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May 2019

A recap on 420 Class action from the past weeks ... for May 2019 ...

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MAY 2019


420 Sailing around the world has enjoyed a busy few weeks since our April newsletter, and all the highlights from past events can be found in our news archive and comprehensive results database. Please also make sure we have your event listed in our Events Calendar.

Entry deadlines are fast approaching for the 420 Worlds and 420 Junior Europeans, so all NCAs please make sure you have your online entries and entry fee payment completed - more information below.

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Enjoy this month's round up ...

Image: 420 racing at Coppa Italia IV © Andrea Lelli


Worlds and Junior Europeans


420 Worlds, 3-11 July 2019 - so far 302 sailors are entered representing Africa, Americas, Asia,  Europe and Oceania with more to come. The normal entry deadline is Monday 3 June.

Take a look at the updated Event Manual and Accommodation Guide and thanks to the British 420 Class Association who have shared weather information on Vilamoura. Making steps for a cleaner world is very much on the agenda of the International 420 Class Association and we are very proud to announce that the World Championships has been awarded Eco Event status in recognition of the steps being taken to reduce the environmental footprint. Click here to find out more and please support our goals.

Allen Sailing has joined us as a supporting sponsor and up for grabs are prize vouchers for equipment and aerovanes.

Come and join our pre-Worlds Clinic in Vilamoura, Portugal from 28 June-2 July, which is a great opportunity to train on the same waters and under the coaching expertise of three Olympians.

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420 Junior Europeans, 23-30 July 2019 - a few more weeks until the earlybird entry deadline on 23 June 2019. Please note that the Notice of Race has been amended to clarify prizes for mixed teams.

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South Africa


Amongst the many teams making their debut at the upcoming 420 Worlds in Portugal will be South Africa’s Matt Ashwell/Rivaldo Arendse. Ashwell won the 2018 Optimist African Championship and then switched to the 420, with the pair heading to the 420 Worlds with some support from the Organizing Committee. Read on.

The Western Cape Provincial Championships unfolded for the ten-boat 420 fleet in some exciting breeze over the 9 race series, with Ross MacKinnon/Alex Falcon putting together a consistent scorecard to snap up victory.

The MacKinnon/Falcon partnership also claimed top prize at the Admiral’s Regatta at Hout Bay Yacht Club the weekend before, proving they are every bit as adept at racing on the ocean.

Looking ahead to mid-September, the 420 Class will be holding a Coaches and Sailors Clinic in South Africa – find out more.


Argentina, Brazil, Canada and Chile

Massive thanks to the Asociación Argentina Clase Internacional 420 who in partnership with the Federación Argentina de Yachting organized an impressive promotional event, introducing 140 junior sailors to the 420 Class and welcoming the next generation to enjoy 420 Sailing.

It was a 1,2,3 for Brazil's 420 Class teams at the 420 South American Championships as Bernardo Peixoto/Marcos Arndt took victory, second to Marina da Fonte/Marina Arndt and third to Leonardo Lombardi/Pietro Geronimi. 29 teams from Argentina, Brazil and Chile competed for titles in the Open, Women and Junior divisions. And click here to enjoy the wrap-up video from the South American Championship.

Congratulations to Canada’s 420 Class sailors Savannah Taylor/Elsie Gillis and Mortiz Heidenreich/David Frost who have been announced as the 420 teams representing Sail Canada at the upcoming Youth Sailing World Championships in Poland.



Japan, Malaysia, Thailand

Japan's Oishi Shimizu/Aoki Taketo have won the right to represent Japan at the Youth Sailing World Championships in the 420 men, and Kobayashi Hajime/ Hakuto Natsumi, who were last year's All Japan 420 Winners, are selected in the 420 women. Both teams were selected from their results at the JOC Junior Olympic Cup.

A tiebreak finish at Thailand’s Top of the Gulf Regatta saw Jedtavee Yongyuennarn/Chakkaphat Wiriyakitti (THA) come out victorious over Malaysia's Muhammad Syafie Bin Ali/ Ikrami Hakimin Bin Markham.

Ten 420 teams from Malaysia and Thailand faced off at the annual Sattahip Regatta hosted at the Naval Rating School Chumpol in Thailand. Victory to Malaysia's Muhamud Faujib/Omar Ac Faroue, 2nd to Muhammad Dyafie Binali/Ikrami H Akimin Bin Markham (MAS), and 3rd to Thailand's Jedtavee Younguennam/Chakkaphat Wiriyakitti. Top women's team in 4th overall were Nor Nabila Natasha/Gabrielle Marygrace (MAS).

