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National Yacht Club's Ferguson Sisters Compete at First 420 Worlds

20th August 2018
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Nicola and Fiona Ferguson from the National Yacht Club competed in the 420 World Championships in Newport, Rhode Island Nicola and Fiona Ferguson from the National Yacht Club competed in the 420 World Championships in Newport, Rhode Island Photo: Cate Brown

Nicola and Fiona Ferguson from the National Yacht Club, Dun Laoghaire, competed in the 420 World Championships in Newport, Rhode Island, from 10th-15th August.

167 boats from 18 countries competed in this event. Sailors travelled from all parts of the USA, Australia, Canada, Chile, France, Great Britain, Germany, Greece, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland and the US Virgin Islands. Nicola and Fiona were the only Irish team.

There were 3 fleets: 420 Open, Open Women’s and U17. Nicola and Fiona competed in the Open Women’s fleet. 12 races took place over the six-day event. Spanish sisters, Maria and Pilar Caba Hernandez won the Women's Open Championship, jumping from 5th place going into the final day.

The Spanish sailors dominated the podium, coming 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the Open Women's Championship. Nicola and Fiona Ferguson finished off the Championship in 31st position, which they are delighted with, being their first World’s event, which has no age limit for competing sailors.

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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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