With effect from 1 January 2019 membership classifications, entitlements and subscription rates changed.
The association is keen to encourage club sailors and others interested in supporting the Fireball class to become members. It recognises there are many who have no aspiration to sail at national championship or higher level and whose association membership can be tailored accordingly.
We now offer the following classes of membership:
Local : An individual enjoying all the privileges of association membership but who may not compete at National, European or World Championships.
Full : An individual paying a full subscription will receive all the benefits accruing to a Local Member but, if a boat owner, will also receive a Fireball International boat sticker thereby entitling him/her to compete at National, European and World Championships. Full membership is required for both crew and helm at national and international championships.
U26 : A member aged 25 or under at the date of application who has the same entitlements as a Full Member. Note it is incumbent upon an U26 Member to advise the association's Treasurer when he/she has reached the age requiring Full Membership to be taken.
Full : £30 p.a.
U26 : £20 p.a.
Local : £10 p.a.
Please note that if you wish to change membership category a fresh direct debit will require to be set up. Before doing so, please e-mail the Treasurer, Ian Castle (see below for e-mail address), with your details so he can cancel the old direct debit before you set up its replacement. This is simply to avoid the possibility of old and new membership fees both being collected at different times.
Membership Requirements for National and International Championships and Golden Dolphin events
The basic form of membership is a 'Local Member'. This category of membership is required for all competitors competing in the Inland Championship and Golden Dolphin-badged open meetings (there is one variation to this rule - see below *). Host clubs are required to ensure that all competitors are, at least, 'Local' members.
There is no association membership requirement for entrants competing in open meetings that are not badged 'Golden Dolphin'.
For national and international championships all entrants representing the UK must be be either 'Full' or 'Under 26' UKFA members. Boat owners who are 'Full' or 'Under 26' members will receive a Fireball International plaque and counterpart. The counterpart should be stuck to the boat's certificate in the space provided and the plaque itself stuck to the forward face of the aft tank. If these actions are not undertaken the boat is not a fully-compliant Fireball and is merely a 16' 2" scow!
* A variation to this rule exists for fully paid-up members of a club that is hosting a Golden Dolphin open meeting. In these cases, only one individual in a competing boat need be a 'Local' member. For the avoidance of doubt, any competitors benefiting from this variation must comply with the full Golden Dolphin membership requirements if they compete in Golden Dolphin events that are hosted by other clubs.
Membership Fee Payment
We encourage members to pay by direct debit since it is economic for the association and ensures members renewal subscriptions are automatically collected. The association uses 'Go Cardless' as it is a very quick and easy process for members to set up an initial debit taking no more than a minute or so. Since its introduction in 2017 the vast majority of members have switched their payment method to Go Cardless; it has proved reliable and trouble-free.
The association does not accept payment by standing order as experience has shown that standing orders are often not altered when subscription rate changes are implemented causing a good deal of needless administrative work.
Cheques are still accepted but they are costly to process and we are keen to minimise their numbers.
Membership renewal date
There is no fixed renewal date. Instead, subscription renewals are due on the anniversary of a member's last payment date which, for the vast majority, is the date their direct debit was initially established.
Please complete the relevant Direct Debit form via the links below. Any cheques for membership should be sent to Ian Castle at the address below
If so, please join online by completing and submitting the following form.
You will also need to pay your membership fee by using the appropriate direct debit form above. If you really are wedded to cheques (!) please send them to Ian Castle at the address below with a short note detailing your name and what you are paying for.
Online Membership form (New members only please)
Members will receive e-mail reminders of their annual subscription renewal which, for members paying by direct debit, will be collected automatically.
Fireball measurement certificate
Is your Fireball's certificate still in the previous owner's name? It is good practice to ensure your measurement certificate is kept up to date but if you intend to compete at the National Championship, or in an international championship, you will need to ensure the certificate is in the legal owner's name.
To obtain a fresh certificate, simply send it to Ian Castle at the address below with a note of your own name and address. The fee for a new certificate is £15 which can be paid by bank transfer - please contact Ian for the account number - or by cheque (again, though, we'd prefer bank transfer).
Ian Castle, 5 Naseby Road, Sibbertoft, Market Harborough, Leics, LE16 9UG
01858 880763 (Home)
07545 257639 (Mobile)
The Fireball is known throughout the dinghy world as a class that enjoys great competition as well as a fantastic and friendly social life. The class association is here to further the interests of the Fireball class. Each year the class association: