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  • Men - the 470 is the only dinghy that caters for lightweight men. A high percentage of young men worldwide are naturally 60 to 75kg. This is especially so in Asian countries and is another reason why the 470 has such worldwide appeal. The helms are usually around 60 to 67kg, and the crew around 67 to 75kg, typically ranging in height from 163-187cm.
  • Women - 470 sailors can be lightweight - 55 to 65kg, through to heavy weight - 70 to 75kg, with typical height ranges of 150-174cm. At the 2008 Olympic Games, the Women's Gold Medal was won by the lightest team and the heaviest team won silver.
  • Affordability - uniquely across the Olympic events/equipment, the configuration of the 470 is identical for both men and women. This offers significant benefit to smaller sailing nations with less funding, who for example can share one coach. Not only from the obvious cost advantage of sharing equipment and logistics, but also in the development of the specialised skills required to race the boat, and access to the technical know-how, often from imported coaches.
  • Sustainable - Standardized equipment support solid growth and stronger, more sustainable development programmes.
  • IOC Gender Benchmark - the 470 Class complies with the requirements of the IOC Gender Equality Review Project

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