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For generations, families have gone into the woods to dig up time capsules. Relics of the past, to see how things were done way back when. For anyone who dug up an old Club 420, they were able to take it straight to the racecourse and give it the whip.

So many of us wonder why our kids are racing the same boats we buried in the backyard years ago, which is why it’s so encouraging to see some brilliant moves by Class leaders that have allowed the Club 420 to hit a sharp upswing in popularity.  Series scoring, smart championship and event venue choices, and creative work in partnership with builders Sturgis, Zim, and LP continue to add value to one of the foundations of youth sailing in America.

Managing a one-design class is a difficult balance between honoring history and keeping up with the times, and improvements can be painful in the short term even while they make the boat better, newer, and more exciting again. We’ve seen it with the E-Scow, Laser, Sunfish, Thistle, J24, and Melges 24, among others, and over this past winter season, the Club 420 has seen a unique and successful effort by the Builders and the Class, working together, to modernize the gear while adding a bit to the safety and ease of use.

The changes may be minor, but for 420 sailors, they give us some new gear to geek out on. There’s a new spinnaker cut to make the reaches more fun, plus a new rig package from Seldén which offers a lighter boom, plus updates the mast to replace the high-maintenance items with smarter and stronger parts.  Now the kiddos can even fly around the course with the same boom their Team USA heroes Stu and Dave took to Rio in the 470; if you’ve got young ones- the new gear is available from each of the class Builders. (Sturgis, Zim & LP).  Click the photo above or go here for a closer look at the new boom with Club 420 ExecDir John Vandemoer.

It shouldn’t be understated how important the C420 class is for the future of Sailing, and we’re all lucky for the current board of innovators and lifelong class stalwarts, so if you see one of them at the bar or in the boat park, buy ‘em a round and see if there’s an event in your area you can help out with next year! You may leave the weekend with new inspiration from Youth Sailing.

For a discussion about Selden and the growth of youth sailing in the USA, check last month’s Sailing Anarchy Podcast with Tim Fitzgerald, and keep an eye on Selden Mast Facebook page for more innovations over the coming months.


March 24th, 2017 by admin

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We caught sight of a little controversy brewing in the Club 420 Class over the weekend.  Here’s the post written by Class Prez John Morgan and Exec. Dir. John Vandemoer from the C420 Facebook Page, in full (with thanks to the photo from the C420 Class):

Screen Shot 2017-01-30 at 10.45.07 AM“And now, a word from our sponsor…”

We hear this phrase so often that it has just become part of the background noise of life. However, in youth sailing, sponsorship has very different connotations which are related to how we view amateur status in the sport. Sailing in the Club 420 class is intended to provide a level “playing field” for all interested youth on which to create and build sailing skills, sailing knowledge and safety, lifelong friendships and social networks.

The class views payment to any participant in a Club 420 sponsored events (over and above necessary expenses) as not aligning to the mission of the class and the goals of the youth sailors. Additionally, most of the sailors in the Club 420 class will go on to some level of college racing. In doing so, they become subject to Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association (ICSA) rules, individual college rules and in many cases, NCAA regulations. To be perfectly clear, accepting monetary compensation for participation in a Club 420 event could jeopardize a youth sailor’s eligibility to pursue college team sailing.

How do we define amateur sailing?

As most of the sailors in the Club 420 class go on to some level of college racing, let’s look at how the NCAA defines amateurs. An amateur, as defined by the NCAA, is someone who has not profited above his/her actual and necessary expenses or gained a competitive advantage in his/her sport. There are many details available on this definition in the NCAA By-laws (look for Bylaw 12), but the intent is to put education first, above sport, and provide a level playing field for all competitors.

As you progress in the sport, you will find there are opportunities to “professionalize your approach”. In doing so, you may put your future sailing in jeopardy – either in college or even in the youth events in which you currently participate. While you can have necessary expenses covered to train and race; no member of a Club 420 team should receive compensation for their participation in a Club 420 regatta. The Class strongly urges you to remain an amateur and will continue to look to US Sailing, College Sailing (ICSA) and the NCAA for guidance in order to keep our events on that “level playing field”.

Now let’s go back to your previously scheduled program. See you at Mid-Winters!

on behalf of the Directors of the Club 420 Association.


January 30th, 2017 by admin