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Use Our 420s for Dinghy Racing!

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The Program

With the  expansion of our 420 fleet—we have 19 on the water—we are now able to offer access to sailors interested in participating in the Monday & Thursday evening Dinghy Racing Series.  Find a teammate and come race: We hope to see family teams and friends old and new racing together in this exciting new fleet.  The series starts Monday, June 19 and continues through Thursday August 17, with three to four races per night in the Harbor, starting at 6:00pm. There will be weekly awards and a BBQ on the LTYC porch after racing on Thursdays. More information on the Dinghy Racing Series and links to registration are here.


Why Race 420s?

Dinghies offer the purest form of sailboat racing—with very close competition and many short, fast races. (In 2016, the dinghy fleet sailed 43 races!)  Blow a start in one race?  No problem: catch up and do better in the next one!  Foul someone by accident?  A penalty circle takes just seconds, and on you go!  The simplicity, fun, and low-cost aspects of dinghy racing are what keeps fleets such as Lasers and 420s among the biggest and most competitive year-after-year.


 

What’s a 420?

LTS Collegiate 420

 

The 420 is the worldwide standard double-handed training boat, and is a stable, simple, and yet fast and responsive dinghy suitable for sailors of a wide range of ages.  The boat is the basis of all high school and collegiate racing in the United States, and is a miniaturized version of the 470 used in the Olympics.  The LTS 420 fleet includes both full-size and reduced sail area rigs, so lightweight teams are welcome.

Though several of our 420s are rigged with spinnakers and trapezes, the Dinghy Racing series is main and jib only.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Program Requirements

LTS is happy to provide the use of our 420s to interested sailors for FREE this summer, as long as 

(a) at least one immediate family member has signed up for two weeks of LTS this summer; or

(b) an immediate family member is a member of the LTS race team this summer; or

(c) your family has donated $350 or more to LTS in this fiscal year (e.g., since October 1, 2016).  [Our donation page is here.]

Boats will be allocated first-come-first-serve, and all sailors will of course need to be qualified for sailing/racing ability and given a brief orientation by the LTS coaching staff.

Also: Private lessons and coaching will also be available in 420s all summer. Our talented and experienced LTS coaches will be happy to help you take your dinghy sailing to the next level.

How to Sign Up.
  1. First, be sure you qualify according to the Program Requirements.
  2. Second, sign up for the Dinghy Racing Series.
  3. Third, fill out the form below, and the LTS staff will be in touch with you about logistics.

If you have comments, questions, or want more information, send an email to dinghyracing@littletraversesailors.org.


Use a 420 Registration 2017

  • Skipper Information

  • We may send text messages to this number in some cases.
  • See the description above for qualification criteria.
  • Racing Experience

    This information helps us plan. You definitely don't need to be an expert dinghy racer to join the program, but we do expect each skipper to be able to competently and safely sail a 420 in close proximity to other boats, and follow the basic racing rules.
  • Any additional information you want to provide about your dinghy racing experience or expectations.
  • Emergency Contact Information

  • We will use this number in case of emergency.
  • Agreement and Signature

  •  Your participation in the Use a 420 Program is pursuant to your agreement to the Little Traverse Sailors Waivers, Terms & Conditions, which can be found by clicking here.

    Your signature below will confirm your assent to these agreements.
  • Type your name or initials as your signature, indicating your agreement with the LTS Waivers linked above.

 

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