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Irish Fireball Sailing Dinghy News & Regatta Results
Tight Outcome at Fireball Nationals in Baltimore
24 Fireballs made up the numbers that contested the 2010 Irish Fireball Nationals, hosted by Baltimore Sailing Club over the last weekend of August. 23 visitors and one local boat sailed a nine-race series that went down to the outcome…
Butler and McCarthy Dominate Fireball Leinsters in Howth
Noel Butler and Shane McCarthy lived up to their pre-event billing as favourites for the Fireball Leinster Championship at Howth YC this weekend. The National Champions ended up eight points clear in the 20 boat sailing fleet. The southside pairing…
Entry Open for Fireball Europeans? Czech.
The Czech Fireball fleet are accepting registration for the Fireball Europeans, held at the end of September in the Czech Republic. The sailing event will take place on the Nové Mlýny lake, a large reservoir near Brno. The event website…
Butler & McCarthy Take Season Opener
The Irish Fireball fleet, minus those boats in transit from Barbados, descended on Killaloe at the southern end of Lough Derg for the season-opening regatta, the Open Sailing Championships. Hosted by the Killaloe Sailing Club for the first time in…
Fireball title decided one day out
With the Fireball title race over, Irish teams now concentrate on the final races and improving their overall standing. But the moniker of World Champion is already gone. Cormac Bradley sends us another missive from the sandy shores of Bridgetown…
Fireball Worlds update: Postcard from Barbados
Irish Fireball sailor Frank Miller writes from the beach in Barbados where 70 fireballs are battling each other and some Caribbean sunshine for their world championships. "Greetings from Barbados," starts Frank "it’s pretty rough out here" Well, only kidding. We’re…
Irish Fireballs slip further in Barbados
Chips Howarth and Viv Townend continue to build what looks like an insurmountable lead sailing at the Fireball World Championships, notching up two further wins in yesterday's light airs. Their scoreline now reads 1-3-3-1-1-1, putting them 11 points clear at…
Townend/Howarth dominate Fireball worlds
Serial world champions Chips Howarth and Vyv Townend (GBR) continue to lead the 2010 Fireball Worlds after day two of sailing in Barbados. The pair have already counted a hat-trick of Fireball World Championships, winning the title in 2003, 2005…
Butler and Moore Best of Irish Fireballs in Barbados
Fireball International Week, the warm up to next weeks world championships, concluded in Barbados yesterday. Dublin's Noel Butler and Seamus Moore were the best of the Irish with two 14s leaving them in 16th overall. Neil Spain and Franis Rowan…
Brits dominate Fireball worlds warm-up
It's a Commonwealth affair in Barbados at the moment, where all all but one of the top ten have QE2 as their head of state. David Edwards and Simon Potts lead, with Kevin Hope and Russell Thorne sailing in second,…
Irish Fireballs move up board
The Irish Fireball crews are moving up the leaderboard in La Rochelle, with a race win for Francis Rowan and his English helm Tom Gilard, and placings inside the top ten for the Rumball/Moran and Butler Moore pairings. Final sailing…
Howarth/Townend lead Fireball Worlds
The Fireball World Championships is four races in at La Rochelle, and UK team Chips Howarth and Vyv Townend are stamping their dominance, with three wins from four races so far. Once again, European bronze medallists Tom Gilard and Francis…
European Fireball bronze for Rowan
Dun Laoghaire sailor Francis Rowan and his helm Tom Gillard took third place at the Fireball European championships in La Rochelle today, finishing with a lacklustre 28th and 25th, but doing enough to hold off the British sailing pairing of…
Rowan remains on podium
Dun Laoghaire sailor Francis Rowan, sailing with UK helm Tom Gillard, goes into the final day of the Fireball Europeans in second place today. A win in race five cemented their position in the top three, and just two races…
Rowan third at Fireball Euros
Dun Laoghaire sailor Francis Rowan, sailing with English helm and Ulster champion Tom Gillard, is currently lying third at the Fireball Europeans in La Rochelle. The NYC sailor has counted just one race outside the top ten in the 89-boat…
Fireball Euros underway
The Fireball Europeans got under way today with two races in La Rochelle, and seven Irish boats are sailing among the 88-boat fleet. Results have only been posted for one race so far, and with ten teams caught out on…

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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