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JULY 2019


July has seen a focus on competing in Championships - 420 Worlds, Youth Worlds and the 420 Junior Europeans - where we have witnessed the world's finest 420 talent display supreme skills and sportsmanship and a whole new raft of gold, silver and bronze medallists have been crowned.

There has been plenty of action around the rest of the 420 sailing world too so take a read of just a few of the highlights in this month's round-up.

As always head to the 420 Facebook page for all the latest news and check in on the 420 Class website for more in depth updates.

Image: Racing at the 420 Worlds in Vilamoura, Portugal.


Worlds and Junior Europeans

420 Championship season kicked off with the 420 Worlds in Vilamoura, Portugal before heading north to Vilagarcia in Spain for the 420 Junior Europeans. In between, teams battled it out at the multi-class Youth Worlds in Poland.

Featuring 456 sailors from 24 nations, the 420 Worlds was a showcase of superb talent, as the elite of 420 Class racing gathered from around the world. Spain, Great Britain and Greece claimed the gold medals in the Open, Girls and U17 categories and congratulations to our new 420 Class World Champions, Martin Wizner/Pedro Ameneiro (ESP) in the Open, Vita Heathcote/Milly Boyle (GBR) in the Women, Odysseas Spanakis/Konstaninos Michalopoulos (GRE) in the U17 Open and Neus Ballester/Andrea Perello (ESP) in the U17 Women.

At the World Sailing Youth Worlds, New Zealand's Menzies/McGlashan signed off the week with a win in the Boy's 420 having sealed victory with a day to spare. In the girls', the USA's Madeline Hawkins/Yumi Yoshiyasu took the title, making it three in a row for the USA, as the pair followed in the footsteps of Emma and Carmen Cowles who won in 2017 and 2018.

The Junior Europeans wrapped up on Tuesday 30 July, with Spain's Conrad Konitzer/Fernando Rodriguez safely winning gold in the U19 Open fleet. An impressive win in the final race of the final day gave the U19 Women win to Poland's Zofia Korsak/Karolina Cendrowska. France’s Ange Delerce/Timothee Rossi claimed the U17 Open Gold, with the USA’s Vanessa Lahrkamp/Katherine Mcnamara adding the U17 Women’s gold to their U17 420 Women’s Worlds silver medal.


1-31 July 2019

Light winds prevailed at the annual Warnemuender Woche in Germany, 12-14 July, forcing onlly half the scheduled races to be completed but it ended up as a women 1,2,3. The conditions certainly suited the victors, Hannah Kim Thiemann/Maleen Ostermann, who racked up two wins from the 5 race series.

Just one point decided the Irish National Championship gold medals on Sunday 14 July, with Lucy Kane/Emma Gallagher coming up trumps from their skillful scorecard of 3,1,2,2,1,1,1.

Thirteen 420 teams battled it out over seven races at the annual THE Olympic Regatta on Lake Balaton, Hungary from 12-14 July. Máté Benyó/Ákos Horváth struck out strong from day 1, ultimately counting an all top-three scorecard including four race wins, to safely win by a 9 point advantage over Zsigmond Fülöp/Balázs Fülöp. Third to Súta Szalai/Dénes Asperján.

Visit the 420 website for full event results.

1-4 Aug 2019

Buzzards Bay Regatta


2-4 Aug 2019

Pesta Sukan Regatta


7-9 Aug 2019

Romeo Cup



10-18 Aug 2019

Czech 420 Class Training Camp

  Czech Republic

12-16 Aug 2019

CORK International Regatta


15-19 Aug 2019

420 Coaches and Sailors Clinic

  Chinese Taipei


16-18 Aug 2019

26th KFC –Merdeka Day Regatta


17-18 Aug 2019

Irish Connaught Championship


17-18 Aug 2019

Czech National Cup

  Czech Republic


17-18 Aug 2019

British 420 National Championship

  Great Britain

27 Aug-2 Sep 2019

Russian National Youth Championship


28-31 Aug 2019

Hungarian 420 National Championship



28-31 Aug 2019

ÖJM Neusiedlersee


30 Aug-1 Sep 2019

Thailand 420 Southern Area Championship


31 Aug-6 Sep 2019

Turkish National Team Camp




Coaches and Sailors Clinics

Next up for our 420 Class Development Programme are Coaches and Sailors Clinics in Chinese Taipei and South Africa.

The 420 Class is very excited about holding its first ever development initiative in Chinese Taipei from 15-19 August with expert coaching from Nikos Drougkas (GRE). The clinic is open to all partipants and registration closes on 5 August 2019.

The 420 development programme then moves to South Africa from 22-26 September and registration will open soon. NCAs will be sent an announcement and please check the 420 Facebook and website for the latest updates.

Reflecting on recent activities, the 420 Class partnered with World Sailing for the Youth Worlds in Poland with Nikos Drougkas. He was on site to provide daily coach support and race debriefs for all 420 teams, with particular support to the teams from Belarus, Lithuania and the Ukraine who had joined 420 Clinics in the lead-up.


EUROSAF, General Assembly and Promo Video

After the success of the inaugural 2018/2019 EUROSAF 420 Race Circuit we are going to be doing it all over again for  2019/2020 and add in some new events to make it up to 10 events across Europe. Victory in the launch year went to Switzerland’s Natascha Rast/Samira Rast in the women, Germany’s Jonathan Steidle/Leonardo Honold in the Open and France’s Ange Delerce/Timotee Rossi in the U17. Along with the glory of event victory the winning teams also received an entry invite to the Juinor Europeans, over and above the quotas places for their nation, and a free entry.

The 2019/2020 EUROSAF 420 Race Circuit will kick off in Autumn 2019 with the Swiss Nationals in Oberhofen from 26-29 September, moving to Copa de España, Spain from 31 October to 3 November, then to Athens International Sailing Week, Greece from 8-10 November and closing 2019 at the Imperia Regatta, Italy from 5-12 December. Keep an eye on the website for more information and the announcement of the events for 2020.

This year's General Assembly meeting brought representatives of 420 National Class Associations together during the 420 Worlds to chat all things 420. Decisions taken include the selection of Bahia, Brazil to host the 2021 420 Worlds during the second week of January 2021, and San Moritz, Switzerland will host the 2021 420 Open Europeans at a date to be confirmed during July to August. Take a read of the draft Minutes. The venue for the 2021 420/470 Junior Europeans, this time selected by the 470 Class, was announced as Weymouth, Great Britain with dates to be confirmed.

Launching in the coming days will be the all-new 420 Class promotional video - telling the story of why 420 Class sailing is simply the best. Lots of great sailing footage from events last year - so you might just spot yourself. Keep an eye on the 420 Facebook and website for the launch.

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