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New Olympic Womens skiff off to a fast start - sailing in 19 countries
10:18 PM Wed 24 Oct 2012
Since its selection as the new Olympic Women's Skiff in may, the 49erFX has experienced phenomenal growth, and is already sailing in 19 countries.
By the end of October 135 rigs will have been shipped, to 21 countries, with an apportionment scheme still in place, as is normal with the start of a new Olympic class. ...[more]
FX Rig Designer explains the working of the Fathead Rig + Video
By Richard Gladwell,
7:43 AM Tue 1 May 2012
Mackay Boats' John Clinton explains how the Fathead Rig works using video taken from a test sailing session in the FX on Auckland Harbour on Saturday, when winds gusted to a recorded 31 kts. Fathead rigs had their origins in 12 and 18ft skiffs and have been adopted by a variety of classes, right up to America's Cup level, because of their ability to carry extra sail area high up in the rig ...[more]
Womens Olympic Skiff proves a point in a 25kt breeze + Video
By Richard Gladwell,
8:07 PM Sat 28 Apr 2012
Mackay Boats, the team behind the FX, one of two preferred boats to emerge from the recent Olympic Womens Skiff Trials have responded to the report presented to the International Sailing Federation and comments made by other parties. ...[more]
FX: What the Sailors say about the Olympic Womens Skiff entry + Video
By Ben Gladwell,
8:45 PM Sun 4 Mar 2012
In this video double Olympic representative, Jo Aleh, ISAF Youth World Gold medalist Martine Grael (BRA) and Olympic Bronze medalist Isabel Swan (BRA) give their impressions of the FX. And ISAF World Youth Silver medalist, Alex Maloney, and double ISAF Youth Representative in the Womens Singlehanded event, Molly Meech talk about transitioning to the new Event and their hopes for 2016 Olympics. ...[more]
Women's Olympic Skiff Trials: New FX put through paces + Video
By Richard Gladwell,
10:43 PM Thu 16 Feb 2012
One of the trialists for the new Olympic Womens Skiff event has been put through its paces by several of crews off Takapuna over the past few weeks.
The Mackay FX is a response to the need for a high performance skiff, offering low entry cost, and taking womens sailing to a new level. ...[more]
Prototype for Olympic Womens Skiff trials has great pedigree
By Richard Gladwell,
12:14 PM Thu 27 Oct 2011
A New Zealand developed prototype is being test sailed in Auckland ahead of the proposed evaluation trials for the Olympic Womens Two-Person Skiff.
The boat utilizes the 49er hull, foils and boom with a new sailplan designed to suit the ISAF specified target weight of 110-130kg.
The team behind the Mackay Boats' prototype oozes talent and has a track record of excellence ...[more]
Team Jolly update on the Olympic Womens 470 at Weymouth
By Polly Powrie and Jo Aleh,
7:44 PM Sat 27 Aug 2011
The overall result was not what we were looking for, obviously we went to Weymouth looking to win, and after some a) Weird boat things, and b) Rather poor decision making at times, we came away with a fourth, which was a little surprising, considering how badly we sailed at times, we were happy to just make the medal race! ...[more]
470's to have Reunion Dinner at Takapuna - Book Now!
By Dave Mackay,
9:26 PM Fri 15 Jul 2011
The NZ 470 Association is having a reunion dinner at Takapuna Boating Club. Many of New Zealand's top sailors have passed through the class, and this is a great opportunity to renew friendships and talk about the great contests, how good you really were or could have been - had a few things gone your way ... ...[more]
Summer update from Womens 470 Silver medallists - Team Jolly
By Team Jolly,
10:35 PM Thu 10 Feb 2011
Silver medalists in the Womens 470, Jo Aleh and Olivia Powrie, update on their New Zealand summer of sailing in the 470: We started the year off with the third annual NZ 470 Summer Camp down at Rotoiti (including multiple fitness sessions, some sailing, some wakeboarding and an exploratory run/walk around Okere falls). It was a great way to get back into action, and thanks to Nathan (super-coach) ...[more]
Brits win NZ 470 Nationals at Takapuna
By Christine Hansen, NZ 470 Assoc,
7:06 AM Tue 1 Feb 2011
The New Zealand 470 Nationals came to an end with Nick Rogers and Chris Grube of Great Britain taking out the regatta with an impressive second and three first placings. Second overall, and first New Zealand sailors, were Paul Snow-Hansen and Jason Saunders who loosened the grip Geoff Woolley has had on the National title for the last (at least) three years, but not totally out of the picture by a ...[more]
Images of Takapuna: NZ 470 Nationals - Day 2
By Christine Hansen,
5:23 PM Mon 31 Jan 2011
Competitors from three countries are competing in the NZ 470 Nationals off Takapuna Beach. Christine Hansen captured the action. ...[more]
49er World Youth Championship for Travemuende
By Andreas Kling,
9:14 PM Wed 22 Dec 2010
World Championships are always a highlight at the world’s most beautiful sailing regatta. But a World Championship premiere is very special for Travemuende Week. The 122nd edition of Travemuende Week (22 to 31 July 2011) will be the venue of the first World Youth Championship of the 49er. ...[more]
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