420 Racing M/T/W/R 1330-1600 ages 13-18 years old


Age Eligibility: 13-18. Must have completed Old Mates or equivalent and have approval from the Coaches.


  • The 420 Race Team Program consists of two distinct tracks: (a) Junior 420 Race Team AND (b) Advanced 420 Race Team.
  • Both 420 Race Team “tracks” meet on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons. Teens who would like to participate should register for the 420 Race Team Program and select their preference for the Junior Team or Advanced Team. The coaches will then assess skill and experience level and will make final decisions on track placement.
  • The Junior Team will develop racing and sailing technique and is primarily for students new to 420 racing or with little experience. The class will focus on boat handling and the proper roles of skipper and crew. Use of tell tales, starting and mark rounding tactics, and basic racing rules and strategies will be taught. Students will be introduced to spinnaker and trapeze skills and team racing. 
  • The Advanced Team will focus on honing sailors’ expertise in fleet racing strategies and tactics. Heavy wind boat handling skills, and spinnaker and trapeze use will be developed. Team racing strategies will be learned, and sailors will have the opportunity to represent SHYC in the SMSA Team Racing Championship. Participants should plan to compete in a minimum of two regattas during the summer.
  • Consistent attendance at practices is expected. All sailors are encouraged to compete in area regattas and local series races.