Welcome to the 420 Program

About the 420 Program

The 420 program is an intermediate to advanced sailing program that introduces and furthers the work with trapezes and spinnakers while sailing the 420 sail boat. Developing problem solving abilities, learning how to hike, and learning the theory behind sailing on land. Land classes cover the physics of sailing, sail flow, and sail controls.

Our well-trained instructors follow the sailing fundamental and prepare students to learn and develop the necessary skills to flourish on the water. Typically, sailors spend the entire summer registered, and follow the CanSail 4/5 & 5/6 curriculum. More experienced sailors will be exposed to advanced training by our coaches, as well as have the opportunity to attend various major regattas including CORK in Kingston, Ontario and the 420 North American Championships. Registration for this program will be done by compiling the entire 420 sailor fleet, and coaches will be dividing students into groups based upon their skill level, as well as their desire to progress in the future.

*Restrictions
- Sailors must be 13 years of age to participate
- Must have a CanSail level 3 or prior experience with the White Sail/Bic program at the BCC.
- All restrictions are void if student receives coach approval

Day/Time
Monday through Friday
9:00 am until 4:00 pm

Location

Class meets under the tent on the side lawn, adjacent to the playground

Dates/Cost

Weekly: $275.00
Prices are in Canadian dollars, tax will be added for ages 15+‚Äč

Program Dates

Week 1:  June 25th - June 29th 
Week 2:  July 2rd - July 6th 
Week 3:  July 9th - July 13th                      
Week 4: July 16th - July 20th
Week 5:  July 23rd - July 27th 
Week 6:  July 30th - August 3rd                
Week 7:  August 6th - August 10th                          
Week 8:  August 13th - August 17th

Please Note
  • Participation in regattas is optional. Regatta fees are not included in program cost. Regatta fees are divided among participants and vary depending upon number of sailors and travel distance.
  • Non-members add an additional 20% surcharge.
  • A Member may take a Non-Member's spot up until 2 weeks prior to the start of the class and a full refund will be given to the Non-Member.
  • There are no refunds in the event of inclement weather (on-shore instruction and activities will substitute)

*2018 Optional Regatta Dates:

May 26-27: Lilac Regatta, RHYC, Hamilton, ON
July 6 & 7: Area E Bemis, Rochester YC, NY**
July 7 & 8: Fogh Boorman, RHYC, Hamilton, ON**
July 21 & 22: 4 Sisters, Port Credit, ON
July 24 & 25: Junior Can AM, Youngstown YC, NY**
July 27-29: Junior Olympics, Rochester, NY**

August 2-5: C420 North Americans, New Bedford, MA
August 13-17: CORK C420's, Kingston, ON
*Must have previous regatta experience and be selected for competition by your coach
** - Recommended regattas to attend this season.

The regatta dates are also available on the BCC Team Up Calendar within the BCC Junior Activities Calendar

Specific information regarding regattas will be supplied by the sailing instructors during the summer. 

Any sailor participating in regattas must have the following form on file in the BCC Junior Activities Office (complete information and return our Junior Activities Coordinator. Please note that this form MUST BE NOTARIZED and should be on file at the beginning of the season.

Please click here to retrieve form

What to Bring:

  • Life jacket
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat & sunglasses
  • Sandals /water shoes /sailing boots
  • Towel
  • Spare change of clothes
  • Water bottle
  • Splash top/sailing pant depending on weather
  • Sailing gloves

Tuesday Night Lightning Racing

In addition to our day program, Tuesday evenings at the BCC is Lightning racing. We have an incredible group of adults who are Lightning boat owners and sailors and will help introduce the boat and refine teamwork in a 3 person boat. Many Lightning sailors often need crew for Tuesday night racing (gathering at 5:30pm, races start at 6:30pm) and this is a great way to get connected with one of the strongest Lightning fleets in the world! Questions about Tuesday night sailing? Please contact PC David Starck.

Wednesday Racing - Opti, O'Pen BIC, 420

Wednesday night races is an adjunct program designed for our junior sailors to give them racing experience while still working in a familiar environment. It is open to sailors from our Wet Feet to our 420 Varsity team. To participate, check with your sailing instructor if you have questions as to whether or not your child is ready for racing. Sailors should arrive at the BCC no later than 5:30 pm to rig their boats and head onto the water. Sailing generally concludes between 7:00 pm-7:30 pm. Scoring for the races works in three week blocks; awards are given at the Junior Activities Banquet at the end of the summer for each category of boats. After racing, there is a parent sponsored potluck under the tent on the side lawn. Each family is asked to bring a dish to share; it is a great way to know other families in the program. Questions? Please contact John Marynowski, who is heading up the Wednesday night races in 2018.

Thursday Night Racing

You don't need your own boat to get out on the water and sail! Members at the Club are always looking for Crew on Thursday night. If interested, please contact Stephen Allen, Fleet Captain. We also have the opportunity for our youth to join our race committee. We offer race committee training and everyone is welcome to join and ride along on the Burgee. Please refer to the Racing/Sailing tab on the website for more information.