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Fireball sailing at Carnac, France
An Irish team of four boats departs these shores today for the French Fireball Nationals and Fireball Worlds in Carnac, north-west France writes Cormac Bradley. The combined regatta, with the French Nationals acting as a warm-up for those who want…
Hanging in there……Ireland’s community-minded International GP 14 Class meet for their three-day Irish Nationals at Sligo today. Skerries SC and GP14 Ireland will be hosting the Worlds at Skerries in 2020
With 178 Optimists racing in the Irish Nationals at Kinsale, and Ireland’s GP14 dinghies in fine form after the massive Worlds in England as they gather for their own Nationals in Sligo this weekend through to Monday, there’s much to…
Louis Smyth (right) sailing his Fireball with crew Glen Fischer in 2017
A Humanist celebration of the life of Louis Smyth takes place at the National Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire this Sunday 22nd July at 4pm. The event will mark the passing on June 24th of an inspirational figure in Irish…
Skerries Sailing Club Niall McGrotty (right) & Neil Cramer were the Fireball Open winners
The Irish Fireball fleet raced their Open Championships by joining Greystones Sailing Club for their 50th Dinghy Regatta with a schedule of four races for the Saturday. The Irish East Coast has been enjoying glorious sunshine over the past couple…
The 2020 Fireball World Championships will be staged at Howth Yacht Club. The last time the event sailed here was in 2011 in Sligo (above).
The 2020 Fireball World Championships have been awarded to Howth Yacht Club in Dublin. As David O'Brien in the Irish Times Sailing Column reveals here, the top-flight dinghy event will bring competitors from as far as Africa and Australia to…
Barry McCartin and Conor Kinsella, back in the Fireball after an absence of a year but already showing great form
Barry McCartin and Conor Kinsella are the newly crowned Fireball National Champions after nine races at Skerries Sailing Club over three days. The pair had an almost perfect score winning every race bar the first when a technical issue delayed…
Fireball coaching session  at Killaloe Sailing Club on Lough Derg
The second Fireball coaching session of the season took place in the stunning surroundings of Killaloe Sailing Club at Lough Derg on last Thursday and Friday evenings. Aimed primarily at the enthusiastic and growing silver fleet at KSC Frank Miller…
On the water, Fireball sailors were put under pressure in an intense series of bear aways, hoists, reaches, runs, drops and round-ups and beats
Fireballs enjoyed champagne sailing in Dun Laoghaire on Saturday for a pre-season coaching session with Ger Owens, thanks to the support of Irish Sailing. Ger's wry and funny delivery once again reduced the most complex of questions to the key…
Noel Butler (pictured above) & Marie Barry  in Fireball 15061 lead the fast PY fleet at the DMYC Frostbites
It was most probably a combination of the weather forecast, the actual weather or the time of year (two Sundays before Christmas), but yesterday’s Frostbite fleet was considerably reduced and only two Fireballs answered the starter’s call writes Cormac Bradley.…
Irish Fireball dinghy interests will be represented at international level with Dublin Bay sailor Cormac Bradley's appointment as Rear Commodore, Europe West to the International Fireball Executive
The new Executive Committee of the International Fireball Class includes Irish representation with Dublin Bay Sailor Cormac Bradley appointed as Rear Commodore, Europe West. The Committee has been confirmed as follows; Commodore: Christina Härdi-Landerer (Switzerland) Rear Commodore Australasia: Ben Schulz…
Frostbite Mug winners, Fast PY Fleet, Race 2 – Neil Colin & Margaret Casey
The fifth round of the 2017/18 Frostbites, hosted by Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club, saw two races held inside the harbour, a four lap trapezoid course to start proceedings followed by a three lap windward-leeward course which I am reliably…
The India Trophy for the Most Improved Fireball combination in the season was awarded to Frank Miller & his crews Ed Butler & Grattan Donnelly, 14713; Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club
On the Friday evening, preceding Sunday’s Dun Laoghaire Frostbites, the Fireball Class convened for their prize-giving dinner in the National Yacht Club. The NYC put together an excellent meal for the Fireball attendees and in addition to recognising success on…
Munster Fireball Champions – Stephen Oram and Noel Butler
The Irish Fireball regatta season came to an end with a four-race Munster Championships in Dun Laoghaire yesterday (Saturday 14th). The irony of course is that Dun Laoghaire isn’t in Munster at all, of course, but the Association is cutting…
Simon Revill (L), Noel Butler (C) and Ann Atkinson, Rear Commodore LDYC. (National Champions). Scroll down for more prizewinners
Noel Butler and Simon Revill are the 2017 Irish Fireball National Champions winning seven of the nine races that concluded with two light air affairs on Sunday 17th September writes Cormac Bradley. Indeed, I think the mathematics meant that the pair…
Noel Bultler has commanding lead at the Fireball Nationals on Lough Derg
Yesterday's disruption to normal service at the Fireball National Championships, when Neil Coiln & Margaret Casey won the last race of the day, was eradicated by an authoritarian performance by Noel Butler and Simon Revill when they took all four…
Noel Butler (pictured here with Stephen Oram on the wire) leads at Lough Derg
Three races at the Fireball National Championships have been completed at Lough Derg Yacht Club yesterday in a breeze that peaked at 15 knots and bottomed out at 6 knots from 330° for most of the day writes Cormac Bradley.…

At A Glance – Fireball Dinghy Specs

Crew 2 (single trapeze)
LOA 16 ft 2 in (4.93 m)
Beam 4 ft 6 in (1.37 m)
Hull weight 175 lb (79 kg)
Mast height 22.3 ft (6.8 m)
Mainsail area 108 sq ft (10.0 m2).
Jib / Genoa area 35 sq ft (3.3 m2).
Spinnaker area 140 sq ft (13 m2).

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