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Strong 420 Fleet for Connacht Championships off An Spidéil, Galway This Weekend

21st June 2023
420 sailors Charlie Donald and James Harvey of Cumann Seoltóireachta an Spidéil, Co Galway will compete on home waters at the Connacht Championships off this Weekend
420 sailors Charlie Donald and James Harvey of Cumann Seoltóireachta an Spidéil, Co Galway will compete on home waters at the Connacht Championships off this Weekend Credit: Eoin Ó Conghaíle

A fleet of 420 dinghies will take to north Galway Bay off An Spidéal for the Connacht sailing championships this weekend (June 24/25).

The 420 dinghy is an open double-handed class, and many of the sailors are teenagers who then progress in other classes and up to Olympic level of competition.

Hosting the two-day event is Cumann Seoltóireachta an Spidéil (CSS), the local sailing club.

Irish 420 Association president Martina Whyte says that the class is “delighted to be invited back to (CSS), one of the oldest 420 specialist sailing clubs in the country and following in
the tradition of 420s along the west coast of Ireland”.

“Our last visit was in 2017, and our sailors are delighted to be returning to the west coast,” Whyte says.

The event “provides a unique opportunity for our young sailors to experience the Atlantic waves and, of course, the famous post-sailing BBQ”.

She says that the 420 class “teaches sailors how to sail in an environment of partnership which is a significant element in their development as a sailor (and as a person)”.

The 420 class association provides a series of annual domestic competitions and open-class coaching to encourage sailors to develop their skills.

In conjunction with the racing at An Spidéíl, Gordon Davies will give a talk on sailing etiquette, rules of racing and how to behave in the protest room.

“One of the aims of the class is to promote a high standard of sailing and racing whilst upholding fair and sportsmanlike conduct both on and off the water. We are looking forward to his words of wisdom,” Whyte says.

The local fleet 420s will be out in force and augmented by a travelling fleet from the other Connacht clubs, Galway Bay Sailing, Galway City Sailing Club and Lough Ree Yacht Club.

Whyte says that boats from Malahide Yacht Club and Waterford Harbour Sailing Club have also entered, so the event will truly be a national affair. She has paid tribute to race officer Stephen O’Gorman and the CSS team for hosting the event.

CSS commodore Eoin Ó Conghaíle said the club is “very excited to host the 420 Connacht Championships, kicking off just after 11 am on Saturday, June 24”.

“It should be a wonderful spectacle on the waters off An Spidéil pier, and all are welcome to come and watch and support the sailors”, Ó Conghaíle said.

Published in 420, Galway Harbour Team

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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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