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André Cornu Grant

The International 470 Class Association launched the André Cornu Grant in 2005 in order to honour  the French naval architect who “gave birth” to the 470, the fast, athletic and tactical boat that every one knows. André Cornu passed away in the summer of 2003.

470 Designer supports future Generations

André paid always a lot of attention to the youth and, every time he could see young girls and boys sailing in 470, he used to say: “I am so proud of having contributed with the 470 to give them a chance to have fun.”


The International 470 Class Association thought that the best way to pay the right tribute to André was to set up a grant dedicated to the youth and more specifically to the winners of the boys’ and girls’ double handed dinghy event at the ISAF (now WS) Youth Sailing World Championship. The grant consisted of a financial award of the € 1000 awarded per team to each of the winning Boy and Girl teams of the above mentioned championship, if they decide to take part either in the 470 Class Junior World Championship or in the 470 Class World Championship in the following sailing season. The Cornu Family happily joined in 2005 the launch of this grant and was fully backing it by providing a consistent financial support.

From 2019 onwards, the funding available to young sailors in the 470 Class has been renewed thanks to Hervé Cornu, grandson of the 470 designer. The new grant will provide financial support of € 1,000 per team to the top placed Men/mixed and Women teams at the 470 Junior Worlds. Mr. Cornu was present in Portoroz this July to meet our junior sailors and to award the André Cornu Grant during the Junior World Championship prize-giving ceremony.

Hervé Cornu at the 2019 470 Europeans, Sanremo, ITA