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i420 MIDWINTER CHAMPIONSHIP
Sitzmann/Woodworth Complete Winter Trifecta
Twenty-two teams competed at the 2021 International 420 Midwinter Championship, hosted by the US Sailing Center in Coconut Grove, FL. While much of the nation suffered through storms, snow, ice, and generally bad weather, competitors were treated to nearly perfect conditions from the practice day right through the last race.
Each day brought 80+ degree temperatures, plentiful sunshine, and SE/S winds that ranged from 6 to 18 knots. This 10-race series sailed all races between 160 and 180 degrees all weekend, with very few course alterations. Except for several general recalls that eventually brought out the Black Flag from the RC, I am not sure I can remember an event that offered such favorable sailing.
With such consistent conditions, this was a regatta that really put a premium on boat speed. Using a variety of sails including the M7, M9, and M11 mainsails, J12 and J13 jibs, and the S01 and S05 spinnakers, North Sails-powered teams dominated this event, finishing 1,2,3,5,6 overall.
Boats using North Sails also won every single race in this competitive ten-race series!
Third place overall went to former North American Champion Thomas Hall/Liam O’Keefe, and the brother team of Griggs/Emery Diemar finished 2nd. Congratulations to Tommy Sitzmann/Luke Woodworth for winning the i420 Midwinter Championship. In fact with this win, Tommy/Luke completed the winter trifecta, winning the Nationals, North Americans, and now the Midwinters.
All of our sail designs worked really well at this event! For more information on i420 Sails and tuning help, contact North Sails expert Tom Sitzmann.