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The 420 is an established performance two person trapeze and spinnaker racing dinghy. There are 56,000 worldwide. This popular dinghy is sailed at school, club, open, national and international levels. There are many second hand boats available, active clubs and excellent tuition for all levels. Built in buoyancy tanks make the boat very safe even when inverted. The 420 is a youth development boat in the UK and in 42 other countries, and despite the emergence of newer commercially driven classes and asymmetrics, the 420 is still the top youth training boat. Most of the World's top sailors started in this class and easily moved on to succeed in other classes.

 Des has taken on the lead for all youth classes: 420, 405, laser and is keen to promote all youth fleets social sailing, racing and DYS links