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Irish Fireball Sailing Dinghy News & Regatta Results
Light winds for today's DMYC Frostbite race inside Dun Laoghaire Harbour
Series 2 of the Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club’s Frostbites started in very hopeful conditions writes Cormac Bradley. However, within 35 seconds of a self-imposed deadline to call proceedings off, the Race Officer decided that a race could be started. The…
The 2017 Fireball Europeans will be in Lyme Regis in the UK
Having reeled off eight Fireball wins in a row, it wouldn’t have been an unreasonable assumption to suggest that Tom Gillard and Richard Anderton (GBR15127) were odds-on to make a clean sweep of all ten races in the Worlds that…
Defending Champions Retain Fireball World Title in South Africa
British pair, Tom Gillard and Richard Anderton, sailing GBR 15127 have only just retained their Fireball Worlds title from Pwllheli, Wales……………by winning all eight races sailed thus far in the 2016 World Championships in South Africa. In a Facebook posts…
Lighter winds on Day three of the Fireball Worlds
Day 3 of the Fireball Worlds in Mossel Bay, South Africa, saw the competitors treated to a more genteel 10 knots southerly that built during the day to 17 to 20 knots for the third race. Sea conditions were reported…
Heavy weather Freball sailing in Mossel Bay
The big breeze of Day 1 was still around for the second day of the Fireball Worlds in Mossel Bay, South Africa. The Facebook site for the regatta reports that the fleet launched into a stiff south-westerly accompanied by a…
Hermine O’Keefe (L) and Louise McKenna (R) respond to receiving their Frostbite Mugs.
While the forecast on XCWeather had looked good from the late part of Friday afternoon through to Sunday morning, the reality on the water was that it didn’t deliver. Instead of a healthy 14 – 19 knots of South-Easterly, we…
This Friday evening, 25th November, sees the Class having its end of year dinner and prize-giving in the National Yacht Club
After the third Sunday of the 2016/17 Fireball Frostbite Series, hosted by Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club, the points table is as shown below writes Cormac Bradley. As the numbers show, there is one shining example of consistency – Noel…
It has been 22 years since the Fireball Worlds were last held in South Africa
The 2016 Fireball World Championships are now only three weeks away. They will be hosted by the Mossel Bay Yacht Club in South Africa from the 4th to the 16th December 2016. Unfortunately, there will be no Irish representation. With…
Noel Butler & Stephen Oram lead the Fireball Frostbites at the Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club
The Irish Fireball “Frostbiters” were almost at full strength for the second Sunday of the 2016/17 Series and were rewarded with a mild day, temperature-wise and a very shifty day wind-wise. In stark contrast to the opening session of the…
Noel Butler & Stephen Oram comfortably won today's DMYC Frostbite Fireball race
The 2016/17 Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club Frostbites got off to a blustery start this afternoon in Dun Laoghaire. The weather station adjacent to my observation point had the various weather parameters as follows; Wind Direction - 345˚, Wind 19.6…
Royal St. George Yacht Club Pair Barry McCartin and Conor Kinsella counted five straight race wins
Royal St. George Yacht Club Pair Barry McCartin and Conor Kinsella counted five straight race wins to be winners of the 11-boat Fireball Leinster Championships at the National Yacht Club today. The host club's Noel Butler and Stephen Oram were…
Shane McCarthy and Noel Butler are Fireball Munster winners. Scroll down for more prizegiving photos
Noel Butler and Shane McCarthy have won the Fireball Munsters at Killaloe after racing was abandoned for day two of the event. On Sunday morning the forecast strong southerly winds kept building and while initially it looked sailable a series…
Irish champions Noel Butler & Stephen Oram (pictured here at the Howth Yacht Club based national championships) were DBSC series 3 winners
In Dublin Bay yacht racing terms the sign that the summer is over is the advent of the last Tuesday night race of the year. Seven Fireballs embraced the last of the Tuesday night races by their presence on the…
Fireballs racing at Dun Laoghaire
After the excitement of seeing Dun Laoghaire’s Annalise Murphy win her Silver Medal at the Rio Olympics in the Laser Radial Class, the five boat Fireball fleet on the DBSC Tuesday night course had lots of their own excitement writes…
Irish Fireball National Champions Noel Butler and Stephen Oram lift the trophy at Howth Yacht Club
Sunday’s forecast for the Irish Fireball Nationals was always less than encouraging and so it proved when the complete absence of wind brought the curtain down on the 2016 edition of the regatta writes Cormac Bradley. Race Officer Richard Kissane…
Fireballs get rigged at Howth Yacht Club
Day 2 of the Irish Fireball Nationals was in stark contrast to Day 1 at Howth Yacht Club writes Cormac Bradley. The breeze that saw the fleet afloat gradually faded as the day wore on and the last race of the…

At A Glance – J80 Keelboat Specs

Dimensions (Metres/Kg)

LOA 8.00
LWL 6.71
Beam 2.51
Standard Draft 1.49
Standard Ballast 635
Displacement 1,315
Engine outboard

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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