Standard Sail Numbers
Sail numbers are assigned by the US 470 Class Association and ONLY the US 470 Class Association (not 470 International). See Class Rule A.10.1. Once a sail number is allocated by the Class to a new, used, or transferred boat and all fees are paid (as described above), that number is now valid and is your racing number. Other countries may operate under different sail number
Class Royalty and Measurement Stickers
If you purchase sails from another team and the sails show that team’s country code and sail number, then you must replace those items with the country code and sail number
If you race in a World Cup, World Championship, or European Championship you are required to carry an American flag on your mainsail. Some other events may require the flag in the NOR, as well. Details on the placement are outlined in this document. Vendors are listed in this document.
If you purchase sails from another team and the sails show that team’s country code and sail number, then you must replace those items with the country code and sail number assigned to you (as described above). Since spinnakers often come with inked numbers, you must block out the existing code and/or number and place your number below or to the side. The size, color, and positioning of the codes and numbers are outlined in the Class Rules and the Racing Rules of Sailing. More information on number placement is described in the Common Measurement Questions and Solutions .
Special Mainsail Emblem
If a crew or individual on the crew
Retired Sail Numbers
Some numbers in the class are retired (or retired to that owner). For example, USA 1722 was a long-held number of Paul Foerster’s. Paul won an Olympic Gold and Silver in the 470 class. If Paul decides to sail, he may use 1722. Apart from that, however, the number is considered retired. If, for
Personal Sail Numbers
Personal sail numbers are numbers assigned to an individual that
In order to receive a personal number, you must apply to the class, receive approval from the class, and pay the appropriate fees. Fees per personal number are $150.00.
You can only apply for a personal number after competing in two or more 470 World Championships. You must show “good standing” within the class and a history of
You CANNOT assign yourself a personal number without prior written approval from the US Class Association. Racing under a “self-given” sail number is strictly illegal and grounds for removal from any race or regatta. Even if your “self-assigned” sail number was allowed to pass through measurement at a regatta, this does not mean you have been approved to use that sail number. Any requests for personal numbers will be greatly damaged if you have
If you have earned a non-standard class emblem color, you are automatically approved for a personal number.
Single digit personal sail numbers are reserved for Olympians who have won one or more of the “Three Major” 470 class events: the Olympic Games, the World Championships, and the European Championship.
Personal sail numbers granted before June 15, 2018 will be “grandfathered” so long as the owner is actively competing. If the owner is no longer competing, then that number will be repossessed by the US Class Association.