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A tight start at the Cumann 420 na hÉireann Craobh Chonnacht at Galway Bay SC this weekend
It’s all go in the Irish International 420 class as the summer season got under way this weekend (22-23 June) with the Cumann 420 na hÉireann Craobh Chonnacht at sunny Galway Bay Sailing Club. The event saw the 420s and…
A start in the 2024 Mixed Dinghy June League at Royal Cork Yacht Club
After two races sailed, 420 pairing Dougie Venner and Matt Mapplebeck lead Royal Cork Yacht Club's Mixed Dinghies June League in Cork Harbour. Racing under the Portsmouth Yardstick Handicap system, the duo has a third in the opening race and a…
Lough Ree Yacht Club - the home of Double Ree, a festival of youth Double-handed sailing
The age-old issue of what boat to progress into after Optimists is often answered by opting for another single-handed boat, writes John McGonigle of Lough Ree. And why not? The skills learned in an Optimist dinghy can be easily carried over…
Blessington Sailing Club and Malahide Yacht Club's Cora McNaughton and Sean Cronin (left) are one of four Irish pairings selected to compete at the 2024 International 420 Open European Championships in July
The Irish 420 Dinghy Class Association announces the pairings to represent Ireland at the 2024 Open International 420 European Championships.  Unlike some other youth boats, the 420 Worlds and Junior Europeans are closed events due to the sheer numbers of boats…
An ILCA 6 race start on the only day of racing at the 2024 Irish Sailing Youth National Championships at the Royal Cork Yacht Club
Not many were surprised when the Irish Sailing Youth National Championships, which have been taking place at the Royal Cork Yacht Club since Thursday, concluded early due to the landing of Storm Kathleen and a deteriorating forecast for the following…
29er action at the 2021 Irish Sailing Youth National Championships held in Cork Harbour. The 2024 event returns to Royal Cork Yacht Club this morning
Over 170 young sailors are set to compete in Ireland’s largest youth regatta, which starts today, April 4th at Crosshaven in Cork Harbour. The 2024 Irish Sailing Youth National Championships, which will be hosted by the Royal Cork Yacht Club…
Blessington Sailing Club's Cora McNaughton and  Sean Cronin (left) were the overall winners of the 420 dinghy Munster Championships at Kinsale Yacht Club
Blessington Sailing Club's Cora McNaughton and Sean Cronin emerged as the victorious duo, clinching the top spot with a lead of four points in the 420 Munster Championships held at Kinsale Yacht Club on Saturday. The championships, which attracted a…
With 20 420 dinghies in attendance, the sailors are ready to focus on practical training and improvement at Kinsale Yacht Club
Kinsale Yacht Club is again hosting the annual Craftinsure Irish International 420 Dinghy Spring Training, marking the start of a new sailing season for the fleet. The event started on Monday, 12th February and will conclude with the 420 Munster…
After the recent unsettled weather, Lough Ree was looking its best at the weekend for the 420 Ulsters
Navigating November weather can be a stern test for regional championship events, yet the 420 dinghy fleet returned to Lough Ree Yacht Club on Ireland's inland waters for the second consecutive weekend, where they were met with ideal 420 sailing…
The 420 fleet will gather in Lough Ree Yacht Club this bank holiday weekend for the annual late autumn three-day intensive training camp, and the 420
The 420 fleet will gather in Lough Ree Yacht Club this bank holiday weekend for the annual late autumn three-day intensive training camp under the watchful eye of Graeme Grant and supported by Cara McDowell and a team of experienced…
First in Gold Fleet and 420 National champions for 2023 were Cora McNaughton from Blessington Sailing Club and Sean Cronin from Malahide Yacht Club pictured at Dun more East with Waterford Harbour Sailing Club Commodore, Barry McConnell
Waterford Harbour was the host of the 2023 International 420 National Championships alongside the Fireball National Championships. Despite weather predictions, eighteen competitive International 420 teams converged in Dunmore East, with several new pairings joining the ranks after a bustling summer…
First in Gold Fleet and 420 Leinster champions for 2023 were Kate Campion and Amalie Soffee, Malahide Yacht Club
The picturesque waters of Lough Derg came alive as Killaloe Sailing Club hosted the inaugural joint event of the 420 Leinster Championships and the Fireball Munsters. The weekend proved to be a resounding success, with fourteen 420s and fifteen Fireballs…
The Fireball Munster Championships will be staged by Killaloe Sailing Club this weekend in a joint event with the 420 Munster Championships
An inaugural joint event will see the Fireball Munster Championship and International 420 Leinster Championships 2023 come together on the waters of lower Lough Derg. Over 30 double-handed performance dinghies, including Fireballs and International 420s, are expected from July 22…
Sailing at the 420 class Connacht dinghy Connacht championships off An Spidéal, Co Galway
In “champagne” sailing conditions, Max Sweetman of Waterford Harbour SC and Roisin Mitchell Ward of Galway Bay SC (GBSC) took gold at the 420 class Connacht sailing championships off An Spidéal, Co Galway, over the weekend. Sweetman and Mitchell Ward…
420 sailors Charlie Donald and James Harvey of Cumann Seoltóireachta an Spidéil, Co Galway will compete on home waters at the Connacht Championships off this Weekend
A fleet of 420 dinghies will take to north Galway Bay off An Spidéal for the Connacht sailing championships this weekend (June 24/25). The 420 dinghy is an open double-handed class, and many of the sailors are teenagers who then…
420 Fleet winners - Malahide and Wexford Harbour pairing of Jack McDowell and Henry Thompson were the Investwise Youth National championships winners at Howth Yacht Club
A Dublin-Wexford partnership won the 420 dinghy Investwise Irish Youth Sailing National Championships at Howth Yacht Club on Sunday. The double-handed duo of Jack McDowell (Malahide YC) and Henry Thompson (Wexford Harbour Boat and Tennis Club) won by four points from Cora McNaughton (Blessington SC)…

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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