Poole Yacht Club 420

The 420 is a double-handed boat that is great fun and also offers many physical and technical challenges for sailors to progress, normally having completed RYA level 3 or 4 on an Optimist or Topper. The crew can trapeze on a wire and so needs to wear a harness - this is great fun but also hard work. The helm steers the boat and works with the crew to make decisions on course and tactics. The 420 is a great introduction to double handed sailing with a high level of technical knowledge also required. More information can be found at 420 GBR Associationm


The International 420 Class Dinghy (not to be confused with the Club 420) is a double-handed (2 crew) monohull planing dinghy with centreboard, bermuda rig and center sheeting. The name describes the overall length of the boat in centimeters (the boat is exactly 4.2 meters long). The hull is fiberglass with internal buoyancy tanks. The 420 is equipped with spinnaker and optional trapeze, making teamwork necessary to sail it well. It has a large sail-area-to-weight ratio, and is designed to plane easily. It can be rigged to be sailed single-handed.

The 420 was designed specifically to be easier to handle than its larger higher-performance cousin, the 470. The 420 was designed by French engineer Christian Maury, as a stepping-stone for club and youth sailing to the 470. The 420 is an International class recognised by the International Sailing Federation.

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