This easily handled, yet fast singlehanded dinghy is seen by its creators as a 21st century answer to the phenomenally popular Laser that dates from 1971. The RS Aero’s design and layout reflects up-to-date thinking and makes use of top-quality equipment and construction techniques.
One of the most fundamental differences is the in the new boat’s ultra-light weight – it’s only 30kg. Take a look for yourself with Boats.com RS Aero video.
RS Sailing, together with designer Jo Richards conducted extensive product development, including testing of four hull variations and various rig, foil and layout options, before settling on the final design. There are three rig options to cover a wide range of sailors: the RS Aero 5 for youth sailors, RS Aero 7 for women and light men, and the RS Aero 9 for medium and heavier men. All spars are carbon fibre, with a common topmast and boom for all sails, while the different lower sections have different amounts of stiffness. The hull is sufficiently light that even the Aero 5 has a higher sail area to weight ratio than most existing singlehanders.
The new boat has already proved extremely popular and is selling in large numbers compared to most dinghy classes. Within six months of launch 400 boats had already been sold and the factory in Lincolnshire had ramped production up to an impressive 18 boats per week.
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By the start of the 2015 season there will therefore be fleets at many UK sailing clubs, as well as overseas. A big part of this has to be the attractive discounts on offer: until the end of 2014 there is £700 off for owners at clubs with more than three boats and £900 off for owners at clubs with five boats. So that early adopters aren’t disadvantaged, anyone who buys before their club has enough boats to claim the fleet price discount can reclaim the difference once that level is reached.
A further step forward is the appointment of a class association manager – the well-known and successful dinghy racer and coach Peter Barton. Among other things, he will be offering clubs with more than one boat an open “Launch Day”, in which he will visit the club to provide RS Aero specific coaching.
For further information go to the builder's webiste, or the class association site.
RS Aero Specifications
Hull weight: 30kg
Sail area: 5.2, 7.4 or 8.9sq m