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Another busy month of sailing, racing, training and having fun around the 420 Class world during September 2019.

As well as plenty of racing action, also packed into the past 30 days have been two 420 Class Coaches and Sailors Clinics in South Africa and Australia aiming to accelarate knowledge sharing and skills deveopment. As always, a big thanks to Allen Sailing for their sponsorship of free boat fittings for each clinic.

Take a read of the latest updates on the increased entry quotas for the 2020 420 World Championship and the events line-up for the 2019-2020 EUROSAF 420 Race Circuit.

Enjoy reading our round-up of news in September and what's ahead for October. As always head to the 420 Facebook page for all the latest news and check in to the 420 Class website for more in depth updates.



Eastern Europes, Worlds and Junior Europeans

The inaugural 420 Eastern Europe Championship hosted sixteen teams from Belarus, Lithuania, Poland and the Ukraine contest a 10-race series on the race track off Elektrenai from 19-22 September. The Championship race track belonged to Zofia Korsak/Karolina Cendrowska who claimed the 420 Eastern Europe title on a 22 point advantage. Team mates Magdalena Jagiełło/Nina Machowicz pulled out a strong final day to seize the silver medal, with Belarus' Ivan Filipovich/George Lashko staking their names on the bronze medals.

Make sure you have the dates in your diary for next year's 420 World and 420 Junior European Championships:

2020 420, Women and U17 World Championships - will be held in Crozon-Morgat, France, from 3-11 July 2020.

2020 420 Junior European Championships - will be held at Warnemunder, Germany from 25 July-1 August 2020.

Reflecting the growing demand for entries at the 420 World Championships, the entry quotas for the 2020 420 Worlds have been increased to:

Men/Mixed - 14 boats for each country and 20 boats for the host country; Women - 14 boats for each country and 20 boats for the host country; and U17 - 12 boats for each country and 20 boats for the host country.

The total entry quota for each country is 40 boats and 60 for the host country. A country may make a request to the International 420 Class Association to change their entry numbers for the Championship, as long as the total country quota is not exceeded.


1-30 September 2019

France has just won big at the opening event of the 2019-2020 EUROSAF 420 Race Circuit, claiming the top three positions at the 420 Swiss Nationals, 26-29 September, chased by teams from Germany and Switzerland.

Turkey is already in the process to select its national team for 2020, with performances at the TYF Federation Cup adding to the qualification criteria. Sabri Kerem Erkmen/Berke Burhan Gunduz delivered a super consistent scorecard to day by day steadily increase their points gap over the rest of the fleet and win on a 25 point advantage on 28 September.

The South African 420 National Championships were held from 27-30 September, off the back of the 420 Coaches and Sailors Clinic, with a decisive win going to Matt Ashwell/Rivaldo Arendes who dominated the 10-race series.

The British 420 Autumn Championships saw 35 teams battle it out over the weekend of 21-22 September, with victory to Haydn Sewell/William Heathcote.

Continuing the CSP series in Switzerland, the weekend of 21-22 welcomed 420 teams to CSP Thalwil with the win notched up by Maxim Dneprov/Luis Zimmerli.

An epic run of form from Lucy Kane/Emma Gallagher at the RYA Northern Ireland Youth Championships, 21-22 September, saw the pair rack up an all-win scorecard to easily seize the crown.

An epic all-win scorecard awarded the 2019 Croatian 420 National Championship to Antonia Kustera/Maris Basic who knocked out race win after win in mid-September.

The annual Campionati Italiani Giovanili 2 featured a 162 sailor entry in the 420 fleet who battled it out across a 7 race series. The leading two boats ended the Championship separated by just one point, as they matched each other virtually race by race, with victory going to Riccardo Sepe/Gabriele Centrone over Tommaso Cilli/Bruno Mantero.

Event #1 of the Southern Charter Classic Series in South Africa saw total domination from Ross Mackinnon/Alex Falcon who racked up seven wins from eight races over the weekend of 7-8 September.

