Introducing new people into the sport of sailing is a delicate process and one that UK-based dinghy specialists RS Sailing have plenty of experience of. The company's most recent model, the RS Quest, addresses a need for a dinghy suited to teaching newcomers.
Naturally, there are some who take immediately to sailing skittish, over-powered blast-reaching machines. More typically, novice sailors benefit from learning aboard forgiving, stable, responsive dinghies that feel tough and safe without being over-weight or over-powered. The RS Quest is just such a ship, as Rupert Holmes explains in this First Look Video.
For example, the wide beam on the RS Quest extends down to the waterline, which makes initial stability very high. This is extremely reassuring for anyone struggling to stay balanced while afloat. The rig is also easy to set up and look after, making it a good investment for sailing families, schools and clubs.
One unusual feature on the RS Quest is the ability to remove the entire foredeck as one watertight module, exposing the entire hull interior around the mast foot and forward to the bow. This lightens the boat considerably and creates extra space in the bow.
For more dinghy sailing news and reviews, see: How to start your kids dinghy sailing or Snipe Class Dinghy: Still Going Strong After 80 Years.