Please select your home edition
Grapefruit SBS Competition

Firefly National Championships 2024 at Restronguet Sailing Club - Preview

by Firefly class 21 Jun 14:35 BST 27 July - 2 August 2024
Firefly South Westerns 2023 at Restronguet © Ian Symonds

The Firefly National Championships is set to return to the iconic Restronguet Sailing Club on Saturday, July 27th for its 78th National Championship. With nearly 70 entries already confirmed, this year's event promises to be bigger, better, and more epic than ever before.

Whether you're a seasoned sailor or a newcomer to the sport, the Firefly National Championships offers a unique opportunity to compete at a high level of one design racing and be part of an unforgettable event.

The excitement is building, with the number of entries expected to reach the 80 boat limit soon, so If you haven't entered yet, now is the time to secure your spot and join the party, literally.... The Firefly class loves a party & this year's social schedule is rammed full: Live Bands, Curry Night, BBQ & a "Famous Duo's" themed Fancy Dress night.

This year's championship is gratefully supported by:

  • Visit Cornwall - as if that really needs any encouragement in July!
  • Craftinsure - official sponsor of the legendary 'Buddies', ensuring that all competitors are paired up, front with back, with daily prizes & the chance to be crowned the 2024 Awesome Foursome.
  • Ovington Boats - our new class appointed builders, have supplied over 40 race ready Fireflys within the last year. Will be providing swag to keep all the competitors cool during the week
  • Hyde Sails, the class sailmaker of choice, who will be offering a brand new jib for the 'best improver' & some of their spanking new covers as prizes.
  • Selden, supporting the 'Endeavour' & 'Top Institution Boat' prizes with a Jib stick & a new boom up for grabs
  • Marlow Ropes, supporting both the Marlow Trophy race and the 'Marlow' Silver Fleet Prizes.
  • Sailboat Trailers, providing awesome trailer related prizes - who doesn't need new trolley wheels?
  • Allen, sponsoring the 'Allen Pit Lane' which opens on Saturday morning, with Allen & Marlow supported race kits, ready to help prepping competitor's boats for championship course racing plus class experts on hand to assist with tuning & setup.

Set against the breathtaking backdrop of Cornwall's stunning weather and coastline, Restronguet Sailing Club offers the perfect setting for this premier event. Known for its rich sailing heritage and world-class facilities, Restronguet is ready to welcome sailors and families alike for a spectacular week of racing & socials.

The 78th Firefly Championship is setting a new standard as the "boat for all" class within the sailing world:

Within the teams already entered this year, ages range from 13 to 74, demonstrating the huge appeal of the firefly, as a cost effective, established & welcoming class, to sail with friends, family and to enjoy a week of racing. Cementing those friendships and skills acquired through youth and junior sailing without any pressure of squads, rankings etc.

16 of the helms entered are under 18, showcasing the incredible young talent that the Firefly class is attracting.

Half of the helms entered are under 30. 15 of the entered helms and 50% of the competitors are female, highlighting the class's status as an all inclusive boat, committed to promoting gender equality and we're proud to be achieving a milestone with a 50:50 gender split across the event.

We welcome back last year's student winners, the UEA's Will Pank & Steve Carver, who will be out to defend their title against a formidable fleet including 6 previous champions. 2 current RYA Youth National Champions & a wide range of sailors from across the country.

This is your chance to be part of a class and championship that celebrates the best in competitive sailing, youth talent, and racing for all.

Don't miss the opportunity to compete, spectate, and revel in the electrifying atmosphere of the Firefly National Championships at Restronguet.

We encourage all aspiring competitors to hurry and secure their place in this prestigious championship.

Full details of the social, race and activities are available at or contact the Firefly class organisers at

Related Articles

Firefly Itchenor Burgee
A very fresh and moderately frightening weekend Saturday's forecast was "fresh to frightening". The sensible members of the fleet stayed at home while the rest of us rigged up. There was 1 hour postponement before wetsuits were donned, the expression on faces was an even split between bravado and fear. Posted on 8 Jul
Leigh & Lowton S2S Race
Toddbrook/Combs win at the third attempt! They did it! After coming a close second to Leigh & Lowton in the last 2 events, Toddbrook/Combs claimed overall victory in the 2024 S2S event. Posted on 19 Jun
Norfolk Broads Firefly Open
A perfect blend of intense racing and breathtaking scenery The Norfolk Broads Yacht Club was the proud host of a unique Firefly Class Open on the picturesque Wroxham Broad. This two-day event was a perfect blend of intense racing and breathtaking scenery. Posted on 13 Jun
Firefly South Westerns at Restronguet
Yet another changing of the guard Despite the unexpected 'liquid sunshine' that Cornwall greeted us with, our 38 Fireflys showed remarkable resilience. The showers came thick and fast, but this only added to the thrill of the three days of racing. Posted on 30 May
Firefly 'Ricky' Open at Rickmansworth
The event for the Troy Trophy has been running for over 60 years The third event of the Firefly season took place at on Saturday 18th May at Rickmansworth SC in Hertfordshire. Posted on 20 May
Dinghy Sailing Cuppers at Oxford
Exeter win inter-collegiate two-boat team racing event Oxford University Yacht Club hosted the annual Dinghy Sailing Cuppers this Saturday (11th May), which saw four colleges (Exeter, St. Peter's, Somerville and Hertford) compete in a fierce series of two-boat team racing. Posted on 14 May
1 week left of early-bird Firefly Nationals entry
A week of glamorous sailing and good vibe in Restronguet this summer One week left of early-bird Firefly Nationals entry: "a week of glamorous sailing and good vibes". The 2024 Firefly Nationals are at Restronguet Sailing Club from the 27th of July to the 2nd of August. Posted on 1 May
Firefly Open at South Staffs
A shify breeze for the fifteen entries A nice shifty force 2 gusting 3 (occasionally 1) out of the north greeted the fifteen entries for the South Staffs Sailing Club Firefly Open. Posted on 29 Apr
RYA National Team Racing Championship
Exeter University wins Prince Philip Trophy at Spinnaker A team from Exeter University has claimed overall victory and the Prince Philip Trophy at the RYA National Team Racing Championship 2024. Posted on 28 Mar
Winning at last!
How did the Firefly class come to be at the 1948 Olympics in the first place? We'll get into detail on Firefly 503, Jacaranda, later on but maybe an even bigger story is how the Firefly Class came to be at the Olympics in the first place. To put things into perspective we first have to go back even further to the early 1930s. Posted on 15 Mar