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The 2016 Rio Olympics were hugely successful for New Zealand’s sailors but even more so for a Kiwi boat building company.

Mackay Boats built the boats that were first, second and third in the 49er class, first and second in the 49erFX and second and third in the women’s 470. Amazingly, they built 75 percent of the boats used in the 49er and 49erFX fleets in Rio and 60 percent of the 470 boats.

In all, Mackay boats have won 30 Olympic medals since the 2004 Athens Games and 114 world championships medals.

It’s a phenomenal record for a small company who operate out of a handful of sheds in Silverdale. Their slogan is, ‘just fast’ and their boats obviously live up to it.

They’re now putting most of their energies into meeting the demand from mostly international customers ahead of December’s 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 world championships in partnership with Hyundai New Zealand in Auckland.

See Newshub’s story on Mackay Boats here

They have 40 boats to build, which might sound a lot for a company that typically makes about 50-70 skiffs a year, but the biggest headache for Mackay Boats general manager John Clinton is finding enough space to store them before they’re collected.

“We’re embarrassed to say we don’t actually sell boats,” Clinton says. “Sailors make it their job to know what the best is so come to us. We believe in putting all of our efforts into building the very best boats we can. We are on the opposite side of the world to where most of our market is so people will only continue to come to us if we are building the best boat.

“The big thing sailors want is to know they are going to get consistency in every boat they get and that the boat Peter Burling gets is the same as what they are going to get. There’s nothing special about boat building – it’s actually quite simple – it’s just the care you put into it. All we try to do is make the same as perfectly as we can.”

It’s something Mackay Boats have been trying to do since brother Dave and Owen Mackay bought the mould to make 470s in the early 1990s. It was an industry that was in their blood, given their father built a lot of the Flying Dutchman used at the 1964 Olympics and who also specialised in offshore powerboats.

They built their first 49er in the late 1990s and are now one of only two active manufacturers in the world for the Olympic skiff classes. They also build 470s, 420s, 29ers, OK Dinghys, Starlings and VX Ones.

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John Clinton and Mackay Boats are building 40 boats for this year’s 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 world championships.

As many as 400 sailors are expected to compete at the 49er, 49erFx and Nacra 17 world championships to be held at the Royal Akarana Yacht Club and, for Mackays, it will be an opportunity to meet many of their clients for the first time.

“For us as a company, we can spend time with them and build a relationship,” Clinton says. “Being in New Zealand, we suffer from the fact we don’t get to know these guys personally. Email is very different to knowing them personally.

“A lot of these sailors are using the world champs as an excuse to buy their next boat. It’s going to be interesting to see what it does for sales. We have a whole lot to deliver in October, whereas normally they would be spread out over the year. Some have ordered a new boat they’ll take straight after the worlds and use for the Olympics.”

Most teams typically have two or three boats which are often spread out around the world, depending on where their next regattas are.

The equipment tends to evolve but the hull shape hasn’t changed since 2008 and are essentially bullet proof. “There’s really nothing on the boat that can break,” Clinton says.

“In manufacturing you have your ups and downs and the sailors don’t forgive you. If you make one little mistake, you are reminded about it so you have to make sure the mistakes are very small and very rare.”

It’s clearly something Mackay Boats have been doing well for some time and they’ll be looking to add to their medal haul at both the world championships and Olympics over the next 12 months.

  • Pic: Peter Burling and Blair Tuke have enjoyed considerable success sailing 49ers built by Mackay Boats. Photo: Yachting New Zealand.
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Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city, is famous for its stunning harbours and sailing culture. It is, without a doubt, a world-class racing and regatta destination.

The downtown competition venue offers quick and easy access to a vibrant city with a celebrated culinary scene, fantastic shopping, and dynamic arts and culture. As well as big city sophistication, Auckland also offers an incredible natural setting; beautiful beaches, volcanic cones, island getaways and expansive parks are never too far away.

Home to sailing champions and the highly anticipated 2021 Americas Cup, Aucklanders and New Zealander’s alike are proud of their sailing heritage. Here, the Championship will enjoy huge support from the public.

