Set to take the UK dinghy racing scene by storm in 2015, the RS Aero is billed as the new Laser dinghy. Gael Pawson took a quick look round at the Southampton Boat Show.




According to the company: "The RS Aero completely re-sets the standard for pure exhilaration in a simple singlehander," and there are several justifications for this claim.

RS Aero video: quick look aboard

RS Aero video: quick tour.

Its ultra-light weight (the RS Aero hull weighs less than an Optimist at just 30kg) means the hull form and rigs need not be extreme, so the RS Aero is remarkably easy to handle and easy to rig. The light weight makes the RS Aero exceptionally user-friendly on shore: the boat is easy to pull up the beach or lift on to a car roof-rack.

The claims of durability will remain to be seen, but with three rig sizes, the Aero will suit any sailor between 35kg and 95kg, including, of course, those who are still growing at any weight in between. The price is reasonable when compared to most new dinghies on the market and there are discounts still available for buyers in 2014.

Written by: Gael Pawson
Gael Pawson is the editor of Yachts & Yachting Magazine and the founder of Creating Waves. A keen racer, she has sailed all her life, and started writing about the subject whilst studying journalism at university. Dinghies and small keelboats are her first loves, but she has cruised and raced a huge variety of boats in locations across the world.