The International 420 Class Association is pleased to announce the launch of a free online Training Video to provide coaching and training tips for both the beginner and experienced 420 sailors. Sailors are always looking for ways to improve their sailing techniques, improve manoeuvres and get the most out of the time spent on the water and this online resource is set to provide a significant step towards this objective.
José Massapina, 420 Class Vice-President responsible for the 420 Development Programme commented, “Training and improving techniques can be challenging and this instructional video is a bit like having your own personal video coach to help you get faster and talk you through skills and tactics.” Recognizing the input from the partners involved, Massapina added, “We are delighted to have produced the video which has been a major project for the class and I am confident it will benefit many young sailors around the world. Our thanks to Nick Drougas, the Greek sailors sailing and demonstrating the techniques and Icarus who have produced the video.”
“If you get your technique right you'll be efficient, produce better results and avoid potential injuries,” explained Nick Drougas the world class coach behind the video. “Boat set up is explained, alongside body and boat movement. The commentary and visual presentation provide an easily understood training tool. Watch the video, go out and practice, review your day's sailing and improve your skills,” he added.
Full details on: http://www.420sailing.org/
The ISA Mitsubishi Youth National Championships 2011 and Junior Pathway Championships took place over the May Bank Holiday weekend between 29th April 2011 and 2nd May 2011 on Dublin Bay organised by the Royal St. George Yacht Club, the National Yacht Club and the Royal Irish Yacht Club under the auspices of the Irish Sailing Association and were to some extent a dry run both for the sailors and the race management committee in contemplation of the ISAF World Championships which are due to take place on Dublin Bay in 2012.
Accordingly, there was a great turn out of all classes including the Laser Radial, Laser 4.7, 420, Feva, Topper and the Optimist Championship fleet which held a regatta alongside the running of the Optimist trials fleet.
The 420 Class, along with other classes, was competing to qualify for the honour of representing Ireland at this year’s ISAF World Championships to be held in Croatia.
While racing was blown out on the final day, Bank holiday Monday, 8 races were run in the 420 Class over 3 days commencing
Fifteen 420s entered the ISA Youth Nationals jointly hosted hosted by the Royal St George Yacht club and the National Yacht Club. On the from the 29th of April to the 2nd of May. Conditions were mixed for the event providing good if somewhat tricky racing over the first tree days of the competition.
Race 1 on Friday morning presented 15-18 knots from the north, Emma Geary and Niamh Connolly lead for the first lap of the outer loop course with Aodh Kennedy and Daniel Brown close behind, on the second beat both Geary & Connolly and Kennedy and Brown took the right hand side of the beat letting Patrick and Chloe Crosbie slip by them up the left and take the lead. The Crosbies did not falter and held the lead to the finish, a pattern that was to continue for the rest of the event.
In Race 2 Geary & Connolly were determined not to let the lead slip away, and after taking the lead they defended well against the very
These photographs were taken by Brian McDowell
Event date 30 April - 3rd May.
There will be two days of 420 coaching at GBSC on Saturday 28th May and also on Saturday 11th June. These coaching sessions are open to anyone who has a 420 and all experience levels. If you have a boat and are missing a helm or crew please let me know and I will try to match up needs. Alternatively if you do not have a boat but would like to sail/ crew please get in touch.
The sessions will run from 9am sharp to 4pm. The cost will be €25 for one day and €40 for both days if paid in advance. Applications need to be in by 20 May.
Mitsubishi Motors Youth Championships 2011RStGYC, NYC & RIYCResults as of 11:32 on May 2, 2011420 CLASS
Photographs from the 2011 Leinsters taken by Brian McDowell.
Event date 23 - 24 April.
The National Yacht Club hosted the 420 Leinster Championships over Easter Weekend. Twelve boats competed in the event, with visiting crews travelling from Crosshaven, Kinsale, Malahide, Spiddal , Tralee and Wexford.
Emma Geary and Niamh Connolly, counted four wins and a second place in the six race series, to won the event convincingly. The girls will be aiming to repeat their success next weekend at the ISA Mitsubishi Youth Nationals in Dun Laoghaire in order to secure a nomination to the 2011 ISAF Youth Worlds which will be held in Croatia. Fiona and Patrick Daly finished second overall with a very consistent four 2nds and two 3rds. Aodh Kennedy/Daniel Browne and Richard D’Esterre/Peter Stokes also recorded race wins.
Alanna Lyttle and Cian Guifoyle, narrowly defeated fellow newcomers Emily Jones and Liadh Conway for the Silver Fleet Trophy.
Our thanks go to PRO Larry Power and his mark laying teams for providing excellent racing in sometimes challenging wind conditions and to Sandra Moore, who ran the race office throughout the weekend.
Full results available here: http://www.sail420.com/content/2011-leinster-championships-results
Two weeks ago both Rob Lehan and myself (William Leech) attended the 3rd International 420 coaching seminar. It was organised by José Massapina from the International 420 class association and hosted by the Austrian Sailing Federation in their new facility in Neusiedl, which is near Vienna.
The head coach was Jim Saltonstall from the UK and who has a hugely impressive success history as a coach.
Two Turks, two Austrians, a Danish girl and a guy from the Czech Republic, all of which were fantastic company during the seminar, also attended. It was especially nice as it allowed all the attending coaches to share ideas and exercises over the course of the four days.
The four days were to follow the format of a classroom based morning session led by Jim followed by a chance for the coaches to run a session for some Austrian sailors in the afternoon. Both Rob and myself were lucky in the sense that this actually worked for us, even though our first scheduled session was a blow out. Not all the coaches were as lucky due to the usual problems with weather and the sailor’s logistics.
I think it is safe to say that all involved had a brilliant time and learned a huge amount, sailors and coaches included. It is also important to credit the international 420 association for organizing these events that do a huge amount for sailing internationally.
William F M Leech
I hope that you are all looking forward to the 420 events that are due to take place over Easter.
The first event will be the Leinster Championships at the National Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire on the 23rd and 24th of April. I am attaching the Notice of Race, the Entry Form and a Membership Form which I would encourage you to study carefully and complete as soon as possible.
Boats may enter this event by sending a completed Entry Form and entry fee of €80 to: The Secretary, the National Yacht Club, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin. (Cheques should be made out to the Irish International 420 Class Association.) The National Yacht Club would appreciate receiving all entries before the 20th of April. For further information relating to this event please contact Olivier Prouveur, NYC Sailing Manager, Email:- sailing [at] nyc [dot] ie Tel: 01 2805725
Annual membership of the association for 2011 is also due, we would appreciate if you would pay this at registration on the 23rd, before participating in the event. Sailors cannot participate without payment of this sub. The annual membership subscription for 2011 is €30 per sailor.
I am also attaching for your interest the Criteria for Junior European Team Selection. Criteria for the Open European Team will be sent out to you shortly.
The second event to look forward to is the ISA Mitsubishi Youth National Championships 2011 on Dublin Bay from the 29th of April to the 2nd of May. It is very important for interested sailors to visit the event website (http://www.dublinbay2012.com/mitsubishi2011/index.php/) as soon as possible in order to download the Notice of Race for this event and it is worth noting that there is a special early entry fee for all entries received before the 8th of April.
I wish you all fair winds and good sailing this Easter.