Fireball (dinghy)

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Current Specifications
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Klassenzeichen Fireball.PNG
Class Symbol
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).
D-PN 85.6
RYA PN 980
PHRF 184
Infobox last updated: 19 September 2012

Originally designed by Peter Milne in 1962, the Fireball is a one-design high-performance sailing dinghy. The Fireball is sailed by a crew of two, and sports a single trapeze, symmetric spinnaker and chined hull. The class is strictly controlled, but has adapted to advances in building techniques. The hulls (plywood, FRP or composite) have a strict minimum weight limit of 175 lb (79 kg) (with correctors).

The Fireball is a highly competitive dinghy, with large fleets worldwide and state, national, continental and world championships held annually. Competitors of all ages help make this class enjoyable for everyone. The performance of the boat is very dependent on tuning as the Fireball's rig can be adjusted in numerous ways.

The 2010 Fireball World Championships were held in Barbados in May 2010. The 2011 Worlds were held in Sligo Yacht Club, Sligo, Ireland. The 2012 World Championships were held in Mandurah, Western Australia. The 2012 European Championships were held at Lake Bracciano in July. The Fireball celebrated its 50th year in 2012 and the 50th UK National Championships was held at Penzance in August.

The Fireball can also be sailed in a mixed fleet using the Portsmouth Yardstick handicap scheme. Its Portsmouth number is 980 in the UK[1] and its D-PN (in the USA) is 85.6.[2]

World Championship Winners[edit]

Year Championship Venue Boat Helm and Crew Country
2012 World Championship Australia Fireball 15041 "North Meets South" Thomas Gillard & Sam Brearey United Kingdom
2011 World Championship Ireland Fireball 15036 "Kevlar Footprint" Matt Burge & Richard Wagstaff United Kingdom
2010 World Championship Barbados Fireball 15013 Chips Howarth & Vyv Townend United Kingdom
2009 World Championship France Fireball 15013 Chips Howarth & Vyv Townend United Kingdom
2008 World Championship Thailand Fireball 14919 Matt Mee & Richard Wagstaff United Kingdom
2007 World Championship Switzerland Fireball 14948 Richard Estaugh & Rob Gardner United Kingdom
2006 World Championship Canada Fireball 14799 Erich Moser & Ruedi Moser Switzerland
2005 World Championship United Kingdom Fireball 14830 Chips Howarth & Vyv Townend United Kingdom
2004 World Championship Australia Fireball 14801 "Gul" Andy Smith & James Meldrum United Kingdom
2003 World Championship Kenya Fireball 14708 Chips Howarth & Vyv Townend United Kingdom
2002 World Championship USA Fireball 14790 Ian Pinnell & David Scott United Kingdom
2001 World Championship Italy Fireball 14685 "Last Man's Batter" Steve Morrison & Liam Murray United Kingdom
2000 World Championship Thailand Fireball 14708 DJ Edwards & Vyv Townend United Kingdom
1999 World Championship France Fireball 14703 Benoit Petit & Jean-François Cuzon France
