NCS Program Details
420 Race Team (ages 13-18)
November 5, 2019
After spending time working with our 420 Development Team, sailors will be invited by 420 Race Team coaches to join the 420 Race Team. Concepts covered in the 420 Racing program include upwind, downwind and reaching tactical strategies; proficient roll tacking and gibing; proficient spinnaker and trapeze work; advanced boat handling; acceleration techniques; and an introduction to team racing. Previous sailing instruction at NCS is a prerequisite and members of the 420 Development Team are considered members of the 420 Racing Team. The 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, with a minimum required commitment of two weeks.
The 420 Race Class will meet Monday - Friday afternoons from 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM. On occasion, the Head 420 Race Coach may cancel practice due to weather or move the class inside for extended chalk-talks. 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 team races and Nantucket Race Week in August, which the 420 Race Team is expected to participate in.
Students are both invited and expected to travel with the team to compete in a number of on and off-island regattas, which will be scheduled by the 420 Racing coach. We ask that students attend 3 off-island regattas each season (as their registration schedule permits; if you are registered for a session where an off-island regatta is offered, we ask that your student attend.) We ask that students wear appropriate shoes (closed-toe) when participating in the 420 Race Program. Finally, we recommend 6 consecutive weeks of participation on this team during the summer months.
Travel expenses for off-island events will be the participants' responsibility, although group rates for ferries, etc. are available. All travel arrangements will be made by the coach, who will travel with the team.
When sailors attend off-island regattas, All-Island coaches will pay for all meals, housing and transportation up front. Sailors' individual accounts will then be billed for all regatta fees for the individual student and a share for the travel coach - once all expenses have been reconciled. The team makes every effort to stay with host families at the local yacht clubs we visit; and sailors are guided to stay within certain cost limits for dinners. Lunches and breakfasts are almost always provided by the host club. Other expenses billed for include: costs for moving off-island opti trailers, fuel for vehicles and coach boats, and ferry tickets. Ferry tickets are purchased at a team travel rate. Occasional expenses beyond this may include hotel rooms when home-stays are not available and rental cars when a large number of sailors are traveling.
Mark your calendars: Sailors will also be asked to help with 420 Race Boat Decommissioning (boat breakdown) the week following Nantucket Race Week.