One of the two new Olympic classes for Rio 2016


Mackay Boats developed the new FX rig for the 49er. After nine months of testing, the boat was taken to Santander (ESP) and trialled against five other boats by the ISAF evaluation committee.

The boat was then selected at the ISAF mid-year conference in early May 2012 and will be making its Olympic debut as the Women’s Skiff event at the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil.

The FX is a true high performance skiff and demands athleticism, balance and skill.


Mast height=         7.5m                        

Mainsail Area=     13.8 sqm                 

Jib Area=               5.8 sqm                   

Gennaker Area=   25.1 sqm


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