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470 Great Book

The 470 Great Book 1963-2012 and its brand new sequel, the 470 Great Book 2013-2022, are the definitive showcase of the history and evolution of the 470 and chart its inception and design from the drawing board of André Cornu through to the present day, bringing to life the history of the boat - builders, technical evolutions, boats built; the history of the 470 National Class Associations and the International 470 Class Association; and the history of the Sailors, the Champions and the International Championships.

Following the first edition, published in 2013 on the 50th Anniversary of the 470 Class, we are pleased to present the brand new sequel: "The 470 Great Book 2013-2022"

With nearly 120 pages, detailed chapters on the Rio and Tokyo Olympic campaigns, the regrouping of separate men’s and women’s fleets into a single mixed event for the 2024 Paris Games, all the new Champions and the racing results, a resumé of the main technical developments and the continued international expansion of the Class, this second edition is much more than a simple update for the 60th Anniversary of the 470.

It is above all the complete chronicle of the 470, one of the most popular and demanding dinghies in the world, and how it has handled new challenges: the carbon mast project, the postponement of the Games, upwind and downwind ‘pumping’ and the transition of top athletes towards mixed crews.

The 470 Great Book Set is the unique heritage of the class and a very special memento.

Open or Download the 470 Great Book 2013-2022 here

The story of the first 50 years of the Class is also available, both as an online version and as a hard copy -but only a few copies of the English version are still available. 

Open or Download the 470 Great Book 1963-2012 here 

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The book introduces key stages in the evolution of the class, the class association and sailors in what has been a shifting landscape over the past 50 years. The history is chronological, with the following phases:

  • the birth of the 470 and its early development in France (1963-1965)
  • the first developments outside France (1965-1969)
  • from International to Olympic status (1969-1972)
  • the Olympic campaigns (1973-2012)
  • the future of the 470 beyond 2012

Throughout are anecdotes and memories from renowned 470 sailors and personalities, illustrated with some great photos. Contributors include Malcolm Page, Heinz Staudt, Marc Bouët, Alain Corcuff, Yves and Hervé Carré, Yves and Marc Pajot, Dave Ullman, Tom Ullman and Tom Linskey, David Barnes, Christine Briand, Tommaso Chieffi, Thierry Péponnet, Leslie Egnot and Jan Shearer, Patricia Guerra, J J Isler-Fetter, Theresa Zabell, Andreas Kosmatopoulos, Belinda Stowell, Victor Kovalenko, Malcolm Page ... to name a few.

A small number of hard copies is still available!

Order and pay for your copy of the 470 Great Book for a limited time special discount price by emailing us at books@470.org.
Free delivery if you choose to receive it in one of the class championships in 2023. If you have any specific delivery method request, please tell us when you are ordering. You can pay following the instructions in the Payments page and then email books@470.org to notify us that payment has been made.