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15 Mar 2019


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MARCH 2019


Welcome to the 420 Class news update for March. Just like the weather, it’s another mixed bag this month, as we take you on a spin around the world of 420 sailing - and there’s plenty of action to inspire you.

Take a read of the race reports from recent events, look ahead to some of the 420 Class events coming up and catch up on our development programme. To view the complete calendar of upcoming events go to the 420 Class Events Calendar and also please make sure we have your event covered.

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Image: 420 racing at 2019 Brazilian Youth Cup


Worlds and Junior Europeans

With just four months to go until the first of this year's 420 Championships, many sailors are deep in their national selection process as National Class Associations hold qualifying series to select their teams based on the entry quotas set by the International 420 Class. Quota limits were introduced to ensure the Championships did not get too big to host, ensure first class racing is always provided and bring together the best national teams. Online entry is open via each Championship website and please note the normal entry deadlines which are:

2019 420 Worlds, 3-11 July, Portugal: 3 June 2019

2019 420 Junior Europeans, 23-30 July, Spain: 23 June 2019

Preparing for a Championship and knowing what to expect is key for a smooth running and positive experience for sailors and organizers. An important element is the equipment inspection, which teams may not have experienced before if they are competing at their first 420 Championship. The procedure followed is set out in the 420 Class Event Measurement Regulations and Policies. Please take a read and make sure your sailors and support team know what to expect ahead of the Championship.

There are lots of opportunites to charter 420s at this year's Championships with full information on each Championship website.


News from South Africa

Racing on the lagoon waters off Hermanus Yacht Club, south of Cape Town, event #3 of the Southern Charter Classics Series saw South Africa's young 420 teams face off. Glory to Matt Ashwell/Rivaldo who put together a phenomenal scorecard over the two days of racing, racking up 3 wins and 3 second places to claim victory.


News from Hong Kong, Malaysia

Eleven teams from Malaysia and Korea competed at the 16th KFC Langkawi International Regatta Perdana with glory to Alif Safares Bin Azmi/Muhammad Solihin Bin Abdullah (MAS) by 1 point.

The ASAF Youth Sailing Cup # 2 of the 2019 Series and the 6th edition of Hong Kong Race Week featured 3 days of moderate conditions before big breeze kicked in on the final day. Six Hong Kong 420 teams battled it out over 12 races with Eloi Defline/Thibault Minnie coming out on top.



News from Brazil, Canada, USA

Headline news in the USA was the awarding of the US Sailing Rolex Yachtswomen of the Year Award to sisters Carmen Cowles/Emma Cowles for their remarkable 420 sailing performances, including back to back wins in 2017 and 2018 at the World Sailing Youth Worlds.

Sixteen of Brazil's top 420 teams took to the race track off Porto Alegre for the Copa da Juventude 2019 or Junior Youth Cup. A tiebreak for first and second going into the final race 8, eventually saw Bernardo Peixoto Pereira/Marcos Mariutti Arndt take the race win and gold medals.

Take a watch of the fantastic 'Come Sail With Us' video produced by the Canadian 420 Class Association, which tells the story of why the 420 Class is the perfect youth dinghy.

The US Mid-Winter Championships hosted an impressive 31 teams at Miami Yacht Club for 3 days of racing. Sarah Burn/Gabby Delbello strung together a tremendous score line, including 4 bullets and only one race out of the top 3, to win the 420 Mid-Winters ably on an impressive 16-point margin.


News from Great Britain, Ireland, Italy, Spain

Great to see the London, UK based Scaramouche Project again head south to the I420 Training Academy at Vilamoura Sailing in Portugal and introduce another group of inner-city youngsters to sailing.

Held over two weekends in February, Nacho Davila/Javier Mestre (ESP) triumphed at the MedSailing and Catalonia 420 Championships in Spain.

Ireland's southern coastline hosted a gathering of Irish and British 420s who fended off cold weather and even colder water to contest the 2019 Irish Munster Championship. Preceded by four days of training, racing unfolded in an exciting breeze with Morgan Lyttle/Patrick Whyte delivering a standout performance in the 15-boat fleet.

