Our Team

    At Mackay Boats we are all keen sailors having competed at numerous World championship and Olympic events ourselves. Therefore we understand the importance of having the best possible equipment and we know what makes a fast boat. We get great satisfaction from seeing our boats winning, and are committed to keep Mackay Boats at the front of the fleet.


    John Clinton

    John has a long background working with teams and individuals helping them to go fast. Initially as a sail designer and Sail Program manager for a number of Americas Cup campaigns, then setting up his own North Sails One Design loft before moving onto Southern Spars where he designed and developed the new carbon 49er rig. During this time John also coached the NZL 470 sailors for the 1996 & 2000 Olympics as well as sailing a Tornado for a number of years. Coaching highlight was working with Simon Cooke & Pete Nicholas to win the 2002 470 World Championship. John designed the new FX women's Olympic rig and worked with Brian Bennett to develop the VX One rig. He is on the Executive for both the 49er and 29er classes and is chairman of the Yachting New Zealand Olympic Committee.

    e-mail:   john.clinton@mackayboats.com        Skype: johnclinton_nzl

    Mobile: +64 21 634 070


    David McDiarmid

    David runs the assembly and fit-out team. He has a strong background in skiff sailing, winning the 2017 18ft Skiff World Championship and the much coveted JJ Giltinan trophy in 2018 & 2019. David also campaigned a 49er and can be found sailing an 18ft skiff most weekends on Auckland harbour or out fishing somewhere in the Hauraki Gulf.

     Dave is also a keen foiling Kite Surfer in his spare time .


    e-mail:   david.mcdiarmid@mackayboats.com

    Mobile +64 21 634 932


    Owen Mackay

    Owen is the master of GRP boatbuilding and moulding techniques. He has been building GRP boats from his own factory since 1983 and there is not much he doesn't know about how to produce the perfect boat.Owen sailed the traditional 'P' class in his youth and has been involved with the sea ever since. He was with NZ Olympic team in 1984 as a boat builder, and has managed several NZ surfboat teams competing internationally. He knows the requirements of high performance.

    e-mail: owen@mackayboats.com


    Dave Mackay

    Dave is well known to Olympic sailors around the world and is well known for the many regattass he has attended helping sailors. He has sailed competitively in 470s and Flying Dutchman and socially in 49ers. Highlights have been a 3rd in the 470 Worlds, winning the ISAF double handed Youth Worlds and pre-Olympics (470) and competing in the 1984 Olympics in the FD.

    Dave spends a lot of his time cruising the Pacific these days, but is always back involved in any special projects.




    Jenny Egnot

    Jenny sailed 470 at a top international level from 1985 through to the 2000 Olympics in Sydney. She started crewing for her sister Leslie and then competed in Sydney crewing for Melinda Henshaw. During this time she was regularly in the top 10 at major regattas and has a wealth of knowledge about Olympic class sailing and campaigning. Jenny continues to sail  representing NZL at various women's keelboat regattas.

    Jenny helps sailors with their shipping and spare parts.


    e-mail:  jenny.egnot@mackayboats.com



    Lisa Nola

    Lisa manages our office and is first point of contact for any account enquiries. Lisa has worked for Mackay Boats since 2002 and liaises with sailors regularly regarding accounts.



    World Sailing Licensed Builder
    Member of NZmarine



    Mackay Boats Ltd

    • 24 Manga Rd, Silverdale
    • Auckland, New Zealand
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