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Irish 420 Sailing news and results
14 sailors are representing Ireland at the event, Cliodhna Ni Shuilleabhain and Niamh Doran (KYC/CSC), Gemma and Cara McDowell (MYC), Kate Lyttle and Niamh Henry (RSGYC), Geoff Power and James McCann(WHSC / RCYC), Shane McLoughlin and Patrick Whyte (HYC / MSC), Ronan Cournane and Ben Walsh (KYC / SSC) and Douglas Elmes and Colin O'Sullivan (HYC), supported by coaches Ross Killian and Graeme Grant.
The 2016 420 World Championships opened last night in San Remo, Italy. This year sees the largest ever number of competitors (256) with three competing fleets, Open, Ladies and Under 17.14 sailors are representing Ireland at the event, Cliodhna Ni Shuilleabhain and…
Harry Durcan takes a swim. See what happens next on the full video below
Champion youth sailor Harry Durcan of Royal Cork took a swim during heavy weather training at last week's 420 dinghy training camp in Schull, West Cork. The near miss between the two 420s was captured on video and can be…
The Irish 420 class will stage its  2016 Munster Championships and open coaching session at Schull Sailing Centre during the February Mid-Term break. Coaching will take place from Saturday 13th (registration only) to Tuesday16th February with Ross Killian - ISA…
There are two meanings of the word open when it comes to sailing writes Richard Aspland. You have 'open' which is both male and female in the same fleet racing against each other. Then you have the kind of open…
Irish 420 dinghy youth pairing Douglas Elmes and Colin O' Sullivan got an ISAF Youth Worlds boost at the weekend when they won the UK 420 End of Season regatta at Grafham Water Sailing Club. As Afloat reported previously, Elmes and O'Sullivan lead by…
Douglas Elmes and Colin O' Sullivan lead a 40–Boat British 420 dinghy fleet at Grafham Water Sailing Club. Elmes and O'Sullivan lead by four points from Max Clapp and Ross Banham. Eight Irish boats travelled to the Huntingdon venue for the 2015 420 End…
Fourteeen 420s travelled to Lough Derg Yacht Club this weekend to take part in the Connacht Championships. Three races were completed in Day one in windy but predominantly dry conditions on Saturday. Three firsts placed Douglas Elmes / Colin O’Sullivan…
Royal Cork & Malahide Yacht Club Combination Lead Hopes at 420 Junior Euros
#420 – A Royal Cork and Malahide Yacht Club combination of Peter McCann and Cara McDowell top Irish hopes in the gold fleet of the 420 Junior Europeans in Bourgas, Bulgaria. The duo are 19th and two places ahead of Douglas Elmes and Colin O…
Elmes & O'Sullivan Lead Irish at 420 Junior Europeans
#420 – Howth Yacht Club's Douglas Elmes and Colin O'Sullivan lead Irish hopes after two days racing at the 420 Junior European Championships. The pair lie 14th in a 90–boat fleet. Next best Irish is Royal Cork pairing Peter McCann and Cara McDowell in…
Gold Fleet Qualification For Irish Boys & Girls at 420 Worlds in Japan
#420worlds – The two Irish boats competing at the 2015 420 Worlds in Karatsu, Japan, this week, turned in solid results yesterday to make the cut-off  for Gold Fleet racing. Following the last race of the qualification series in the morning, the…
Two Irish Teams Seek Gold Fleet Finish at 420 Worlds
#420worlds – There was big winds in Japan as Irish teams close in on the gold fleet cut at the 420 world championships. Malahide's Lizzy and Cara Mc Dowell had three top ten results, including a third, in the Ladies 420…
Irish Boys & Girls Score A Third In 420 Worlds Qualifying Races, Japan
#420 – After four qualifying races Lizzy and Cara McDowell of Malahide Yacht Club are 19th from 60 at the 2015 420 World Championships in Castle Bay Karatsu, Japan with a third placing their best result to date. Howth boys pairing of…
Irish Youth 420 Sailors Fly the Flag for Ireland in Japan
#420worlds  – Ireland has two entries among 330 sailors representing 21 nations gathered in Castle Karatsu Bay, Japan for the 2015 420 dinghy World Championships this week. Malahide's Lizzie and Cara McDowell from Malahide Yacht Club and Douglas Elmes and Colin O'Sullivan…
Howth Yacht Club Pair Win Munster 420 Title
#420 – The 420 Munster Championships in Dunmore East was sailed with a fleet of nine boats. The sailors enjoyed a fantastic weekend sailing alongside Fireballs and Flying 15s under the watchful eye of Race Officers Con Murphy and Cathy…
Howth Yacht Club 420 Dinghy Duo Win Leinster Title on Home Waters
#420 – The 420 Leinster Championships were won by Douglas Elmes and Sean Waddilove at Howth Yacht Club at the weekend writes Graham Smith. The event served as the second leg of the 420 Class Association trail series for teams…
420 Class Launch e-Book for Learning Dinghy Skills
#420 – The International 420 Class has launched the Exercise e-Book, a new online training resource targeted at providing world class training techniques and strategies on Performance Improvement for Coaches and Sailors. The new International 420 Class Association Exercise e-Book provides…

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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