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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…
Dun Laoghaire Fireballers Frank Miller and Grattan Donnelly are third overall at the Fireball Nationals in Howth
At 15:46 a well–worked Irish Fireball fleet is ashore at Howth Yacht Club after three very hard races where the Race Officer advised that the wind was consistently "on average" 20 knots writes Cormac Bradley. Three Olympic courses were sailed…
Stephen Oram (left) and Noel Butler are DBSC Fireball fleet leaders
It was difficult to believe that this is the second Tuesday of August considering the weather for this evening’s Fireball race in Dublin Bay writes Cormac Bradley. What started out as a bright day and was still in reasonable shape…
Conor and James Clancy lead the Fireball's DBSC series three (after two races)
On the third day of the Irish summer, DBSC Fireballs had their first seasonal race of the Tuesday night series and the warm weather enticed a fleet of eight boats onto the water writes Cormac Bradley. The projected forecast, using…
Fireball dinghies
A smaller than usual fleet of Fireballs travelled from Dun Laoghaire and Skerries to that part of Ireland which makes the claim to being the “sunny South –East”, Wexford writes Cormac Bradley. As the Race Officer for the weekend, Michael…
Fireballs competing on Dublin Bay
A sextet of Fireballs enjoyed an evening of close racing in sunshine last night and had the additional attraction of two course configurations in the two races writes Cormac Bradley. By mid-afternoon the XCWeather website was suggesting that winds of…
The Clancy brothers, Conor & James were Fireball winners in last night's DBSC race
Last night’s edition of the Dublin Bay Sailing Club’s Fireball racing was, to use the football parlance, a game of two halves. In the first half a reasonable breeze out of the SE (approximately) gave the 8-boat Fireball fleet an…
Fireball Blind Squirrel (Frank Miller) was the winner of Saturday's Royal Irish YC regatta
Four Fireballs contested the RIYC regatta on Saturday. While the number was low the competition was excellent and no other dinghy class had more boats, surely an indication of the extent to which all dinghy classes are struggling to compete…
Fireballs Get Breeze At Last For DBSC Tuesday Series Races
At last a breeze! Although not quite up to the forecasted gusts of 25 knots plus last night's DBSC racing was held in fantastic conditions with peaks of 20 knots in Scotsmans Bay while further out the Dublin Bay Buoy recorded…
Seven Fireballs headed out last night for the ongoing Tuesday DBSC series
Seven Fireballs headed out last night for the ongoing Tuesday DBSC series. The meagre wind faded as the boats reached the start area, wisely set inside the harbour by the race committee. A triangular course was set and in due…
Conor and James Clancy were last night's light air DBSC Fireball first race winners
What looked like a hopeless case all day morphed into a decent night's Fireball racing. All day Dun Laoghaire was enveloped in a mild airless haze but when Fireballers arrived to hope against hope that there might be racing flags…
Noel Butler (left) and Stephen Oram were winners of last night's first DBSC Fireball race
The seven Fireballs who raced in the DBSC Tuesday series last night were treated to near champagne sailing conditions. Boats launched in a good breeze in warm balmy conditions with the first sightings of shortie wetsuits evident. Wind was a…
Fireballs threw out an open invite to sailors to try out the dinghy. Daniel Hrymak (12) and his friend Mark Henry (12) rocked up and went out for a spin from the DMYC
A touch of cradle-snatching on Saturday at DMYC where Fireballs threw out an open invite to sailors to try out the dinghy. Daniel Hrymak (12) and his friend Mark Henry (12) rocked up and went out for a spin.The light…
14854 Cariosa Power & Marie Barry NYC chase Brenda McGuire of the DMYC in 14865 during last night's DBSC Fireball race
After the champagne conditions enjoyed by the ten Fireballs that contested the Ulsters on Belfast Lough on the weekend just past, a marginally smaller fleet of eight boats had slightly less glamorous conditions on Scotsman’s Bay in Dun Laoghaire last…
Fireball Ulster Winners – Event director Fenton Parsons (left) with Noel Butler and Stephen Oram
Just before the presentation of prizes got underway yesterday at the Fireball Ulster Championships in the Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club at Cultra the race officer Alistair Hunter asked to say a few words. It was one of those…
470 sailor Ger Owens prepares to gybe at a Fireball training demo at the DMYC
Last weekend saw ten boats and some 25 Fireball participants join the ISA supported training session with former Olympic 470 sailor Ger Owens at the DMYC. Ger had a hard act to follow as previous Fireball training sessions had been…

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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