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NCS Program Details


All-Island 420 Race Team (ages 13-18)
November 5, 2019

420 Development and 420 Race programs will operate as a single All-Island 420 Race Team out of Jetties Sailing Center. Sailors, who are placed in either level by the Program Directors are invited to participate. Our afternoon 420 race program/team is designed to cover more technical concepts in the double-handed dinghy including upwind, downwind and reaching tactical strategies; proficient roll tacking and gybing; proficient spinnaker and trapeze work; advanced boat handling; acceleration techniques; and an introduction to team racing. Previous sailing instruction at NCS is a prerequisite unless by permission of the Program Director.

The afternoon race program is considered a team and class is conducted in a way that emphasizes team participation and coherence, and all team-members are encouraged to participate on the team for as many weeks as possible. The All-Island Race Team will run two sessions this year. The first session will be a two-week session that will focus on boat-handling and boat speed to reacclimate sailors to the boat and shake off the winter rust. The second session will be a six-week session where the bulk of regattas and racing will take place.

The afternoon All-Island 420 Race Team will meet Monday - Friday afternoons from 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM. On Wednesday afternoons, students will compete in the All-island Race Day alongside 420 Racers from the Nantucket Yacht Club and Great Harbor Yacht Club. Other on-island events include a 420 Race Clinic on July 9, a Saturday Race Day on July 16, and Nantucket Race Week in August, which the 420 Race program team members are encouraged to participate in. The All-Island 420 Race Team is a travel team, competing in several off-island regattas along the southern Massachusetts coast. All-Island 420 Race Team Members can anticipate sailing in two off-island regattas during the summer season.

On the first day of each new session, students will have a basic swim check. While life jackets are provided and required, each NCS student should be comfortable in and around the water and have basic swimming skills. Students may bring their own PFD (USCG Type III), should they choose. We ask that students wear appropriate shoes (closed-toe) when participating, Native Footwear, Keen, Crocs and old sneakers all work well. Private lessons may be also be booked on our Jetties Sailing Center website; lessons are offered Monday - Saturday.


P.O. Box 2424, Nantucket, MA 02584
NCS Office: 508-228-6600 | Jetties Sailing Center: 508-228-5358
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