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Fireball Sailors Are Reeling in the Years – 50 Year Reunion at Royal St. George Yacht Club

29th January 2016
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Adrian and Maeve Bell of Lough Neagh Sailing Club who were the 1977 Irish Fireball champions at the announcement of the Pimms 1977 Fireball World Championships in Kinsale. The Bells along with many other current and former Fireballers will gather at the Royal St. George next Saturday for a 50 year reunion Afloat archive

Fireball sailors are reeling in the years next Saturday (6th February) night when they stage a fifty year reunion of the international class at the Royal St. George Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire.

The 16–foot dinghy class, for so long a mainstay of the small boat scene here, has a list of members and former members that reads like a who's who of Irish sailing.

Organisers have put out a call for memorabilia as the gathering aims to feature people, fleets and activities from five decades.

Over 200 are expected on the night. And it's not too late to join them. There's a last shot out for final bookings but they must be made by tonight. Click here for more.

Any archive material for display on the night can be sent to [email protected]

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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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