A phenomenal line-up of 126 teams from Austria, Croatia, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Poland, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland and Turkey contested 9 races over four days at the Carnival Race in San Remo, Italy. Mixed conditions  brought the best all round 420 sailors out on top, with light winds and flat water through to breeze and a big swell. Ange Delerce/Timothee Rossi (FRA) won in the open fleet, with Greece's Melina Pappa/Maria Tsamopoulou claiming the women's title.

The following weekend, Coppa Italia 1 welcomed a record 84-boat line-up, of which 39 teams were U17. Elisabetta Fedele/Beatrice Martini (ITA) started out in strong form, winning the first race to lay down their ultimate claim on the title.

Event #2 of the EUROSAF 420 Race Circuit unfolded in Vilamoura, Portugal with 66 teams from across Europe  joined by faces from the USA for the 2019 Vilamoura Carnival Regatta. Germany's Johathan Steidle/Leonard Honold opened their account with some mixed results, but soon settled down to take out a series of top 10 scores and secure victory ahead of the final race.

Lots of 420 Class showcases at boat shows around the world, and thanks to the British 420 Class Association for flying the flag and generating plenty of interest at the RYA DInghy Show.


News from Australia, New Zealand

Off the beach 420 racing at the George Mac Regatta in Australia, saw Linus Talacko/Lachie Grogan dominate with three race wins and a discarded third place, to take victory with no look-in for the rest.

The 11 race series to decide the 2019 Victorian Open 420 State Championship at Mornington Yacht Club, just south of Melbourne, saw two teams out front and claiming all but 3 of the race wins between them. James Jackson/Lachie Caldwell raced a super consistent scorecard, and pacing them from the outset were Linus Talacko/Lachie Grogan. Ultimately, counting all-top 4 results, Jackson/Caldwell sealed the title.

Adelaide Sailing Club hosted the 2019 South Australia Youth Championships, with a great fleet of nine 420s pushing out incredibly close racing, with podium finishes shared among the fleet. Harry Higgins/Finn Sanderson in 'Carpe Diem' were the pick of the bunch, breaking away to take the win by 2 points.


13-15 Mar

420 Zadar Open


14-17 Mar

New Zealand 420 National Champs

  New Zealand

16-17 Mar

British 420 Inland Championships

  Great Britain


21-23 Mar

Memorial Regatta Eilat


22-25 Mar

Greek 420 National Champs


23-26 Mar

Buzios Sailing Week



30-31 Mar

Interligue 1 - Nord


30-31 Mar

Irish 420 Leinster Regional Champs


30-31 Mar

New South Wales State Champs



5-7 Apr

Trofeo Iberico Classe 420


15-18 Apr

Portuguese Junior National Champs


15-21 Apr

420 South American Champs




Brazil and Ukraine Up Next

Up next on the comprehensive 420 Class Development Programme for 2019 are Coaches and Sailors Clinics in Brazil and Ukraine.

Targeting South American nations, the Iate Clube do Rio de Janeiro will host the Sailors and Coaches Clinic under the expert eye of 420 Class appointed coach Gonçalo Ribeiro (POR) from 11-15 April 2019.

In Lithuania, Nikos Drougkas (GRE) will lead proceedings at the Black Sea Yacht Club from 1-5 May, with a focus on Baltic and Eastern European nations.

Both clinics are open to all and feature a packed 5-day programme to equip coaches and sailors with knowledge and expertise in the 420, through a mix of shore side theory and on-water practical sessions.

Continuing our partnership with the Optimist Class, the 420 Class will again head to Fraglia de la Vela Riva, Lake Garda, Italy from 17-19 April for the iconic Easter Optimist Meeting. Attended by hundreds of Optimist sailors and parents from all over the world, the event is a great opportunity to introduce the 420 to future generations.

Find out more about all the 420 Class Development Programmes ...


Play Our Part

The International 420 Class supports World Sailing's 'Sustainability Agenda 2030' initiative, which outlines how the sport will contribute to the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals. The Sustainability Agenda 2030 is split up into World Sailing's six main operational areas with a total of 56 different targets, ranging from participation to gender equality, water quality to single use plastic. Sailing is dependent on the environment and by following a few simple rules of conduct we can ensure our sport has no negative impact on the environment. Find out more ...

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