Dec 2014

The 2015 420 World and Ladies World Championships are heading to Karatsu, Japan from 17-25 July 2015.

Organized by Saga Prefecture Yachting Federation in partnership with the Japan Sailing Association, Japan 420 Class Association and the International 420 Class Association, the 2015 420 World and Ladies World Championships marks 25 years since a 420 World Championship was last held in Japan in 1990.

The Notice of Race has been published.for the World Championships will be located at Saga Prefecture Yacht Harbour, Karatsu, Japan with racing out on Castle Bay.

The 2014 420 World Championships and Ladies World Championships is open to teams of all ages. Responding to the wish from nations to increase the limit on entry quotas, the 2014 420 General Assembly Meeting approved the introduction of a new under-17 age division for the 420 World and Ladies World Championships and the 420 Junior European Championships from 2015 onwards.

The Under-17 age division is restricted to athletes aged 16 and under at the end of 2015, with each NCA entitled to three additional entries in each Championship for teams under-17, with the host nation entitled to an additional six entries per Championship. Under-17 teams can choose whether to sail in the main World Championship fleets or race in the under-17 fleet, which will feature all teams racing together.

Added to the existing quota, the new division gives each NCA a total entry quota of 10 entries per Championship and the host nation 20 entries per Championship, ensuring only the best in the world qualify to compete and represent their nation. Online entry will open on 1 March 2015.

Brand new charter boats (excluding sails) are being provided by 420 Builder and Championship partner, Nautivela, at a special price of EUR1,200 for the Championship. For teams also competing at the pre-Worlds regatta, the charter fee will be EUR1,400. Second- hand 420 charter boats are available at EUR500. 420 National Class Associations can book charter boats using the form in the Notice of Race.

Nino Shmueli, President of the International 420 Class Association, commented, “The 420 Class is delighted to be heading to Karatsu, Japan, and a venue which offers not just superb racing but its location opens the door for more teams from the Asian continent to compete. The Organizing Committee has done a superb job sourcing charter boats and accommodation at fantastic rates, so this really will be an accessible Championship for teams from all over the world.”

The Championships will get underway with three days of registration and equipment inspection, followed by six race days. Twelve races are scheduled, with a 6-race Qualifying series, with fleets re-seeded each day, before advancing to gold and silver fleets for the 6-race Final series.

Karatsu has the largest 420 fleet in Japan, and many well-known Japanese sailors kick started their careers in 420s at Saga Prefecture Yacht Harbour, which is one of the Japan Olympic Committee’s recognized training centres. Prevailing weather in July is typically a north to north-easterly sea breeze, with wind from 8-18 knots.

Karatsu is a popular tourist destination in southern Japan with its own traditional and history. Located just 50 kilometres minute from Fukuoka airport, Karatsu is ideally located for competitors travelling from Asia and around the world.

Lead-up events in 2015 include a coaching clinic run by the International 420 Class Association from 2-5 April, the Japan Youth Sailing Championships from 3-6 May 2015 and the Pre-Worlds event from 11-12 July 2015.

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About the International 420 Class Championships
The 2015 420 World and Ladies World Championships is one of three Championships organized by the International 420 Class Association in 2015.

One hundred and ninety-four teams from 26 nations and all six continents competed at the 2014 420 World and Ladies World Championships in Travemunde, Germany. Reigning World Champions are:
420 Open: Jose Manuel Ruiz/Fernando Davila of Spain
420 Ladies: Carlotta Omari/Francesca Russo Cirillo of Italy

In addition, the 2015 420 Junior European Championships will take place in Bourgas, Bulgaria from 7-15 August 2015, and the 2015 420 Team Racing World Championships will take in Lake Garda, Italy from 10-12 September.

The 420 is an established worldwide performance two-person trapeze and spinnaker racing dinghy which holds status as an ISAF International Class. Over 56,000 boats have been built worldwide.

The International 420 Class is recognised by ISAF as an ISAF Learn to Sail Training Programme Recommended Boat, which endorses its use by Member National Authorities for developing and teaching sailing in their nation. This recognition also endorses that the 420 is proven to have suitable availability to MNA's and also offers a supply structure to reduce costs to the MNA's and Learn to Sail Programme training centres.

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