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National Yacht Club Pair Lead as Big Fleet of 23 Fireball Dinghies Gather at Monkstown Bay for Munster Title Competition

20th April 2024
23 Fireball dinghies are competing in Cork Harbour for Munster Title honours at Monkstown Bay Sailing Club
23 Fireball dinghies are competing in Cork Harbour for Munster Title honours at Monkstown Bay Sailing Club Credit: Bob Bateman

The National Yacht Club's Nicola Ferguson and Thomas Chaix are leading a record fleet of 23 Fireball dinghies gathered in Cork Harbour for the  2024 Munster Championships this weekend.

Monkstown Bay Sailing Club (MBSC) is hosting the championships after a resurgence of interest in the dinghy that has seen up to ten Fireballs in local competition over the winter.

Lying second (but on the same points as the leaders) is the host club's Ewen Barry and Sandy Rimmington on nine points, with more locals, Adrian Lee and Ossian Geraghty, in third on ten.

Racing continues with another three races in Monkstown Bay or in the Lower Harbour on Sunday.

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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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