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Irish 420 Sailing news and results
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…
Although flags are flying (including Ireland's) at the 420 Worlds opening ceremony there was no wind for racing on the first day yesterday
Opening day of racing at the 2016 420 World Championships in Sanremo, Italy, where 14 Irish sailors are competing, did not quite live up to expectations as the breeze failed to kick in. The Race Committee chanced their luck and…
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…

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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