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Irish Fireball Sailing Dinghy News & Regatta Results
Noel Butler and Stephen Oram
Sixteen Fireballs travelled to Dromineer last weekend to take advantage of a special pre-worlds coaching session at Lough Derg Yacht Club. The programme, organised by the Irish Fireball Association was delivered by top dinghy coach Thomas Chaix. Many travelled down…
Fireballs at LDYC, Dromineer on Lough Derg
Things are hotting up for the Fireball class in Ireland. As their World Championship in Lough Derg YC this August 21st-26th draws nearer entries have already broken the 50 boat barrier and indications are that this will be a 60…
With the publication today of the Notice of Race (downloadable below) and the opening of the online entry system it’s all systems go for the Fireball World Championship in Lough Derg Yacht Club, Dromineer in August. This will be the…
Frostbite racing in Dun Laoghaire Harbour on Sunday 5 December
Ten Fireballs made it to the start line of the Viking Marine DMYC Frostbites series yesterday (Sunday 5 December), with one boat stranded ashore seeking crew. The sunshine drew out a good entry from all fleets despite the chilly and…
DMYC Frostbite racing at Dun Laoghaire Harbour
Five Fireballs took part in a lively outing during the Viking Marine Frostbites DMYC Frostbites series yesterday (Sunday). For a time there was a doubt about whether racing would go ahead with winds gusting around 25 knots in the harbour at lunchtime…
Neil Colin - DMYC Frostbite Series Organiser and a race winner yesterday in Dun Laoghaire Harbour
Seven Fireballs started amongst a good-sized PY turnout at the second Sunday of the Viking Marine DMYC Frostbites series on Sunday. Although the winds were light and often frustrating sailors were glad to get out at all in the face…
The Fireball winter season got underway with a bang at the Viking Marine DMYC Frostbite series which kicked off in Dun Laoghaire on Sunday. Seven Fireballs jostled for position on the mixed PY start-line in some 12 knots of breeze…
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…

At A Glance – J80 Keelboat Specs

Dimensions (Metres/Kg)

LOA 8.00
LWL 6.71
Beam 2.51
Standard Draft 1.49
Standard Ballast 635
Displacement 1,315
Engine outboard

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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