sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery

 

Sail-World.com : Women's Olympic Skiff Trials: New FX put through paces + Video

Women's Olympic Skiff Trials: New FX put through paces + Video

'The FX entered by Mackay Boats is put through her paces off Takapuna ahead of the Womens Skiff trials in Santander, Spain in March 2012'    Dave Mackay    Click Here to view large photo

One of the trialists for the new Olympic Women's Skiff event has been put through its paces by several crews off Takapuna over the past few weeks.

The FX entered by Mackay Boats?nid=93955 is a response to the need for a high performance skiff, offering low entry cost, and taking women's sailing to a new level.

Rather than design a new class, optimised for women sailors, Mackay Boats?nid=93955, whose progeny dominated the medal lists in the 470 and 49er classes at the 2008 Olympics and intervening world championships, decided to adapt the mens two handed skiff for the women's event.

'It was surprising simple', says John Clinton a renowned rig designer, now with Mackay Boats.

'The 49er rig had been well engineered, and was very well balanced. All we had to do was come up with a smaller rig, to suit the crew weight band specified by ISAF for the new Women’s Skiff, and put it in the same place in the 49er hull - which has been in the Olympics since 2000.'



Effectively Mackay Boats?nid=93955 have taken a leaf out of the Laser book - the most numerous dinghy class – with the Mens and Womens Singlehanded Olympic event both using the same hull but with a rig suitable to the weight of the sailors.

In finding a new use for the 49er hull, which is now highly refined, the FX?nid=93955 allows sailors coming into the class a low entry cost, as a second hand 49er hull can be purchased and easily fitted with the FX rig.

This concept works well with another of the goals of the International Sailing Federation, which is to expand the sport in developing countries, and to bring more women into sailing.

FX entered by Mackay Boats crewed by Jo Aleh & Olivia Powrie -  Dave Mackay?nid=93955   Click Here to view large photo

To check the degree of difficulty of sailing the FX, women's crews have been shuffled in and out of the test boat. Some are experienced twin wire sailors from the 29erXX. Top womens 470 crew Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie, and more recently Susannah Pyatt – selected for the Womens Match Racing event at the 2012 Olympics, having her first sail in a twin trapeze boat.

It took her about an hour to make the adjustment. 'The FX is amazingly balanced,' she said after her first sail. 'Its speed doesn't even compare to any of the current Olympic Women's classes. It just so fast!'

FX entered by Mackay Boats crewed by Jo Aleh & Olivia Powrie -  Dave Mackay?nid=93955   Click Here to view large photo

'I felt so in control of the boat, we didn't have to fight it,' she added

With the ISAF trials just four weeks away, the team from Mackay Boats will continue testing right to the last, underlining another advantage of the FX – only one hull has been shipped to Santander. The other boats will be regular 49ers from around Europe with the rigs sent by plane to the regatta venue.

To further underscore the simplicity of the FX concept, Mackay Boats will be freighting up to seven rigs around the world, ahead of the trials to allow other women's crews to trial the boat, and provide feedback for further development.

The FX is put through her paces off Takapuna ahead of the Womens Skiff trials in Santander, Spain in March 2012 -  Dave Mackay?nid=93955   Click Here to view large photo

The FX is put through her paces off Takapuna ahead of the Womens Skiff trials in Santander, Spain in March 2012 -  Dave Mackay?nid=93955   Click Here to view large photo

The FX is put through her paces off Takapuna ahead of the Womens Skiff trials in Santander, Spain in March 2012 -  Dave Mackay?nid=93955   Click Here to view large photo

The FX is put through her paces off Takapuna ahead of the Womens Skiff trials in Santander, Spain in March 2012 -  Dave Mackay?nid=93955   Click Here to view large photo

The FX is put through her paces off Takapuna ahead of the Womens Skiff trials in Santander, Spain in March 2012 -  Dave Mackay?nid=93955   Click Here to view large photo

FX entered by Mackay Boats crewed by Jo Aleh & Olivia Powrie -  Dave Mackay?nid=93955   Click Here to view large photo




by Richard Gladwell

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=93955

12:43 PM Thu 16 Feb 2012 GMT






Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.

