2018 I420 Worlds Shaping Up to Be the Regatta of the Summer
Larry Law, Volunteer President of the U.S. I420 Class, checks in on what we should know about the 2018 I420 World Championships, set to be held in Newport, R.I. For athletes and families, now is the time to start planning for this world-class event.
Q: So what factors are making this regatta look like a particularly special event, and what else should people know?
Law: "This is the first time in 20 years, since 1997, that we've had the I420 Worlds here in the U.S. We now have a website up (see below) with basic information that people need in order to make plans. On the U.S. I420 class website, you can find qualification info. People should know that the U.S. class has limited entries. Typically each country gets 20 entries, but as host nation, we can double that to 40. That is part of what makes the 2018 Worlds a big and special opportunity for U.S. sailors.
Q: Why is the I420 growing so quickly in the U.S., and what makes it a great development class?
Law: "The I420 class is off-the-charts in terms of competition. In 2018, we will have dozens of countries sending their best to Newport. This will truly be the place to be next summer. In terms of the boat, if you as a sailor are planning to go on to a more technical class, this is a great boat. However, it's not so technical that you need to go to "space camp" to figure it out. In the end, the key factor in making the class great is the top international competition.
Q: What should people know about the racing venue in Newport?
Law: I and many others love this venue. There will be music festivals and other events ahead of the Worlds, and you have great resources for training and racing at Sail Newport, the event authority and local sailing center. In terms of the regatta, it will be an awesome venue with multiple ocean and bay course options available to the Race Committee. In short, Newport, Rhode Island is off-the-charts awesome for both sailors, coaches and families.
2018 Youth Worlds Selection System Amended
Youth Sailing World Championship, Corpus Christi, TX, USA (July 14-21, 2018)
The changes will impact Nacra 15 and RS:X sailors.