The Craftinsure Irish International 420 Spring Training is underway again in Kinsale. Hosted by Kinsale Yacht Club, the training is led Graham Grant and supported Cara McDowell, Michael O Sullivan and (420 youth coaches) Hugo Micka and Henry Thompson. The class is fortunate to have highly respected sailing coaches, former 420 sailors who have a wealth of experience in the sport ranging from Olympic campaigns , ISAF youth world and multiple World and European championship experience.
32 Young sailors have experienced a variety of challenging sailing conditions and bright sunshine which is a feature of the Irish south coast in February.
Throughout the week, the coaches have helped the sailors to continue to improve their skills with sessions on rigging, boat handling and tactics. Sessions are designed to suit the skills of each team and goals are set for the sailors to work in readiness for the next class association training event.
Apres sailing activities included a coaches presentation and motivational talk with Graeme, Cara and Michael recounting stories from their sailing careers and their journey through the class and how the skills learned in the class have helped them to continue enjoying sailing. The sailors also enjoyed the annual sailor dinner followed by a nautically themed table quiz which was a great way to bring the 420 sailing community together.
The 420 Munster Championships follows on Friday and Saturday, 17th and 18th February with separate report following.