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HISC Fireball sailing

The Fireball has a long association with HISC. The club was one of the first to accord the class 'fleet' status and cemented its place in Fireball history through hosting the first-ever recorded Fireball race when four boats competed in the club's 1962 regatta. It also hosted the first two UK National Championships and the inaugural World Championship.

Class Captain: Fiona Sayce -

Since those heady days, Fireballs have been pretty much a fixture at the club and today’s fleet is one of the largest, and most active, in the UK.

Despite competition from asymmetric classes, the Fireball has held its own attracting a wide range of sailors - men and women, young and old(er!). Its attraction lies in flexibility in choice and setting of rigs and sails that ensures a level playing field and, of course, sparkling performance.

It is one of the few classes that will still be on the water, providing a great spectacle, when winds have increased and others have retreated to the bar! There’s nothing quite like a Fireball screaming across Chichester Harbour in a strong breeze!

If you are interested in joining the fleet, either as a boat owner or as a crew looking to ‘hook up’ however occasionally, please get in touch via the Class Captain, Fiona Sayce

The club season commences on Sunday 19th March with the Opening Handicap Race. Then one race Saturdays, two on Sundays and Wednesday evening racing starts 12th April until 6th September.
We encourage Fireball sailors to compete every Sunday and the monthly Pennant Weekends. We usually get between 5 and 10 regular Fireballs on the start line, sailing in the Medium Handicap Fleet.

Pennant Weekends:
April 8th 9th
May 13th 14th
June 10th 11th
July 8th 9th
September 9th 10th
October 7th 8th

The HISC Fireball Open Meeting is shared with the Contender and 505 classes on April 15th-16th. Online bookings are being taken - please click the link to enter.

The Fireball National Championships are hosted by the Royal Torbay Yacht Club 22nd - 25th July

Chichester Harbour Race Week (formerly known as Federation Week) is a fabulous week and is held at HISC 14th- 18th August. If we get 10 entries or more the race committee will consider a class start.
The Fireball Europeans will be held in Slovenia 16th -22nd September

…and finally, the Fireball World Championships are to be hosted by the Royal Geelong Yacht Club 9th-16th February 2024. Several HISC Fireball teams are booked ready to attend.

More information see UK Fireball Class Association

We look forward to seeing you on the water