After a year off, the 420 Currabinny cup was once more sailed in Cork harbour as part of a "festival of dinghy sailing" on the 3rd and 4th of November alongside the optimist and laser End of Season. All boats were local, there was a bite in the air and the breeze was up on both days.
A strong local contingent 9 boats from Skerries, Malahide, Howth, Sutton and Clontarf and 10 visitors from Dunlaoghaire, Wexford, Cork, Tralee and Galway made a superb weekend of class coaching in Howth.
Near perfect training conditions were provided on the Saturday with an average 10 knots and sun shine giving plenty of opportunity to learn new skills or develop existing ones under the guidance of the coaching team. The coaching team was headed up by Ross Killian, 420 national coach, and assisted by Ger Owens, Tomas Mapplebeck and Graeme Grant. The sailors enjoyed dinner in the evening giving an opportunity to unwind and have some banter about the day’s activities on the water and to eat some birthday cake.
Sunday saw slightly poorer weather conditions in the morning with rain dying out to very cold conditions but the perfect wind was still there giving two great sessions on the water. The weekend has provided great support to the growing class of 420s in Howth Yacht Club and the surrounding area. But was also a great indicator to the strength and depth of the class for the upcoming 2013 season.
Special thanks have to go to all of the sailors without whom the event could not have been the success it was, Irish 420 class association and Brian Mc Dowell for co ordination and support before, during and after; Howth Yacht Club for the use of the facility and access to the fantastic training areas; Ian Dickson, Malahide YC and the ISA for use of the coach boats; the coaches; and Des Flood the class captain in Howth.
Winter training will continue in Howth Yacht Club
The next class training will be in the Royal St George Yacht Club 11th-12th November
First, a reminder that the next class training weekend is scheduled for 13-14 October in Howth.
At the same time plans are underway for the next class training weekend in the Royal St George Yacht Club on 10th and 11th November 2012.
All abilities of sailors will be catered for with boats available for beginners and improvers try out. Charter Boats are available from CurraDinghy. Expert coaching will be provided by Olympic Coach Ross Killian and a team of the best coaches available.
Enrollment details will follow shortly.
Specifications.420- IRL 53967
Bought to race in the European Junior Championship 2012. The boat is ready to race.
To encourage and promote the growth of the 420 class at HYC, we are working with the 420 class association and other clubs in the Leinister region. The aim of the training is to allow sailors to keep enjoying their sailing outside of the summer months, while working on improving their boat handling skills and racing technique.
The Notice of Race and the Entry Form for the Curradinghy Munster Championships 22-23 September has been published on the Royal Cork website. Note a completed entry form must with sent in before 19th September to avoid the additional €20 late payment fee.
The Royal Cork Yacht Club will host an Open Training weekend on behalf of the Irish 420 Association on September 15th/16th. Boats may be left in the RCYC dinghy park ready for the 420 Munster Championship the following weekend. Training begins at 10am on Saturday and will end at 4.30pm on Sunday.
This training will be directed at sailors of all standards and there will be coaches to cater for all levels. The class has arranged an excellent line up of coaches with Elliot Willis (former 2 time 470 World and European Champion and GBR Olympian) as guest coach and inputs from Ross Killian, ISA National 420 coach, Tom Mapplebeck and Thomas Chaix.
In response to many queries regarding the ISA winter training group I would like to clarify that the team that will travel to Vigo, Malaga and Palma is not the 420 academy. The plans for the future do include the creation of a 420 academy but It will not be chosen at this early stage.
I expect all sailors to make considerable progress this winter thanks to focused training in our home waters and abroad and this will be taken into account for the selection of the academy for 2013.
In addition to the planned away trips domestic training will be taking place. The criteria for selection for the academy will be posted soon but as coach I will be present at the home training camps in September and October as well as the Munsters in RCYC on the 22nd and 23rd of September and will be able to see the progress of the sailors for myself. The dates for all training for the winter and 2013 are currently being finalised and will be posted shortly.
See you in RCYC on the 15th.
Ross Killian. ISA 420 coach.