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Register interest for Weymouth Dinghy Regatta

From the Dinghy Regatta Website: https://dinghyregatta.uk/2021/06/15/dinghy-regatta-2021/ It’s been a long t...
Posted: 16/06/2021 10:34:24
More information on Gul Sponsor Blackwater SC Golden Dolphin Open

Gul Sponsor Blackwater SC Golden Dolphin Open

This weekend it’s the Golden Dolphin at Blackwater Sailing Club sponsored by Gul. Gul is providing vouchers for th...
Posted: 08/06/2021 11:45:24
More information on Get registering for the Blackwater Open!!!

Get registering for the Blackwater Open!!!

Blackwater SC's open is on the 12 & 13th June 2021, Please follow this link to pre-register. https://www.blackw...
Posted: 02/06/2021 10:31:21
More information on Entry Open for the Poole YC Open 29/30 May

Entry Open for the Poole YC Open 29/30 May

Poole YC is delighted to say that details of the Osprey and Fireball Open meeting are now on their website, along with t...
Posted: 05/05/2021 16:02:10
More information on Online entry open for Brightlingsea Golden Dolphin

Online entry open for Brightlingsea Golden Dolphin

The NOR and online-enrty for the first Golden Dolphin event of 2021 is all avaialble here https://www.sailbrightlin...
Posted: 29/04/2021 17:31:25
More information on Carbon poles are legal!

Carbon poles are legal!

It’s been a long time coming, but we’re pleased to say that carbon spinnaker poles are now class legal. &...
Posted: 14/03/2021 20:07:02
More information on Virtual Dinghy Show a Success!

Virtual Dinghy Show a Success!

Well, it was weird, but also successful! Not the same as seeing people in real life, but the reach of the dinghy show we...
Posted: 03/03/2021 09:49:20
More information on 2021 Nationals – new date, new venue!!!

2021 Nationals – new date, new venue!!!

We’re so pleased to let you know that the 2021 Nationals is now scheduled for 30th September to 3rd October at Hay...
Posted: 23/02/2021 19:53:39
More information on UKGlobal negotiates improved 2021 renewal terms for the UKFA

UKGlobal negotiates improved 2021 renewal terms for the UKFA

The 2021 renewal terms have been negotiated on behalf of the UKFA with the following key points: A reduction in the p...
Posted: 06/02/2021 09:31:30
More information on Fireball e-News #10

Fireball e-News #10

The latest e-News is out! Click here for articles looking forwards and delving into Fireball's past. Previous copies of...
Posted: 04/02/2021 19:58:38
More information on Gul Golden Dolphin Series Winners

Gul Golden Dolphin Series Winners

Jack Knowles from Gul  – the series sponsor - presenting the Golden Dolphin Travellers Trophy to Dave Hall, w...
Posted: 03/03/2020 13:56:20
More information on And the winner is ...

And the winner is ...

The draw took place at the RYA Dinghy Show for a weekend break at the Watergate Bay Hotel in Cornwall, including dinner ...
Posted: 03/03/2020 13:40:44
More information on Fireball News Edition #9

Fireball News Edition #9

Fireball News edition #9 is here - just in time for the RYA Dinghy Show....
Posted: 27/02/2020 17:18:56
More information on UKGlobal Fleet Insurance Scheme – no premium increases for 2020 renewal premiums!!

UKGlobal Fleet Insurance Scheme – no premium increases for 2020 renewal premiums!!

UKGlobal is delighted to announce that the changes introduced to the UK Fireball insurance scheme in 2019 have resulted ...
Posted: 05/02/2020 16:30:24
More information on Tiger Trophy at Rutland Water

Tiger Trophy at Rutland Water

Having complained all series about not having much wind Rutland provided it with revenge! It was bonkers, the wind was g...
Posted: 05/02/2020 13:49:27
More information on Pre-Nationals sailing & possible training

Pre-Nationals sailing & possible training

WPNSA has got in touch to let us know that we can use the Academy’s facilities and sail for free on Friday 24th Ju...
Posted: 25/01/2020 17:58:33
More information on Gul Renew their sponsorship of the UK Fireball Fleet

Gul Renew their sponsorship of the UK Fireball Fleet

The UKFA is delighted to announce that Gul is renewing its sponsorship of the Fireball fleet for another three...
Posted: 25/01/2020 17:56:12
More information on 2020 Gul Fireball Nationals at WPNSA

2020 Gul Fireball Nationals at WPNSA

The 2020 National Championship is being held at Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy from Saturday 25th to Tue...
Posted: 23/11/2019 16:25:36
More information on Dave & Paul win the 2019 Golden Dolphin Series

Dave & Paul win the 2019 Golden Dolphin Series

Congratulations to Dave Hall & Paul Constable who pipped last year's winners, Kev Hope and Russell Thorne, by just 1...
Posted: 05/11/2019 15:53:44
More information on Chips and Vyv return to win the Gul Inlands!

