420 TR Worlds

Queens College Dining Hall
Cambridge University sailors, in conjunction with Grafham Water SC and with the support of the Oxford & Cambridge Sailing Society, will be running the next 420 Class Team Racing Youth World Championships at Grafham Water, near Cambridge UK, in the second half of August 2020.


Grafham Water is the best piece of inland sailing water in the UK (Google Earth it – over 6 Km2 of sailing water and no mountains!). As well as that, Cambridge is an ancient university and a town, both of international renown.

The Mathematical Bridge over the River Cam at Queens College
There will be sightseeing opportunities and the event dinner will be in Queens College, founded in 1448 and home to the famous Mathematical Bridge over the River Cam.

Cambridge is the top team racing university in the UK, with three wins and two runners-up places over the past five years at the annual British Universities Team Racing Championships (BUSA). More than 80 teams enter these championships, with regional qualifiers producing 28 teams for the 3-day finals.

Grafham Water SC is familiar with big national events, regularly running major class championships such as the 420 End of Seasons, and Inland Championships for Optimists, Lasers, and RS200s.

RS400s make a start at Grafham for their Inland Championships
The Oxford & Cambridge Sailing Society has played a pivotal role in the development of team racing since the 1930s. Its members continue to be involved in organising and umpiring national and international team racing events – as well as competing in them.
Event Format

With that background, expect a real feast of very competitive and intense team racing in August 2020 – the UK summer with average daily temperatures of 22°C. You will be sailing in at least 12 races of less than 15 minutes duration per day over a starboard-hand box or digital ‘2’ course.

Team racers fight for position at the gybe mark on Grafham Water – with an umpire in close attendance
If you have come from Optimist championship sailing and team racing, the CJ Buckley Team Racing Regatta, or from a similar environment you will be well used to the sort of event that is planned. If not, you may find the Wikipedia Team Racing article a helpful resource.


August 2020 may seem a long way off, but start planning now! Air fares will represent the major expense for many teams, so make an early start on getting sponsorship. We are very much hoping to see a full international entry. Two accommodation options will be provided, on-site at Grafham Water, or in Cambridge (40 minutes drive from Grafham but no public transport).

Blue pays the penalty of not having room at the start – red look good (British Universities team racing at Grafham Water)

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Expression of Interest

Complete the form below to express your interest in the 2020 event. This does not commit you to entering in 2020, nor does it guarantee you a place at the event. It will enable us to keep you informed of what is happening. So far we have had the following expressions of interest.

Cambridge University (UK)
Royal Cork YC (Ireland)
Royal Hospital School (UK)
Rutland SC Youth (UK)

Will Birchill (UK – Personal interest)
Justin and Mitchell Callahan (USA – Optimist world team racing champions)
Jennie Clark (UK – 420 PR)
Craig White (NZ – Personal interest)

Mark rounding at the Team Racing Worlds
The photographs so far displayed on this page are all of Cambridge or Grafham Water. But the 420 TR Worlds are a 420 event, so here is a photograph of mark rounding at the World Sailing Team Racing World Championships of some time ago – held in 420’s on Lake Garda.