RS Sailing

Summary

RS Sailing is an international designer, builder and supplier of sailboats and dinghies and associated goods and services supported by a worldwide dealer network and class associations.[1]

RS Sailing
TypePrivate company
IndustryMaritime
FoundedBrockley, London, UK (1957)
HeadquartersPremier Way, Abbey Park, Romsey, Hampshire, UK
Websitewww.rssailing.com

The current RS range contains 19 dinghies and related parts and fittings, as well as clothing, footwear, hats, caps, bags and other kit. The RS range includes All Purpose Boats (the RS Tera, RS Quba, RS Zest, RS Neo, RS Feva, RS Quest, RS Vision and RS Venture) for beginners, families, sailing clubs and schools.[2] The Performance Boats are the RS100, RS200, RS300, RS400, RS500, RS600, RS700, RS800, RS Vareo,[3] the new RS Aero and the RS Elite is a racing keel boat.[4] The Performance Boats have been created to make modern high performance sailing available to a huge range of sailors, and includes single handers and two person skiffs.[5] Offering sailors competitive one-design racing, RS Events take place throughout the UK [6] and internationally for some RS classes.[7]

HistoryEdit

  • 1957 - H.Taylor & Son (Brockley) Ltd incorporated in the UK on 29 October 1957.
  • Traded as Racing Sailboats and London Dinghy Centre (LDC) in South East London.
  • RS Sailing has a boat design, manufacture and fit out side of the business, a chandlery side, and a range of clothing, headwear, footwear, bags, harnesses, sunglasses, helmets, and other kit for sailors and beach goers.
  • RS have over 60 dealers worldwide.
  • RS Sailing is the largest small boat manufacturer in the world.
  • The most common boat seen by RS is the Quest. The company said "The RS Quest is our most popular teaching/training and family boat. A completely modern design that is both comfortable, simple, strong, and stable. ... Quest is an easy to trailer, easy to rig, and fun to sail family boat. For programs and yacht clubs, the Quest offers generous space that makes new sailors comfortable." If you know about RS you will likely know about the RS Quest. The Quest is also easy to use because of how it interacts with wind. The sails can be reefed which helps learners in the harsh winds.[citation needed]

ProductsEdit

The RS range is the world's largest and fastest growing sailing/boating brand with boats for championship level racing, recreational sailing, families, clubs and schools.

Class Designer Length Recognition Test report(s)
2000 Phil Morrison - Originally known as the Laser 2000
RS Aero Jo Richards 4m / 13'2" - -
RS Feva Paul Handley 3.64m / 12'0" ISAF International Class RYA Supported Class [8] Yachts & Yachting [9]
RS Elite Phil Morrison 7.4m / 24'4" - Yachts & Yachting [10]
RS NEO Paul Handley and RS Sailing 3.53m / 11'5" -
RS Quest Jo Richards 4.5m / 14'1" - -
RS Tera Paul Handley 2.87m / 9'5" ISAF International Class ISAF Learn to Sail Boat RYA Recognised Junior Class Yachts & Yachting [11]
RS Venture Phil Morrison & RS Sailing 4.9m / 16'4" - -
RS Vareo Phil Morrison 4.47m / 14'8" - Yachts & Yachting [12]
RS ZEST Jo Richards and RS Sailing 3.59m / 11'9" - -
RS Quba Paul Handley 3.53m / 11'5" - Yachts & Yachting [13]
RS14 Cat - - - -
RS16 Cat - - - -
RS21 RS Sailing 6.4m / 20'8" - -
RS100 Paul Handley 4.30m / 14'2" ISAF International Class -
RS200 Phil Morrison 4.00m / 13'0" - -
RS300 Clive Everest 4.24m / 14'0" - -
RS400 Phil Morrison 4.52m / 14'10" - -
RS500 Phil Morrison 4.34m / 14'3" ISAF Recognised Class Yachts & Yachting[permanent dead link] [14]
RS600 Clive Everest & Nick Peters 4.47m / 14'8" - -
RS700 Nick Peters & Alex Southon 4.68m / 15'5" - Yachts & Yachting [15]
RS800 Phil Morrison 4.8m / 15'9" - -
RS900 Phil Morrison 4.68m / 15'4" Olympic skiff trial. Not in production

