Setting Sail into Spring:

XL 420 Fleet Gathers for Annual Coaching at Kinsale Yacht Club

The picturesque coastal town of Kinsale once again plays host to the annual Craftinsure Irish International 420 Spring Training, signalling the beginning of a new sailing season for the 420 fleet. With 20 boats in attendance, the sailors are ready to focus on practical training and improvement. The event starting Monday 12th February and concluding in with the 420 Munster Championships, scheduled for Friday and Saturday, 16th and 17th February, which provides an excellent foundation for the 2024 season both on and off the water.

Coaching is led by Graham Grant, supported by Cara McDowell, Daniel Thompson, Aly O Sullivan, and Jack McDowell. This training promises four days of intensive coaching for the fleet. The coaching team boasts a wealth of experience, drawn from their days as ex-420 sailors, ensuring that the participants receive guidance rooted in the nuances of this high-performance two-person dinghy. Aly O Sullivan and Jack McDowell, recent graduates of the 420 coaching pathway program established in 2022, are now leading 420 development in their in their respective clubs, Galway Bay SC and Malahide YC.

Throughout the week, sailors will focus on refining rigging and boat handling skills, and setting goals for the upcoming season. The coaching plan is geared towards tangible improvement, ensuring a solid foundation for competitive sailing.

Après sailing activities include the annual sailor and parent dinner, followed by nautically themed activities, which will be a great way to bring the 420 sailing community together.

The 420 Munster Championships, scheduled for Friday and Saturday, 16th and 17th February, and with 18 boats already entered promises to be a very competitive affair. Spectators can watch from Charles and James forts, offering a scenic view of the racing action.

Organized by the 420 Association, the Kinsale training is an open invitation to all 420 sailors, regardless of their level of experience. The class looks forward to welcoming sailors, coaches, and parents to this practical and focused event. Looking forward to fair weather, and a successful week of training and sailing for all participants!

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