RS Tera


The RS Tera is a one-man monohull dinghy in the RS Sailing range of sailing boats. It is recognised by the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) as an international class, and is a popular boat for beginners and for children to race.[1]

RS Tera
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Class symbol
DesignerPaul Handley
NameRS Tera
Construction3 layer Comptec PE3 Hull
Hull weight85 lb (39 kg)
LOA9 ft 5 in (2.87 m)
Beam4 ft 0 in (1.22 m)
Hull appendages
Keel/board typeDaggerboard
Rig typeBermuda
Mainsail areaSport rig - 38 sq ft (3.5 m2)
Pro rig - 50 sq ft (4.6 m2)
Mini sail - 28 sq ft (2.6 m2)
RYA PNRS Tera Sport: 1451 RS Tera Pro: 1351

Performance and designEdit

The RS Tera is suitable for introducing newcomers to the sport of sailing, but is also a good boat to race.[2] The boat is highly robust, and it is built with a self draining cockpit and is easy to right after a capsize, in addition to which it has a floating daggerboard. The boat is fairly small and light, meaning it is possible to transport on a roof rack, and that it is manageable on the water by younger children. The mast comes in two pieces, and the boom is padded.

Furthermore, the RS Tera can be rowed and has oarlocks.[3] Built with a Comptec PE3 hull, the RS Tera has been described to have a modern look.

Features and SpecificationEdit

The RS Tera is available in 2 specifications: RS Tera Sport and RS Tera Pro. The RS Tera Sport is designed with beginners and training centres in mind while the RS Tera Pro is more suitable to older, more experienced sailors. The weight range is between 30 kg and 70 kg and it can carry up to two children comfortably.

The RS Tera Sport has a reefable Dacron sail (the sail can be reefed to de-power in strong winds / for smaller children) while the RS Tera Pro has a battened Mylar sail which gives improved performance and an increase in power. There is also a Mini-sail for very small children, as young as 5 years old. All specifications fit on the same hull and same mast meaning that the same boat can be used for children of all ages and all abilities.


  • Constructed of rotor-moulded Polyethylene: Very strong and virtually maintenance free.
  • Designed to be easy to handle with more finesse than rivals.
  • Wide comfortable side decks mean children feel safe sat on the side of the boat.
  • Light and easy to right after a capsize: Children do not need assistance to right and there are added righting lines to assist.
  • Self draining cockpit: Drains as it sails so that children do not need assistance.
  • Lightweight on a trolley for easy manoeuvring by children.


  • All rigs fit on the same hull - more versatile and cost effective
  • Rig is far forward reducing the possibility of getting stuck "in irons" / head to wind
  • Boom is high and padded to prevent head injuries
  • 2 piece mast for transporting and storage


  • A rowing kit can be added for light wind fun
  • Racing pack is available for more advanced sailors

International Success, Awards and RecognitionEdit

  • The RS Tera gained International ISAF status in 2007.[4]
  • The RS Tera is an RYA Recognised Junior Class.[5]
  • The RS Tera is an ISAF Learn to Sail boat.[6]

World championshipsEdit

Gold Silver Bronze
2008 Gottskär
Sport Rig
  Hermann Tomasgaard (NOR)   Arya Sevgen (TUR)   Beatrice Törnsten (SWE)
2010 Carnac (FRA)
30 Sport Rig
  Eoin Lyden (IRL)   Brice Yrieix (FRA)   Ugo Zunardi (ITA)
2010 Carnac (FRA)
19 Pro Rig
  James Kelly (GBR)   Joshua Aldridge (GBR)   Matthew French (GBR)
2011 (DEN)
Sport Rig
  Elliott Wells (GBR)   Nathan Page (RSA)   James Hellstrom (RSA)
2011 (DEN)
Pro Rig
  William Taylor (GBR)   Will Robinson (GBR)   Michele Vezzoli (ITA)
2012 Sulzano
Sport Rig
40 Boats[9]
  Billy Vennis-Ozanne (GBR)   Georgou Divaris (RSA)   James Hellstrom (RSA)
2012 Sulzano
Pro Rig
34 Boats[10]
  Gregory Kelly (GBR)   James Hutton-Penman (GBR)   Rebecca Lewis (GBR)
2013 Portland (GBR)
Sport Rig
  Georgou DIVARIS (RSA)   Jack LEWIS (GBR)   Freddie PETERS (GBR)
2013 Portland (GBR)
Pro Rig
2014 (RSA)
Sport Rig
27 Entries
  Arin Long (RSA)   Michaela Robinson (RSA)   Benji Daniel (RSA)
2014 (RSA)
Pro Rigbr>30 Entries
  James Hellstrom (RSA)   Jason Gray (RSA)   Christopher Crawford (ZIM)
2015 Bruinisse (NED)
Sport Rig
  Tom Storey (GBR)   Roscoe Martin (GBR)   Freddy Wood (GBR)
2015 Bruinisse (NED)
Pro Rig
  Harrison Pye (GBR)   Henry Jameson (GBR)   Matt Smith (GBR)
2016 Santona
Sport Rig
  Ewan Wilson (GBR)   Robbie McDonald (GBR)   Arnau Gelpi (ESP)
2016 Santona
Pro Rig
  Jack Lewis (GBR)   Roscoe Martin (GBR)   Ben Batchelor (GBR)
2017 Carnac (FRA)
Sport Rig
2017 Carnac (FRA)
Pro Rig
  Jack LEWIS (GBR)   Blake TUDOR (GBR)   Robbie MCDONALD (GBR)
2018 Portland (GBR)
Sport Rig
81 Boats[11]
  Olly PETERS (GBR)   Alice DAVIS (GBR)   William JAMES (GBR)
2018 Portland (GBR)
Pro Rig
66 Boats[12]
2019 Ljungskile
Sport Rig
52 Boats [13]
  Jac BAILEY (GBR)   William BAILEY (GBR)   Matthew RAYNER (GBR)
2019 Ljungskile
Pro Rig
33 Boats[14]
  Alice Davis (GBR)   Peter COPE (GBR)   Max STEELE (GBR)


  1. ^ RS Tera Class Page Yachts & Yachting
  2. ^ Yachts & Yachting Classes
  3. ^ Dinghy Sailor
  4. ^ Yachts & Yachting
  5. ^ RYA Junior Classes
  6. ^ ISAF Learn to Sail Boats
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External linksEdit

  • RS Sailing (Global HQ) - RS Tera supplier
  • ISAF International Class - RS Tera
  • RYA Recognised Class - RS Tera
  • ISAF Connect to Sailing - RS Sailing

Class associationsEdit

  • International RS Tera Class Association
  • Australian RS Tera Class Association
  • British RS Tera Class Association
  • Danish RS Tera Class Association
  • German RS Tera Class Association
  • South African RS Tera Class Association
  • North America RS Tera Class Association
  • Czech RS Tera Class Association