The International 470 is a now a mixed (male and female) double-handed monohull planing dinghy with a centreboard, Bermuda rig, and centre sheeting. Equipped with a spinnaker, trapeze and a large sail-area-to-weight ratio, it is designed to plane easily, and good teamwork necessary to sail it well. The name comes from the overall length of the boat in centimetres (i.e., the boat is 4.70 metres long).
The 470 is a popular class with both individuals and sailing schools, offering a good introduction to high-performance boats without being excessively difficult to handle, but it is not a boat designed for beginners. Its smaller sister, the 420, is a stepping stone to the 470.
The 470 is a World Sailing International Class and has been an Olympic class since the 1976 games.
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Kiel Week 2016 - 25th June - Highlights - Tall ships parade
Kiel Week 2016 - 25th June - The Tallships Parade showcase what a diverse range of boats attend every year. The weather is looking grim but the 470, J/70 and 49er classes are still working hard through the rain.
A building onshore breeze bought the best conditions of the week so far at the 2016 Delta Lloyd Regatta, sailors took advantage of the conditions to extend their leads in their respective classes in the build up to the Medal Races.