420 double handed class
Torbay recently purchased three brand new 420’s for use by club members. As a result the club now offers racing and coaching in these well established, double handed boats. Sailors start sailing 420s between 13-15yrs old and the ideal competitive combined crew weight is 110-135Kg. Usually the skipper is lighter than the crew. The 420 is an established worldwide performance two person trapeze and spinnaker racing dinghy. There are 56,000 worldwide and the larger European regattas often attract around 100 entries in each fleet (boys and girls usually race in separate fleets internationally, with mixed gender crews taking part in the “Open”, or men’s, fleet). The 420 international class is the youth development boat in 43 countries around the world and is an ISAF Youth World Championship boat. Through selection by Yachting New Zealand, 420 sailors have the opportunity each year to represent New Zealand at the ISAF Youth World Championships (one boys’ and one girls’ crew). The ISAF Youth Worlds is the premier Youth sailing event globally. Sailors can compete at the Youth Worlds until, and including, the year in which they turn 18, so if you are serious about wanting to represent New Zealand at this event you should start sailing 420s as soon as you can. Famous sailors who made their mark by winning at the Youth World’s include NZ’s Chris Dickson, Russell Coutts, Dean Barker and Stuart Bannatyne.