1998 World Championship Australia Fireball 14579 Colin Goodman & Jim Turner United Kingdom
1997 World Championship United Kingdom Fireball 14509 DJ Edwards & A Bowers United Kingdom
1996 World Championship Canada Fireball 14385 Colin Goodman & Jim Turner United Kingdom
1995 World Championship Ireland Fireball 14378 John Lavery & David O'Brien Ireland
1994 World Championship South Africa Fireball 14415 Ian Pinnell & Daniel Cripps United Kingdom
1993 World Championship Belgium Fireball 14061 Tim Rush & Jonathan Ward United Kingdom
1992 World Championship USA Fireball 14311 M Lamprecht & A Lanham-Love South Africa
1991 World Championship Sweden Fireball 14151 John Dransfield & Gregor Baird Australia
1990 World Championship Japan Fireball 14150 "Dogbolter" John Dransfield & Andy Perry Australia
1989 World Championship United Kingdom Fireball 13684 "Crocodile JD" John Dransfield & Andy Perry Australia
1988 World Championship Australia Fireball 13695 "Driving Force" John Clifton & Paul Martin Australia
1987 World Championship France Fireball 13845 "Boy Racer" Ian Pinnell & Daniel Cripps United Kingdom
1986 World Championship Canada Fireball 13216 Nigel Abbott & Craig Smith Australia
1985 World Championship Italy Fireball 13482 Tony Wetherall & Martin Penty United Kingdom
1984 World Championship USA Fireball 13198 Garry Smith & Nick Connor Australia
1983 World Championship Swtzerland Fireball 12863 Stewart Hamilton & David Connor Australia
1982 World Championship Australia Fireball 12768 "Fascination" Chris Tillett & Mike Rogers Australia
1981 World Championship United Kingdom Fireball 12906 Phil Morrison & Jonathan Turner United Kingdom
1980 World Championship South Africa Fireball 11609 "Maid for Pleasure" Kim Slater & Richard Parslow United Kingdom
1979 World Championship Netherlands Fireball 12218 Crispin Read-Wilson & Paul Withers United Kingdom
1978 World Championship Thailand Fireball 11218 "Armitage Shanks" Lawrie Smith & Andy Barker United Kingdom
1977 World Championship Ireland Fireball 10149 Steve Benjamin & Tucker Edmundson USA
1976 World Championship Canada Fireball 10149 Steve Benjamin & Tucker Edmundson USA
1975 World Championship France Fireball 9798 Joan Ellis & Art Ellis USA
1974 World Championship Australia Fireball 8178 "'Ome'N'Osed" John Cassidy & Warwick Crisp Australia
1973 World Championship United Kingdom Fireball 8520 Ken Brackwell & Richard Butcher United Kingdom
1972 World Championship USA Fireball 7533 Jorg Diesch & Sten Warfvinge West Germany
1971 World Championship Lebanon Fireball 1570 "Jumping Jac" John Caig & Jack Davies United Kingdom
1970 World Championship Ireland Fireball 1570 "Jumping Jac" John Caig & Jack Davies United Kingdom
1969 World Championship Event not held N/A & N/A
1968 World Championship Switzerland Fireball 2161 Peter Bateman & Julian Brooke-Houghton United Kingdom
1967 World Championship France Fireball 2161 Peter Bateman & Julian Brooke-Houghton United Kingdom
1966 World Championship United Kingdom Fireball 1599 "Pink Plymouth III" Bob Fisher & Richard Beales United Kingdom

