What kit?

We speak to sailor and coach Paul Brotherton about what people are using in the 470 class and why
The 470 has always been known as a highly technical class. With Olympic sailing becoming more professional and sailors striving for every single ounce of speed they can muster, we went in searchof what is currently the best equipment to use and more importantly what will be come the Olympics in 2008? Two manufacturers currently dominate the market in 470 hulls. Mackays from New Zealand had outstanding success in the Athens Olympics with all three Men’s medals going to people sailing their boats. Zeiglemayer (GER), however have also seen great success over recent years having four out of the top five competitors at the 2004 Men’s Worlds sailing their boats. These two manufacturers have more or less dominated over the last three or four years, but it may not stay that way for long. Paul Brotherton, ex-470 Olympian and current 470 coach, believes that there is another manufacturer we should all keep our eyes on. “The dark horse and the boat that I think you should watch out for over the next 24 months could be the Nautivela (ITA.) I think those guys are going to make a bit of aresurgence,” he explains. The thought of another boat coming along that suddenly everyone wants to buy one might seem a little far fetched but as Brotherton points out it only takes one person to get a good result and everyone will rave about the boat. “In many respects a 470 is a 470,” Brotherton continues. “They are a very difficult boat to build and make last. All the main manufacturers do it, and have done it well.” The main reason that the 470 is such a difficult boat to build is partly due to the restrictions put on production by the class rules. The boat has to be a single skinned construction.