420 – Advanced

This class is designed for sailors who have aged out of Advanced Opti or have completed one session of 420 Beginning. Sailors need to be comfortable skippering a boat, although spinnaker and trapeze skills may need to be brushed up on. Sailors will learn to skipper and crew. Racing tactics, boat speed, weight distribution, heel and roll tacking will be emphasized. Key racing rules will be also be highlighted. While fleet racing will be the main emphasis, team-racing tactics will be introduced. All sailors in this class are expected to sail the Wednesday races and attend multiple off-pond ECSA regattas.

An 8-week commitment to this course is strongly recommended.

Days, Times and Duration
Tuesday, Friday 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. Wednesday Races 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Thursday 7:30 a.m.-5:00 p.mm [ECSA Regattas]

Age Group and Previous Experience
Sailors must have completed at least one 4-week session of 420 Beginning. Sailors will be required to compete a swimming test.

Boat and Equipment
Club 420s, provided free by the yacht club, will be used for class, but sailors will have access to newer 420’s for off-pond regattas. A USCG approved personal flotation device (PFD) is required.

Parent Meetings
Instructors will hold a meeting with all parents and all sailors at the end of the last class each week to review progress.

Rain Days
If class is forced indoors, the meeting time will be from 1:00-3:00 p.m. Sailors will do extensive work with rules and racing tactics. They will also occasionally play sailing-related games or view instructional videos.

Sailors will be expected to maximize boat speed as both skipper and as crew and to be successful racers on and off the pond. Sailors will be expected to attend multiple off-pond regattas.