2009-01-29 / News

Island yacht clubs join to host 420 Class National Championships

The Conanicut Yacht Club, in association with the Jamestown Yacht Club, will host the Club 420 Association National Championships this summer.

An agreement has been signed with the Club 420 Association, and the regatta will take place in West Passage of Narragansett Bay southwest of Fort Getty Park. The regatta will be staged from the site at Fort Getty that is currently under consideration for a possible sailing center. Neither CYC nor JYC is a participant in the sailing center proposal.

Developed over two decades ago, the 420 is the predominant two-person boat of the high school, collegiate and club racing circuits. It is 13 feet, 9 inches long and features a spinnaker and trapeze gear. "We expect approximately 140 boats from all over North America to participate in the regatta, and many of the contestants will be from the high school and collegiate All-American ranks," said Jamestowner Rob Salk, president of the Club 420 Association.

The races will be held on Monday through Wednesday, July 27-29, in West Passage. The participants will depart Fort Getty on Wednesday after the last race. Many competitors will be heading to another event in Hyannis, Mass. following the National Championships.

A cookout and awards ceremony will be hosted by Conanicut Yacht Club after the final race on Wednesday afternoon. It is estimated that a total of 550 racers, coaches and family members will be on the island during the event. In addition to the 420s, there will be a dozen race committee and support boats and as many as 30 coach boats for the three days of racing.

Commodore Wilson Pollock of CYC said, "We are most enthusiastic that this event will showcase the opportunities that Jamestown offers for youth sailing. We hope that the town businesses and residents will see the opportunities that this type of event offers to the community and that they will volunteer and participate."

"Many championship and All-American class sailors have come from Jamestown in the past and this regatta gives us another opportunity to showcase Jamestown's talented youth," echo's Alan Baines, commodore of JYC.

Nancy Lush of CYC and Samira Hakki of JYC have agreed to co-chair the event. They estimate that over 40 volunteers will be needed as race committee personnel, judges, scorekeepers, as well as parking management, security, and race management. They are seeking families to host racers, and are hopeful that Fort Getty summer residents will welcome the sailors and volunteer for the event.

For more information, e-mail Vic Calabretta, rear commodore of the CYC, at vcalabretta@cox.

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