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Irish 420 Sailing news and results
The first 420 domestic regional event of 2023 will be the Munster Championships on Friday, 17th to Saturday 18th February in Kinsale Harbour
After a short break over Christmas and New Year, the 420 sailors are back out on the water at various clubs around the country. The 420 class has a reputation for providing top-quality coaching, both through the clubs and at…
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The ten boat 2022 Ulster 420 dinghy Championships were held on the Broadmeadows Estuary in Malahide
The 2022 Ulster 420 Championships were held on the Broadmeadows Estuary in Malahide at the weekend, not quite within the province of Ulster but deemed far enough into the north side of Dublin to make it the venue for this…
A start at the 420 Nationals at Rush in County Dublin
Galway Bay Sailing Club's Adam McGrady and Alistair O'Sullivan were the winners by a margin of 11 points of the 420 National Championships at Rush Sailing Club in County Dublin at the weekend.  The pair add the national title to…
Claire Morgan, Denis Cronin and Youghal crew, Noel Joyce and Karen Walsh
A grandfather, his daughter and grandson, ended up in the water when their 420 dinghy capsized East of Whitegate Oil Refinery in Cork Harbour. The volunteer RNLI crew of Denis Cronin, Claire Morgan and two crew from Youghal Lifeboat Station,…
2022 Leinsters - 1st place gold fleet for Adam McGrady and Alistair O'Sullivan of Galway Bay Sailing Club
Howth Yacht Club hosted the Irish 420 dinghy Leinster championships racing over the August bank holiday weekend. As Afloat reported previously, the Leinster Championships are the second regional event of the year for the class, with the Connaught Championships having…
Adam and Aly examining the Sheaffer Cup with Keelan Darby (middle left, Blessington) and Robert Jephson (middle right, Waterford)
The young sailors in the Irish 420 fleet continued their Summer itinerary last weekend with a visit to Howth Yacht Club, where the Leinster Regional Championships were hosted in warm sunshine.  Galway Bay Sailing Club was represented by Adam McGrady…
Double Ree 2022 will be offering an attractive package to match LRYC's position as the current MG Motor
In an era when solo dinghy stars seem to get much of the glamour attention, Lough Ree YC's Double Ree Regatta for four leading two-handed classes on 16th-17th July is poised to meet a popular demand as the weather settles…
12 420s are registered for the Galway event
The 420 dinghy Connacht Championships take place at Galway Bay Sailing Club this weekend from 4th-5th June. Currently, 12 boats are registered for the event which is the first of the regionals on the National Calendar. Seven boats from GBSC…
420 sailors Jack McDowell and Henry Thompson of Malahide Yacht Club
Jack McDowell and Henry Thompson of Malahide Yacht Club had seven wins from 11 races in the 420 division of the Youth Sailing Nationals at Ballyholme on Belfast Lough on Sunday.  The strong score tally gave them an 18-point cushion…
The record number of 420s lined up at Kinsale for the first class training session of 2022
21 420 racing dinghies have arrived at Kinsale Yacht Club for their annual February Mid-Term coaching camp. This record number has doubled in number since it was last held at Schull in 2019. Boats have travelled from Wexford Harbour, Waterford Harbour,…
420 dinghy racing on Cardigan Bay.
The RYA Youth Sailing Brititsh National Championships is making a much-anticipated return to Wales in 2022 – and entries are now open for the Irish Sea event. The week-long regatta heads to Plas Heli, the Welsh National Sailing Academy in…
The Topper was the biggest class with 38 boats at the Investwise Youth Sailing Championships in Cork Harbour
The cut short Investwise Irish Youth Sailing National Championships on Cork Harbour had produced some clear winners in five classes regardless of today's Yellow Alert weather warning at Royal Cork Yacht Club. Five titles were divided between Dublin and Cork sailors…
Malahide and Wexford Harbour duo of Jack McDowell and Henry Thompson continued their overall lead of the 420 class at the Investwise Youth Sailing National Championships at Cork Harbour. Counting four race wins on the opening day of the championships,…
Fleet leaders - Malahide and Wexford Harbour pairing of Jack McDowell and Henry Thompson complete roll tack on day two of racing at the Investwise Youth National championships in Cork Harbour
Four straight wins for the Malahide and Wexford Harbour pairing of Jack McDowell and Henry Thompson means they overtake the overnight leaders Imogen Hauer and Hugo Micka in the 420 Class of the Investwise Youth Sailing National Championships at Royal…
420 class fleet racing at the Investwise Youth Sailing Nationals
Malahide’s Imogen Hauer and Hugo Micka have a one point overnight lead in the first day of racing in a nine boat 420 class fleet at the Investwise Youth Sailing Championships on Cork Harbour. Lough Ree’s Eoghan Duffy with Conor…
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At A Glance – 420 Dinghy Specifications

Crew 2
Type Monohull
Design One-Design
Construction GRP
Rig Bermuda
Keel Centerboard
Trapeze Single
LOA 4.2 metres (13 ft 9 in)
Beam 1.63 metres (5 ft 4 in)
Draft 0.965 metres (3 ft 2.0 in)
Hull weight 80 kilograms (180 lb)
Mast height 6.26 metres (20 ft 6 in)
Main & Jib area 10.25 square metres (110.3 sq ft) [1]
Mainsail area 7.45 square metres (80.2 sq ft)
Jib / Genoa area 2.8 square metres (30 sq ft)
Spinnaker area 8.83 square metres (95.0 sq ft)

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