About the Class
The Club 420 Association was established to promote, foster, encourage and sponsor one-design sailing. The Association sponsors a class North American Championship, US and Canadian National Championships as well as regional events and supporting education and clinics for class members across North America while promoting the class and a lifelong love of sailing to all ability and experience levels of youth sailing.
The Club 420 is a two person dingy which forms the base of many local, high school and collegiate programs in North America. Simple for beginning sailors and yet challenging enough for collegiate champions. The Club 420 offers more learning opportunities than any other double-handed boat. Over 5,000 Club 420s are sailed in youth, high school and collegiate programs all over the United States, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean.
About the Club 420 class and the Club 420 dingy
The Club 420 is a strict one-design class with over 5000 boats currently in use in North America and is a key entry point to a lifetime sailing for many juniors
- It forms the basis of many junior sailing programs
- It is the basis of over 470 high school sailing programs (ISSA)
- It is core to 233 collegiate sailing programs (ICSA)
- The class maintains an active membership of over 800 sailors and is growing rapidly with membership extending over 22 states, 4 provinces in Canada, and 6 countries
- The class has over 1000 active Alumni, many of whom now sail in other classes, in collegiate programs or at National, International and Olympic levels
- The Class works closely with 3 US based construction manufacturers and North Sails to provide consistency in this one-design class and to keep costs down to our members
The Club 420 class organizes both high level and regional events
- The North American Championship has had over 150 boats and is a very competitive 4 day event
- The US, Canadian National Championships and the Midwinters Championships normally have over 100 boats at these 3 day events
- Regional championships are two or three day events with 2 days of clinic by top coaches prior
The Club 420 class is not just an event organizer; it provides a social community for our members and their families, Club 420 National and regional level events have social events tied to the sailing competition – these range from parent socials, to college nights, to safety seminars to volleyball at our eventsT
The Club 420 community is enriched by a variety of investments made by the c420 Association, including:
- Creation of online learning videos - Initial safety focused video released 2/14; others are under development. These videos are free and Sailing Schools, high school teams and all others are encouraged to utilize these training vehicles.
- Investment in coaching training
- Investment and sponsorship in high caliber coaches for regional regattas and other events throughout the year