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470 in 2024

Welcome to our 470 in 2024 microsite, where we showcase why the 470 Class is the optimum choice of equipment for the Two-Person Dinghy Men and Two-Person Dinghy Women events at the Olympic Games.

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Take a read of the presentation that the 470 Class distributed to the World Sailing Council

We recommend you read the Background information to the current process for World Sailing's review of the Events and Equipment for the 2024 Olympic Games.

Then keep on reading - and please share this information and make sure the 470 value to the Olympic Games and sailing around the world is fully understood.

470 Boat is

  • an exhilarating and fully controllable, high-performing racing machine even in the strongest winds and heavy seas
  • a highly maneuverable tactical racing boat in light conditions
  • a fully adjustable racer, tunable to suit different sailing styles and crew weights 
  • arguably the only all-weather high performance boat  on the Olympic programme
  • has an outstanding safety record, the 470 can be sailed without the need  for constant coach boat  support

470 Sailors are

  • fully accomplished in all aspects of sailing: tuning, tactics, strategy, technique, boat handling, agility and teamwork
  • master symmetric spinnaker sailing techniques and strategies
  • fully skilled to excel in other Olympic classes and sailing beyond the Olympics: 5 out of 10 49er and 3 out of 5 FX World Champions and more than 50% of the Rio 2016 Nacra17 teams have a 470 pedigree

The International 470 Class Association strongly believes that the Two-Person Dinghy men event and Two-Person Dinghy Women event using the 470 Class meet all the requirements set by World Sailing and the International Olympic Committee to be included in the Olympic programme. We are working hard to ensure the class’ continued Olympic inclusion. At the 2018 World Sailing Mid-Year Meeting, 10-15 May, in London, Great Britain, World Sailing will debate the Submissions received on the remaining 5 events and equipment and make a decision for the 2024 Olympic Games.

The 470 Class brings immense value to the Olympic Games, demonstrating a modern, youthful and skillful discipline of sailing which is easily, efficiently and cost-effectively part of the Olympic Sailing Competition. Here's why the 470 is the optimum event and equipment on the Olympic Programme:

Universal - two-person dinghy sailing is globally popular and represents the sport’s universal appeal, and the 470 brings mainstream participation to the Olympics, stimulating opportunity and growth. From 5-35 knots, the 470 guarantees exhilarating racing in strong wind and waves, balanced with sensitive tactical racing in light conditions. Symmetric spinnaker sailing and the range of sail and rig controls allow optimum tuning, a skill fundamental to sailing in the widest context. Sailors must be accomplished in all aspects of sailing; tuning, tactics, strategy, technique, boat handling, agility and teamwork. Read more ...

Youth Pathway - sustainable and attractive choice for youth sailors, with natural progression and an achievable pathway to the Olympics. Youth classes feed through to two-person dinghy classes and then on to the vast range of options after Olympic campaigning. Olympic sailing must offer attainable access to Olympic Games, and two-person dinghy sailing achieves that. Read more ...

Gender Equality - Two events in one class make the 470 the only matched events and equipment on the Olympic Programme. Matched events and standardized equipment support solid growth and stronger, more sustainable development programmes. The 470 Class is the only event to comply with the requirements of the IOC Gender Equality Review Project. Read more ...

Accessible - an easily sailed boat, providing emerging nations realistic access to the Olympics. Modern and economical “off the shelf” equipment is available around the world. Enables diverse weight and height participation, taking Olympic Sailing to a large % of the world’s population. The 470 is the ideal solution for two-person high level sailing in small and emerging nations, especially in Asia and Africa. The average ready-to-race 470 price is 25% to 30% lower than  the price of the other two-person Olympic classes, and about 2½ times the price of the one-person dinghy men and women class. Read more ...

Mixed Sailing - Two-person, single-trapeze dinghy “mixed” sailing is a compromise, unproven at Olympic level and the risks of forced inclusion may generate long-term negative consequences for the sport. Mixed Sailing works best in new events with less legacy and Olympic participation. It is easier  to introduce a mixed concept, such as with the Nacra17 in Rio 2016, as new events do not have the heritage or established worldwide fleets of the legacy events or developed Class and MNA programmes. Read more ...

 News + Views - find out what the sport's leading journalists and personalities think ...

Take a read of the presentation that the 470 Class distributed to the World Sailing Council

If you have any questions, please email office@470.org

Dimitris Dimou
470 Class President

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