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The latest from RS Sailing, sponsor of our much-loved Dinghy Anarchy Forum...



After three years of development testing four different hull variations and numerous rig, foil and layout options, RS Sailing will unveil what could become one of the most important new sailboats of this era at the Suzuki RYA Dinghy Show in London – the RS Aero.

In many ways you can think of the RS Aero as a 21st century Laser – with the most fundamental difference being ultra-light weight. A full size single hander that, amazingly, weighs 30kg - the same as an Optimist.

Every dinghy sailor can imagine how that changes the game. Sail the boat and you quickly realise you underestimated it. From the exhilaration on the water, to the sheer user-friendliness ashore, the RS Aero re-sets preconceptions: The rush as the boat accelerates - the ability to carry it up the beach single-handed – the convenience of youths or small women lifting it onto a roof-rack with ease.

Ultra-light weight means the hull form and rigs need not be extreme, so the RS Aero is utterly exciting without being hard to handle. Wide structural gunwales give a dry ride and make the boat quick and safe to right from capsize.

A three rig system, as per the Laser, has been envisaged from the start to cover the desired sailor range – RS Aero 5 (youths) – RS Aero 7 (women & light men) – RS Aero 9 (men). Racing will be separate – indeed some variation in event programmes is likely, especially for the RS Aero 5. All spars are carbon fibre, with a common top mast and boom for all sails and radically different stiffness lower mast sections. The hull is so light that even the Aero 5 has a higher sail area to weight ratio than most existing single-handers and retains the Aero’s incredibly dynamic feel.

Two v4 pre-production prototype boats will be on the RS Sailing stand at Alexandra Palace. Final stages of the development process are underway, with every aspect of this simple boat having been examined, developed and tested for functionality over fashion, minimal weight, maximum strength and manufacturing efficiency. Perhaps the most remarkable achievement of the RS Aero is that despite being half the weight, built using epoxy resin and significant amounts of carbon fibre in the hull and all-carbon spars, the price will be close to that of a Laser.

UK roll-out of the RS Aero will take place first and a demo tour begins immediately after the Show. Orders are now being taken with a special launch price available on the first 100 boats – over half of which have already been reserved. Click here to get more info.

 
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so another singlehanded hiker to join the ranks for a half dozen other RS boats, the Hoot, the DS, the MxNext... I'll believe the price when i see it, along with build quality,.
Hope it's different enough to the Devotti D Zero because I'm guessing that is going to be the serious buyer's choice and that at £5400 will be tough to beat

 

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... ...Perhaps the most remarkable achievement of the RS Aero is that despite being half the weight, built using epoxy resin and significant amounts of carbon fibre in the hull and all-carbon spars, the price will be close to that of a Laser.

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Yeah

Because the Laser is such an outstandingly good deal.

<_<

Actually I'd love to see this RS-Aero and the D-Zero have a good chance to succeed. Price matters a lot, but also who/where it's brought in

FB- Doug

 
I agree with COUCHSURFER that everything doesn't need to foil. Besides a modern cockpit for comfort and ease of handling, the main advantage may be the tremendous reduction in weight and all that comes with it. At sometime in the not-too-distant future, the world MAY finally decide that the LASER has seen better days and move on. This might be the boat. Others have tried to end the LASER reign - could this be it?

 

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Glad to see this as an option and appreciate the light weight. Would love to see a real challenge to the laser as I think about getting back into sailing. Don't want to spend $5k on the same technology I used in the 80's. I had an Amstrad cassette player back then... wouldn't buy another one.

Would love to see some real performance figures / head to head comparisons.

In agreement with the posts above -- it's going to be about fleets and circuits and fun.

Best of luck!

 

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at this point they're just copying the Hoot! We don't need two Lasers (oh wait, there's 3 variations), nor do we need two Hoots!
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...don't agree t all!.....this boat's a one-piece ,,,no wings,fuller hull......

...........not such a 'skiff transitional' as (hoot)s,,,,but simpler for your average off-the-beach guy

...I still haven't figured how I'll launch/land a (hoot) in surf.

.............thilly for ED to use the title 'lift off' for a non-foiler though :mellow:

 
so another singlehanded hiker to join the ranks for a half dozen other RS boats, the Hoot, the DS, the MxNext... I'll believe the price when i see it, along with build quality,.
Hope it's different enough to the Devotti D Zero because I'm guessing that is going to be the serious buyer's choice and that at £5400 will be tough to beat
ah thats what i was thinking, not DS.

 

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Looks good to me. I'd be interested in something like this.

I sailed a laser in the 1980s and wouldn't go back to one. The world has moved on since 1980. It's ludicrous that people are still sailing boats like the laser that are poorly constructed and deteriorate rapidly.

 

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Looks like a big O'pen Bic...

Glad to see this as an option and appreciate the light weight. Would love to see a real challenge to the laser as I think about getting back into sailing. Don't want to spend $5k on the same technology I used in the 80's. I had an Amstrad cassette player back then... wouldn't buy another one.

Would love to see some real performance figures / head to head comparisons.

In agreement with the posts above -- it's going to be about fleets and circuits and fun.

Best of luck!
Exactly, and that's why kids prefer the Bic to Optis. Fun. This is the way to revitalise our sport.

 

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Hope it's different enough to the Devotti D Zero because I'm guessing that is going to be the serious buyer's choice and that at £5400 will be tough to beat
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....Devoti has winglets,, offset hiking straps,,and a chute,no?

........these guys are going hard after the laser market ....good onya!

At sometime in the not-too-distant future, the world MAY finally decide that the LASER has seen better days and move on. This might be the boat. Others have tried to end the LASER reign - could this be it?
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...yeh,,with all the fluff laser's going through,,it'd be rather nice to have something -nice- for the rank and file to sail.

...I always wish force5's had made it.

Some questions: Is 30kg TOTAL weight or just the hull? Total sail area? Square top? Fully battened?
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...I'm betting it's the hull-weight....by the time you account for any weight in the spars,sail,blades,,etc,,,you'd either have an expen$ive or frail build

 

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Hope it's different enough to the Devotti D Zero because I'm guessing that is going to be the serious buyer's choice and that at £5400 will be tough to beat
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....Devoti has winglets,, offset hiking straps,,and a chute,no?

........these guys are going hard after the laser market ....good onya!

>> At sometime in the not-too-distant future, the world MAY finally decide that the LASER has seen better days and move on. This might be the boat. Others have tried to end the LASER reign - could this be it?
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...yeh,,with all the fluff laser's going through,,it'd be rather nice to have something -nice- for the rank and file to sail.

...I always wish force5's had made it.

Some questions: Is 30kg TOTAL weight or just the hull? Total sail area? Square top? Fully battened?
.

...I'm betting it's the hull-weight....by the time you account for any weight in the spars,sail,blades,,etc,,,you'd either have an expen$ive or frail build
You're thinking of the D-one. The D-zero is a production version of Dan Holman's Punk.

The RS-Aero looks nice, relatively conventional but sporty... but if it's coming to market at over $9k then it's just plain too expensive. The Laser is 1970s tech at $7k and too expensive for this market segment. It may be that the Aero is going to have a lot more longevity, and thus is really a better deal, but will people go for that logic?

FB- Doug

PS- I liked the Force 5 too, is it possible that somebody will pick up the Weeks production?

 
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