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Irish Fireball Sailing Dinghy News & Regatta Results
The end of the Irish Fireball Regatta Season came to a rather damp end when a reduced fleet took to the water after today's rugby and the dry weather of recent days gave way to drizzle and then rain writes Cormac…
15 Irish Fireballs enjoyed sunshine and moderate breezes for the opening day of the last regatta of the season at Clontarf writes Cormac Bradley. With boats from N Ireland, Skerries, the host club and Dun Laoghaire, it was the most representative fleet…
The last regatta of the Irish Fireball Class’ 2015 Regatta circuit, the Leinsters, takes place this weekend at Clontarf Yacht and Boat Club and according to the Class’ Facebook site, an entry of 18 boats is on the cards writes Cormac…
The third Fireball Fun Day took place today at the DMYC in Dun Laoghaire under the direction of class captain Marie Barry. The idea, says Barry, is to show what an 'exciting, stable, affordable boat the Fireball is to sail'. Top…
Noel Butler & Stephen Oram
The biggest Irish Fireball fleet of the year, seventeen boats had a mixed bag of weather over the weekend just past for their Munster Championships at Lough Derg Yacht Club. On Saturday we had healthy winds, rain squalls that upped…
The penultimate regatta of the Irish Fireball regatta season has seen the best turnout of boats this year–16 writes Cormac Bradley. Sailing with the 420s (15 boats) on Lough Derg and hosted by Lough Derg Yacht Club, the fleet took…
#fireball – has had an email from "a concerned reader" who fears that the supposedly very-economically-minded International Fireball Class have lost the run of themselves entirely this past week at their Worlds across in Abersoch. Our anonymous viewer was astonished to…
Exciting Pwllheli Fireball World Champs Will Live Long In The Memory
#fireballworlds – The 107 boat Fireball World championships concluded in Pwllheli, Wales yesterday with the final two races taking place in winds of c22 knots with big seas and impressive waves adding spice to the finale. After 10 races the world champions…
Top Irish Fireball is Tenth At Pwllheli World Championships
#fireball – With eight races now completed in Pwllheli, the situation at the top of the scoreboard takes on a new twist.........again writes Cormac Bradley.Christian Birrell & Sam Brearey (15107) lead with 16pts (1, 2, 12, 3, 2, 3, 3,…
Fireball Worlds Competition Finely Balanced After Six Races
#fireballworlds – With six races now completed the Fireball worlds series at Pwllheli is a finely balanced competition - much more so than last week's Nationals might have suggested writes Cormac Bradley. Yesterday we had glorious conditions, sunshine and healthy…
Flying the Flag for Ireland at the Fireball Worlds in Pwllheli
#fireballworlds – Best of the Irish at the Fireball World Championships in Pwllheli so far is Barry McCartin and Conor Kinsella in 15th overall. Yesterday's second day provided fantastic conditions especially race 2 which was champagne sailing ; no rain and…
Fireball Worlds Underway With Black Flag Start
#fireballworlds – The Fireball Worlds opened yesterday under grey skies and surprisingly rain! With 106 entries, IRO Peter Saxton promised a line that would be of the order of 0.4 of a mile long. Again wind was promised but what…
UK Fireball Nationals – The International Perspective
#fireball – While there can be no doubting that the UK is the spiritual home of the Fireball Class, the reality is that as an international class there is a multi-national facet to the character of the class and that…
McCartin & Kinsella Lie Seventh at Fireball British Nationals
#fireball – Although the forecast was for 15 – 18 knots or close variations to that, the assembled Fireball fleet at the UK Nationals enjoyed slightly lesser winds on Day 3 of the regatta. "Enjoyed" is used judiciously as the…
No Fireball Racing At Pwllheli Yesterday, Three Races Scheduled Today
fireball – There was no racing yesterday at the Fireball dinghy Brititsh Nationals in Pwllheli, North Wales. Sixty boats are entered in the week long competition at the Irish Sea's newest sailing centre; Plas Heli. Next week the international fleet…
UK Fireball Nationals: Day 1 News From Pwllheli
#fireball – After a day of glorious sunshine on Monday which was used for measuring, boat preparation and some late afternoon sailing, the assembled Fireball fleet in Pwllheli, North Wales, was in race mode yesterday, Tuesday 18th August writes Cormac…

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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