420 DINGHY BACKGROUND
The 420 is a one design (identical) junior racing dinghy for two sailors.
It is an almost unique sporting opportunity, allowing junior girls and boys to compete head-to-head on an equal footing.
Initially developed in France, it has been adopted in over 44 countries as the youth trainer of choice, feeding the larger Olympic class International 470 and now the new 49r skiff.
The 420 was chosen as the two person boat for the very first ISAF* Youth World Championships, held at Angelholm, Sweden in 1971 and is still the junior dinghy for the ISAF Youth Championships in Malaysia in December 2015.
Alex (Cornish boy) is 17 and has been sailing a 420 for 2 years. He gained his worlds place from a selection series of three National regattas, and his Youth Squad place after the Youth National event at Weymouth this year where he was bronze boat and then silver boat for 2 consecutive days.
Alex has been a junior member of RCYC for 3 or 4 years.
Alex Platt (17) and Ryan Orr (17). Alex and Ryan started sailing a 420 together after the Nationals in 2014.
They were ranked 5th (boys) at the RYA Youth Nationals 2015. Ryan was ranked 2nd boy last year and represented GBR in 2014 at the 420 World and European Championships. Alex Platt represented GBR in 2013 at the Optimist European Championships. Both started competing in Oppies. Alex is a member of Restronguet Sailing Club and the Royal Cornwall Yacht Club and Ryan is a member of Royal Lymington Yacht Club.
If you wish to help with sponsorship the club has a copy of the promotional/sponsorship package that the 420 class has put together which gives lots of details of the campaign.