The Mackay 420 won the first World Championship it entered.
Alexandros & Georgios Kavvas from Greece won 7 of the 10 races in the 2012 World championships.
The following year Annabel Cattermole & Bryony Bennett-Lloyd won the 2013 Ladies World Championships.
The 2012 post series press release stated "Speed was the name of the game for the Greeks, and they had the edge whatever the conditions. "
Mackay Boats started building the International 420 in 2011. Introduction of the 420 was preceeded by 2 years of development and design to produce the fastest shape and best structure to ensure the Mackay 420 lived up to the same winning reputation as our winning 470’s..
The design and class rules gave us the opportunity to build a boat similar to the way we build our 470s both in terms of the structure of the mouldings and the look of the boat.
For example the way the mast partner is fitted to the deck after the boat is built allows the bulkhead in front of the mast to be more vertical and closer to the mast. This is better for rig tension and weight distribution. It also improves the look of the boat giving it a longer foredeck. We have been able to use a deck to hull joint system the same as our 470s allowing for the same exceptionally strong but light gunwale arrangement which also extends around the bow and across the transom.
The hull shape was developed by naval architect Kevin Trotter, working in the office next door to us here at MacKay Boats. Kevin has designed a few very fast dinghies here in New Zealand and has a solid command of the latest design and analysis software.