Facebook is a major source to keep up to date with 420 sailing around the world and we have been enjoying following the 420 activities at Koh Phangan Youth Sailing in Thailand, a community led project with 420s sailing off the beach. The use of boats is free of charge for young sailors, the water is blue and no wetsuits are needed.


Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Italy, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland

Unsurprisingly, most of this month’s racing action has centred around Europe and the season is going strong with some super healthy fleets. Setting the marker for start lines are Coppa Italia II in Italy with 86 boats, Campeonato de España with 85 boats, and 83 at Germany’s Schweriner Sparkassen-Cup.

Italy has just wrapped up its four-event Coppa series, with different teams controlling each leaderboard. Paolo Iacchia/Gabriele Romeo won Coppa Italia II, with Carlotta Scodnik/Camilla Scodnik the top women’s team in 5th. New faces in Davide Manica/Eugneio Di Meco took over to dominate at Coppa Italia III, and top women's team in 4th overall were Margherita Barro/Matilde Parladori. The win at Coppa Italia IV went to Tommaso Cilli/Bruno Mantero who found their groove in the second half of the regatta, with Michela Stefani/Cerdeira Jamila top women's team in 4th.

Switzerland's CSP series has featured strong racing and are part of the selection process to determine teams heading to the 420 Worlds and 420 Junior Europeans. Last weekend's CSP Ascona marked the final selection event with the win going to Achille Casco/Elliot Schick (SUI). Sophie Mosegaard/Fiona Scharer pulled off the win at the opening CSP event of 2019 racing on a mountain lake where the deep water course was set with GPS controlled marks. Catch up on all the news and results on the Swiss National Class Association page.

More lake sailing in Austria with teams from Austria, Czech Republic and Germany battling it out at the SP Regatta and OSTM on Lake Achensee, where glory went to Leopold Karl/Karl Kammerer (AUT).

The Irish Sailing Youth National Championships saw the Ferguson sisters, Nicola and Fiona, stake out five race wins and sucessfully defend the title and earn the right to represent their nation at the 420 Worlds in Portugal.

Germany’s Schweriner Sparkassen-Cup saw Florian Krauss/Jannis Sümmchen top the 83 boat leaderboard and Theresa Steinlein/Lina Plettner finish as top women's team in 2nd overall. Follow all event results on the German National Class Association page.

Bulgaria's Martin Gerov/An-Nicole Kaneva won Bourgas Sailing Week, closely chased by Marina Dimitrova/Demetra Doycheva in 2nd.

Jonathan Steidle/Leonardo Honold (GER) claimed 4 wins from 12 races to wrap up a phenomenal winning delta of 51 points in the 76 boat fleet at 2019 Coupe Internationale Méditerranéenne de l'Amitié (CIMA) in France. Event #4 of the EUROSAF Series, this pair look to be well on their way to securing the EUROSAF 420 Class Race Circuit in its inaugural year

Haydn Sewell/William Heathcote wrapped up victory at the RYA Youth Nationals in Weymouth, with Vita Heathcote/Milly Boyle finishing in second overall and top women's team. The British 420 Class has put together a great video wrap of racing and training action for the opening months of the 2019 season – take a watch.

63 teams from Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Slovenia competed at Slovenia's Izola Spring Cup, with 9 races pitching the host nation's Celestina Sabadin/Veronika Francic to victory from their super consistent performance.

Conrad Konitzer/Fernando Rodriguez won the Campeonato de España seizing a dominant 22 point winning victory over the 85 boat fleet. Patricia Reino/Isabel Laiseca were top placed women in 8th overall. 

Luia Niza/Paulo Baptista kept the fleet behind them at the 2019 Portuguese National Championship, counting all finishes well inside the top 10, to claim the title over Antonio Pereira/Joao Bolina, with Manuel Fortunato/Frederico Baptista finishing third and top placed junior team. Beatriz Gago/Marta Fortunato were top placed women.

And to bring our Europe wrap to a close, check out the Polish 420 Class Association's new website.


Australia, New Zealand

In early May, the Southern Australia 420 fleet celebrated their sailors’ achievements at a special presentation night – congratulations to all.

Training continues in the Southern Hemisphere Winter, with most recently the Victoria 420 Class Association organizing the hugely popular Flinders Camp where plenty of Aussie sailors got together to #ShareTheKnowledge.

New Zealand hosted the 2019 CLC Group NZ Secondary Schools Nationals at Sandspit Yacht Club, bringing the best young team racers face to face in the 420 Class, with victory to Rangitoto College.

Ten teams entered Australia's Victorian Youth Championships hosted at Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron with James Jackson/Lachie Caldwell claiming an all-win scorecard and victory.


