The Irish 420 fleet arrived in Lough Derg last weekend for the End of Seasons. Many boats partook in a three day training course with Olympian Ger Owens and former 420 sailor Rob Lehane prior to the event, while others were coached by Tom Mapleback for three days in Galway. Overall the fleet came to the event very well prepared. The event was held in surprisingly sunny conditions but with that sun came very little wind and bitterly cold weather.
Irish 420 Class Association - End of Seasons - Lough Derg Yacht Club
Results are final as of 14:48 on November 6, 2011
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The sailing documentation for the 420 End of Season Regatta is attached. The event is due to take place at LDYC on the 5th and 6th of November. Registration is 9:00-10:30am with the first warning signal at 10:55am to allow for four races on Saturday.
I would like to remind you that the AGM of the Irish International 420 Class Association will take place at 6pm on Sat 5th of November at the LDYC clubhouse
There will be two specialist 420 coaching clinics held over the upcoming October mid-term. The first will be held in Galway Bay Sailing Club (GBSC) 1st-3rd November. The second will be held in Lough Derg Yacht Club (LDYC) 2nd-4th November.
These dovetail into the 420 End of Seasons in LDYC on 5 & 6 November and it's a great time for both existing 420 sailors and those new to the class to get some quality time in the boat. "Read more" below for details...
A training clinic for all Leinster 420 sailors will take place in the Royal St George Yacht Club. This is a 2 day event with top UK and Irish National 420 coach Tom Mapplebeck. There will be a special module for those new to the class focusing on:
The cost is estimated to be 80 euro per boat (40 per sailor). RSGYC 420 sailors doing the winter training the cost in included in your fee. If you don't have a boat but want to try the class there may be an option to charter a boat for the weekend.
This promises to be a great weekend. If you want to take part sign up IMMEDIATELY to secure a place. To sign up for the weekend contact Carol Healion in the sailing office 012801811 or atsailing [at] rsgyc [dot] ie
The dates for the End of Season regatta have been changed. Please note that this regatta will now take place at the same venue, LDYC in Dromineer, on the weekend of the 5th and 6th of November.
Dates and venues for mid-term training will be confirmed within a day or two.
The Royal Cork 420 class in conjunction with Tom Mappleback will host an open day on Sunday September 25th at 12 noon. In order to help the organisation please register your interest by clicking here:
The 420 is an exciting two person dinghy and is a most suitable boat for many of those ready to move on from Fevas or Oppies.
It compliments the Laser 4.7 and Radial classes and is aimed primarily at the same age group of 14 to 18. It is ideal for the smaller helm who might struggle in breeze with the power of the 4.7, and those who wish to develop their trapeze and spinnaker skills.
While the class has only a small core group in the club at the moment, there is a good circuit (there were 25 boats at the nationals in Spiddal last weekend) and great craic. Very good second hand boats are available and Tom Mappleback is willing to charter boats this winter in order to help build the fleet.
- Tom Crosbie
The 420 Nationals 2011 were hosted on the weekend of the 3rd and 4th of September by Cumann Seoilteoireachta an Spideil in County Galway.
Fifty sailors attended the National event representing their various clubs; Lough Foyle Sailing Club, Skerries Sailing Club, Glandore Sailing Club, Malahide Yacht Club, Wexford Harbour Boat and Tennis club, Tralee Bay Sailing Club, Royal Cork Yacht Club, Royal St. George Yacht Club, Howth Yacht Club, Galway Bay Sailing Club and Cumann Seoilteoireachta an Spidéil.
A big "thank-you" to Billy Keady and all the members of Cumann Seoltóireacht an Spidéil who hosted a great Nationals 3-4th September. An event report will be available in due course. In the meantime results are attached below and many superb photographs from the weekend are available from:-
Hi all, we are eagerly looking forward to welcoming all 420 sailors to this years National Championships at An Spideal (Spiddal). This is our first event of this size and we are keen to ensure you enjoy your visit to An Spideal.
There will be racing in Gold and Silver fleet and novice 420 sailors are especially welcome. Tom Mappleback will be on the water to coach novice sailors as required. Sailing Instructions are attached to this post. Please also bring your completed paperwork: entry, 420 membership, parent consent (if needed).