Click for further information on
2010 Mackay Boats

Related News Stories:

06 Sep 2014  Enough 470's to fill Eden Park - Mackay Boats celebrate a success
02 Aug 2014  Report from Rio: Team Jolly on the South American 470 Nationals
16 Jul 2014  VX One North American Championship on the horizon
03 Jul 2014  NZL Sailing Team: Big month coming up in Europe - Sailing action guide
19 Jun 2014  Mackay Boats new VX One makes her NZ debut - book your sail now!
22 Apr 2014  49er Blog: Glorious racing to kick start Hyeres World Cup
13 Nov 2013  Aleh and Powrie named 2013 ISAF Female Sailor of the Year
25 Jul 2013  Latest from Mackay Boats: New 470 Moulds, 49er and FX Production, 420
01 Nov 2012  New Olympic Womens Skiff 49erFX - Images from around the World
24 Oct 2012  New Olympic Womens skiff off to a fast start - sailing in 19 countries
MORE STORIES ...

News - USA and the World





















A complete recap of the most successful Melges 20 World Championship by International Audi Melges 20 Class Association,




ISAF Santander - Upwards path for Austrian women's 470 crew + video by Luissa Smith, International 470 Class Association,


























2014 Rolex Big Boat Series - Farr 40 Day 4 by William Wagner, San Francisco
















ISAF Sailing World Championships - Solid Day 3 for US Sailing Team
ISAF Sailing World Championships - Day 3 images by Jesus Renedo
Marseille One Design 2014 - GC32 Armin Strom blitzes final day
Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - Una Etapa 0 complicada para todos
Santander 49ers: Olympic Gold Medallist says two into 90 does not go!! *Feature
GBR aiming for first ever Nacra 17 Games berth at Santander Worlds
Volvo Ocean Race: Man and sail overboard as Leg 0 serves up drama
ISAF Sailing World Championships Santander 2014 – Images by Dan Ibsen
Santander Worlds – already a spectator success
ISAF Sailing World Championships Santander 2014 - Day 3 morning report
Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - Tales from the extreme
Volvo Ocean Race: Latest starter wins opening race
2014 J/70 World Championship - Healy, Abdullah, Becker and Borges win
2014 Rolex Big Boat Series - Full-blown, once again
ISAF Worlds - Americans jump up Laser and Laser Radial leaderboard
2014 Rolex Big Boat Series - Farr 40 Day 3
America's Cup: Luna Rossa sailing with two foiling AC45's + Video
Extreme Sailing: Emirates Team NZ retain second overall
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Rio Olympic Laser spots snapped up
Rolex Swan Cup - All set for final showdown
Upper Midwest sailors need help to take it to the next level   
ISAF Sailing World Championships - RS:X action begins in Santander   
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Americans rise in Laser and Radial   
Extreme Sailing Series - A remarkable penultimate day’s racing + Video   
Marseille One Design - GC32 GDF Suez unstoppable in the light   
Rolex Swan Cup - Day 3 images by Carlo Borlenghi   
ISAF Sailing World Championships - Images of the leaders in Santander   
Rolex Big Boat Series - Good day for Double Trouble   
Rolex Big Boat Series - Day 2 images by Erik Simonson   
Royal Cup Marina Ibiza - TP52 fleet ready for tricky race tracks   
Rolex Big Boat Series - Plenty maintains lead   
2014 Asia Pacific Student Cup - Count down begins   
Extreme Sailing Series: Live coverage of Day 3 - view here   
Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - Going away   
Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - Practice makes perfect   
2014 J/70 World Championship - Contrasting conditions on Day 4   
Rolex Big Boat Series - 50 years of big boat racing: a retrospective   
2014 Rolex Big Boat Series - Day 2   
Snipe Western Hemisphere and Orient Champ: Rios takes the Championship   
Volvo Ocean Race: Leg Zero signals start of the significant racing   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News





Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
XLXL NEW US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT