas Castle Aviation Heritage Fireball Spring Championship at Hayling Island
© Rob O'Neill
Thomas Castle Aviation Heritage Fireball Spring Championship at Hayling Island
© Rob O'Neill
Thomas Castle Aviation Heritage Fireball Spring Championship at Hayling Island
© Rob O'Neill
London Boat Show 1969 - Chippendale Fireball wins Boat of the Show
© Chippendale family
Nicola Ferguson and Thomas Chaix finish 2nd in the Irish Fireball Munster Championships
© Bob Bateman
Irish Fireball Munster Championships
© Bob Bateman
Ewen Barry and Sandy Rimmington win the Irish Fireball Munster Championships
© Bob Bateman
Irish Fireball Munster Championships
© Bob Bateman
Irish Fireball Munster Championships
© Bob Bateman
Irish Fireball Munster Championships
© Bob Bateman