DEVELOPMENT I-420 Sailing Academy

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I-420 Sailing Academy

As part of its continued and long-term commitment to supporting training initiatives around the world, the International 420 Class Association has recognized its first I420 Sailing Academy.

The goal of the I420 Sailing Academy is to provide a fully equipped training environment where teams and coaches from around the world can participate in training camps and clinics in a specialized and centralized location.

The first I420 Sailing Academy is at Vilamoura Sailing Centre, on Portugal’s southern coast and within easy access to Faro airport.

Vilamoura is a perfect location for the first I420 Sailing Academy,” explained Jose Massapina, 420 Vice-President responsible for development, “as the venue is suitable for year-round sailing. The weather, sea and sailing conditions are good throughout the year. The venue is fully equipped and has a fleet of 420s available for charter, or teams can choose to bring their own boats and leave them safely here.”

Vilamoura Sailing Centre offers classroom, gym and restaurant facilities, as well as ample secure parking and boat storage, on site chandlery, free wi-fi, games room, and a range of onsite and nearby accommodation.

“The I420 Sailing Academy Vilamoura is an excellent starting point for novice teams to develop their skills in the 420, whilst equally providing a world-class training base for experienced teams. The 420 Class Association will run both sailor and coach clinics at the I420 Sailing Academy during the year.

"The first High Level Coaches Clinic is scheduled to take place from 3-7 October 2018, and will give expert training to professional and aspiring 420 Class Coaches,” continued Massapina, “The International 420 Class Association aims to support the continued development of coaches from around the world with the skills needed to manage and inspire their own 420 programmes.”

Through a mix of on-water sessions, lectures, exercises and presentations, the High Level Coaches Clinic will encompass elements of leadership, coaching, physiology, lifestyle and training culture, as well as looking at the responsibility role coaches and mentors play in developing better people, not just better sailors.

A Sailors Clinic is also scheduled for 2018, with final dates to be announced.

The partnership with Vilamoura Sailing Centre marks the first of a series of I420 Sailing Academies which will be established in key locations to best support and collaborate with the worldwide 420 fleet.

“The idea of I420 Sailing Academies has been some years in the making, and we wanted to provide a dedicated and enhanced provision for sailors and coaches,” reflected Massapina. “We know there are many around the world who will be delighted to have access to use the assured facilities of an I420 Sailing Academy.”

The 420 Class is also committed to recognizing I420 Sailing Academies in other hub venues, focusing firstly on Europe, Asia, North and South America. The I420 Sailing Academy programme is about building an enhanced infrastructure for the future, for developing and developed 420 nations that is accessible to all.

Information about the I420 Sailing Academy Vilamoura:

  • Facilities available for 420 National Class Associations, Teams, to use at preferential rates.
  • Fleet of 420s and Coach Ribs available
  • Use of other boats, including: 470, Optimist
  • Training/Racing marks and anchors
  • Range of accommodation options
  • 24 Hour secure parking for vehicles, trailers and boats
  • Logistics Services

Special Conditions are offered for the 420 Class, as below:

For all enquiries, please email:


For full information on the 2018 420 Class Development Programme go to:

Related links

2018 420 Class Development Programmes
High Level Coaches Clinic, Vilamoura, Portugal - 3-7 October 2018