420 Sailing

Objective:

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.

Duration:

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)

Assessment:

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:

Sailing:
  • 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.

 

Rigging:
  • 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.