Fireball South Africa

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 The Fireball Class in South Africa


Western Cape


The Fireball class in Cape Town is centred at Milnerton Aquatic Club, which sails on Rietvlei Lagoon.

Website: www.milnertonaquaticclub.co.za

Southern Cape

Fireball sailing in this area takes place at George Lakes Yacht Club, which sails on Island Lake, Wilderness.

Website: www.glyc.org.za

Border Region

East London has a Fireball fleet, sailing from East London Yacht Club.

Website: www.elyc.co.za

 

 2015 Fireball National Championships

Venue: Wriggleswade Dam Dates: 3- 5 October 2015

The 2015 S.A. Sailing National Championships for the Fireball class was successfully completed on Wriggleswade Dam, with 11 races being sailed over three days. There was a fleet of twelve Fireballs competing.

From the first race it became apparent that the top competition would be bteween David & Rory Laing and Anthony Parker & Dudley Isaac. The latter won the first two races in wind under 15 knots - ideal even for the less experienced competitors. The wind went light towards the end of race 3, resulting in  a pileup at the last leeward mark. It was the boat of Charlie Hills / Warren Schmelzer who contrived to sneak through to get a race win over Parker. Four races were sailed on the first day.

No less than six races were sailed on the second day - three in the morning and another three in the afternoon. With the Laings consistently in second place, it was then the team of Marc von Schuts & Joppie Naude ( an experienced 420 team) filling into third place, but even scoring some 2nd places ahead of the Laings. During race 10, Daniel Coetzer had the misfortune of having his transom parting company with the rest of the hull, bringing his regatta to a premature end.


A strong wind came through during the last night, resulting in a flat calm on the morning of the last day. A planned early race had to be postponed, but could be started an hour later when a light breeze filled in from the east. Parker had already sealed the Championship and elected rather to pack up, leaving it to the Laings to head the fleet, but had to keep the von Schuts boat and the Osborne boat at bay. Only one race was sailed on the last day.

At the prizegiving, the Manfred Hanni trophy for the leading narrow hull was awarded to Robin Savage. GLYC was awarded the winning club trophy. Mandy Lombard, sailing with Malcolm Osborne, was awarded the First Lady trophy. The Fireball Class Association of South Africa National Championship Trophy was awarded to Anthony Parker and Dudley Isaac.

Wriggleswade Dam is just outside Stutterheim in the E Cape.  The event was combined with the E. Cape Regional Championships and the Mirror National Championships. The event was hosted by East London Yacht Club.

Wriggleswade Dam is around 65 kilometres inland of East London on the road to Stutterheim and close to Bisho and King Williams Town.

 Full results are available from the SailRSA website - click here

International Fireball Class Association of South Africa - Annual General Meeting

The AGM was held during the National Championships at Wriggleswade. The minutes can be downloaded from here

 

FIREBALL CLASS ASSOCIATION COMMITTEE

Chairman: Dr David Laing - laing@pathcare.org

Treasurer: Anthony Craig Parker - anthony@mcoinc.co.za

Secretary: Angela Caroline Gray - acgray@iafrica.com

Regional Reps:

Western Cape 
Jon Kukard - jon.kukard@gmail.com
Karl Mainprize -

Southern Cape: 
Malcolm Osborne - malcolm@telkomsa.net

Eastern Cape: 
Mike Medcalf - mike@npmgeomatics.co.za

NorthVaal: 
No Rep. - No boats

Midmar: 
Looking for a rep. (please let us know if you are aware of anyone suitable)

 

 

****2016 Fireball World Championships will be held at Mossel Bay, South Africa (Exact date not listed yet)****

Fireball South Africa Boat Register

We would like to update the Fireball Boat Register - please go to this link & let us know if the register needs amending?

/worldwide/fireball-south-africa/

Boats for sale

If you are wishing to sell your boat, please let us know & I can advertise it on the Facebook page and in future Newsletters.  E-mail:  acgray@iafrica.com

Any Fireball related news you wish to have published in future Fireball Newsletters are always appreciated.  E-Mail:  acgray@iafrica.com

Other Fireball sites:

SA Fireball Facebook Group

An interactive media for up to date information and photographs

https://www.facebook.com/groups/102821896429447/

If you no longer wish to be sent Fireball Newsletters, please let us know.  E-Mail:  acgray@iafrica.co

Boats for sale

If you are wishing to sell your boat, please let me know & I can advertise it on the Facebook page and in future Newsletters.  E-mail:  acgray@iafrica.com

Any Fireball related news you wish to have published in future Fireball Newsletters are always appreciated.  E-Mail:  acgray@iafrica.com

SA Fireball Facebook Group

An interactive media for up to date information and photographs

https://www.facebook.com/groups/102821896429447/

 

Kind regards

Angela Gray

(SA Fireball Association Secretary)

E-Mail:  acgray@iafrica.com

Fireball South Africa Boat Register

 

 If your boat isn't listed or the details are incorrect / changed, please inform us.

Sail Number Boat Name Owner EMail Address
14910   Anthony Parker anthony@mcoinc.co.za
14901   David Laing laing@pathcare.org
14723 Donk Ian Watkins  
14423   Keegan Ekermans  
14422   Kirsten Veenstra kirstenveenstra@telkomsa.net
14420   Mark Leonard  
14421   Tiki Holm toktokki@mweb.co.za
14420   Warren Schmelzer  
14411 Yesterday's Heroes Malcolm Osborne malcolmo@telkomsa.net
14394 Wet 'n Wild Steve Bax  
14383   John Perrins  
14384   Mike Medcalf  
14383   Chris Clarke  
14359   Brett Stirk  
14344    Andy Wahl  
14321  This is It David Laing  laing@pathcare.org
13438   FBSA  
13228   Robin Savage  
12698 Silhouette Owen Kitchin owenvon@wam.co.za
12560   Simon Pfotenhauer  
9661   John Perrins  
7747 Spitball Greg Marriott  
4383    Tom Nortier  
       
       

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Mailing Address

 fireballsa@gmail.com

Contacts

Chairman -Dr. David Laing

EMail: laing@pathcare.org

 Secretary -Angela Gray

EMail acgray@iafrica.com

 Treasurer -Anthony Parker

 EMail: anthony@mtco.co.za

 Regional -

Border rep: - Mike Medcalf

Gauteng rep -

S. Cape rep - Malcolm Osborne

W. Cape rep - Jon Kukard