Chips and Vyv return to win the Gul Inlands!

Results are here. The full report is here Photos from the prizegiving are here....
Posted: 05/11/2019 08:26:37

Latest Forum Posts

Windward main sheeting


Hi AllI have seen quite a few boats now with windward mainsail sheeting. I was wondering if it is worth the effort and when do you use it? Does it tem...

18/03/2020 17:32:13

Mast setup problem


After much examination of everything I could think of, I finally figured that it was indeed the mast gate that was out of true with the rest of the bo...

21/05/2019 09:31:44

Mast setup problem


Hi,You will only receive a notification of posts if you have set your profile up to do so. Click the My Profile button at the top when you are lo...

14/07/2018 12:15:00

Mast setup problem


Chris, Many thanks for your comments, and apologies for not having checked back in a couple of days - somehow I thought the forum would email me ...

13/07/2018 21:37:37

Mast setup problem


Hi Iain, I presume this is FB95 you are referring to? My only suggestion is to see if the mast gate is correctly centred although I note you have alr...

09/07/2018 17:45:06

Mast setup problem


The mast on my elderly wooden Fireball has always troubled me with a bend to port when set up symmetrically with rig tension applied.  I have up ...

08/07/2018 16:19:43

Boat search


Peter Bamford, ex UKFA Chairman, has been in touch: “ Hi, I don't whether you can help me. I raced fireballs for 11 years between 1970 and 181. In f...

24/12/2017 17:04:07

Campsite at Penzance


Looking for  a campsite near Penzance Sailing Club? Have a look here:http://www.ponsandane.co.uk/ ...

18/12/2017 13:17:14

Missing trophies - can you help?!


A plea to Fireball sailors past and present - Some of our trophies are missing! We’d love to have them back. They are hard fought over and mean ...

11/10/2017 18:20:04

Toe Straps for Tall People


I'm 6'2" and find that using the leaward side toe strap is the most satisfactory solution. I have shockcord to keep the straps lifted up above the hog...

31/05/2017 21:04:58

Toe Straps for Tall People


Does anyone else have a problem being a tall helm? If so have you done anything different with your toes straps to help out with hiking? I bolted mine...

31/05/2017 13:31:34

West Mersea trolley corossion


For those with the West Mersea combi trolley and that's most of us, make sure to check the drain holes in all the tubular sections as if they're block...

17/05/2017 22:32:59

Trolley rash


Thanks Dale, I bought some material from Welsh Harp Boat Centre (Sovereign Trailers) in the end as I couldn't work out from the direct astroturf...

08/03/2017 11:01:25

Trolley rash


I had similar problem a few years ago, used 30mm pile Astroturf and sealant on with 798, really strong sealant from Screwfix. Found the Astroturf...

23/02/2017 17:02:22

Trolley rash


Having dealt with all the 'right way up' bimbles, Sijambo was flipped over yesterday and not only did I find a compression dent or two (removed with ...

07/02/2017 16:11:56

Notice of Race for Plymouth Open


Hi All, Sorry to a pain trying to information on Plymouth Fireball Open 2nd 3rd July and who is going with Nationals only a month away. Regards Bar...

28/06/2016 15:02:36

Containers - 2016 Worlds in South Africa


Hi Tim, I am definitely interested Will...
Anthony York
14/06/2016 17:40:41

Containers - 2016 Worlds in South Africa


Hi all, Using a South Africa shipping company brings the costs down. Depending on exact exchange rate, the container and shipping door to door is i...
Anthony York
21/05/2016 13:01:51

Pointing Issues


Hi Nigel, I have Alto Mast which use with T 10 North.The set I use 400mm spreader lenght 37mm pre bend set at 22'6" of rake. I only use the Alto when...
Anthony York
12/05/2016 18:01:29

Pointing Issues


Hi - i have had serious pointing issues since replacing my (broken) cumulus with an Alto. Tried everything i can think of (jib up-down, in/out, plate ...

10/05/2016 13:55:06
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