UPDATED October 29, 2019
All USA sailors wishing to compete at the International 420 World Championships 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 Worlds Team USA Acceptance Applications 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.
February 1 US Class begins accepting Applications
February 19 US Class posts final points qualification standings (following midwinters)
February 28 Deadline for submission of Applications
March 15 US Class begins notifying sailors of their acceptance on Team USA
June 27 Team USA pre-regatta training begins in France
Open 14 teams (28 sailors)
Women's 14 teams (28 sailors)
Under 17* Open 6 teams (12 sailors)
Under 17* Women's 6 teams (12 sailors)
U17 Age Eligibility: Skipper and crew shall not have attained his/her 17th birthday on or before 12/31/2003 (i.e., born on or after 1/1/2004)
The seven (7) teams with the highest qualifying points in the Open Division, the Women’s Division; three (3) teams with the highest qualifying points in the Open-Under 17 division, and the Women’s-Under 17 division will be considered for Team USA at the World Championship. 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, 2020 are eligible)
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 2019 I420 Worlds or 2019 Jr. Europeans will be offered an invitation to become a Member of Team USA at the 2020 World Championship. The Pre-Qualified Teams must still apply by the submission deadline.
“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 withoutexperience 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 World Championship.