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Irish Fireball Sailing Dinghy News & Regatta Results
Double Boost for Last Evening of Fireball Summer Racing!
After a Fireball Europeans where the weather was inconsistent but the hospitality was excellent, two of the three Irish Fireballs in Lyme Regis, UK, returned to do battle in the last Tuesday night race of the 2017 DBSC season writes…
As they were the only Fireball racing, strictly speaking Stephen Oram and Noel Butler (15061) didn’t have a race
In contrast to the 85 Fireballs gathered in Lyme Regis, UK for the European Championships, where for the second day in a row no racing has been possible, the single Fireball out last night, in the penultimate Tuesday night race…
Fireballs on Dublin Bay
As the midweek racing in Dublin Bay Sailing Club gets to its close we had one of the more pleasant evenings of weather this summer with a gentle breeze and sunshine for two races outside the harbour in Scotsman’s Bay.…
Fireball dinghy sailing on Dublin Bay – Lawton & Oram (15061) chasing Clancy & Byrne (to windward & partially hidden)
In a break from the growing trend of setting windward-leeward courses on a Tuesday night for dinghy racing on Dublin Bay, OOD Ben Mulligan (Flying Fifteens) & the DBSC Race Management Team set Olympic courses for the August 1st DBSC Fleet…
Winning helm – Noel Butler (centre) with Neil Cramer (Fireball Class Chairman & Skerries SC Treasurer) and Skerries SC Commodore Kieran Brannagan
A variety of headlines could be given to this regatta report: “A regatta of two halves”, “Consistency pays”, “Minimal mistakes pays dividends”, Fireballs survive Mother Nature”, “Happy return to Skerries” “17 tired bodies enjoy Fireball sailing at its best”. The…
DBSC Fireballs
As Hermine O’Keeffe took up line duty on behalf of one boat and others were away on holidays just three Fireballs made the DBSC start line on Tuesday night. Happily it was yet another very balmy and pleasant Tuesday evening’s…
Noel Butler/Stephen Oram – DBSC 'America's Cup' winners in the Fireball class
Tuesday saw another DBSC outing for Fireballs in the Dun Laoghaire summer series. The wind was a blustery warm southerly with gusts reaching high teens at times. This may have prompted the race committee to set the conservative W-L course…
Stephen Oram left and Noel Butler were winners at the Greystones Sailing Club Fireball Open event
For their 2017 Open Championship, the Irish Fireball Class Association departed from their normal two-day, six-race format for provincial championships and held a single day Championship with a target of four races. Additionally, they negotiated a new venue, Greystones Sailing…
The regatta scene returns for the Fireballs with an event at Greystones this weekend
It didn’t really look like Fireball racing would be possible yesterday evening! Having enjoyed another sunny day in Dun Laoghaire, though it was not as “blue sky” as the previous three days, the expectation of a reasonable sea breeze was…
Despite some frustrations for the Fireballers this was a very pleasant evening’s racing in warm pleasant conditions
While Tuesday was a warm blustery day by the time Fireballers descended on the waterfront clubs the breeze was fading. Early birds Frank Miller and Ed Butler sailed to the harbour mouth to be greeted by 180 degree shifts and…
Extremely short races, with no respite in between gave the participants a thorough workout & tested that ‘muscle memory’ to the limit
When Ger Owens’ 'Loopies' replace Adam Bower’s 'Woompatah' you know it must be Fireball Training Weekend writes Neil Cramer. With generous sponsorship from the ISA Class Training Scheme and hosting by the DMYC, the Fireball Class assembled in Dun Laoghaire…
The decision was made to keep the  DBSC dinghy fleets inside Dun Laoghaire Harbour
Four Fireballs came under the starter’s orders for the third Tuesday night of the DBSC Summer Series. Given the warm conditions during the day and the strong tide outside, the decision was made to keep the dinghy fleets inside –…
Frank Miller & Cormac Bradley of the Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club were part of a small fleet of Fireballs at Ballyholme Yacht Club at the weekend
A small group of Fireballs, combined with a slightly larger group of 420s enjoyed a light weather start to the regatta season under the burgee of Ballyholme Yacht Club, on Belfast Lough’s southern shore for the Ulster Championships this past…
Noel Butler & Stephen Oram ( (left)) – DMYC Frostbite 2016/17 Overall winners with DMYC Commodore Barry Kenny (centre)
The Dun Laoghaire Frostbite fleet had enjoyed a sunny Saturday in advance of the last day of racing in the 2016/17 Series and early on the Sunday morning there was a further bonus when the Race Management Team advised all…
80–year–old Louis Smyth (right) sailing his Fireball with crew Glen Fischer
On Sunday a Fireball launched quietly in the Coal Harbour Dun Laoghaire for the last DMYC race in a very successful series writes Frank Miller. "Nothing to see here" probably thought the majority of those walking the pier as they…
Frank Miller with guest star crew Ismail Inan
Today saw very lively conditions for the third last weekend of the DMYC frostbites series at Dun Laoghaire writes Frank Miller. The forecast was suggesting up to force five but in fact the wind Gods delivered a bit more. By…

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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