National Firefly Class Association
  • Change of date Bough Beech Open

    Date change to 1st October M25 Trophy Qualifier

  • Budworth Open Meeting, 16th July 2016

    Firefly Open at Budworth Sailing Club
    Firefly Open at Budworth Sailing Club

    Firefly Open Meeting Saturday 16 July 2016, Budworth Sailing Club Force 1 westerly wind, cloudy, 18°C, intermittent drizzle and a tricky day ahead for competitors at Budworth Firefly open meeting. With 3 races and one discard in the programme Keith Macaulay and daughter Chloe, South Staffordshire SC got to work immediately, leading from the front […]

  • Updated Vines Series after Budworth

    Vines Series updated after Budworth SC Open on 16th July 48 different boats and over 100 sailors have so far taken part. Next up in the Vines series is new venue Keyhaven YC this coming weekend – word is that there should be a good turnout for this one which is one of the last […]

  • Schools Champs at Itchenor

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    40 Fireflies competed at the School event at Itchenor from 29th June to 1st July. Above is a rather hazy picture just after the final start on Wednesday’s training day before conditions curtailed sailing and we adjourned to the training room! Platinum Pam was also on display on the lawn outside the club. Results at […]

  • West Kirby Open

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    16 boats including 5 visitors enjoyed the West Kirby Firefly Open last weekend. We had 3 races on the tide on Saturday with a bit of sunshine and a perfect force 3 -4. With the tide later in the day it meant we had a leisurely start with Chris Kameen (class captain) giving the briefing […]

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Upcoming Events

  1. Lymington Dinghy Regatta July 30 - July 31

    Classic Summer Regatta weekend. Firefly Class if more than 6 boats. Last opportunity for practice before Tenby!

  2. GJW Direct 70th Anniversary Firefly National Championships August 6 - August 12

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    Nationals GAte start 1

    2016 Platinum Firefly National Championships – 70th Anniversary Event @ Tenby SC

  3. Bosham Classic Boat Revival September 10 - September 11

    2 days of racing around Chichester harbour with other classic dinghies from Lapwings to National 18s.

  4. Christchurch Silver Firefly Pursuit Race September 17

  5. Bart’s Bash September 17 - September 18

    Bart's Bash 2016
    Bart's Bash 2016
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Some familiar faces here. Chris Kameen reckons this was the 95 nationals... ... See MoreSee Less

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Updated Vines Series standings attached
Nigel Wakefield and Emily Saunderson lead after Keyhaven.....
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Keyhaven open this weekend. We still have some floor and tent space left. Looks like great weather and good turnout, message me if any questions, starting no earlier than 12noon Saturday, 3 races per day, BBQ/dinner saturday night, music festival in Milford, boats for kids. See you there! ... See MoreSee Less

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Work carries on at a pace getting ready for the champs with F550... Currently in need of a few bits and bobs...
Anyone got an old undercover they no longer use? , and come to think of it a flat top cover would be useful too... Oh and buoyancy bags... Particularly large sized bow one...
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Hello,

My crew and I will be moving abroad soon, and it is with regret that I am selling my Firefly. I am putting an advert on this page first, as I would rather it went to an enthusiast that will keep taking good care of her.

My Firefly 2312 was built in 1959 for the RAF Sailing Association and originally called Benson. Here is the link to the register: https://fireflyclass.co.uk/boat/sail_no_2312/

When I bought her, she had been renamed Tabasco. She is in good condition for her age, with a few minor details to keep an eye on (I will try to list them here in good faith). I have been racing in the handicap fleet on a weekly basis.

Last year I revarnished the deck, transom and the gunwales (17 layers) with Epifanes. Most ropes are new apart from the cunningham and the centreboard uphaul (don't need changing though). I added a dyneema cascading kicker a few weeks ago. The sails are in ok condition (probably won't win you races), albeit quite old. I have a main and 2 jibs, with 2 sail covers. The boom-up cover, bought from Jasper covers is 8 months old and does a good job. I replaced the plastic keel band at the front of the boat with a brass one earlier this season (painted over). I also have a custom made aluminium jib pole (within class specifications).

Now for the parts to keep an eye on. This is an old wooden boat - there are always things to do. During the 1 hour race we take on a couple of litres of water that seeps through the centreboard case, it's never been a quantity that bothered me, and a couple of scoops with a bailer on a run do the job. I take on way more water when I (regularly) fail my roll tacks. The floor just in front of the transom is stained (dark). At the beginning of the season, I sanded back and revarnished after checking that the wood wasn't rotten. A piece of wood at the back supporting the buoyancy bag strut is a little soft. It definitely needs an keeping an eye on. There is a large buoyancy bag at the front and 2 at the back. They hold the air, with the need for a top up every month (couple of blows). The two buoyancy bags beneath the seats have holes in the seams and are flat.

Tabasco is currently located at Littleton Sailing Club, not far from the Queen Mary Reservoir. I would be happy to show her to anyone interested.

I would like to get £450, which I believe is a fair price regarding the work put into the boat.
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