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For sailors looking to continue to build on their sailing experience with a mix of introductory racing, based on ability and intent as determined by the coaches. Prerequisites include Opti 2 or Opti Racing with participation determined by coaches.  Appropriate for ages 13 – 16.

The 420-1’s class builds on the mastery of the basic skills of sailing, but in a two-person sloop design boat. Admittance in the 420-1’s class is based on their ability and performance in Opti 2’s or Opti Racing (and/or their boat-handling skills in the JP of 2010), and demonstration of adequate swimming skills for safety purposes. Participants will work on developing advanced sailing skills and continue developing their tennis skills. A 420-1 sailor will be able to rig and de-rig a 420 independently, master basic knots, be held to a high standard of boat care and storage while making minor repairs, and a strong understanding of the parts of the boat and sail and their effects on powering and depowering the boat. Sailors in the 420-1’s will have a constant awareness of the wind, be able to trim for different points of sail and conditions, have an awareness of body position relative to wind and wave conditions, and be able to work well with a crewmate. The 420-1’s will learn how to roll-tack, effectively trim mainsail, jib and fly a spinnaker and make controlled gybes in medium to high wind, tack without falling-off the breeze, sail in and out of the river independently, land on docks or instructor’s motor boat safely, and have mastered a basic understanding of the Rules of the Road. Participants would join in local racing, such as River Racing and Bay Series, if determined appropriate by coaches and possibly participate in the Junior Olympics Regatta and Marblehead Race Week if their skills have appropriately developed for safe participation and resources allow for such participation. The 420-1’s would not participate in the frequent regattas planned for the 420 Racing program. Tennis, if elected, will be focused on consistency of shots and service, more advanced singles and doubles strategy. 420-1 Tennis players will be encouraged to compete in senior division of the parent tournaments, and to play matches in Friday afternoon Interclub competitions, and to join Monday Night Teen Tennis.

420-1’s schedule

Monday through Wednesday
Lunch 11:00-11:30 or 12:30-1:00 pm

11:30-12:30 or 12:30–1:30 pm

Sailing 1:30–4:30 pm
Lunch 11:30-12:00 or 12:45-1:15 pm
Tennis 12:00-12:45 or 12:45-1:30 pm

1:30-4:30 pm


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