More about 420s at the 2021 Youth Worlds and onwards
This report completes the information included on Clarification about 420s at the Youth Worlds 2021 post published two weeks ago.
At the World Sailing Annual Meeting, in Bermuda, held on 26 October to 3 November 2019, the 420 Class put forward a submission that was agreed by the Council that the definition of events at the Youth World Championships would be changed.
From the 2021 Championships onwards the Two Person Dinghy events will be:
- Mens or Mixed Two Person Dinghy – 420
- Womens Two Person Dinghy – 420
The change from a ‘Mens’ to a ‘Mens or Mixed’ event introduces the opportunity for Mixed and Mens teams to compete in the 420 Class at the Youth World Championships and reflects the events line-up at our Annual 420 World Championships and Junior European Championships.
The decision has been taken to allow mixed teams to compete in the Male Two Person Dinghy event sailed in the 420. This means that the Male / Mixed Two Person Dinghy Event is one event where entries are open to both an all-male team and male / female team (but only one team per MNA) that then race together in the same fleet for one medal. This does not change the Female Two Person Dinghy event sailed in the 420.
The 420 Class is a very successful pathway class to all of the two-person events at the Olympic Games. This change will support teams who transition from the 420 Class to Olympic Sailing, in the single gender and mixed gender two-person Classes; 49er, 49erFX, Nacra 17 and 470.
The International 420 Class Association look forward to supporting all 420 sailors in their future sailing careers and are confident that this change will have a positive impact on the future opportunities for 420 sailors.