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Irish Fireball Sailing Dinghy News & Regatta Results
File photo from fireball worlds at Lough Derg
On Monday 21st November, the Irish Fireball Class Association held its AGM on Zoom, with an attendance of twenty-six people, including a number of new faces who have made their appearance in the boat over the course of the 2022…
Miller/Cramer lead Court/Syme at the Viking Marine DMYC Frostbites at Dun Laoghaire Harbour
Fireballs are having a hot time of it at the Viking Marine DMYC Frostbite series in Dun Laoghaire Harbour. At the first outing on November 6th, competitors faced challenging conditions with extreme gusts in the high twenties coming from unexpected…
Winners Noel Butler and Stephen Oram of the Fireball Munster championships.
Fifteen Fireballs competed in the two-day event at the completely remodelled club on the shores of Lough Derg. The class were greatly honoured to be the first class hosted by KSC since the completion of their brand-new clubhouse. On the…
Another day, another gold….Andy Thompson of East Antrim BC at Drominer after winning crew Gold in the 2022 Fireball Worlds on Lough Derg
Andy Thompson (50), originally of Larne and East Antrim Boat Club, is one of the most successful international dinghy crews in the world. Yet he is equally successful at keeping himself under the radar, as he never has to spread…
Tom Gillard and Andy Thompson were the 2022 winners of the Fireball World Championships on Lough Derg. Read how they prepared for the event in the Q and A below
The GUL Fireball World Championship 2022 took place last month at Lough Derg Yacht Club. The event was a huge success, with 79 boats from eleven countries competing. While the Irish Nationals pre-event was distinctly windy, with gusts of over…
East Antrim Boat Club in Larne is a haven of peace and quiet in busy commercial town, manufacturing centre and ferryport
East Antrim Boat Club is a haven of almost rural peace and quiet on the point of land with the remains of historic Olderfleet Castle at the south side of this commercial town. For Larne is a bustling manufacturing centre…
New World Champions Tom Gillard (Sheffield Vikings) and Andy Thompson (East Antrim Boat Club) GBR 15122
Lough Derg Yacht Club in County Tipperary, Ireland is quiet this morning! The yacht club, which played host to the 2022 GUL Fireball World Championships over the past seven days, is a scene of tents being dismantled and trailers being…
Spinnaker action between Mark 3 and the finish on day five of the Fireball Worlds in Lough Derg in County Tipperary
Tom Gillard of Sheffield Vikings and Shandy from East Antrim Boat Club in N. Ireland dominated today’s racing at the GUL Fireball Worlds in Lough Derg in County Tipperary. Another two races were sailed today and Gillard and Shandy won…
Fireball World Championships racing on Lough Derg
The dinghy park at Lough Derg Yacht Club, hosts to the GUL Fireball World Championship, is quiet this morning! Is that down to Irish hospitality on Crews’ Night? Or is it rather that the sixth race of the World Championship…
The green spinnaker of Barry McCartin & Conor Kinsella of Royal St. George Yacht Club. The Irish duo are second overall after three races sailed
After the loss of two races yesterday, Sunday, to insufficient wind, IRO Con Murphy advised the fleet at the GUL Fireball Worlds that three races would be on the agenda for Monday with an earlier start time of 11:00. He…
Competitors in the Fireball World Championship fleet head homeward after no racing on day one of the Championship on Lough Derg due to lack of wind
There was no sailing today at the GUL Fireball World Championships on Lough Derg in County Tipperary. The Race Officer held the fleet ashore as there was no wind in the proposed race area. He went afloat in a rib…
Pre-World Championships Fireball racing on Lough Derg
The Pre-Worlds phase of the GUL sponsored Fireball World Championships started off yesterday morning in much the same way as it had concluded the day before – with lots of breeze, from a broadly similar direction - 240°. However, early…
Chris Bateman of Monkstown Bay Sailing Club has an early lead at the Irish Fireball National Championships, a precursor to the World Championships starting at Lough Derg on Sunday
If Mother Nature was considered stingy with her allocation of wind to the 5o5 Worlds recently sailed in Cork and the start of the GP14 Worlds currently being hosted by Skerries, she lavished her bounty on the Fireball Pre-Worlds and…
The 60th Anniversary Fireball Flag flies over Lough Derg this morning – maybe not so healthily as we might like, but at least it’s flying
This morning in Lough Derg the Fireballs have grey skies and low clouds on the County Clare side of the water. A briefing is scheduled for 10:30 from Race Officer Con Murphy (IRO) who arrived on site this morning. Racing…
The Fireball class gathered at Blessington Sailing Club
Barry McCartin and Teddy Byrne were crowned the new Fireball Leinster champions at Blessington Sailing Club at the weekend. The pair won every race in the 19-boat fleet with top-class boat speed and brilliant picks of wind zones. Race one…
Joe Gilmartin Commodore LDYC (right) and Neil Cramer Irish Fireball Association examine the historic Fireball World Championship trophy at LDYC, Dromineer, Co Tipperary Ireland. Lough Derg Yacht Club and the Irish Fireball Association today welcomed additional sponsors for the Fireball World Championship to be hosted at the Dromineer Co Tipperary club this August. The watersports apparel producer GUL has been named as title sponsor of the event which will now be known as the GUL Fireball World Championship 2022. Failte Ireland has come on board as a major sponsor for the event, which with seventy teams travelling to Ireland from around the world will bring a significant tourism boost to the lakelands area and beyond. The new sponsors join Carrickcraft and Tipperary County Council as supporters of the event, one of the highlights of the Irish sailing calendar
A surge in entries before the main closing date for the GUL Fireball Worlds at LDYC Dromineer on Thursday saw entries reach 75 boats. Earlier in the week additional sponsors GUL and Failte Ireland came on board, joining Carrickcraft and…

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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