Let It Blow


Recently, I was lucky enough to attend the National 420 Sailboat Races held at the Wianno Yacht Club in Osterville, MA. 160 entrants from across the country came to test their sailing skills against exactly comparable boats and competitively comparable crews.

For background, Wikipedia defines The International 420 Class Dinghy as “a double-handed (2 crew) monohull planing dinghy with centreboard, bermuda rig and center sheeting. The name describes the overall length of the boat in centimeters. 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.”

The races, held over three days, are beautiful to watch and always have much to teach the participants, from the competitive strategy all the way to the finish horn.

My daughter grew up sailing at the Wianno Yacht Club and earned her racing stripes while dangling on the 420’s trapeze during local races. Her proud father would always comfort her and sympathize with her as she pointed out the many bruises that came with the trapeze. Her father just hopes she remembers what she learned, the good times and the confidence that comes with moving to the wind’s tune.

In the end the championship went to skipper Tucker Weed and crew Olivia de Olazarra of Coral Reef Yacht Club in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Boats from Deltaville, Virginia and Annapolis, Maryland rounded out the top three scores.

One Response to “Let It Blow”

  1. October 26, 2017 at 3:28 pm, Gary Weinreb said:

    Very cool !! Fun to read (especially because I know you and your daughter !!)

    Cheers !