Fireball (dinghy)

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Fireball
Klassenzeichen Fireball.PNG
Class symbol
Fireball dinghy.svg
Boat
Crew 2 (single trapeze)
Hull
Hull weight 175 lb (79 kg)
LOA 16 ft 2 in (4.93 m)
Beam 4 ft 6 in (1.37 m)
Rig
Mast Length 22.3 ft (6.8 m)
Sails
Mainsail area 108 sq ft (10.0 m2).
Jib / Genoa area 35 sq ft (3.3 m2).
Spinnaker area 140 sq ft (13 m2).
Misc
D-PN 85.6
RYA PN 980
PHRF 184
Class is a member of World Sailing
Fireball dinghy under spinnaker

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]

Events[edit]

World Championships[edit]

Year Gold Silver Bronze
1966 Hayling Island  Great Britain
Bob Fisher
Richard Beales
1967 Ile de Bendor  Great Britain
Peter Bateman
Julian Brooke-Houghton
1968 Brunnen  Great Britain
Peter Bateman
Julian Brooke-Houghton
1970 Fenit  Great Britain
J. Caig
J. Davis
1971 Beirut  Great Britain
J. Caig
J. Davis
1972 Wrightsville Beach  West Germany
J. Deisch
S. Warfvinge
1973 Torbay  Great Britain
K. Brackwell
R. Butcher
1974 Glenelg  Australia
J. Cassidy
W. Crisp
1975 La Rochelle  United States
A. Ellis
Joan Ellis
 Rhodesia
Morgenrood
Latham
 United States
Davis
Davis
1976 Hubbard  United States
S. Benjamin
T. Edmunson
1977 Kinsale  United States
S. Benjamin
T. Edmunson
1978 Pattaya  Great Britain
Lawrie Smith
Andy Barker
1979 Monnickendam  Great Britain
Crispin Read-Wilson
Paul Withers
 Great Britain
Paul McNamara
Nigel Vivian
 Great Britain
Davies
 
1980 Durban  Great Britain
Kim Slater
Richard Parslow
1981 Weymouth  Great Britain
Phil Morrison
Jon Turner
1982 Melbourne  Australia
Chris Tillet
Mike Rogers
1983 Estavayer-le-Lac  Australia
Stuart Hamilton
D. Conner
1984 Point Richmond  Australia
Gary Smith
Nigel Conner
1985 Diano Marina  Australia
Tony Weatherill
Martin Penty
1986 Montréal  Australia
Nigel Abbott
Craig Smith
1987 Val-André  Great Britain
Ian Pinnell
Daniel Cripps
1988 Glenelg  Australia
John Clifton
Paul Martin
1989 Paignton  Australia
John Dransfield
Andrew Perry
1990 Enoshima  Australia
John Dransfield
Andrew Perry
1991 Skadergarten  Australia
Jon Dransfield
Gregor Baird
1992 Wrightsville Beach  South Africa
Martin Lambrecht
Alec Lanham-Love
1993 Nieuwpoort  Great Britain
Tim Rush
John Ward
1994 Durban  Great Britain
Ian Pinnell
Daniel Cripps
  Switzerland
Schärer
Moser
 Australia
Cook
Batty
1995 Dun Loaghaire  Ireland
John Lavery
David O'Brien
1996 Kingston  Great Britain
Colin Goodman
Jim Turner
  Switzerland
Erich Moser
Rüdi Moser
 Canada
Nicoll-Griffith
Kelly
1997 Weymouth  Great Britain
David Edwards
Adam Bowers
 Great Britain
Ian Pinnell
John Ward
 Great Britain
Malcolm Davies
Ian Cadwallader
1998 Melbourne  Great Britain
Colin Goodman
Jim Turner
 Great Britain
Ian Pinnell
John Ward
 Great Britain
Malcolm Davies
Russell Thorne
1999 Brest  France
Bénoît Petit
Jean-François Cuzon
2000 Pattaya  Great Britain
David Edwards
Vyv Townend
2001 Trevignano Romano  Great Britain
Steve Morrison
Liam Murray
 Great Britain
Ian Pinnell
David Scott
 Czech Republic
Tomas Musil
Milan Kolacek
2002 Tampa  Great Britain
Ian Pinnell
David Scott
 Great Britain
Richard Estaugh
Simon Potts
  Switzerland
Erich Moser
Rüdi Moser
2003 Kilifi  Great Britain
Chips Howarth
Vyv Townend
 Great Britain
Dave Wade
Richard Wagstaff
 Great Britain
Vincent Horey
Jim Turner
2004 Adelaide  Great Britain
Andy Smith
James Meldrum
 Czech Republic
Tomas Musil
Jan Danek
 Great Britain
Dave Wade
Richard Wagstaff
2005 Teighmouth  Great Britain
Chips Howarth
Vyv Townend
 Great Britain
Andy Smith
Jonny Mildred
 Great Britain
Guy Tipton
Chriss Tattersall
2006 Victoria   Switzerland
Erich Moser
Rüdi Moser
 Canada
Grant Lamont
Tom Egli
 Australia
Heather MacFarlane
Chris Payne
2007 St. Moritz  Great Britain
Richard Estaugh
Rob Gardener
 Great Britain
Vince Horey
Andy Thompson
 Great Britain
Tom Jeffcoate
Mark Hogan
2008 Pattaya  Great Britain
Matt Mee
Richard Wagstaff
 Great Britain
David Wade
Ben McGraine
 Australia
Nathan Stockley
Sam Muirhead
2009 La Rochelle  Great Britain
Chips Howarth
Vyv Townend
 Great Britain
Matt Burge
Richard Wagstaff
 Great Britain
David Edwards
Simon Potts
2010 Bridgetown  Great Britain
Chips Howarth
Vyv Townend
 Great Britain
Matt Burge
Richard Wagstaff
 Great Britain
David Edwards
Simon Potts
2011  Kevlar Footprint (GBR)
Matt Burge
Richard Wagstaff
2012  Great Britain
Thomas Gillard
Sam Brearey
2013  Great Britain
Thomas Gillard
Simon Potts
2014  Great Britain
Christian Birrell
Sam Brearey

European Championships[edit]

Year Event Venue Boat Helm and Crew Country


2012 European Championship Italy Fireball 15084 Matt Burge & Richard Wagstaff United Kingdom
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

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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