European Championship Winners[edit]

Year Event Venue Boat Helm and Crew Country
2011 European Championship Event not held N/A & N/A
2010 European Championship Czech Republic Fireball 15041 Tom Gillard & Sam Brearey United Kingdom
2009 European Championship France Fireball 15020 Vince Horey & Rob Gardner United Kingdom
2008 European Championship Belgium Fireball 14948 Tom Jeffcoate & David Hynes United Kingdom
2007 European Championship Event not held N/A & N/A
2006 European Championship France Fireball 14895 "Gul" Andy Smith & Jonny Mildred United Kingdom
2005 European Championship United Kingdom Fireball 14908 "4 walls 4 sail" David Edwards & Dan Newman United Kingdom
2004 European Championship Slovenia Fireball 14879 "Aloha Malina" Thomas Musil & Jan Stantejsky Czech Republic
2003 European Championship United Kingdom Fireball 14801 Andy Smith & James Meldrum United Kingdom
2002 European Championship Italy Fireball 14799 Erich Moser & Ruedi Moser Switzerland
2001 European Championship Italy Fireball 14685 "Last Man's Batter" Steve Morrison & Liam Murray United Kingdom
2000 European Championship Ireland Fireball 14685 "Last Man's Batter" Steve Morrison & Richard Wagstaff United Kingdom
1999 European Championship France Fireball 14701 Ian Pinnell & M Flint United Kingdom
1998 European Championship Czech Republic Fireball 14552 Thomas Musil & Roman Racek Czech Republic
1997 European Championship United Kingdom Fireball 14579 "Kojak's Roll-Neck" Colin Goodman & Jim Turner United Kingdom
1996 European Championship Switzerland Fireball 14540 Erich Moser & Ruedi Moser Switzerland
1995 European Championship Ireland Fireball 14378 John Lavery & David O'Brien Ireland
1994 European Championship France Fireball 14376 Erich Moser & Ruedi Moser Switzerland
1993 European Championship Belgium Fireball 14376 Erich Moser & Ruedi Moser Switzerland
1992 European Championship Italy Fireball 14334 Jean-Charles Scale & Bertrand Loyal France
1991 European Championship Czechoslovakia Fireball 14267 Ian Pinnell & Daniel Cripps United Kingdom
1990 European Championship Switzerland Fireball 14169 Jeremy Hartley & Chris Miles United Kingdom
1989 European Championship Belgium Fireball 14016 Ian Pinnell & Jarrod Simpson United Kingdom
1988 European Championship Italy Fireball 14016 Ian Pinnell & Daniel Cripps United Kingdom
1987 European Championship France Fireball 13845 "Boy Racer" Ian Pinnell & Daniel Cripps United Kingdom
1986 European Championship Sweden Fireball 13668 Andy Rowland & M Hazelwood United Kingdom
1985 European Championship Guernsey Fireball 13460 Ian Fryett & Giles Fryett United Kingdom
1984 European Championship United Kingdom Fireball 13317 Tim Rush & Angus Hemmings United Kingdom
1983 European Championship France Fireball 12718 Colin McKinnon & Doug Peniston United Kingdom
1982 European Championship Ireland Fireball 12923 Tony Wetherell & Steve Goacher United Kingdom
1981 European Championship Italy Fireball 12895 Nigel Buckley & Steve Birbeck United Kingdom
1980 European Championship United Kingdom Fireball 12812 Eddie Warden-Owen & Ossie Stewart United Kingdom
1979 European Championship Sweden Fireball 12063 David Bain & Stuart Angus United Kingdom
1978 European Championship France Fireball 11609 Kim Slater & Nick Read-Wilson United Kingdom
1977 European Championship West Germany Fireball 11059 Roger Tushingham & Alistair Locke United Kingdom
1976 European Championship Sweden Fireball 9961 Lawrie Smith & Paul Withers United Kingdom
1975 European Championship United Kingdom Fireball 7429 Philippe Gault & Patrice Gault France
1974 European Championship Switzerland Fireball 9238 Alistair Locke & N Robinson United Kingdom
1973 European Championship Italy Fireball 8091 Phillippe Durr & Yves Pochon Switzerland
1972 European Championship West Germany Fireball 7175 Jean-Claude Vuithier & Pierre Walt Switzerland
1971 European Championship Sweden Fireball 6396 A Batzill & R Batzill West Germany
1970 European Championship Event not held N/A & N/A
1969 European Championship Belgium Fireball 4161 Peter Bateman & Julian Brooke-Houghton United Kingdom

UK National Championship Winners[edit]