1-3 June 2019

Trofeo Uniqua


1-3 June 2019

NZL Open Team Sailing National Championship

  New Zealand

8-10 June 2019

YES Young Europeans Sailing



8-14 June

Turkish National Team Camp


8-10 June 2019

Israel 420 National Championship


8-9 June 2019

33rd Sabah Fest Open Day Regatta



8-10 June 2018

Spring Cup Neusiedlersee


8-9 June 2019

CZE National Cup

  Czech Republic

8-10 June 2019

East Coast Championship



12-15 June 2019

Singapore National Sailing Championships


21-25 June 2019

US Sailing Youth Championships


22-26 June 2019

420 Lithuania Clinic



27-30 June 2019

Kieler Woche


28 June-1 July 2019

Vilamoura Open Regatta


1-3 July 2019

Chocco Cup



5-7 July 2019

Sail Canada West



420 Development Programme

Our 2019 development plan is in full swing, with clinic already completed in Brazil and the Ukraine. There are lots more opportunities coming up for coaches and sailors to improve their 420 Class knowledge, with clinics being held in Chinese Taipei, Lithuania, Portugal in the coming months. Later in the year, we will be moving to Australia and South Africa, as well as more dates planned across Asia. The 5-day clinics combine a mix of class room theory, shore side simulation and on-water practical sessions.

As with all the 420 Class development initiatives, registration to the clinics is free of charge, with participants just needing to cover costs for their travel, accommodation and daily meals.

Club Poseidonas in Lithuania is our next destination for a Coaches and Sailors Clinic, and lead coach will again be Nikos Drougkas (GRE) from 22-26 June 2019. Registration is open until 15 June 2019.

Hosted in partnership with the Chinese Taipei Sailing Association, the Chinese Taipei clinic from 15-19 August is open to coaches and sailors of all youth classes across Asia, and will be run by the Nikos Drougkas (GRE). Registration is open until 5 August 2019.

The five-day 420 Class Coaches and Sailors Clinic in Brazil welcomed 5 coaches and 34 sailors from Argentina, Brazil and Chile who improved their skills under the expertise of 420 Class appointed coach Gonçalo Ribeiro (POR). Hosted at Iate Clube do Rio de Janeiro, the Clinic followed a programme which covered key aspects of sailing the boat, coaching, rules, boat preparation, training programmes, psychology, physiology, tactics, race strategy and more. Click here to find out more.

Nikos Drougkas (GRE) led a busy and massively informative 5-day Coaches and Sailors Clinic in the Ukraine in early May. Hosted at the Black Sea Yacht Club in Odessa. Lots learnt and one of the many outcomes was that teams from Lithuania and the Ukraine will be competing at the Youth Sailing Worlds in Poland, and a team from Ukraine has already confirmed it will be competing at the 420 Worlds in Portugal this summer. A great outcome. Click here to find out more.

Attracting the next generation to the 420 Class treads a proven pathway, but we still like to meet our new sailors as early as possible. So, no surprise the 420 Class was a huge draw at the Easter Optimist Regatta on Lake Garda, with over 1100 Optimist sailors from 38 nations competing, and plenty of interest as they got to find out about 420 sailing. Over two days, the on-site 420 Class representative chatted to numerous sailors, parents and coaches, sharing information about the boat, offering have a go and trapezing sessions to serve up a first taste of the fun of 420 sailing.

Next up we will be introducing the 420 Class to Optimist sailors at the European Championships in Crozon Morgat, France at the end of June 2019.

And don't miss our pre-Worlds Clinic in Vilamoura, Portugal from 28 June-2 July. Click here to find out more.


Catch up on the other news

Make sure you have this year’s General Assembly date in your diary – 7 July 2019 – when delegates from your 420 National Class Association join colleagues from around the world to discuss the future of 420 sailing. Take a read of the Agenda.

Interested in hosting a 420 Championship in 2021, then please make sure you get your bid in for the Worlds or Continental Championships by 1 July 2019. Find out more about the bid process.

The 420 Class entry line-up for the Youth Sailing Worlds in Poland is stacking up strong with Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belarus, Brazil, Canada, Czech Republic, Chile, Croatia, France, Germany, Great Britain, Hong Kong, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Lithuania, Mexico, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine and USA in the nation list. Many thanks to Nautivela and Zaoli Sails for their continued support of the 420 Class at the Youth Worlds.

Congratulations to the 470 Class which World Sailing confirmed as the equipment for the new mixed two-person dinghy event for the 2024 Paris Olympic Games.

And finally, thanks to UK Sport for their efforts in highlighting that in sport and in life, everyone’s mental health matters – take a watch.

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