Crew: 2 man crew. For racing, ideal weight of sailor should be between 100 and 155kgs.
Dimensions: 3.66 meters in length and ±74kg.
Sail Area: Main and Jib are 8.36 square meters.
Class: Restricted (hull shape remains the same from year to year)
Characteristics: One of the strongest 2-person racing fleets in the UK.
Difficulty Level: Intermediate
The Firefly is a two-sail, wooden or GRP sailing dinghy with no spinnaker, designed by Uffa Fox in 1938. Although designed as a double hander, it was selected as the single handed class for the 1948 Olympics but was subsequently replaced by the Finn class. The class then became popular as a double hander, as was originally intended. It has become particularly successful as a team racing boat in the UK, thanks to its high maneuverability, easy handling, and low cost. Another benefit is the use of smaller mainsail which enables sailing in stronger winds. The class has become particularly popular for the British Universities Sailing Association team racing events, thus all universities that team race will have a fleet of Fireflys, taking advantage of the benefits above. The Firefly ideal was to produce a one-design dinghy at a low cost; this is why the class celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2006 and continues to grow. The Firefly appeals to all ages and is raced by both men and women.
The Firefly class is as much about socializing as it is about sailing. With a current member list ranging from all ages - 8 to 80, a perfect balance of men to women and a super-friendly bunch of people, you are guaranteed to have fun, both on and off the water.