Year Championship Venue Boat Helm and Crew Sailing Club
2011 National Championships Pentewan Sands SC Fireball 15031 "Zhik" Chips Howarth & Richard Anderton Emsworth SC
2010 National Championships Restronguet SC Fireball 15045 "Sleep Terrorist" Dave Wade & Ben McGrane Northampton SC
2009 National Championships Weymouth & Portland Fireball 14994 "Licken On Both Sides" Matt Burge & Richard Wagstaff Poole YC
2008 National Championships Mounts Bay SC Fireball 14993 Dave Wade & Ben McGrane Northampton SC
2007 National Championships Brightlingsea SC Fireball 14960 Tom Jeffcoate & Mark Hogan Notts County SC
2006 National Championships Abersoch Fireball 14919 "The C Word" David Edwards & Richard Wagstaff Corus SC
2005 National Championships Teignmouth Fireball 14908 "4 Walls 4 sail" David Edwards & Dan Newman Corus SC
2004 National Championships Porthpean SC Fireball 14830 David Edwards & Vyv Townend Corus SC
2003 National Championships Paignton SC Fireball 14839 "Holt" Kevin Hope & Rob Gardner Notts County SC
2002 National Championships Mounts Bay SC Fireball 14708 Chips Howarth & Vyv Townend Hayling Island SC
2001 National Championships Exe SC Vince Horey & Jonny Mildred King George SC
2000 National Championships Penzance SC Fireball 14708 "Kebab Breath" DJ Edwards & Vyv Townend British Steel SC
1999 National Championships Tenby SC Fireball 14708 "Kebab Breath" DJ Edwards & Vyv Townend British Steel SC
1998 National Championships Looe SC Fireball 14623 Ian Pinnell & Jon Ward Northampton SC
1997 National Championships Weymouth Fireball 14579 "Kojak's Roll-Neck" Colin Goodman & Jim Turner Bexhill SC
1996 National Championships Mounts Bay SC Fireball 14579 "Kojak's Roll-Neck" Colin Goodman & Jim Turner Bexhill SC
1995 National Championships Teignmouth Corinthian YC Fireball 14463 "Cracker" Ian Pinnell & Tim Hancock Northampton SC
1994 National Championships Parkstone YC Fireball 14319 Rick Perkins & Gareth Edwards RYA
1993 National Championships Hayling Island SC Fireball 14368 Neil Thornton & Jonathan Clark Filey SC
1992 National Championships The Yacht Clubs of Weymouth Fireball 14337 Ian Pinnell & Daniel Cripps Northampton SC
1991 National Championships Royal Torbay YC Fireball 14267 John Merricks & Tom Saunt
1990 National Championships Lyme Regis SC Fireball 14226 Ian Pinnell & Jarrod Simpson Northampton SC
1989 National Championships South Caernarvonshire YC Fireball 14058 Tim Rush & Adrian Stead Ardleigh SC/Parkstone YC
1988 National Championships Mayflower SC Fireball 13207 "Crusan Downunder" Paul Bedell & Gareth Taylor West Riding SC
1987 National Championships Mounts Bay SC Fireball 13845 "Boy Racer" Ian Pinnell & Daniel Cripps Northampton SC
1986 National Championships Parkstone YC Gareth Thomas & Mark Darling Grafham Water SC
1985 National Championships Mayflower SC Fireball 13482 Tony Wetherall & Martin Penty
1984 National Championships South Caernarvonshire YC Fireball 12918 "Bash Street Kids" Andy Barker & Mark Simpson Rock SC
1983 National Championships East Lothian YC Neil Thornton & Mike Webster
1982 National Championships Royal Torbay YC Fireball 12992 "Pump Rocker" Dave Derby & Kym Leatt Broadstairs SC
1981 National Championships Nigel Buckley & Steve Birbeck Babbacombe SC
1980 National Championships Penzance SC Fireball 12812 Eddie Warden Owen & Ossie Stewart
1979 National Championships Hayling Island SC Fireball 12218 Lawrie Smith & Andy Barker Hollingworth Lake SC
1978 National Championships Felixstowe Ferry SC Fireball 11912 Lawrie Smith & Andy Barker Hollingworth Lake SC
1977 National Championships Royal Torbay YC Fireball 11218 "Armitage Shanks" Lawrie Smith & Andy Barker Hollingworth Lake SC
1976 National Championships Whitstable YC Andrew Booth & Budworth SC
1975 National Championships Penzance SC Fireball 9911 Ken Brackwell & Mike Treadwell Hayling Island SC
1974 National Championships Llandudno SC Fireball 9057 "Gay Gladys" Dick Jobbins & Paul van Locke
1973 National Championships Brixham YC Fireball 8520 "Rosalind" Ken Brackwell & Richard Butcher Hayling Island SC
1972 National Championships Fireball 6649 "Pasam" Tony Procter & Richard Butcher Royal Torbay YC
1971 National Championships Weymouth SC Fireball 1570 "Jumping Jac" John Caig & Jack Davis Poole YC
1970 National Championships Helensburgh SC Fireball 2786 "Thermopylae" Peter Sandy & Christine Sandy Rushymead SC
1969 National Championships Whitstable YC Fireball 1570 "Jumping Jac" John Caig & Jack Davis Poole YC
1968 National Championships Brixham YC Fireball 2786 "Thermopylae" Peter Sandy & Christine Sandy Rushymead SC
1967 National Championships Colwyn Bay SC Fireball 1476 "Black Body" Chris Robb & R Robb Hayling Island SC
1966 National Championships Plymouth SC Fireball 1476 "Black Body" Chris Robb & R Robb Hayling Island SC
1965 National Championships Hunstanton SC Fireball 1101 "Hot Ship" Doug Newman & Mike Hendra RAFSA
1964 National Championships Hayling Island SC Fireball 625 "Blue Peter" Peter Cook & Peter Milne Hayling Island SC
1963 National Championships Hayling Island SC Fireball 277 "Clevedon Comet (FB283) / Mishap (FB277)" Joint 1st: David Miles and Gerald Durbin & Bob Fisher and Dick Lonton Clevedon SC / Tollesbury SC

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Portsmouth Number List 2012". Royal Yachting Association. Retrieved 31 July 2012. 
  2. ^ "Centerboard Classes". US Sailing. Retrieved 31 July 2012. 

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