Club 420 Program

CRYC’s post-Opti Program is designed for sailors ages 12-17 and is sailed in the double-handed spinnaker equipped Club 420 (“C420”) sailboat. The Collegiate 420 (no spinnaker or trapeze) is the sailboat utilized in current high school and college competitions. The C420 program at the CRYC focuses on skills such as teamwork, division of labor, as well as sail trim, rig set up, strategy and tactics that will apply to most other boats, big and small, that you may sail during your lifetime.
We currently offer learn to sail and advanced racing programs. Intermediates practice on Saturdays and Racers practice on Sunday with numerous clinics, events, and regattas available to all. Participants get to experience fleet racing, team racing, and “Big Boat” days. Our C420 sailors have experienced, fun, and enriching weekend practices; competitive local regattas within one to three hours of CRYC; and have achieved recognition in regattas throughout the country.


Chris Craven

Club 420 Fleet Program, Head Coach

Chris Craven was born and raised in Miami, sailing on Biscayne Bay with the CRYC Youth Sailing Team demonstrating excellence on-and-off the water. During his time in the Optimist class, he qualified for four IODA North American Championships and the 2007 IODA World Championship in Turkey. He continued his exemplary performance in the 420 class, sailing in a number of top-level events, around the country. As Captain, Chris lead his University of Virginia sailing team to its second berth, in school history, to ICSA Nationals. He was an integral part of the organizational side of the team, handling budgets, logistics, and schedules. After graduating from UVA, Chris followed his passion for sports and business, heading to Georgetown University for his Master’s in Sports Industry Management, where he graduated Spring 2018. Throughout his collegiate career, Craven returned to CRYC to coach our sailors, helping achieve podium finishes at the Orange Bowl Green Fleet Regatta and a first-place finish at the Orange Bowl 420 Regatta. Craven brings a wealth of experience and unique coaching style that will mold sailors into better athletes and people.

Ian Robinson

420 Coach

Ian Robinson is a professional sailor, coach and waterman with over 15 years of experience in the sport of sailing. Growing up Ian competed in the Optimist, Club 420, and International 420 classes, as well as numerous other large boats including Melges 20, 24, 32, Tartan 10s, NA 40s, U20s, J111, J120 and many others. He is a North American champion in several different classes with other highlights including 1st at C420 Midwinters and 1st at Buzzards Bay. Ian’s goal is to make sure sailors exiting his program are well-rounded sailors who can go out and perform in any class. He puts a large priority on hard work believing that anyone can be good at sailing especially when dedicated to being as efficient as possible in their training. “A smart man learns from his own mistakes; a wise man learns from the mistakes of others.”
Would you like to join a world-class coaching team? Contact Waterfront Director, Stuart deLisser, with your CV/resume and cover letter at

Club 420 Intermediate Program

Intermediate 420 Racing is for sailors who have recently graduated or aged-out of our Opti Racing program, sailors who have recently completed CRYC Summer Camp and are looking to race, or for sailors looking to develop their 420 techniques. Sailors will have the opportunity to learn the finer points of sailing and racing a 420. The coach will review all things 420 from rigging and tuning, to maneuvers, skipper and crew communication, race courses, etc. The sailors will be continually challenged so as to bring them to a level that they would be comfortable racing the full regatta schedule. The Intermediate 420 Race Team will gear up to race one or two events in the fall session as a means to practice goal setting and learn the basics of what it takes to travel as a member of a 420 team.


The Intermediate 420 team practice Saturdays from 10:00am-5:00pm. The more consistent sailors are with their attendance, the more excited they will be to compete as their skills will be developing to a place where they are confident sailors.

Club 420 Race Team Program


Practice is scheduled to be held Saturdays and Sundays 10:00am-5:00pm each week, weather permitting.


Regattas will be per our calendar. Our goal is to attend as many of the local Florida events as possible, but at the very minimum, we would like perfect attendance at the Naples Cup in November. Fortunately, two of the largest and most important 420 regattas are local. The Orange Bowl Regatta hosted by Coral Reef and Club 420 Midwinter in Jensen Beach. Because the 420 season ends in mid February after Midwinters, the first session of the program will run from September 1 through December 17. Session 2 will continue to work on 420 skills in preparation to compete in the Club 420 Midwinters, US Sailing’s Jr. Double Handed Championship (Bemis ladder event). US Sailings Women’s Jr. Double Handed Championship (Ida Lewis) and US Sailing’s Youth Championships as well as any the major summer C420 events such as Nationals, North Americans, Buzzards Bay etc.

How to Sign Up

Click here to register for Club 420.   Please contact Waterfront Director Stuart deLisser at for questions about the C420 program.