Tricky conditions at Catalonian Sailing Week, 7-8 September, meant just 4 races were contested, with a close 1 point victory to Sebastian Riquelme Beckmann/Miquel Perez Carbo.

Over the same weekend, the Spanish 420 International Race in Santander rewarded top place to sisters Marta Gomez/Beatriz Gomez.

#420ClassAlumni and Olympic and World Champion Hannah Mills is behind the BIG PLASTIC PLEDE, a brand new initiative to harness the reach of sport to inspire millions to reduce their plastic usage.

The sixteen teams competing at Semana Internacional de Vela do Rio de Janeiro, 6-8 September, enjoyed the challenge of Rio 2016 Olympic waters the Rio 2016 Olympic. Youth came out on top as Bernardo Bulcão/Vinicius Ribeiro finished first and were the top placed junior team.

For the second year running, the 420 Class has been one of the invited classes at the San Diego Olympic Classes Regatta, 6-8 September, hosted by San Diego Yacht Club. The event is held as part of the build-up to the 2024 Los Angeles Olympic Games. Gray Hemans/Michael Fineman claiming the win on an 8 point scorecard.

The Russian Youth National Championship for multiple youth classes hosted five days of racing and eight races for the 420 Class. Light breeze prevailed with the title awarded to Denis Lepin/Maxim Karelin on 2 September.

Koh Phangan Youth Sailing hosted the Thailand Southern Area 420 Championship at its idyllic beachside location, with racing on crystal clear waters from 30 August to 1 September. An impressive partnership from Jettavee/Chakkaphat, whose superior team work and race track strategy rewarded them with a scorecard of race wins and second places, to land the Championship crown by 7 points.

4-6 October

ATM Melaka Open Regatta


4-7 October

STACK Winter Championship

  New Zealand

5-6 October

British Winter Championship

  Great Britain


5-6 October

Trofeo Presidente de Cantabria Vela Ligera


5-6 October

Southern Australia Youth Tri Series


13 October

Regate d'automne 420 Antibes



13-15 October

Shimshon Boober Regatta


19-20 October

420 Lovran Regatta


19-20 October

International Winter Criterium



26-27 October

Atlantic Coast Championship


30 October-2 November

French National d'Automne


31 October-3 November

Copa de Espana




South Africa and Australia

420 Class Vice-President Jose Massapina (POR) and head coach Michalis Mileos (GRE) have run back to back 420 Class Coaches and Sailors Clinics in South Africa and Australia during September.

South Africa - the 5-day clinic at Hermanus Yacht Club from 22-26 September attracted over 20 coaches and sailors who soaked up the knowledge sharing and skills acquisition. Scheduled just before the South African 420 Nationals, the skills gained were immediately put to the test on the race track.

Australia - the 5-day clinic, 29 September-3 October, at Brighton & Seacliff Yacht Club in Adelaide is a kick start to the 2019/2020 racing season. Targeting a high-performance level, participants are experienced sailors and coaches who want to accelerate their skills to the next level.

Click on the links above to take a read of all the news, enjoy photos and watch the videos from these two clinics.

All enquiries about the 420 Class Development Programme to:


Supporting 420 Clinics

At the start of 2019, Allen Brothers, the leading UK manufacturer of performance sailboat hardware, came on board as a sponsor of the 420 Class Coaches and Sailors Clinics and provide a full set of boat fittings for each clinic. In many nations, sourcing equipment spares can be challenging and expensive, so the 420 Class is delighted that Allen Brothers have partnered with us to make a difference.


Notice of Series Published

The International 420 Class Association continues its partnership with EUROSAF to run the 2019-2020 EUROSAF 420 Race Circuit, which kicked off at the Swiss 420 National Championships in Oberhofen last weekend. Nine events are confirmed across 2019-2020, with teams being ranked based on their top 5 event results. Take a read of the Notice of Series.

The 2019-2020 EUROSAF 420 Race Circuit will run from September 2019 to June 2020, with the winning team in the overall U19 division, the U17 division as well as the best women´s team awarded a free entry to the 2020 Junior European Championships. The free entry is in addition to their respective nation’s entry quota.

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