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420 sessions are presented midweek afternoons (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday) from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. All levels of 420 training occur simultaneously; the coaching staff will assign students to the appropriate level of instruction.

Please note: the following information is for group sailing lessons. Private instruction may be available by special arrangement. Please contact the Program Director to learn more.

Sessions One and Five  are ONE WEEK SESSIONS. Sessions Two, Three and Four are TWO WEEK SESSIONS. Every Friday of each session is dedicated to racing for fun (morning, regardless of class; regular Friday afternoon races will still be held).

Previous sailing knowledge, including points of sail and understanding of race courses and starting sequences, is required for 420 class participation. Some skills during 420 classes will be practiced within the context of a race course.

420 I

The 420 is one of the world's most popular performance sailing dinghies. This class introduces experienced young sailors to this dynamic and exciting boat.

Students learn how to rig and take care care of the boats. The 420 is a two-handed boat, with specific skipper and crew responsibilities, so students will learn about both positions.

They also learn to work with headsails (jib, and possibly spinnaker), and seamanship skills including capsize recovery, mastery of points of sail, and roll tacks and jibes.

Students may use either their own boats or Club boats.

420 II

This class refines the skills learned in 420 I, and introduces new skills aimed at preparing students for inter-club racing at SMSA (Southern Massachusetts Sailing Association) races and regattas.

The class focuses on optimizing sail trim, roll tacks and jibes, and understanding the impact of sail trim and weight distribution on speed and steering. Students are also introduced to trapeze work and spinnaker management. We also emphasize rules, strategies and  tactics involved in fleet racing and develop the concepts of racing as a team.

Students may use either their own boats or Club boats.


420 Racing

This one is all about success on the race course: mastery of the trapeze and flying a spinnaker, and a focus on skills development at specific positions (skipper and crew).

Students will learn to sail their 420s without a rudder, in order to learn how sail trim and weight distribution can actually control the boat. Emphasis is given to tuning the rig each day to optimize for conditions, and there's further development of team and fleet racing theory. The focus is on SMSA regattas and racing. CYC staff will coordinate participation and coach during these events.

Students may use either their own boats or Club boats.

To register for 420 sailing programs, please CLICK HERE.

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