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The 420 is a "one design" performance racing boat designed for older youth. Formally known as the the International 420 Class Dinghy, it is a monohull planing dinghy with centerboard, and a two-sail Bermuda rig . It 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 - 13'9' ft). Club-style boats do not have trapezes and spinnakers and are used extensively in sailing training programs, high schools as well as collegiate sailing programs.
Snipes are also sailed at the Quassapaug Sailing Center which hosts Snipe Fleet 231 and several regional regattas during the summer racing season. The Snipe is a 15-1/2, 2 person, one design racing dinghy with fleets all over the world. The board has a hard chined hull making is extremely high performing boat upwind and slower to plane downwind. As a "one design" class the boats are all generally evenly matched which makes for a tactical sailing competition, not an economic one. Hosted Snipe regattas at Quassapaug are renown for shifty, competitive sailing, excellent comradery, and family fun.
An Optimist is a 7'7" spirit rigged pram, (flat bottomed boat) used by youth sail training programs throughout the world. It is typically used by youth ages 8-15 at which point they progress to larger boats. It is also the biggest and most competitive youth racing class in the world with active local fleets and large state, regional, national, and international competitions.