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.

Written by: Rupert Holmes
Rupert Holmes has more than 70,000 miles of offshore cruising and racing experience, in waters ranging from the North Sea to the Southern Ocean and Cape Horn. He writes about all aspects of boat ownership and marine travel, including destinations, seamanship and maintenance, as well as undertaking regular new boat and gear tests. He currently sails around 5,000 miles per year and in the past couple of seasons has cruised from the UK to the Azores, as well as winning his class in the 2014 two-handed Round Britain and Ireland Race. He also owns two yachts, one based in the Mediterranean and the other in the UK.