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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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Enter details for at the nationals
PosCrewMastBoomSpi PoleMainJibSpinnakerRudderBoardHull
1 Tom Gillard(75kg)
Andy Thompson(80kg)
Seldén Seldén Seldén North Sails North Sails North Sails DEM DEM Weathermark
3 Isaac Marsh (70kg)
Oliver Davenport(82kg)
Super Spars Seldén P&B P&B P&B Winder Winder Winder
4 Dave Hall(68kg)
Paul Constable(82kg)
Super Spars Seldén Super Spars P&B P&B P&B DEM Weathermark Weathermark Sailboats
5 Derian Scott(53kg)
Andy Scott(80kg)
Super Spars Super Spars Super Spars Hyde Sails Hyde Sails Hyde Sails Winder Winder Winder
6 Sam Mettam(62kg)
Tim Saunders(89kg)
Super Spars Seldén Winder North Sails North Sails North Sails Winder Winder Winder
7 Richard Cornes(73kg)
James Goodfellow(82kg)
Super Spars Super Spars Super Spars North Sails North Sails North Sails Winder Winder Winder
Show news Still time to maximise your performance
Hyde Sails have stock for various class
Posted on 26 Jul
Fireballs at the Weymouth Dinghy Regatta 2022
Sunshine and the promise of a lovely sea breeze
Posted on 13 Jul
Fireball Leinster Campionship at Blessington
Barry McCartin and Teddy Byrne win every race
Posted on 12 Jul
Sponsors come aboard as entries surge
For Gul Fireball Worlds 2022 at Lough Derg YC
Posted on 9 Jul
Seldén Fireball 60th Celebration at HISC
Warm sunny weather and fantastic breeze
Posted on 8 Jul
Chichester Harbour Race Week preview
Last year saw 383 boats crewed by almost 600 sailors from 65 clubs
Posted on 28 Jun
Seldén sponsor Fireball 60th Celebration at HISC
Providing prizes and vouchers for their new performance dinghy block range
Posted on 23 Jun
Fireball Ulster Championship at Sutton Dinghy Club
Six hard fought races in lively conditions
Posted on 21 Jun
Gul Fireball Nationals at Brightlingsea overall
Squeezing the last races into the final day
Posted on 6 Jun
Gul Fireball Nationals at Brightlingsea days 2 & 3
An 'interesting' sea state on day 2 becomes 'horrible' on day 3
Posted on 4 Jun
Gul Fireball Nationals at Brightlingsea day 1
A warm welcome as the fleet returns to the River Blackwater
Posted on 4 Jun
Fireball 60th Anniversary Open at HISC in July
A three-day celebration to mark the diamond anniversary of the class
Posted on 27 May
Fireball Gul Golden Dolphin at Poole
Greeted with a free cuppa, blue skies, a steady 10 knots across the harbour
Posted on 25 May
Fireballs at Blackwater
Seven home boats joined by six strong visiting teams
Posted on 19 May
Fireball Gul Golden Dolphin Series Poole preview
The tides are perfect for sailing this weekend, so book now
Posted on 17 May
Fireball Pre-Worlds Coaching at Lough Derg
Top dinghy coach Thomas Chaix runs a helpful weekend
Posted on 10 May
Update on Fireball Worlds in Ireland
Over 50 boats registered for Lough Derg in August
Posted on 28 Apr
Beat the Gul Fireball Nationals price increase
There are just a few days left to enter at the reduced entry fee
Posted on 27 Apr
Fireballs at Hayling Island
Gul Golden Dolphin Series Round 2
Posted on 25 Apr
Gul Fireball Golden Dolphin Series at HISC preview
Just one week to go and the forecast is looking gorgeous!
Posted on 17 Apr
Fireball Training Weekend at Draycote Water
Learning sometimes it's faster to go slower and sometimes you don't want water at the mark
Posted on 6 Apr
New Fireball class 60th anniversary sail insignia
Order now to comply with the new rule
Posted on 1 Apr
Dun Laoghaire Frostbite Series overall
Wall to wall sunshine!
Posted on 29 Mar
Dun Laoghaire Frostbite Series 2 Day 8
Brisk breeze for penultimate Sunday
Posted on 21 Mar
Dun Laoghaire Frostbite Series 2 Day 7
Pessimistic forecast overcome!
