Welcome to THE firebug and A-Class
2016/17 Season - Firebugs
The Firebugs will be sailing as a separate class this season. In addition, there will be a start for handicap boats (slower than Herons) at the same time and using the same course. The A Division (for boats faster than Herons) will start 5 minutes after the Bugs and will sail the Spiral course.
The Firebugs have two changes in personnel at September 2017:
Blue Bug is being sailed by Henry Szenczy, and
Red Bug is being taken over by Rachael Hardman from her brother Thom.
Of the two boats building at the end of last season, one is now supposed to be ready imminently, but the other has "been mugged by reality."
The National Championships will be held in conjunction with the Wooden Boat Festival in Hobart (February 2017)
2015/16 Season wrap-up
A Division has been the Firebug class for this season apart from occasional participation by Minicat Duas Malus and Twisted, the Sabre of Murray Dismorr. The racing has been intense with four or five Bugs racing most Saturdays. The championship winner for the Division was 66 year old Ross Venner in his White Dwarf (667). He was challenged all the way by Phil Sullivan in Gum Leaf and the other members of the class. Ross also won the clubs Ryde Bicentennial Point Score across all classes sailing at the club.
More significantly for the Firebugs was the move to participate in non CRSC events. April 16/17 saw all the class’s participants fly to Hobart to test their skills against the Firebug sailors of Lindisfarne SC. This included the inaugural meeting of Firebug Dinghies Australia Incorporated, a new national association for the class.
A special thank you to Commodore John Lawrie of LSC along with Des Clark and his most professional team of helpers.
The event was sailed in mostly light conditions, was won convincingly by Lindisfarne, but Thom Hardman placed third with a win in one of the six races and Luke Sullivan, with two third positions on the second day won the prize for the most improved sailor. First adult competitor was CRSC’s Phil Sullivan in 7th place, out of sixteen boats.
As a final coda to the season, Ross Venner and Phil Sullivan participated in BYRA’s Peter Loft Marathon. In moderate to light conditions, and sailing off a Sabot handicap, they placed 1st and 3rd in Division 3, separated by an O’pen Bic which took line honours by a mere 17 seconds.
The 2.4 metre Firebugs were designed by New Zealander John Spencer to provide an easily built entry into racing for both adults and juniors. At 4.5 sq. metres the sail area is 50% greater than similar sized boats targeted exclusively at juniors while the multiple compartments in the hull provide excellent safety and easy recovery from a capsize.
"A" and "b" divisions
These divisions are open to all monohull boats less then 4.86 metres in overall length. Boats will be assigned based on their handicap or expected performance
Class Captain: Ross Venner
Phone Number: 0418 457 020.
The Firebug Class took-up the challenge issued by Lindisfarne Sailing Club to come and sail their Firebugs in an Interclub event on 16/17 April 2016. See class website for more details.
Submit a question to the Class Captain