470: Recent Success for Mackay Boats

Since our first build in 1993, a Mackay built 470 has helped produce Olympic glory and world champion sailors year on year.

470: The history of its success

While the 470 has been an Olympic class boat since 1976, it has universal appeal - sailed today for both recreational purposes and superior competition by more than 30,000 sailors in 42 countries worldwide.

The history of the 470

In 1963, French architect Andre Cornu designed the two-handed centreboard boat as a modern high performance fibreglass planing dinghy which could be sailed by anyone. And the craft so influenced European sailing that the 470 is directly credited with drawing new sailors to the sport during the 1960s and '70s.