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Mr Splat

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    Northern Ireland
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    Dinghy sailing, racing, cruising
  1. You're absolutely right, I was only looking for a sounding board to see if I was barking up the wrong tree with the idea of a fireball and if I had set myself requirements that weren't realistic. I've done some performance sailing, crewed with a trapeze a couple of times and have used spinnakers, so I have some experience on the water. Now I'm focusing on getting myself a single hander with a bit more room than a laser I can bomb around Strangford Lough or in sheltered water off the Belfast Lough, hone my skills further, and potentially dip my toes into more serious racing. Now
  2. Thanks for your input guys, after further research and looking at second hand boat advertisements I think I'm going to focus more on the idea of sailing either a supernova or a phantom, I'll also be heading down to my local clubs and having a word with members to get their opinions and potentially adding other similar boats to my list. The one boat I am fairly sure I don't want to get is a laser, I have just never enjoyed them as much as the other boats I've sailed previously!
  3. Reading the replies here is giving me plenty of food for thought, cheers guys. To provide further detail as to where I'd be sailing I'll either be sailing around Bangor, off the Belfast Lough or Strangford Lough, both can get choppy though Bangor moreso from what I can remember. Sounds like a Fireball will be a bit too much for me from your collective opinions unless I can find reliable crew so I'll put that on the back burner for the time being until I can get talking to some club members. Strangford Lough yacht club definitely has an active fleet of flying fifteens from what I
  4. Hi guys, I've been sailing on and off over the past 3 years (I have my level RYA level 3) and am starting to consider buying my own dinghy for both fun and a bit of racing (I probably would've looked into buying one sooner, but covid), I've been bouncing around the internet doing bits and pieces of research (including reading through class associations) and thought it would be a good idea to join a couple of forums and read what other sailors are talking about. I'm based in Northern Ireland and have scouted out a few potential clubs that I could join, I am now reading about Dinghy's
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