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Irish Fireballers Mark the Close of the Season with Prizegiving Dinner
The Irish Fireball Class Association marked the close of the summer season with their annual prize-giving dinner at the National Yacht Club on Friday 30th November. There was a good turnout for the dinner with a combination of young and…
Youth sailors are being encouraged to try a Fireball dinghy this winter by the family of the late Louis Smyth
As a tribute to the memory of the late veteran dinghy racer Louis Smyth his family have announced that they will support a young team who are interested in trying a high-performance Fireball dinghy. While full details of the scheme…
From Left to right: Conall Holohan, Sailing Secretary LDYC, Niall McGrotty, Neil Cramer (Winners) and John Leech, Race Officer & Commodore LDYC
The renamed or rescheduled Fireball Munsters, cancelled earlier in the year at Killaloe Sailing Club, were reconvened this past weekend at one of the Irish fleet’s favourite locations, Lough Derg Yacht Club. This was our second visit in as many…
The top three teams on the podium at the Fireball Worlds
Matt Burge and Daniel Schrieber were winners of the Fireball Worlds in Carnac after 9 races yesterday.  Best of the Irish with a 10th place overall was Barry McCartin and Conor Kinsella of the Royal St. George Yacht Club. Full…
McCartin and Kinsella are squeezed out of top ten though on equal points with 10th and 11th position boats
Three races were sailed yesterday Thursday at the Fireball Worlds in Carnac, France resulting in big changes in the pecking order. Matt Burge and Daniel Schrieber now lead the pack after an exciting day's racing which saw overnight leaders Ian…
 Barry McCartin and Conor Kinsella are back into the top ten
The leaders remain the same following a light air race on Monday in the Fireball Worlds at Carnac. While Ian Dobson and Richard Wagstaff lead the fleet they retain just a two-point lead over second and third who are on…
Frank Miller and Ed Butler in Carnac
Ian Dobson and Richard Wagstaff still lead the 101 competitors with 7 points after 4 races by the end of say 2 of the 2018 Fireball Worlds in Carnac, France. Lying second are Penny and Russell Clarke just 2 points…
Busy gybe mark at the Fireball Worlds in France
The 101 boats at the Fireball Worlds in France had an exciting day on the water with wind strength of the order of 16 – 22 knots and good waves to negotiate upwind and enjoy downwind writes Cormac Bradley. A…
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…
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…
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…

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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