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Fireball Worlds 2011 Preview

3rd February 2011
Fireball Worlds 2011 Preview
June 11th - 24th. Ireland's recent sailing success in attracting international events continues in 2011 with the hosting of the Fireball Worlds by Sligo Yacht Club from June 11th to 24th. Awarded to Ireland by Fireball International, this regatta will see the Worlds hosted here for the fourth time, and the first since the Irish duo of John Lavery and David O'Brien took the title in 1995.

The 2011 event is expected to draw entries from the UK, Australia, North America and Canada, France, the Czech Republic, Switzerland, Germany, Belgium, South Africa, Slovenia and of course the host fleet, Ireland.

Irish names that could be associated with a home win include Noel Butler, Kenny Rumball, Simon McGrotty and Francis Rowan. They have all enjoyed domestic success and have the mental strength and ability to get to and stay at the head of the domestic fleet. After that, it's a question of starting to put the other elements of a campaign in place now, well in advance of the competition, to beat the best of the British Fireballers for whom this will also be an easily accessible regatta. An Irish win is a possibility but the gap between us and the British boats is going to have to be closed.

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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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