News PRESS RELEASE: Fremantle Sailing Club to host 2017 International 420 Class World Championships

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PRESS RELEASE: Fremantle Sailing Club to host 2017 International 420 Class World Championships

Dec 2015

In July this year, the General Assembly of the International 420 Class Association (held in Karatsu, Japan), announced that the Fremantle Sailing Club had won the bid to host the 2017 International 420 Class World, Ladies World and U17 World Championships.

Nino Shmueli, President of the International 420 Class Association has officially announced the dates of the 420 World Championships as 15-23 December 2017. The Warm-Up event, will be held from 12-14 December at Fremantle Sailing Club, in conjunction with the WA and the International 420 Class Association.

“2017 will mark the second time in the history of the 420 Class that the World Championships have been hosted in Fremantle,” commented Nino Shmueli.  “Fremantle has a renowned sailing and event pedigree and we are delighted to return twenty-two years after the 420 Worlds were last hosted in this iconic sailing venue. Sailors from around the world who descend on Fremantle are guaranteed to enjoy world class racing and a unique opportunity to discover Australia’s history and culture.”

Teams from over twenty nations are expected to compete, with online entry opening in January 2017 on the 420 World Championships website via  The 420 World Championships will kick off with three days of registration and equipment inspection, followed by a 12 race qualifying and final series from 18-23 December.

Many sailors view Fremantle Sailing Club’s sailing conditions as amongst the best in the world, with consistent breezes and moderate seas. FSC offers tremendous world class facilities for visiting sailors, with spacious green rigging lawns, numerous launching ramps and jetties that can accommodate support and coach boats. FSC has hosted several successful State, National and World Championships in recent years including the 2015 International 420 Class Australian Championships, the 2015 AIODA International Optimist Australian & Open Championships and the 2015 Australian Youth Championships.

FSC has also recently completed a major upgrade to the club house, increasing FSC’s capacity and ability to offer a high quality hospitality experience.

FSC and the International 420 Class Association are also proud to launch the official logo of the 2017 International 420 Class World Championships. Encompassing the  International 420 Class and a touch of Australia mixed into the world of sailing, the logo perfectly captures the dynamism of 420 racing.

As the Host and Organising Authority, Fremantle Sailing Club is proud to be working in conjunction with the International 420 Class Association on this prestigious Championships and is looking forward to bringing the national and international sailing community to Fremantle, Western Australia.

Media Contacts:
Fremantle Sailing Club:
Tim Donkin, General Manager
Phone: +61 9435 8800

International 420 Class Association:
Luissa Smith, 420 Class Communications

About the International 420 Class Association
The 420 is an established worldwide performance two-person trapeze and spinnaker racing dinghy which holds status as an ISAF International Class and ISAF Learn-to-Sail boat.

A performance two-person spinnaker racing dinghy for youth, the 420 has been selected as the youth development class in over 45 nations around the world. The 420 is an important choice to develop sailing and sailors’ skills in strategy, tactics, boat handling, tuning and technique and is very accessible, demanding skills easily obtained by sailors in developing nations.

The 420 Class has trained many of the world’s best sailors and is a proven transition class, whatever your next step in sailing ... dinghy or multihull ... keelboat or skiff ...


Related links

2015 420 World Championships - Karatsu, Japan
2014 420 World Championships - Travemunde, Germany
2013 420 World Championships - Valencia, Spain

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