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Noel Butler with his NYC 150th medal and Leinster Trophy at the DMYC
It was a lively day of racing for Fireballs during the NYC 150th Race Day today at Dun Laoghaire Harbour. While the class was dismayed to hear that racing would be confined to the harbour the wind gods smiled on…
Irish Fireball Champions 2020 Noel Butler (left) & Stephen Oram
At a time when the Irish Fireball fleet should have been in Howth, welcoming Fireballers from all over the World to the 2020 Fireball World Championships, a 13-boat fleet was contesting what we think is the first National Championship to…
DMYC's Cariosa Power with Marie Barry in marginal trapeze conditions to leeward (IRL 14854) and Frank Miller and Neil Cramer in IRL 14990
A decent south-easterly breeze averaging about 12 knots greeted the three Fireballs competing in last night's DBSC racing in Dun Laoghaire Harbour. With another giant fleet of Lasers participating the start line was very long. Miller/Cramer opted for the slightly…
Phil Lawton (right) at the DMYC Fireball coaching session
Nine Fireballs took part in specialist coaching sessions at DMYC this weekend led by former Olympic sailor Phil Lawton. The event, supported by Irish Sailing, was geared towards optimizing crew work in a fast two-hander dinghy. Phil spent a solid…
Four Fireballs from the Irish fleet contested last night's DBSC Tuesday race
Four Fireballs raced in the third of the Tuesday DBSC series in Dun Laoghaire last night. Once again the harbour was the setting due to Covid19 restrictions on rescue personnel. Any fears that the enclosed waters may have resulted in…
Frank Miller with crew Grattan Donnelly
Four Fireballs made it to the start line of the long-awaited first Tuesday DBSC races since lockdown. The forecast was not promising much more than 2 knots but actually sailors were greeted with a very decent force 2-3 southerly. On…
Fireball dinghy sailing - The impossibility of getting any fix on the timing of a return to normality has led to the cancellation of the World Championships in Howth in August
In response to the global Coronavirus outbreak the Irish Fireball Association, Howth Yacht Club and Fireball International have been carefully evaluating plans for the Gul International sponsored Fireball Worlds in Howth in August 2020 and in a statement issued this evening, the organisers…
Fireball sailing is a passion
Fireball sailors are passionate about their boats to the point of not being able to "let go" when due to work, family or life distractions they park their dinghy boots. This passion is both a blessing and a curse for…
Stephen Oram (left) and Noel Butler with the Fireball Munster Trophy
Thirteen Fireballs gathered at Killaloe SC for the Fireball Munster Championships at the weekend. Initial indications were for a very wet and windy weekend but happily the fleet was rewarded with excellent sailing conditions on both days. While extremely wet…
World Fireball Champions - Ian Dobson and Richard Wagstaff
Ian Dobson and Richard Wagstaff of the UK are the new Fireball World Champions after 10 races in Pointe Claire YC Montreal. Racing took place on Lac St-Louis over 5 days with a wide variety of conditions ranging from 4…
The 2019 Fireball World Championships hosted by Pointe Claire Yacht Club in Canada
Five hours behind us time-wise, the forty-two crews at the 2019 Fireball World Championships hosted by Pointe Claire Yacht Club are still sleeping after a lay-day and what has been a light-wind regatta thus far writes Cormac Bradley. Facebook reports…
The Fireball fleet at Howth Yacht Club with Race Officer David Lovegrove (centre in blue shirt)
Noel Butler and Stephen Oram (NYC) have retained their Fireball National Champions title after nine races at Howth Yacht Club. The pair scored seven first places discarding a third and a fourth to take the title in style in a…
Neil Cramer (Class Chairman, L) with Ismail Inan (C) and Noel Butler (R) 2019 Ulster Fireball Champions
With a Worlds coming up in Montreal Canada in August 2019 and Ireland hosting the Worlds in August 2020 in Howth, as part of their 125th Anniversary celebrations, the Irish Fireball Family had their first outing of the regatta season…
Barry McCartin (centre) at the DMYC Training session for the Fireball fleet
Between sailors and volunteers, some 18 Fireballers took part in a coaching day with Barry McCartin at the DMYC on Saturday writes Frank Miller. The group ranged from class veterans to adult sailors from SID to young sailors taking a…
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…

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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