2010 and 2011 have delivered a range of development and support programmes for sailors, coaches and events around the world. The 420 Class is proud to invest a significant percentage of our income into development. Jose Massapina heads up the 420 Development Programme and below are some of our initiatives to give you a flavour of what we offer:
420 Class on the African Games: the International 420 Class was chosen as the two-person boat for the 2011 All African Games, September 2011, Maputo, Mozambique. Pedro Rodrigues was selected by ISAF as the Technical Delegate which hepled to ensure the effective support and promotion to the 420 at this event. The All African Games builds upon the work we have already been doing on the African continent, with clinics in Angola and South Africa.
4th European Coaches Seminar: a European Seminar for Coaches was held in March 2010 at the Sailing Centre of Lake Neusiedle in Austria. Thirteen coaches from 5 nations and 10 local sailors also participated and benefited from the course.
420 50th Year Anniversary party during ISAF Conference: During 2010 the International 420 Class Association celebrated it’s 50th Anniversary. As part of the celebrations, a cocktail party was held during the ISAF Conference in November in Athens, Greece. The guest of honour was His Majesty King Constantine who gave a fantastics speech about the class and paid tribute to 420 sailors with special recognition to the Greek 420 sailors.
420 Training DVD: During the 50th Anniversary year, we presented our new development project which the 420 training DVD - 420 To The Max. 420 To The Max is an important training tool available for downloaded by coaches and sailors all over the world.
Easter in Europe Promotional Action: At Easter, the 420 Class was showcased during Fraglia Vela Riva, Lake Garda, Italy, at the Optimist Spring Cup with about 900 sailors. This was an ideal opportunity to reach a large number of Optimist sailors and parents, and to promote our class. Tom Mapplebeck, an experienced coach from Great Britain and Ireland, introduced the class and presented a fully rigged 420, handing out promotional material to the young sailors and allowing them to experience the boat.
420 and 470 Combined Junior European Championship: During the Junior European Championship in Nieuwpoort, Belgium, Jim Saltonstall was on site from 9-11 August 2011, providing pre-race briefings, on-water review of sailors and post-race debriefs.
3rd Asian Coaches Seminar: Jim Saltonstall will head up the 3rd Coaches Seminar for the Asian coaches, which will take place in Hong Kong in either 2011 or 2012.
2nd North American Coaches Seminar: Jim Saltonstall will lead the 2nd Coaches Seminar for the North American coaches, which will take place in Miami, USA in either 2011 or 2012.
Clinic for Sailors in Mozambique - All African Games: Pedro Pinto (POR) was the on-site coach during the All African Games, running a clinic for all teams prior to the Games and being on-site throughout the Games.
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