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Men and Women's Doublehanded Dinghy

The everyman/woman boat of competitive racing, the 470 is sailed by young or old, experienced or beginning sailor. In 1963, French architect Andre Cornu designed the two-handed centerboard boat as a modern high performance fiberglass planing dinghy which could be sailed by anyone. The 470 is directly credited with drawing many new sailors to the sport during the 1960s and '70s.

An Olympic class boat since 1976, 470s are sailed today for both family recreation and superior competition by more than 30,000 sailors in 42 countries worldwide. The 470 is so popular that its annual World Championship is considered one of sailing's major international regattas attended by sailors and spectators from around the world.

A light and narrow boat (length 15'6" and beam 5'6" with a weight of 264 lbs.), the 470 responds easily and immediately to body movement. Thus, the sailors' teamwork is critical. The skipper is usually smaller and lighter (5'5" to 5'10" and 125-140 lbs.), and the crew is usually taller and light (5'10" to 6'2" yet only 135-150 lbs.). The crew's build lets him or her hang far out on the trapeze to keep the boat level in all conditions.

In 1988, women officially entered Olympic sailing competition with the first-ever 470 Women's event. This boat is especially well-suited to women's competition because of its light weight, maneuverability and light crew weight requirement. The United States won the first 470 Women's gold medal.

Visit the web page for the International 470 Class at: www.470.org

*Thanks to the US Sailing Association

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