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APRIL 2019


It’s been a busy start to 2019 with plenty of 420 racing, training and time simply out on the water. April is definitely a watershed month, as the Northern Hemisphere season heats up and the Southern Hemisphere is still in full swing. Enjoy our round-up of just some of the 420 class action over the past few weeks and catch up with what's coming up.

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Image: 420 Class towels were presented to teams at the New South Wales State Championships


Worlds and Junior Europeans

As nations complete their selection events, Spring is the time when entries start to roll in for this year's 420 Worlds and 420 Junior Europeans. Qualifying to represent your nation is no easy task and the competition is fierce as the world's best 420 Class talent push themselves to earn the honour of representing their nation.

Online entry is open via each Championship website and please note the normal entry deadlines are:

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

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

Australia, Brazil and Israel have already entered their teams, and watch this space as plenty more nations finalize their entry line-ups in the coming weeks.



We have been following the 420 Class activity at Koh Phangan Youth Sailing in Thailand - go follow their Facebook page.


Brazil, USA

Congratulations to Maddie Hawkins/Yumi Yoshiyasu in the 420 Girls and Oliver Hurwitz/Ethan Froelich in the boys who have been selected to represent the USA at the Youth Worlds in Poland.

American 420 sailors got to learn from the best at the most recent CISA Sailing clinic, as world class coaches and Olympians Briana Provancha, Udi Gal and Amanda Clark. shared their knowledge.

A massive take up for the 420 Class Coaches and Sailors Clinic in Brazil, 11-15 April, has attracted 11 coaches and 32 sailors from Argentina, Brazil and Chile. Daily updates will be posted on Facebook as the clinic unfolds.



Croatia, Great Britain, Greece, Israel, Ireland, Spain

JK Uskok Zadar hosted the 2019 420 Zadar Open for U19 teams in Croatia from 15-17 March 2019, attracting eight Croatian teams. Antonija Kustera/Maris Basic easily claimed victory, only giving away two of the race wins away.

The British 420 Class fleet battled it out at their Inland National Championships over the weekend of 16-17 March 2019 in some pretty breezy conditions. Making it look easy were Eleanor Keers/Faye Chatterton who outsailed the fleet to claim the title.

Girl power ruled at the 420 Greek Nationals hosted by the Yacht Club of Greece, 22-25 March 2019. Ariadni Spanaki/Myrto Papadopoulou wrapped up the title by 10 points over Melina Pappa/Maria Tsampoulou. The Greek Nationals marked event #3 of the EUROSAF 420 Race Circuit, which comprises five events across Europe.

Two days of racing at the Eilat Memorial Regatta saw teams from clubs across Israel face off in what was also the first selection event for the upcoming #420Worlds and #420JuniorEuros. In the men, Tal Sade/Noam Homri wrapped up a convincing victory by 8 points, with Gili Caspi/Neta Pirster securing a 26 point advantage to seize victory in the women.

Distinctly spring like conditions welcomed teams to the 420 Leinster Championships held at Wexford Harbour Boat and Tennis Club in Ireland, 30-31 March 2019. Lucy Kane/Emma Gallagher took the title with four race wins on the second day of the event ahead of Morgan Lyttle/Patrick Whyte in second and Ben Graf /Alexander Farrell in third.

41 of Spain's finest proved themselves over three days of racing at the Trofeo Iberico, in a mix of wind pressure, wave type, sun and rain served up on the waters off Central Galego de Vela, from 5-7 April 2019. Claiming victory by 7 points were Jacobo Garcia/Antoni Ripoll, with Nacho Davila/Javier Mestremolins in second. Finishing third overall and top women's team were Marina Garau/Blanca Cabot.


Australia, New Zealand

Twenty-four 420 Class teams made the journey to Takapuna Boating Club from 14-17 March 2019 for 4 days of racing at the New Zealand 420 National Championships. Seb Menzies/Blake McGlashan took out their second National Championship title off the back of 10 wins from 11 races, giving no chance to anyone. Their success earned them the rights to represent NZL at the upcoming Youth Worlds along with Sydney Cunliffe/Rebecca Hume.

An epic outcome for Ryan Littlechild/Jack Ferguson with an unassailable victory at the 2019 New South Wales State Championships hosted at Woollahra Sailing Club, 30-31 March 2019. Littlechild/Ferguson left no room for doubt on their performance, knocking out win after win, for a total of 8 victories from 8 races.

11-15 April

420 Class Coaches and Sailors Clinic


12-19 April

RYA Youth Nationals

  Great Britain

13-14 April

Victorian Youth Championships



15-18 April

Portuguese Junior Championships


15-20 April

Campeonato de Espana


15-21 April

420 South American Champs



19-22 April

South African Western Capes

  South Africa

19-22 April

II Coppa Italia Uniqua


19-21 April

Izola Spring Cup



24-28 April

Sattahip International


27-28 April

Czech National Cup

  Czech Republic

1-5 May

Bourgas Sailing Week




12 SEP 2018

A packed programme of 420 Class Development initiatives is underway throughout April.

Jose Massapaina, 420 Class Vice-President for Development headed to the World Sailing Development Symposium in Hungary to share the knowledge on all things 420, presenting the diverse range of tookits the 420 Class offers to give 420 coaches and sailors the skills they need to improve their sailing.

Massapina is now on his way to Brazil to represent the 420 Class at our launch Coaches and Sailors Clinic of 2019, hosted at Iate Clube do Rio de Janeiro from 11-15 April.

From Brazil, the 420 Class Development Programme heads to Italy and the iconic Optimst Easter Regatta to tempt the next generation of sailors to make the 420 their future steed of choice. A fully rigged 420 will be on display from 17-19 April, giving young Opti sailors the chance to have a go, pick up 420 information and claim a host of give aways.

Do you want to improve your 420 skills - whether as coach or sailor - then why not register to our upcoming clinics in the Ukraine and Lithuania.

Take a read of all the activities planned for the 2019 420 Class Development Programme.


Save the Date - 7 July

The 420 Class 2019 General Assembly Meeting will take place during the 2019 420 World Championships at Vilamoura, Portugal on Sunday 7 July 2019

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