Auckland is looking forward to welcoming all athletes, teams and supporters of the 49er, 49er FX and Nacra 17 World Championships.

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  1. use our manage2sail registration system to enter your racing information.
  2. proceed to the payment portal to pay for your entry fee. For clarity, the fees on the payment system will change over on the dates in the NOR, so non-payment prior to those dates will mean higher entry fees.

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Updated Sept 12, 2019 with updated meeting times, and corrected Sept 29 cut off date for early entry fee.

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International Shipping Partner

Oceanbridge Shipping are the logistics experts when it comes to major yachting events in New Zealand. Having been in business for more than 37 years they have helped tens of thousands of competitors with all the logistics that goes with competing in regattas around the world.

From the 2016 youth sailing world championships and 2019 Tornado world championships in Auckland to the 2011 Optimist world championships in Napier, they have taken care of shipping for both competitors and regatta organisers. They are the main sponsors of the Oceanbridge NZL Sailing Regatta, which is this country’s premier Olympic and youth classes event, and also a major sponsor and supporter of Yachting New Zealand and other sporting events.

Oceanbridge will have a dedicated team to assist sailors competing in this year’s 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 World Championships in Auckland and can assist with international shipping, customs clearance, border security and trucking. Oceanbridge will have staff on the ground at the event to supervise unpacking and packing and will also handle general queries about shipping to make life easy for visiting sailors and teams. If you wish to ship your boats onward to Melbourne for the next regatta, or return home, they can help with it all.

Their dedicated Marine Team are passionate about boats, international sailors and shipping and best contact is:
Nigel  |  nigelb@oceanbridge.co.nz  |  +64 9 489 6070 (bus.)  |  +64 21 909 703

Where to stay

There is a range of accommodation close to the venue to suit all tastes and budgets. Popular choices are university summer accommodation, Air BnB and hotels or motels. Auckland city centre has approximately 11,125 accommodation rooms available from 5-star international hotels to budget-friendly lodges. There are a number of apartments available to rent and Auckland city centre has more than 2000 motel rooms.

We highly recommend considering university summer accommodation at AUT which should be available from approximately November 20.  See Wellesley Apartments. Use the event code 49erNacra when booking online. These 5-bedroom apartments are available for approx. NZ$51 (or 30 Euro) per night per bedroom . The rate will include the following:

  • Bedding, linen and towels
  • 5 bedroom Apartment with 2 bathrooms
  • Fully equipped kitchen, dining and living area
  • Communal areas on the ground floor, 
  • Wi-Fi
  • Tea/coffee making facilities in the Apartments
  • Towel change 2 x weekly (every 3-4 days)
  • Linen change 1 x weekly (if staying more than 7 days)

Group Bookings should enquire via: shortstays@clv.co.nz quoting the event code 49erNacra also to receive the appropriate rate.

 

Summer Stays is a public service provided by the University of Auckland offering large scale, cost effective accommodation in the heart of Auckland over the New Zealand summer. Vacated student king-single rooms with shared bathrooms are available to 49er attendees. Special rate of $70 per night (or approx. 40 Euro) including breakfast with a minimum of 7 nights stay and full payment at the time of booking is required. Use the booking code, 49ER19.

  • WiFi included
  • Bedding, linen and towels
  • Laundry facility at an additional cost
  • Reception manned 8am – 8pm
  • Lounge room with bi-folding doors opening onto a large deck with a barbecue
  • Two large study areas
  • Music room
  • Communal lounge area and basic kitchenette on each floor that is the centre of the two wings
  • Basketball court available just opposite the building

    Bookings should be sent through to summerstays@auckland.ac.nz or call 09 923 5678

 

If you want to rent a house Brendan at Goodwins is the best to contact, as he has many houses for Americas Cup of which some are available during the Worlds.

 

For any other assistance with accommodation, please contact regatta secretary Jude Eades (Auck49erNacraWorlds@gmail.com).

 

 

For early enquiries please contact: Jude Eades – Regatta Secretary Auck49erNacraWorlds@gmail.com

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