2014 Club 420 North Americans Final Report

LONG BEACH ISLAND, NJ —  The 2014 c420 North Americans finished here in beautiful Long Beach Island, NJ.  Today was the final day of racing for both Gold and Silver.  The fleet left the beach under cloudy skies and a dying northerly breeze.  Race 1 started in 8kts and finished in 3 kts.  The racing was challenging for sure.  After  that the conditions really fell apart and it was clear that no more consistent breeze was on the horizon.  The Race Committee called the regatta after just that one race but thirteen for the whole series.

The Team of Martina Sly and Ian Morgan, Annapolis YC and Coral Reef YC, are our 2014 North American champions.  They sailed an amazingly consistent regatta with all the scores in the top 10.  After racing both Martina and Ian were over joyed with the regatta “ The regatta was so much fun with all the different Conditions, it really challenged you.” Ian Morgan commented.  Martina Sly talked a little bit about the keys to the regatta “ Our boat speed was really good in all conditions, we really focused on keeping the boat flat and avoiding the windward heel in the choppy conditions.” “ The key was to be consistent and stay in the top group, we sailed in pressure and sailed high on reaches to keep our air clear and our boat moving.”  Also sailing a great regatta was second place finishers Nick Hernandez and Zack Jordan, Sarasota sailing squadron and LISOT.  Rounding out the top three was Augie Dale and Kennedy Placek from Pewaukee YC and San Francisco.

The Brant Beach Yacht Club and its army of volunteers were on every detail and made the event a huge success.  “ We love coming here” Said Class president John Morgan. BBYC is known for their great hospitality and excellent Race management and both were in excellent form at this years North Americans.

Pictures and interviews are being posted on the Club 420 Association Face Book page.


About The Club 420 Class Association
The Club 420 Association was established in 1980 to promote, foster, encourage and sponsor one-design sailing. The Association sponsors a class North American Championship, US and Canadian National Championships as well as regional championships for the class across North America while promoting the class to all ability and experience levels of youth sailing.   Since 2006, the class membership has more than doubled from 300 to its current 715 members.   The class offers many regional, national and North American championships in both fleet and team racing formats as well as clinics across North America.   Our Nationals / North Americans have had 175 boats attend, with all levels of sailors competing in some of the finest and socially fun regattas you will attend.

About The Club 420
The Club 420 is a two person dingy which forms the base of many local, high school and collegiate programs in North America.  Simple for beginning sailors and yet challenging enough for collegiate champions.   The Club 420 offers more learning opportunities than any other double-handed boat you can find. Over 5,000 Club 420s are sailed in youth, high school and collegiate programs all over the United States, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean.

For more information please visit our website at www.club420.org or visit us on Facebook

Contact: John Vandemoer, Executive Director
Email – jnvandemoer@gmail.com