470 

The double-handed dinghy for men and women

 

Created in France in the 1960s by Andre Cornu, the 470 is a small, fast boat, its name deriving from its length. It is a highly technical class, with the ability to ‘plane’ (skim the waves like a powerboat) in a high wind. 

It is sailed by two people and has three sails (mainsail, jib and spinnaker) as well as a trapeze, which allows the crew to lean out of the craft. The 470, first recognised as an Olympic class in 1976, was also the first women’s class, accepted into the Olympic Games in 1988 in Seoul.

SPECIFICATIONS

Length: 4.7m (15ft 5in)
Breadth: 1.68m (5ft 6in)
Weight: 120kg (265lb)
Type: Dinghy
Crew: 2
Designer: Andre Cornu
Year: 1963

 

   London 2012 Olympic Results
 Men  Women
 Gold  Mathew Belcher/Malcolm Page (AUS)  Jo Aleh/Olivia Powrie (NZL)
 Silver  LUKE PATIENCE/STUART BITHELL (GBR)  HANNAH MILLS/SASKIA CLARK (GBR)
 Bronze  Lucas Calabrese/Juan De La Fuente (ARG)  Lisa Westerhof/Lobke Berkhout (NED)

 

 

   Beijing 2008 Olympic Results
 Men  Women
 Gold  Nathan Wilmot/Malcolm Page (AUS)  Elise Rechichi/Tessa Parkinson (AUS)
 Silver  NICK ROGERS/JOE GLANFIELD (GBR)  Marcelien De Koning/Lobke Berkhout  (NED)
 Bronze  Nicolas Charbonnier/Olivier Bausset (FRA)  Fernanda Oliveira/Isabel Swan (BRA)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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