NCS Program Details
All-Island 420 Race Team (ages 13-18)
November 18, 2022
The All-Island 420 Race Team is the most advanced class for young 420 sailors on-island. Our afternoon All-Island 420 Race 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 Directors.
The afternoon race class 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, a Saturday Race Day 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. It is recommended that All-Island 420 Race Team commit to the full summer or at least the 6-week session.
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.