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The agenda for Barry McCartin's coaching session
With no Frostbite dinghy racing to distract us over the winter, everyone is yearning to get their feet wet in a Fireball so understandably there was a healthy audience for an online training session last Thursday night. The coaching was…
Barry McCartin and Conor Kinsella competing in the Fireball World Championships in Carnac, France in 2018
Impatience with the ongoing pandemic has led the Irish Fireball Association to bring forward its first coaching session of the season with Barry McCartin. The session will now take place as a Zoom Webinar on Thursday, March 4th. The plan…
Dublin Bay sailor Jimmy Fitzpatrick
One of Dublin Bay's great sailing characters Jimmy Fitzpatrick of the Royal Irish Yacht Club has sadly passed away. A true corinthian of sailing Jimmy Fitz was very well known both here and abroad. While he sailed out of the…
The DMYC will host the Fireball Nationals from 23 – 25 July
The Irish Fireball Class Association held its AGM a few weeks back, and we had one individual who chose to take a break from the committee but compensated for that with the addition of a number of new members. Hermine…
Ireland's Cormac Bradley is Fireball International Rear Commodore for Western Europe
With the triennial elections for Fireball International now completed and all the Executive positions currently filled, FI is once more ready to chart a way forward for the Class. This year's elections saw a number of stalwarts of the Class…
Fireballs will compete in  Skerries, Newtownards, DMYC, Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta and Killaloe in 2021 subject to COVID-19
As Zoom is the lingua franca of our online communications these days, twenty-odd Fireballers congregated on the online platform on Thursday night past, 29th October, for the Class AGM. A 40-minute session certainly concentrated the mind for a prompt meeting,…
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…

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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