All USA sailors wishing to compete at the International 420 Jr. European Championships (JEC) must qualify and be selected by the US I420 Class Association. Sailors may qualify to apply by earning qualification points based on the formula outlined below or by being selected as a “wild card” by the US I420 Class Association Selection Committee.
The US I420 Class Association will begin accepting JEC Team USA Acceptance Applications1 and sailors will have until the deadline below to submit their application. The Class will post the final Class qualifying points results and US I420 Class Association Selection Committee will then begin notifying the Class Membership of the Teams that are invited to compete in the Championship Event, per the schedule. Please note that only qualifying points earned by the Helm are eligible, but an application is valid only when both helm and crew are included in the application.
SCHDULE & KEY DEADLINES
January 20: US Class begins accepting Applications (click here to apply)
February 23: US Class posts final points qualification standings (following midwinters)
March 6: Deadline for submission of Applications
March 21: US Class begins notifying sailors of their acceptance on Team USA
July 12: Arrive in Vilamoura, collect charters
July 13: Team USA pre-regatta training starts, at the venue.
July 15-17: Warm up regatta / training
July 19: Measurement & Opening Ceremony
July 20: Measurement and practice race
July 21-26: Racing
July 26: Awards & Closing Ceremony
MAXIMUM SIZE OF TEAM USA (updated 1.28.22)
|DIVISION||HIGH POINT TEAMS|
|Open||10 Teams (20 sailors)|
|U17||5 Teams (10 sailors)|
The total Team USA quota is 15 boats. A country may request the International 420 Class Association Executive Committee to change their own entry numbers for each fleet, as long as the total 15-boat quota is not exceeded.
Skipper and crew shall not have attained his/her:
Championship Division: 19th birthday on or before December 31, 2022 (i.e., born on or after 1/1/2004).
U17 Division: 17th birthday on or before December 31, 2022 (i.e., born on or after 1/1/2006).
Team USA will consist of up to ten (10) teams for the Open division and five (5) teams for the U17 (under 17) division. Both divisions are Open - there are no separate women’s divisions.
High point selections are based on the highest combined total qualifying points, calculated based on the helm finishing positions from three (3) Qualifying Regattas noted below, using a maximum of one regatta from each group, and calculated to 3 decimal places.
While qualification points accumulated at Qualifying Points Regattas by a sailor are important in the final decision as to which sailors will be chosen by the Selection Committee to compete on any USA championship team (Team USA), qualification points are not the only criteria. A sailor’s practice of appropriate Corinthian spirit, sportsmanship and general behavior are an important component in the selection process.
(Only regattas that have been completed prior to February 28, 2021 are eligible)
|GROUP||QUALIFYING REGATTAS||EVENT WEIGHTING|
A qualifying regatta must have a minimum of twelve (12) boats sail in the event in order for points to be awarded.
Qualification Calculation Formula
(N-F) + 1 divided by N, multiplied by W = Qualification Points (carried to 3 decimals)
N = number of boats that sailed in the regatta
F = sailors’ finish position in the entire fleet (not flight) e.g., Open, Women’s, U17
W = the event Bonus or Weighting Multiple – to indicate importance of event in qualification
Any Team that has earned a top three “podium” finish in the Gold Fleet at the prior years' 420 Worlds will be offered an invitation to become a Member of Team USA at this JECs. The Pre-Qualified Teams must still apply by the submission deadline.
WILD CARD SELECTION
“Wild Card” invitations may be extended to sailors to join Team USA if there are not enough qualifying teams to fill out the full roster. A “Wild Card” team is one that does not qualify on points. The Selection Committee has authority to invite sailors from the list of applicants who have submitted an application form by the submission deadline.
Wild Card Teams may be chosen from any team that meets any of these criteria:
Prior experience in international competition is an important factor in selecting “Wild Card” teams. Teams without experience at any of the qualifying regattas may be considered for selection as a “Wild Card” team if the US I420 Class Selection Committee and TeamUSA Head Coach deems that the team has sufficient experience that would indicate that the Team is prepared to be competitive at the JEC.
INVITATION AND ACCEPTANCE PROCESS