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Chris Bateman of Cork Harbour is “Sailor of the Month (Dinghies)” for December

1st January 2024
Chris Bateman on the helm racing a restored Fireball
Chris Bateman on the helm racing a restored Fireball Credit: Robert Bateman

Former junior champion Chris Bateman is a top sailor who leads by example and inspiration.

Having decided that the ever-young Fireball is the answer for junior and adult dinghy sailors who don’t want to go down the cheque-book route to racing, he has beavered away re-building the formerly popular and economically attractive class both in practical restoration, and in actively sailing the boat to championship level.

The result has been a favourable and supportive response from Fireball sailors new and “old”, and a genuine re-invigoration of the class spreading outwards from Cork. Team

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