Banks Fireball Dinghy One Design Sails


Cut from 3.8 Contender Polykote. Complete with leech tell tales, battens, clew slider, soft foot, cunningham, flutter patches, insignia, sail numbers and long sailbag.

Mainsail designs are available to suit all popular mast sections and particularly Superstar M2 and M7 and Proctor D, Epsilon and Stratos.

As allowed under the recently revised Class Rules, effective from 1st January 2003, we offer a lightweight Kevlar laminate mainsail design.

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Cut from 4.52 Contender Polykote. Complete with luff tell tales, Polymex window, stainless luff wire, sliding tack and long jib bag.

The Banks Fireball jib is a powerful sail which maintains an efficient shape when twisted open. This is essential in such a high aspect ratio sail.


A very successful design cut from Contender Dynalite with full colour choice. Complete with single or double chute patches (if required) sail numbers and sailbag.

Banks Fireball Dinghy Covers

GP14 dinghy: Banks Sails

Flat top covers

Easy to fit and can be used with the mast up or down. The main halyard attachment webbing ring helps the cover to shed water.

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GP14 dinghy: Banks Sails

Over boom covers

For the ultimate in weather proofing, the over boom style ensures that water will not collect in the cover and allows air to circulate.

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GP14 dinghy: Banks Sails

Trailing covers

Trailing covers are top covers without openings for masts and shrouds. They reduce drag considerably when towing.

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GP14 dinghy: Banks Sails

Under covers

Undercovers protect the hull of the boat from knocks and scratches, particularly when trailing. Our undercovers are handmade from quality nylon.

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Fireball Data Sheet

Fireball Class

Originally designed by Peter Milne in 1962, the Fireball is a one-design high-performance sailing dinghy. The Fireball is sailed by a crew of two, and sports a single trapeze, symmetric spinnaker and chined hull. The class is strictly controlled, but has adapted to advances in building techniques. The hulls (plywood, FRP or composite) have a strict minimum weight limit of 175 lb (79 kg) (with correctors).

The Fireball is a highly competitive dinghy, with large fleets worldwide and state, national, continental and world championships held annually. Competitors of all ages help make this class enjoyable for everyone. The performance of the boat is very dependent on tuning as the Fireball's rig can be adjusted in numerous ways.

The Fireball can also be sailed in a mixed fleet using the Portsmouth Yardstick handicap scheme. Its Portsmouth number is 980 in the UK and its D-PN (in the USA) is 85.6

Fireball Specifications
Crew 2 (single trapeze)
Hull weight 175 lb (79 kg)
LOA 16 ft 2 in (4.93 m)
Beam 4 ft 6 in (1.37 m)
Mast length 22.3 ft (6.8 m)
Mainsail area 108 sq ft (10.0 m2).
Jib genoa area 35 sq ft (3.3 m2).
Spinnaker area 140 sq ft (13 m2).
D-PN 85.6
RYA PN 980
PHRF 184
Class is a member of World Sailing

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About Company

Banks Sails was founded because of the demand for dinghy and small keelboat sails designed by Bruce Banks and later by Ken Rose. They quickly established a reputation as an innovative supplier of top quality dinghy and small keelboat sails.

Contact Details

Telephone:01489 582444
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372 Brook Lane,
England, SO31 7ZA