A modern classic style keelboat that is delightful to sail and produces truly tactical racing. Manageable loads and an efficient layout suits both women and men – so the RS Elite class is well known for outstanding events and a strong social scene. Minimal maintenance and only two or three crew means keelboat racing couldn’t be more convenient. Easily driven, with a high ballast ratio and carbon mast, the RS Elite is forgiving and fast – while shallow draft and a symmetrical spinnaker allow the boat to be raced almost anywhere. Sail one and you’ll easily understand why owners are passionate about their boats.
Keelboat racing at its best
Beautiful to look at and sail
Simple to crew and maintain
Fast, tactical racing within club fleets, championships and major regatta weeks
Finger light steering and 60% ballast ratio make the RS Elite a joy to sail
Fine bow, long narrow hull, balanced rudder and easily controllable rig ensure the boat is easily driven
An easily driven, balanced boat achieves speed without drama
High pointing and fast upwind – downwind pace that surprises many
Excellent VMG around the track – rewarding when one-design racing – a weapon on handicap
The RS Elite maximises the pleasure of a racing keelboat by minimising the hassles:
Low maintenance – means more time on the water. All GRP construction – encapsulated bulb keel – simple systems
Small crew – typically sailed by three, so finding crew is easy
Anyone can race – low loads and weight tolerant design allow mixed teams across the age range
One Design – RS Elite racing is close and tactical. Win on the water, not at the bank.