Beijin 2008 gold medalist Malcolm Page and Mathew Belcher training in Sydney Harbour by a Westerly breeze  on a sunny day for the world championship before heading to Europe...THE 470 DINGHY The 470 is an Olympic class dinghy recognised by ISAF, sailed by both male and female teams. It was designed in 1963 by the frenchman André Cornu, as a modern fiberglass planing dinghy. In 1969 the class was given international status and it has been an olympic class since featuring at the Montreal Olympics in 1976. In 1988 the first olympic womens sailing event was sailed in the 470..the 470 is sailed in more than 61 nations around the world..The boat is equipped with spinnaker and trapeze, which demands real teamwork. To be competitive, everything should be mastered to perfection and the 470 is often quoted as the hardest Olympic design to get to grips with. Tactically the boat is demanding as speed differences between competitors are small and fleets are usually big..To sail the 470, good physical health is enough; strength is not crucial. The competitive crew weight is 110 - 145 kg, making it ideal for both women and men..PARTICULARS.Length: 4.7m, 15'5".Length of waterline: 4.4m, 14'6".Mass: 120kg, 264lbs..Mast: 6.76m, 22'3".Total Sail Area: 12.7m^2, 137ft^2.Jib: 3.58m^2, 39ft^2.Main: 9.12m^2, 98ft^2.Spinnaker: 13m^2, 140ft^2.Crew .Two (single trapeze).Olympic Class..Malcolm Page (born 22 March 1972) is an Australian sailor. He was educated at St. Andrew's Cathedral School in Sydney. He and team mate Nathan Wilmot have won five world titles in the 470 class. They also won the Olympic test event in Qingdao in 2007 and were considered favourites to win the 470 event at the 2008 Summer Olympics, which they did...Mathew Belcher ..25.Nationality/Country.Australian/New Zealand.Being a natural sportsman, it no accident that Queenslander Mat Belcher is where he is today - campaigning for the 2008 Olympic Games. However Mat's first foray into sailing gave no indication of the talent

Beijin 2008 gold medalist Malcolm Page and Mathew Belcher training in Sydney Harbour by a Westerly breeze on a sunny day for the world championship before heading to Europe...THE 470 DINGHY The 470 is an Olympic class dinghy recognised by ISAF, sailed by both male and female teams. It was designed in 1963 by the frenchman André Cornu, as a modern fiberglass planing dinghy. In 1969 the class was given international status and it has been an olympic class since featuring at the Montreal...
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