Crew: 2 man crew. For racing, ideal weight of sailors should be between 110 and 145kgs.
Dimensions: 4.2 meters in length, 1.63 meters in width and ±80kg.
Sail Area: 13 square meters, spinnaker is 9 square meters.
Class: Restricted (hull shape remains the same from year to year)
Characteristics: Single-trapeze planing dinghy with conventional kite and is sailed in over 60 nations.
Difficulty Level: Intermediate
The 420 is an established worldwide performance two person trapeze and spinnaker racing dinghy. With around 56,000 worldwise, it is a popular dinghy sailed in schools, club, open, national and international levels. The 420 was designed specifically to be easier to handle than its larger higher-performance cousin, the 470. Both were designed by French engineer Christian Maury, the 420 as a stepping-stone for club and youth sailing to the 470. The class is an class International recognised by the International Sailing Federation.
The International 420 Class Dinghy is a double-handed monohull planing dinghy with centreboard, bermuda rig and centre sheeting. The name describes the overall length of the boat in centimetres (the boat is exactly 4.2 metres long). The hull is fibreglass with internal buoyancy tanks making it a very safe even when inverted. The 420 is equipped with spinnaker and optional trapeze, making teamwork necessary to sail it well. It has a large sail-area-to-weight ratio, and is designed to plane easily. It can be rigged to sail single-handed.