420 Sailing


To introduce pre-teen and teenage sailors to double-handed sailing in the Club 420 class, a dinghy used for racing in high school and collegiate programs, and for intermediate level 420 sailors, to continue to build upon skills learned in prior 420 classes.


4-week or 8-week sessions

Previous Experience or Knowledge:

No previous sailing experience, but Beginning Sailing, Adventures on the Water or Optimist classes are good prerequisites, especially for younger sailors.

Sailors must be able to complete a swim test.

Age Group:

12-16 years.

Minimum weight 90 pounds.

Boat and equipment:

Club 420 provided by WYCUSCG.

USCG approved personal flotation device (PFD) (life jacket)


Sailors will work on developing skills outlined in the US Sailing Small Boat Sailor Certification Record Book through Page 13. (“The Little Red Book”)

Days and Times:

Tuesday, Thursday, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and Friday, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

By the end of this class, sailor should be able to do the following:

  • Understand wind direction.
  • Embark from and return safely to dock or beach.
  • Sail a straight course, learn proper tiller grasp.
  • Understand safety positions.
  • Learn and demonstrate points of sail.
  • Demonstrate proper tacking.
  • Recover from capsize.
  • Demonstrate proper sail trim relative to the wind.
  • Demonstrate proper use of sail controls, including Outhaul, Cunningham, Vang, Halyard and Sheet Tension.
  • Demonstrate proper roll tacking technique.
  • Demonstrate proper jibing technique.
  • Sailing all points of sail as skipper and crew.


  • Rig and de-rig a 420 independently and with partner.
  • Demonstrate proper care of equipment.


Knots and Seamanship:
  • Demonstrate cleat hitch, coiling, figure eight, bowline.
  • Understand basic rules of the road.
  • For more advanced 420 sailors, Trucker’s Hitch, Rolling Hitch, Clove Hitch.