420 CLASS ANNOUNCES 2019 DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME
Building on the extensive development programme from past years, the International 420 Class Association is pleased to announce our programme of clinics, support programmes, knowledge toolkits, training centre certification and promotional activities.
"Our aim is to deliver an extensive development programme, whcih provides easy access to a 'toolkit' of training opportunities in the 420 Class," explained Jose Massapina, 420 Class Vice-President responsible for development. "Reflecting the worldwide spread of the 420 Class, our programmes reach out to every continent, with the aim of accelerating knowledge for newcomers and continuing to develop skills and expertise amongst established 420 sailing nations."
Coaches and Sailors Clinics - the 420 Class will continue to organize clinics for coaches and sailors across all five continents. The final 2019 programme is to be finalized, and is currently planned as:
- Europe – Ukraine, Lithuania, Portugal
- Africa – South Africa
- Asia – Malaysia, Singapore, China
- America - Brazil
- Oceania – Samoa (or Fiji), Australia
420/470 Combined Event - Junior European Championship - the 420 Class will appoint a coach to follow racing on the water and run daily debriefs at the Junior European Championship.
Partnership with the Optimist Class - the 420 Class will again head to Fraglia de la Vela Riva, Lake Garda, Italy, for the iconic Easter Optimist Meeting. Attended by a significant number of Optimist sailors and parents from all over the world, the event is a great opportunity to introduce the 420 Class to future generations. A fully rigged 420 will be on site, and promotional information about the 420 will be distributed.
‘Have a Go’ for sailors at Optimist Worlds or Continentals - building on the established relationship with the International Optimist Class (IODA), the 420 Class will organize at least two similar promotional actions at Optimist Class Championships, with a fully rigged 420 at the venue and ‘have a go’ opportunities’ to sail the boat.
Free attendance at 420 Clinics for Optimist Coaches - every year, the 420 Class runs Coaches and Sailors clinics around the world, which are entirely free to participants. We will guarantee participation opportunities to Optimist coaches in order to share essential knowledge about the 420 Class and support Optimist coaches in introducing the 420 as the next stage in an Optimist sailor’s pathway.
420 Sailing Academies - the 420 Class already has launched its first 420 Sailing Academy in a joint venture with Companhia Náutica, a Portuguese company based in Vilamoura, southern Portugal. Click here for full information. As part of the 420 Class programme to provide easy and affordable access to 420 Class training opportunities around the world, the next 420 Sailing Academy will be established in Asia.
Certification of Sailing Academies - the 420 Class will establish a worldwide standard for the provision of 420 Class training facilities, to ensure that 420 sailors and teams can partner with proven and professional providers. The 420 Class has created minimum standard guidelines, and will inspect training centres prior to certification.
World Sailing Emerging Nations Programme - the 420 Class will continue to support the funding of an expert 420 Class coach at the Youth Sailing World Championship. Dedicated to supporting sailors on the WS Emerging Nations Programme, the coach will provide daily support to teams, as well as daily debriefs to help accelerate knowledge and skills.
420 Class Emerging Nations Programme - enabling the connection between participating in a 420 Clinic and competing at the Youth Sailing World Championship, the 420 Class will help around 2-3 nations each year to send teams to the Championship, with the support of a dedicated coach (as per point 8). The 420 Class will also be launching an ‘Emerging Nations Foundation’.
420 Promotional Video - the 420 Class will launch a new video in early 2019, highlighting the benefits of sailing and racing a 420 Class and showcasing its role as the perfect pathway class to Olympic sailing and beyond. The video will be available for all to use at events, conferences, presentations, website and social media;
420 Tuning Video - to help accelerate knowledge acquisition, core skills and racing performance amongst newcomers to the 420 Class, a ‘how to’ video on rigging and tuning techniques will be launched in 2019. The video is being produced in partnership with 420 sail makers, spar, foil and boat builders to showcase different equipment and the use of different combinations of equipment brands.
420 Euro Circuit - in partnership with the European Sailing Federation (EUROSAF) the 420 Class is creating European Circuit of 420 Events.
Promotional Material - a range of promotional items will be available to help showcase and promote the 420 Class:
- Neck Puffs (various colors)
- Caps and Visors
- Various gadgets