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The Blaze was designed in the mid-90's by Ian Howlett, one time International 14 designer and associated with Americas Cup design work and John Caig, winner of Fireball Worlds.

It is a powerful winged single-hander with well-developed 10 m2 sail.

The Blaze was originally built by Ian Howlett and John Caig, and marketed by Topper International from 1996.

In 2000 an active class association ran a sail development program to produce a more responsive sail, dropping some of the excessive leech of the original that proved 'difficult' in any real breeze for many helms. The slight loss in area was countered by a more efficient sail and balanced handling characteristics, and the class rapidly adopted the sail with numbers raced and sold rising very rapidly.

In 2006 Topper moved out of performance composite boats and the manufacturing and marketing rights transferred to Cirrus Raceboats ( who have refined the boat further and work with Rondar to produce the current boat.


Pip Warner in his first Blaze

Blaze Specification

Designers lan Howlett and John Caig in 1996
Boat Builders - Cirrus Raceboats Limited
Length 4.20
Beam - Max 2.48m
Hull 72kg
Sail 10.4m2 Semi Rigid
Mast - 6.5m Superspars M7 or custom carbon
Outer Racks and Boom - Carbon composite or Alloy
Hull Construction - Epoxy Sandwich by White Formula UK
Foils - Epoxy Sandwich by White Formula UK
PN 1021 (2016).

Contacts and Internet Information

Blaze Homepage:


Hornsea Sailing Club Representative:
Pip Warner: