420 Race Team


To build upon the skill base from the 420 class and prepare sailors for racing—working on both fleet and team racing skills


4-week or 8-week sessions

Previous Experience or Knowledge:

Completion of skills assessments in 420 class

Sailors must be able to complete a swim test

Age Group:

12-18 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 completing skills in US Sailing Small Boat Performance Sailor Certification Record “Little Green Book” through page 13

Days and Times:

Monday (ECSA Team Races) 12-4 p.m.

Tuesday 1-4 p.m.

Wednesday Races 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Thursday (ECSA Fleet Races) 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


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

  • Demonstrate understanding of race starting concepts, sailing a race course and finishing
  • Demonstrate proper rounding or marks and obstructions, including communication within and outside the boat
  • Sailing without a rudder.
  • Sailing backwards.
  • Sailing with spinnaker and crew on trapeze
  • Understanding current


  • Independently rig and tune a C420
  • Rig Spinnaker and set pole
  • Fit and adjust trapeze harness for proper use and safety.


Knots and Seamanship:
  • All knots through 420 plus splicing a three-strand line and whipping a line