Crew: 2 man crew. For racing, ideal weight of sailors should be between 140 and 170kgs.
Dimensions: 4.93 meters in length, 1.37 meters in width and ±79kg.
Sail Area: 11.43 square meters, spinnaker is 13 square meters.
Class: Restricted (hull shape remains the same from year to year)
Characteristics: 3 Sail, high performance two-person sailing dinghy offering exciting sailing and intense competition.
Difficulty Level: Intermediate
Designed in 1962 by Peter Milne as a performance boat for the masses, the Fireball is still going strong today.
The fireball is a high performance two-person sailing dinghy offering exciting sailing, intense competition and a great social life off the water. It has a wide appeal as it is simple to build, reasonably priced and not to demanding to sail.
Probably the highest performance dinghy that just about anyone can sail in almost any wind strength, on any style of race course, on virtually any stretch of water. Ideal for mixed crews, inland club waters or the sea, with entry level boats from just a few hundred pounds and with an active owners association protecting your interests, you could be forgiven for thinking that this is the only dinghy you'll ever need.
With an excellent open meeting circuit, World, European and National Championships, you'll never be short of good competition, boat on boat, crew on crew. With a social side to match you'll have just as much fun off the water. Perhaps this is why over 15000 Fireballs have been sold world wide.
If you're looking to get more out of your sailing then the Fireball could be the boat for you, a genuinely international sailing dinghy with a single trapeze and spinnaker. An adjustable rig rules out the need for complex racks or weight equalisation systems; and class rules allow flexibility to fit the boat out to suit you, making it ideal for smaller helms or crews to sail the boat that they want. Many fireballs are amateur-built, a good indication of the simplicity of the design. The fireball hull and sail plans are of strictly one design, but the class rules allow you to adept the position and design gear to suit your own weight and style of sailing.
She is good for inland water or the sea. Her performance has proved intriguing for expert helmsmen, yet she is stable enough to be kind to the clumsy novice. Fireball planes at the drop of a hat. Peter Milne of Norris brothers in designing the prototype threw aside the old tradition that a boat sails upright. Fireball is intended to sail best at an angle of about three degrees.
Anyone can sail a fireball Age or sex does not determine ones ability to be competitive. Some countries\' leading fireball sailors are women. The class also has a strong contingent of sailors over forty.
Winning fireball races is not really a question of having an amateur or professionally built, plywood or fibreglass, old or new boat, but rather comes down to mastering the art of tuning, and sailing better than your competition.
fireballs are a delight to sail in strong winds. The thrills of trapeze and spinnakers are hard to match in any type of sailboat or board. If capsized, the boats are easily righted, and can be sailed without bailing. The weight and strength of the crew is not as important as the tuning of the boat. The trapeze and sail handling requires skill rather than strength.
The fireball is an international class, with fleets in every region of the world, and associations conducts yearly World, Continental, National and State Championships.