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470 Dinghy Sales & Class Information

470 Sailing Dinghies for Sale. A fleet of 470 racing offshore - photo by Sedat Yilmaz

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The 470 is a double handed performance sailing dinghy with a traditional spinnaker and a single trapeze for the crew. The 470 is an active Olympic class dinghy having been used for the Men and Women’s two person dinghy racing for many years. Introduced to the Olympics in 1976 as an open class (male, female or mixed crew). From 1988 the 470 has been used as the Olympic spinnaker dinghy class with event being held separately for two up male and female sailors. With a wide combined optimal crew weight of between 100 to 145 kg – it’s a boat that suits many combinations of crew, including youths.

470 a truly International Racing Dinghy

The 470 is a popular class of dinghy, offering a good introduction to high- performance boats without being excessively difficult to handle. It is not a boat designed for beginners. It has a large sail-area-to-weight ratio and is designed to plane easily. Most sailors get substantial experience in a more stable and less demanding dinghy before beginning the 470.

The 470 is equipped with spinnaker and trapeze, making teamwork necessary to sail it well. The 470 is not difficult, but to be competitive everything should be mastered to perfection. Tactically the boat is demanding because speed differences are small and fleets are usually big. To be competitive, everything should be mastered to perfection and the 470 is often quoted as the most challenging, dynamic and thrilling to sail of the boats at the Olympics.

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470 Portsmouth Yardstick

The Portsmouth Yardstick is used to calculate the performance of mixed classes of boats in a handicap race. The lower the PY the faster the boat. For illustration – a Dart 18 has a PY of 832, a Laser 1 ILCA7 has a PY of 1100 and a Topper has a PY of 1365. More information and later PY numbers can be found here – RYA PY

  • 470 PY number is currently 973


All photographs courtesy of Sedat Yilmaz – Int 470 Class photographer

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