Membership information

Membership classifications

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. 

Junior : A member aged 21 at the date of application or under who has the same entitlements as a Full Member.  Note it is incumbent upon a Junior Member to advise the association's Treasurer when he/she has reached the age requiring Full Membership to be taken.

Membership rates:

Full : £30 p.a.

Junior : £20 p.a.

Local : £8 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 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.

Pay for full membership by direct debit 

Pay for junior membership via direct debit 

Pay for Local membership by direct debit 

Are you looking to become a UKFA member?

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).

Membership Secretary

Ian Castle

5 Naseby Road

Sibbertoft

Market Harborough

Leics

LE16 9UG

01858 880763 (Home)

07545 257639 (Mobile)

[email protected]

Why join the UK Fireball Association?

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;

  • Organises National and Inland Championships.
  • Coordinates Fireball open meetings.
  • Runs class training weekends and other training events.
  • Keeps older boats competing by encouraging classic boats.
  • Produces this website which includes members-only information.
  • Publishes e-Fireball News.
  • Encourages class development at a sensible pace. We work closely with Fireball International on the Class Rules which are the heart of any one-design class. Without these the racing would not be fair.
  • Works to maintain residual boat values by maintaining a classified section on this website.
  • Runs a UKFA Facebook page.
  • Runs 'The Fireball Dinghy Centre' Facebook page.
  • Works witth suppliers to obtain discounts for members.
  • Organises and mans a stand at the annual RYA Dinghy Show

The UKFA Committees work in more detail:

  • The committee of United Kingdom Fireball Association manages the class's affairs in the UK. A full list of committee members can be found here.
  • UKFA committee members are elected at the AGM which takes place one evening at the National Championships each year although class members can be co-opted at any time during the year. 
  • The Fireball is an International Class. The Class Rules are maintained by Fireball International  We are also governed by the rules of World Sailing
  • The committee meets about 8 times each year usually by telephone conference call. 
  • The committee works hard to promote of the class to the public and maintain the profile of the class in the sailing media.
  • Keeping members informed about the association’s activities
  • Organising and running the class stand at the RYA Dinghy Show.
  • Proposing changes to the class rules to Fireball International that it feels will benefit the current members and help to secure the future of the class. 
  • Association income is primarily from subscriptions but is enhanced by revenue from sales of clothing, advertising in class publications and on this website and by sponsorship for Championships. 
  • The Association's aim is to break even each year but through sound financial management a healthy level of funds is maintained.

 

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