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Nicola and Fiona Ferguson of the National Yacht Club are on the Junior European Team
The Irish 420  team has been announced for the 2018 Junior European Championships. Easter's Volvo Irish Sailing Youth Pathway National Championships was the qualification event for the selection of an Irish 420 team to travel to the 2018 Junior European Championship in…
Torbay on the south coast of England brands itself as the 'English Riviera' but the Irish boats arrived to sail in testing conditions
The weather in recent weeks has been variable and has curtailed a number of 420 training weekends around the country but three Irish boats travelled to the UK Spring Championships on the 10th and 11th March at Royal Torbay Yacht…
The 420 Munster Championships gold fleet winners on the podium in Schull: 1st Gemma McDowell and Emma Gallagher, Malahide Yacht Club  2nd Grace O’Beirne and Kathy Kelly, Royal St. George Yacht Club  3rd Michael O’Suilleabhain and Michael Carroll, Kinsale Yacht Club
For many of the 420 sailors travelling to Schull in West Cork at the start of the school half term the week ahead surely had an ominous look as they passed through heavy snow showers on the M8 at Cashel.…
The 420 dinghy season kicks off with Schull training and Munster Championships
While 420 training continues at various venues around the country through the winter, the first 420 sailing event of 2018 takes place from Monday the 12th to Thursday the 15th Feb at the Fastnet Marine & Outdoor Education Centre in…
144 teams competed at the 420 Worlds in Fremantle, Australia
Spain reigned supreme as the 2017 420 World Championships drew to a close today, 3 January 2018, in Fremantle, Australia, having secured gold, silver and bronze in the 420 Open Fleet and gold in the U17 fleet. There was no…
420 pair Geoff-Power and James-McCann
Whilst 420 dinghy training continues at various venues around the country through the winter the first 420 sailing event of 2018 will be the annual Open Spring training in Schull, County Cork. The Schull training takes place from Monday the…
420 sailors gathered at the National Yacht Club for October's Autumn training weekend
The Open 420 Training weekend hosted by the National Yacht Club over the weekend provided the sailors with the maximum range of sailing conditions possible for 420 sailing, from 3-30 knots. Saturday started with winds of 15–knots and gusts up…
Sailors from Malahide Yacht Club, Howth Yacht Club, Greystones Sailing Club and the National Yacht Club took part in this first introductory day
Sunshine on Saturday greeted the groups of sailors taking part in the first of the 420 sailing introduction days. Groups of six sailors used the class association training boats to get their first taste of sailing in these Irish Sailing…
The upcoming RYA Youth Nationals also saw 420s training under the RYA Open Pathway training in Northern Ireland
With the first 420 open training session due to start on the 28th, 29th and the 30th October at the National Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire this weekend saw a start in earnest to 420 winter training programmes around the…
Irish sailors competing in the 420 class at Lake Garda, Italy this Summer
The summer might officially have drawn to a close but the Autumn still offers plenty of opportunity for sailing by 420 crews. First up is the RYA Northern Ireland Youth Championships on the 23rd and 24th September which is the…
Crews from the ten–boat 420 fleet in Waterford
The 420 Munster Championships were held at Waterford Harbour Sailing Club in Dunmore East last weekend in conjunction with the South Coast Championships of the Flying Fifteens (report here)  The sailors enjoyed an excellent weekend of racing that started in…
420 duo Grace O'Beirne and Kathy Kelly, pictured here in Dun Laoghaire, competed last week at Kiel Week in Germany
In the same weekend that Dunmore East ICRA sailors won the Sovereign's Cup, Waterford Harbour dinghy sailors were strutting their stuff on the international dinghy circuit. Geoff Power and James McCann took a creditable seventh overall in a massive 135–boat 420…
420 winners at Ballyholme YC: 1st Gemma McDowell and Emma Gallagher, Malahide YC 2nd Grace O'Beirne and Kathy Kelly, Royal St George YC 3rd Nicola and Fiona Ferguson National YC
Nearly 30 sailors attended the joint  420 and Fireball Ulster Championships last weekend with a mixture of conditions to test out the sailors writes Mark Mackey. Most of the visitors travelled up from Cork and Dublin to compete in the…
420 National Champions Douglas Elmes and Colin O'Sullivan (centre)
There was plenty of wind over the past three days as the 2016 420 Nationals took place at Howth Yacht Club. Steady wind on the first two days ensured that Race Officer Derek Bothwell was able to keep on schedule…
Ireland's (55437) Cliodhna Ni Shuilleabhain and Niamh Doran had two top ten results yesterday
On the last day of the qualifying series  of the 2016 420 World Championships in Sanremo, Ireland's best results of the day were achieved by Cliodhna Ni Shuilleabhain and Niamh Doran with two top ten results ensuring their place in…
Malahide YC sisters Cara and Gemma McDowell sail home after racing
Wind finally arrived this afternoon at the 2016 420 Worlds in Sanremo, Italy. All three fleets, open, ladies and under 17, completed three races before the wind dropped again.Malahide YC sisters Cara and Gemma McDowell set a high standard for the…

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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