MembershipsEdit

RS Sailing is a partner in World Sailing Connect to Sailing programme which seeks to revitalise grass roots participation in all categories of sailing outside elite activity and put sailing firmly back into a growth sport with a focus on youth.[16]

International Success & AwardsEdit

  • Sailing World - Dinghy of the Year 2015 - RS Aero
  • SAIL Best Boat Awards - Best Daysailor 2018 - RS Zest
  • RS Sailing won Asian Marine Boating Award's Best Dayboat / Sportboat / Dinghy for their entire range.[17]
  • The RS Venture won Sailing World's Boat of the Year 2012.[18]
  • The RS100 gained ISAF Class status in 2012.[19]
  • The RS Feva has ISAF Class status.[19]
  • The RS Tera gained ISAF Class status in 1997.[20]
  • The RS500 has ISAF Class status.[19]
  • In 1998, the RS300 won Small Sailing Boat of the Year Award at the British Nautical Awards.
  • The RS K6 won Sailboat of the Year Award at the British Nautical Awards in 2001.[21]
  • The RS Feva has won the Coup de Coeur Award in France.[22]
  • The RS Feva has previously won the Dinghy of the Year Award in the USA.[22]
  • In 2010 the RS100 was awarded the Yachts & Yachting Dinghy of the Year award in the UK.[23]
  • The RS100 won the accolade of 2011 Boat of the Year in the USA in magazine Sailing World's 25th annual awards [24]
  • RS Venture Connect SCS Power Assist Pack wins Overall DAME Award 2017

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "The Boat". RS100 Sailing. Archived from the original on 19 May 2011. Retrieved 11 May 2011.
  2. ^ "Marketing Partners - Yachts and Yachting Online". yachtsandyachting.com.
  3. ^ "Range - RS Sailing". rssailing.com.
  4. ^ "RS Elite Class Association - Class History". rselite.org.
  5. ^ ISAF Archived 19 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ "RS Class Association Portal". rs-association.com.
  7. ^ "Feva Worlds Website". Archived from the original on 27 July 2011. Retrieved 11 May 2011.
  8. ^ RYA Class Recognition Policy
  9. ^ Yachts & Yachting
  10. ^ "Yachts & Yachting" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 25 March 2012. Retrieved 6 June 2011.
  11. ^ Yachts & Yachting
  12. ^ Yachts & Yachting
  13. ^ Yachts & Yachting
  14. ^ "Sailing news as it happens - YachtsandYachting.com". Yachts and Yachting Online.
  15. ^ Yachts & Yachting Group Test Archived 25 October 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  16. ^ "ISAF Connect to Sailing". Archived from the original on 20 June 2010. Retrieved 10 June 2010.
  17. ^ "Sail World - Asian Marine & Boating Awards Gala Dinner". Sail-World.com.
  18. ^ "RS Venture: Best Recreational Dinghy". Sailing World.
  19. ^ a b c "Centreboard Classes Index". sailing.org.
  20. ^ "RS Tera granted ISAF Recognised Class status". Yachts and Yachting Online.
  21. ^ "at last night's British Nautical Awards - The Daily Sail". thedailysail.com.
  22. ^ a b "Feva Website". Archived from the original on 12 November 2010. Retrieved 12 May 2011.
  23. ^ "RS100- Winner of the Y&Y Dinghy of the Year 2010". RS100 Sailing. Archived from the original on 26 August 2011. Retrieved 12 May 2011.
  24. ^ "RS100 announced 2011 Boat of the Year by Sailing World". Yachts and Yachting Online.

External linksEdit

  • RS Sailing (Global HQ)
  • RS Sailing Australia
  • RS Sailing France
  • RS Sailing South Africa
  • RS Class Associations

Coordinates: 50°58′54″N 1°27′51″W / 50.981597°N 1.464192°W / 50.981597; -1.464192