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Irish Fireball Sailing Dinghy News & Regatta Results
Fireballs at LDYC earlier this year
As a promotion for the Fireball Worlds 2022 in Lough Derg YC Dromineer, the Irish Fireball Association has mobilised two loan boats to give young teams a chance to assess the high-performance two-hander. One boat has already been loaned to…
View of a downwind leg with overall Fireball Munster Championship winners Josh Porter and Cara McDowell on right under spinnaker (blue)
wJosh Porter and Cara McDowell are the new Fireball Munster Champions after seven races at Lough Derg Yacht Club over the weekend. The pair showed outstanding consistency and speed over the races in a wide variety of conditions. Their achievement…
Noel Butler and Stephen Oram prevailed stretching their lead on the fleet with exceptional speed and coordination
Noel Butler and Stephen Oram retained their Fireball Ulster champions title after five races at Newtownards SC at the weekend. The event took place under something of a weather cloud – the forecast for the weekend was not good –…
Barry McCartin winner of the Irish Fireball Nationals with DMYC Commodore Dermot Reidy
Barry McCartin and Conor Kinsella are the new Fireball National Championships after eight races in Dublin Bay over the weekend. Second-placed at the event, hosted by the DMYC, were Noel Butler and Stephen Oram while the Thompson brothers Daniel and…
Racing at the DMYC hosted 2021 Fireball National Championships on Dublin Bay
Royal St.George's Barry McCartin and Conor Kinsella head into the last day of racing at the Fireball National Championships with one hand on the trophy. The championships are being hosted by the DMYC at Dun Laoghaire Harbour.  As regular Afloat…
Winners of the Fireball Leinsters Daniel Thompson and crew Ronan Wallace
Thirteen Fireballs rocked up to the start line for the Fireball Leinster Championships at Skerries SC at the weekend. Daniel Thompson (Wexford SC) sailing with Barry McCartin (Sat) and Ronan Wallace (Sun) won the event after 6 races over two…
Dinghies and catamarans are rafted up a the quayside at the halfway point of the Cong Galway Race at Kilbeg Pier
On May 13th (not a Friday) Dun Laoghaire based Fireball sailor Frank Miller got the following WhatsApp message from Turkey - " Cong - Galway Race on Saturday 26 June. Can we do that? Pleaaasee :))". The message was from…
The Beneteau 31.7 class will race for championships honours at the National Yacht Club from July 2-4
Although Ireland's biggest regatta was cancelled next month due to the ongoing uncertainty over Covid, some positive news for Dublin Bay sailing is that eight of the 11 regional and national championships that were to run as part of the Volvo…
Racing at the 2019 Fireball Worlds in Canada
So, as the sun rises hopefully on a welcome return to international regattas, the Irish Fireball Class, in tandem with Fireball International and the Lough Derg Yacht Club are delighted to announce that the World Championships of the Class with…
Barry McCartin leads a coaching session with the Fireball dinghy class at the DMYC in Dun Laoghaire Harbour
Eight Fireball teams participated in an intensive coaching session at the DMYC with Barry McCartin at the weekend. The Dun Laoghaire Harbour based coaching was as intensive as training gets with a huge variety of conditions from near calm to…
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,…

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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