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The 470 Men Olympic Class - Men's Two Person Dinghy

Created in France in the 1960s by André Cornu, the 470 (Four-Seventy) is a small, fast, double-handed monohull planing dinghy, 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, making teamwork necessary to sail it well, as it has a large sail-area-to-weight ratio, and is designed to plane easily. 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's first appearance at Olympics was in 1976 in Montreal, Canada where it was a open class. The class was split into Men and Women specfic events from the 1988 Seoul Olympics.

470 - Stats

Designer André Cornu
Year Designed 1963
LOA 4.7m (15 ft 5 in)
LWL 4.4m (14 ft 5 in)
Beam 1.69m (5 ft 7 in)
Draft 1.07m (3 ft 6 in)
Mainsail Area 9.12 m2 (98.2 sq ft)
Headsail Area 3.58 m2 (38.5 sq ft)
Spinnaker Area 13 m2 (140 sq ft)
Hull Weight 120 kg (260 lb)
Mast Height 6.78 m (22 ft 3 in)
Crew 2 (single trapeze)
Olympic Debut 1976 - Montreal, Canada
Class Association www.470.org
UK Class Association GBR470 Association

470 British Olympic Medals

London 2012 Silver Luke Patience  & Stuart Bithell 
Beijing 2008
Silver Nick Rogers & Joe Glanfield
Athens 2004 Silver Nick Rogers & Joe Glanfield
Atlanta 1996 Silver John Merricks & Ian Walker

London 2012 Olympic Games Top 3

Gold Mat Belcher & Malcolm Page Australia (AUS)
Silver Luke Patience  & Stuart Bithell Great Britain (GBR)
Bronze Lucas Calabrese & Juan de la Fuente Argentina (ARG)

Beijing 2008 Olympic Games Top 3

Gold Nathan Wilmot & Malcolm Page Australia (AUS)
Silver Nick Rogers & Joe Glanfield Great Britain (GBR)
Bronze Nicolas Charbonnier & Olivier Bausset France (FRA)

2016  World Championship Top 3

Gold Sime Fantela & Igor Marenic Croatia (CRO)
Silver Paul Snow-Hansen & Daniel Wilcox New Zealand (NZL)
Bronze  Mathew Belcher & William Ryan Australia (AUS)

2015  World Championship Top 3

Gold Mathew Belcher & William Ryan Australia (AUS)
Silver Sime Fantela & Igor Marenic Croatia (CRO)
Bronze Paul Sozykin & Denis Gribanov Russia (RUS)

2014  World Championship Top 3

Gold Mathew Belcher & William Ryan Australia (AUS)
Silver Sime Fantela & Igor Marenic Croatia (CRO)
Bronze Panaglotis Mantis & Pavlos Kagialis Greece (GRE)

2013  World Championship Top 3

Gold Mathew Belcher & William Ryan Australia (AUS)
Silver Pierre Leboucher & Nicolas Le Berre France (FRA)
Bronze Panaglotis Mantis & Pavlos Kagialis Greece (GRE)

 

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