Posted on 15 Mar
Fireballs and Scorpions at Staunton Harold preview
All you need to know ahead of the event on 26-27 March
Posted on 14 Mar
Dun Laoghaire Frostbite Series 2 Day 6
A return to racing after so many lost days this year
Posted on 7 Mar
Fireball Training to be held at Draycote Water
Places will be limited, so be sure to sign up now
Posted on 3 Mar
55th Fireball Australian Championship
Finally completed after a long hiatus and an ever changing landscape of restrictions
Posted on 15 Feb
All systems go for the Fireball Worlds in Ireland
To be held at Lough Derg Yacht Club, Dromineer in August
Posted on 16 Jan
Links
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Fireball UK Nationals Attendance
see the full nationals attendance table here

Photos

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Whitstable Week 2022
© Nick Champion / www.championmarinephotography.co.uk
Whitstable Week 2022
© Nick Champion / www.championmarinephotography.co.uk
Lilli Bell getting the hang (literally!) of the trapeze on the Fireball while helm, Ellie Rowand keeps things under control during Solway Yacht Club Cadet Week 2022
© Becky Davison
Brenda Nash and husband Glen collect their Silver Fleet prize in the Fireball Leinsters at Blessington Sailing Club
© Frank Miller
Jane Butler & Jenny Andreasson finish 2nd in the Fireball Leinsters at Blessington Sailing Club
© Frank Miller
Max Cully and Lisa Flynn win the junior team prize in the Fireball Leinsters at Blessington Sailing Club
© Frank Miller
Adrian Lee & Ossian Geraghty finish 3rd in the Fireball Leinsters at Blessington Sailing Club
© Frank Miller
Barry McCartin & Teddy Byrne win the Fireball Leinsters at Blessington Sailing Club
© Frank Miller
Fireball Leinsters at Blessington Sailing Club
© Frank Miller
Dave Wade and Vyv Townend win the Seldén Fireball 60th Anniversary Celebration at HISC
© Peter Hickson
Champagne sailing inside Chichester Harbour during the Seldén Fireball 60th Anniversary Celebration at HISC
© Peter Hickson
Seldén Fireball 60th Anniversary Celebration at HISC (l-r) : Dave Sayce, Ken Brackwell (World Champ 1973), Steve Sampson, Sten Warfvinge (World Champ 1972), John Caig (World Champ 1970 & 1971) and Chris Kirk
© Chris Turner
Dave and Fiona Sayce during the Seldén Fireball 60th Anniversary Celebration at HISC
© Peter Hickson
(l-r) Neil Cramer, chairman of the Irish Fireball Association and Joe Gilmartin, commodore of Lough Derg Yacht Club
© Frank Miller
(l-r) Neil Cramer, chairman of the Irish Fireball Association and Joe Gilmartin, commodore of Lough Derg Yacht Club
© Frank Miller
(l-r) Neil Cramer, chairman of the Irish Fireball Association, Sinead Cahalan, Tourism Marketing Officer at Tipperary Co Council and Joe Gilmartin, commodore of Lough Derg Yacht Club
© Frank Miller
Keith McDonald and Andrew Brittain during the Bala Long Distance Weekend 2022
© Tim Olin / www.olinphoto.co.uk
Bala Long Distance Weekend 2022
© Tim Olin / www.olinphoto.co.uk
2019 Fireball Worlds in Montreal
© Urs Haerdi
Chris Bateman and Conor Flynn leading Race 5 during the during the Fireball Ulster Championships
© Andy Johnston
Race 6 startline during the Fireball Ulster Championships
© Andy Johnston
Fireball Ulster Championships
© Andy Johnston
Chris Bateman and Conor Flynn head downwind during the Fireball Ulster Championships
© Andy Johnston
Pre-start at Red Rock during the Fireball Ulster Championships
© Andy Johnston
Louise McKenna & Hermine O'Keeffe during the Fireball Ulster Championships
© Andy Johnston
Race 5 downwind leg during the Fireball Ulster Championships
© Andy Johnston
Race 1 leaders Frank and Grattan during the Fireball Ulster Championships
© Andy Johnston
Chris Bateman and Conor Flynn win the Fireball Ulster Championships
© Frank Miller
The silver fleet prize was won by Conor Twohig and Matthew Cotter in the Fireball Ulster Championships
© Frank Miller
Scorie Walls (rt) PRO with Jim Lambkin and Andy Johnson of SDC at the Fireball Ulster Championships
© Frank Miller