NCS Program Details
420 Blue (ages 13-18)
November 13, 2015
Upon completion of the Teen Green class, or according to skill level, students' ages 13-18 years are invited to participate in our more advanced 420 Blue class. At just under 14' in length, 420s are often sailed in collegiate programs, and allow the student the opportunity to sail with one other student in a more sensitive and technical racing dinghy. 420 Blue is designed to introduce sailors to the basics of flying a spinnaker, using a trapeze and roll tacking, among other skills. Focus is placed on continuing to build upon those skills acquired in the Teen Green program, with greater weight placed on racing techniques and boat speed. We ask that students wear appropriate shoes (closed-toe) when participating.
The 420 Blue class is held at the Jetties Sailing Center Monday - Friday mornings from 9:30 am - 12:00 pm. Saturday Race Days - TBD.
Important - Jobson Cup: On July 24th, 2019 Great Harbor Yacht Club will host the annual Jobson Cup Beginner Opti and 420 Regatta. All sailors from the NCS 420 and Opti Blue classes (from the whole summer) will be invited to participate.
Additionally, all sailors from the NCS 420 and Opti Blue classes (from any session during the summer) are invited to participate in the Nantucket Race Week Youth 420 and Opti Regattas. Sailors must reserve boats with the NCS Assistant Program Director ahead of registering on the Nantucket Race Week website.
Please Note: Nantucket Community Sailing's instructors and coaches recommend that Teen Green and 420 Blue sailors sign up for as many continuous sessions as possible (4+ weeks) throughout the summer. For sailors in a beginner or intermediate class, more "tiller time" throughout the summer, will help sailors to become proficient more quickly-- providing them with the opportunity to join the 420 Development Team or 420 Race Team.
Additional: For those Teen Green and 420 Blue sailors looking to sail with us all day, or to try sailing in a new boat, NCS instructors and coaches recommend that they sail Teen Green or 420 Blue in the mornings (per their placement) and Teen Big Boat Sailing in the afternoons. The Teen Big Boat Sailing program will give teens an opportunity unlike any other in the area: to race as a crew (with their peers) on a 35' keel boat throughout Nantucket Sound. The introductory skills acquired in the morning classes will provide a strong base for skills needed in the afternoon class. Please see the Teen Big Boat Sailing class description.