From the c420 Class Association: Jensen Beach, FL – The 103-boat fleet at the 2019 Club 420 Midwinters was treated to an exciting weekend of racing in conditions that certainly kept competitors on their toes. The regatta format was two days of a qualifying round, where the fleet was divided into two and seeded by a formula. The final day was a medal round where the top 52 boats were in gold and sail for the championship and the next 51 boats sailed in silver.
Breeze on day one was shifty and puffy throughout the racing, while the second day of the qualifying round started light but built for final two races. The forecast for the medal races began light, but the filling sea breeze made for an exciting end to the event.
The regatta was close all the way through with Boyd Bragg and Ryan Wahba showing off their discipline and consistency on the race course, finishing top five in 9 of the 13 races. Not far behind were Colleen and Michaela O’Brien from Bay Head YC, who scored no higher than 11th during the three days of racing. Jordan Bruce and Andrea Riefkohl of CCS and AYC kicked off the regatta in an impressive manner with two bullets in races 2 and 3, and Rayne Duff and Savannah Young of St. Thomas Yacht Club stayed in touch with the top of the fleet after a tough start to the event.
On the final day of racing, Bragg and Wahba kept their cool after being forced to drop a deep finish in race 9, and came back swinging in the last two races to secure their win of the 2019 Midwinter Championship. It was a fantastic weekend of racing with 11 races in both Gold and Silver fleets. The PRO’s of the event, Campbell Rich and Charlie McKnighter, along with their team did a great job keeping the racing strong and fair. Thank you to the US Sailing Center Martin County for their continued support, and to all the volunteers for the event for another great championship. We look forward to next year!
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Top 5- Gold Fleet
Boyd Bragg/ Ryan Wahba – 43 pts.
Colleen O’Brien/ Michaela O’Brien – 49 pts.
Jordan Bruce/ Andrea Reifkohl – 55 pts.
Rayne Duff/ Savannah Young – 57 pts.
Luke Arnone/ Nathan Smith – 78 pts.
Top Junior Boat
Rayne Duff/ Savannah Young – 57 pts
About The Club 420 Class Association
The Club 420 Association was established in 1980 to promote, foster, encourage and sponsor one-design sailing. The Association sponsors a class North American Championship, US and Canadian National Championships as well as regional championships for the class across North America while promoting the class to all ability and experience levels of youth sailing. Since 2006, the class membership has more than doubled from 300 to its current 715 members. The class offers many regional, national and North American championships in both fleet and team racing formats as well as clinics across North America. Our Nationals / North Americans have had 175 boats attend, with all levels of sailors competing in some of the finest and socially fun regattas you will attend.
About The Club 420
The Club 420 is a two person dingy which forms the base of many local, high school and collegiate programs in North America. Simple for beginning sailors and yet challenging enough for collegiate champions. The Club 420 offers more learning opportunities than any other double-handed boat you can find. Over 5,000 Club 420s are sailed in youth, high school and collegiate programs all over the United States, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean.