Earlier in the year, RS Sailing promised that they would "drip feed" us videos of the RS Aero. I had never hear of this concept of "drip feed marketing" before, but I guess it makes sense as they ramp up production to meet the customer demand for Aeros. Keeps all of us interested through the months we are waiting for the boats better than a dump of all the information at the launch would do. I guess.
True to their promise, RS Sailing released a video about the sails of the RS Aero today, over two months after their previous spotlight video on foils.
Jo Richards, the designer of the Aero, explained some of the thinking behind the design of the RS Aero sails and talked about the roles of the three different rigs, the RS Aero 5, 7 and 9.
Three rigs for sailors of different weights and for different conditions. But no hard and fast rule about if you are this weight you need this rig.
Having said that the suggested match of rigs to sailors is...
RS aero 5 - kids from 77-120 lbs
RS Aero 7 - 120-170 lbs
RS Aero 9 - 155-220 lbs.
Dacron is better than Mylar for an unstayed carbon rig that has a lot of difference in bend in different conditions and different points of sail because it stretches better to accommodate the different mast bends.
Sails are about a square meter more area for a boat of this size than you might expect. It's comfortable to sail upwind but the extra sail area and lighter hull weight give "electric" downwind performance.Hmmm.
Note the overlap in weight range between the 7 and 9 rigs. I guess this means that sailors in that 155-170lb range may need a 7 rig for heavier winds but would enjoy a 9 in lighter winds?
As someone who fluctuates in the 190-210lb range, it sounds as if RS Sailing would definitely recommend a 9 rig for me.
Wonder when we will get the next drip feed?