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420 Racers

For sailors who have the skill and interest in a competitive racing experience and who consistently demonstrate advanced aptitude for highly competitive environments.  Participation is determined by coaches only.  Prerequisite is 420-1. Appropriate for ages 14 -18.

The 420 Racers program is intended to be available only for participants who meet all of the criteria and are selected by the coaches to participate.  That is, participants may indicate their interest to participate in 420 Racers, but acceptance will be made after review and approval by the coaches.  Curriculum will focus on boat handling, racing rules, tactics and strategy. Sailors are encouraged to participate in local and travel regattas throughout the summer. 420 Racers will be able to rig their boat independently for different conditions, adjusting the sail accordingly. Boat handling skills will focus on sail trim, body position, roll tacking and gybing, and control of the speed of the boat. Furthermore, sailors will be able to set, douse, and gybe a spinnaker in all conditions. A practical and working understanding of the Racing Rules will be required, including the process of protesting and accepting penalties. Tactics and strategies demonstrated include starting, finishing, upwind and down-wind sailing techniques, sailing in a lane/clean air, mark rounding, current, and shifts. An introduction to team racing will also be part of the curriculum. Tennis, if selected, will focus on competitive play, shot improvement, advanced strategy, and consistency of game. Regular participation in/leadership of Monday Night Teen Tennis Series is highly encouraged for this group.

420 Racing 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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