Volvo National Championships 2013

Paul Keal - 2013 Volvo 420 NationalsThe Volvo 420 Class National Championships concluded in RCYC on Sunday with brothers Harry and David Whitaker of the Royal Cork Yacht Club taking the title in style.  In a quality fleet of 32 sailors from all over the country they proved their consistency by never finishing outside the top three boats in any race.

Race officer Richard Leonard expertly managed to complete a full series of nine races between Friday and Sunday with some sparkling sailing to be seen just south east of Roches Point off the entrance to Cork Harbour.  The conditions were very variable with extremes of exciting upwind and three sail planing on Saturday afternoon being in contrast to the tense drift finishing on the last race on Sunday.

Robert Dickson and Sean Waddilove of Howth Yacht Club put up the main challenge and indeed had more first places than the Whitakers but had to settle for second overall to the ever consistent brothers. Robert and Sean have been having a great year to date as Irish 420 boys boat for the ISAF youth Worlds in Cyprus.

Third boat was Ewan McMahon and Colin O’Sullivan, also of Howth, who put in some excellent performances particularly in the earlier races. Being younger and relatively newer to the class they certainly have made great progress in double quick time.

Best of the ladies in sixth overall were cousins Lizzy and Cara McDowell of Malahide Yacht Club whose first place in the last race was enough to jump ahead of Cliodhna Ni Shuilleabhan and Jil McGinley (Kinsale Yacht Club and Royal Cork) for the ladies title. Third ladies were sister team Kate and Alanna Lyttle of Royal St. George Yacht Club.

Unwanted sails required

A great chance to clear out your garage. I am looking for used sails for training purposes – jibs, mains and spinnakers.
Have you a 3rd or 4th set that are not now used?
Pitch your offer and price to des [dot] flood [at] oceanfree [dot] net

Walker Communications 420 Ulster Championships 2013 31st August – 1st September 2013

Donaghadee Sailing Club is delighted to host the first 420 event in the North of Ireland for some time. Local PRO Jimmie McKee will ensure 2 days of top quality racing in the infamous tidal waters of Donaghadee.
Registration for the event will open at 0830 on Saturday 31st August with the 1st warning at 11:55. There will be food and live entertainment for all soon after racing on Saturday evening, hopefully you can join us. There is a very nominal charge of £5.00 per head.
It is hoped to organise some training pre-event, details to follow. Boat storage will be available if needed.
A comprehensive information pack for the weekend is attached. It provides location, schedule, tides and accommodation details. More information can be obtained by visiting or by contacting Stuart Ogg, Chair of the Organising Committee on 07714262223 or stuartogg [at] btinternet [dot] com

Volvo Irish 420 Nationals - RCYC 9-11th August with Open Training from 7th August

Royal Cork Yacht Club is delighted to host this years Volvo Irish 420 Nationals on the 9th to 11th August 2013.  Entrants can look forward to excellent sailing off Roches Point (weather permitting) with three races being planned on each day.
For a copy of the Notice of Race - please click here
For a copy of the Entry Form - please click here
Open training, led by Ross Killian, will take place on the 7th and 8th of August with a total of three  coaches on the water.  The cost of the training will be €100 per boat with food being provided on the Wednesday night. It is important to confirm your intention to attend the Open Training as early as possible by emailing Mark Whitaker at mark [dot] whitaker [at] jpmg [dot] ie
If any of the sailors are having difficulty in getting accommodation for the Open Training or the Nationals please let Mark know.
Finally your attention is drawn to the reduced entry fee for the Nationals - entries need to be sent to the Royal Cork Yacht Club by July 31st to avoid the late entry fee.

2013 ex-Charter boats for sale

Ex Charter 420's from 2013 season.

-Nautivela Hull - new June 2013
-Harken fittings throughout
-Nautivela race foils
-Selden Zeta mast, boom and pole
-Complete Curradinghy race pack
-Top, Bottom, Mast, Boom and Rudder bag
-Launching Trolley


Special offer available on Zaoli Sails when purchased with the boat.

Contact Tom - tom [at] curradinghy [dot] com or 0862475551

Irish 420 Class Association AGM Friday 9th August RCYC

The Irish 420 Class would like to invite all members to attend the AGM which will be held in the Royal Cork YC at 6pm on Friday 9th of August. The date is the first day of the National Championships.

420 Training Thursday 4th July, Friday 5th July RSGYC

The Irish 420 Class in association with the RSGYC and ISA are organising open training in the RSGYC Dun Laoghaire on Thursday 4th July, Friday 5th July. The cost is 100 euro per boat for the two days. 
Ross Killian ISA Coach will be the head coach for the training so top quality training is ensured. We would also like to encourage any 420 sailors who are new to the class or club sailors to attend. All Welcome. There will be training for everyone.
Please email RSGYC b [dot] fusco [at] hotmail [dot] com (subject: 420%20Training%204-5%20July%202013) (Head Coach Ben Fusco) to confirm that you will be attending. Please email as soon as you can, but before Monday evening. Payment on arrival. Plan to be on the water at 10am, so arrival before 9am on Thursday.

Connachts Postponed

The Connachts that were scheduled for July have been postponed until after the Summer.

IRL 50288 For Sale

Good Condition, ready to sail. One full set of sails, new spinnaker pole
New slot gasket
Launching Trailer
Top Cover and Undercover
Perfect for getting into this fast growing and competitive class


086 1697857 / 01 2789994
hugh [dot] maguire95 [at] gmail [dot] com
Located in Dublin

For Sale - IRL51604

420 for sale in good condition and ready to race. It was used for ISA competitions between 2005-2007 but has not been sailed since and has been safely stored.

All fittings attached
1x Main (racing)
1x Main (training)
1x Jib (racing)
1x Jib (training)
2x spinnakers
1x spinnaker pole
1x Rudder
1x Trapeze harness
New mast
New centerboard
Launching trolley
Road Trailer
Top and bottom covers

Price: 2,500 EUR
Contact: lucyf [dot] fitzgerald [at] gmail [dot] com Phone: 087 135 1328

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