Welcome to the US I-420 Class Association

Dedicated to the support, development and growth of International 420 Class and its Sailor Members in the United States and throughout North America.

The International 420

The International 420 Class Dinghy is a mono hull planing dinghy with trapeze for the crew, centerboard, a tapered and tunable Bermuda rig and center sheeting. It carries a main, jib and spinnaker and is designed for a crew of two. The name describes the overall length of the boat in centimeters (the boat is exactly 4.2 meters long).

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Parent Travel Memo

The rumor mill flies hard and fast when it comes to this subject, so after many years we put into this memo a list of guidelines for the Team USA, I-420 events and participation parameters we like parents to follow…..with a brief description of the concept surrounding all of this.



This memo is a compilation of the input from a number of parents that have lead or chaperoned these international events for years, who have themselves experienced the transition from working parent to a passive “check-book” participant in their young sailor’s activities, as well as the Team coaches.

The rumor mill flies hard and fast when it comes to this subject, so after many years we put into this memo a list of guidelines for the Team USA, I-420 events and participation parameters we like parents to follow…..with a brief description of the concept surrounding all of this.

This memo is a compilation of the input from a number of parents that have lead or chaperoned these international events for years, who have themselves experienced the transition from working parent to a passive “check-book” participant in their young sailor’s activities, as well as the Team coaches.

Parent Travel Memo

Concept:

At some point in time, if the sailors are going to compete and travel internationally, they need to figure out the drill on their own – everything from pre-planning, travel arrangements, charters and shipping logistics, training, tolls & equipment, etc.  Some of the sailors that have already competed internationally usually did so under the parent’s wing.  So, we designed the I-420, Team USA program to start the separation learning process for the sailors.  We found these guidelines to be a good way to usher them to independence.

While we assist in many aspects of the event, we involve them enough to get a sense of it, and at the regattas we focus on them becoming completely self-sufficient.  We try to form them as a team that will start to interact with each other; tuning, training partners, choice of sails, etc.  We house them and do everything as a team – not as separate individual efforts.  When they graduate to a 470, 505 or other platform they will then have some experience in working with others to plan and execute arrangements for the events they choose to compete in as well as to manage every aspect of their boat and equipment.  And, while parents are still involved now, you can see how this begins the process of independence (other than complete financial independence – we don’t have that one figured out yet).

This is not a process designed to exclude parents, but to take our sailors and make them more responsible, more involved, more independent - giving them the beginning tools and resources to be able to manage this on their own.  As one parent put it, “leaders plan – coach’s coach – parents cheer – the sailors sail”.

Parameters:

  • we like having parents/cheerleaders at the events;
  • we have one designated male and female chaperone per event (they sometimes recruit other parents to help them manage their duties);
  • chaperones are responsible to assist in the lunch, water and after sailing food organization;
  • parents are welcome to stay at the same lodging accommodations as the team, but teams stay together with their sailing partner (assuming like gender crews);
  • the Team coaches are the coaches for the Team at these events;
  • the Team and coaches are involved in all team meetings, planning sessions either before or after the tuning, training or sailing each day and the chaperones will be able to have a small amount of time at any of these meetings to present a list of items for discussion related to their assistance – Team meetings are not a forum for parent involvement;
  • While chaperones or their assistants may provide support in terms of running off to the chandlery, sail maker, riggers or other such support; the boat yard is primarily designed for the sailors and coaches – parents do not get to help the sailors in the preparation of their boat or during the measurement process – there are too many people already in and around the boat yard, and they really need to do this themselves.  In some cases the regatta sponsors restrict access to the boat area to “credentialed participants” – so please respect this protocol.  There is plenty of help available from the coaches and the Team leader to make sure everything is handled and goes well;
  • The coaches will set and maintain the schedule for the Team for the entire event except the “lay day” if we get one;
  • Sailor “issues” will be dealt with by the Team leader, the coaches and possibly the chaperones.  If a more serious matter arises, the attending parent will be brought into the matter (never happened, never expect it will). 
  • There is a curfew for the Team and we have an honor system, along with rules for drinking we share with the sailors at the event, plus they have signed the Team Contract and the Code of Conduct that we expect them to live up to;
  • The sailors usually make their own dinner plans, and often together, depending on how tired or rushed they are after they come off the water.  There usually is not the same Cum By Yah atmosphere we all cherished in the early years – so don’t be disappointed if they “off” you and your plans for the evening;
  • Parents are welcome to join the Team, or its many fragments, for meals as they are able to negotiate themselves into.  We like the Team to spend most of their time as a Team, and they usually do, which is a great benefit in this whole process.  We have no north, south, east or west in this effort; no older or younger; no “I’ve been here, you haven’t” – we are the Team representing the United States, first, always and foremost.
  • The Team dinner is for sailors, coaches, chaperones and Team leader only – sorry – and the closing night party is whatever the regatta sponsor plans.  Sometimes adults are included, sometimes not…but we’re usually not far away;
  • The parent’s dinner is for the big kids…no sailors allowed;
  • Vacation time is great for the remainder of the family that is in attendance, but we would prefer you plan activities that would include the sailors either before or after the actual event (from tuning, to training, measurement and thru the regatta);
  • Regatta viewing is sometimes accommodated by the regatta sponsor – most times not.  The coach boats are for the coaches, Team leader and their duties including safety and rescue.  They are not available to take parents, relatives, girl-friends, etc. out for viewing;
  • Chaperone duties include the usual stuff related to finding available lunch options, resources for water/fluids, locating and making occasional runs to the sailing support merchants, locating the local emergency services medical facilities, keeping the sailor information records readily available in case of an emergency and usually having one person on shore available with a radio to monitor for emergencies coming off the water;
  • Team Gear – some items are available for purchase by the parents or family members attending the event to show that they are part of Team USA.  Team ball caps, visors, t-shirts are available to anyone attending the event by ordering at the time the gear order is placed for the sailors.  Some items; the Team Jacket – Team Regatta Shirt – Team Dry-Shirts - Team Backpack – Team Bags are available only to the competing sailors. 
  • US I-420 Class Board Members and chaperones usually receive something from the Association as a thank you for their efforts. Team USA does not keep an inventory of the Team gear in stock – it is ordered once a year in conjunction with the Championship events.  The Team USA logo is registered to the US I-420 Class Association.
  • So the “troll” is not going to steal your sailors!  We’re just trying to let them have enough freedom from parental involvement to let them figure this out on their own.  We appreciate the parents being there, just not in the same way we all were for years. 

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