Tuesday, March 18, 2014

RS Aero Video

Since RS Sailing announced the RS Aero at the RYA Dinghy Show in the UK at the beginning of this month, sailors have been salivating all over the forums about this exciting new 21st century single-hander. I even wrote a couple of posts about it myself here and here.

It has been noted that RS Sailing has not yet released an official video of the RS Aero sailing, although it is expected any day. In the meantime check out this unofficial video. If you fast forward to 1:30 on this video of RS Tera training at Northampton SC in the UK, you will see about 40 seconds footage of two RS Aeros sailing upwind…





OK. It doesn't look very exciting in that light wind, does it?

But it looks like more fun in this photo.



I can't wait until we have a chance to demo the RS Aero in the US.

I was out for dinner - and a few beers - with some sailing friends the other night, and the conversation turned to the RS Aero and I vaguely remember that I might have sort of entered into some kind of three-way pact long the lines of, "If you buy one I will too."

Hmmm. Are three boats a fleet?


12 comments:

Oztayls said...

Who is behind RS Sailing?

Pandabonium said...

If it's fun. who cares how many join in?

Tillerman said...

Oz - RS Sailing is a private company based in the UK. Many of their boats have been designed by Phil Morrison.

Panda - some things are more fun if you do them with other people.

Pandabonium said...

True, Tillerman. I come from the perspective of a two person boat, so groups of solo sailors is kind of a foreign concept....

Tillerman said...

Panda, do you still own the only Lido 14 in Japan?

And don't get me wrong. I enjoy sailing my Laser by myself. Long solitary sails on the bay are very satisfying to me. But I also enjoy hanging out with other sailors and racing with them. I'm not sure I would want to be the only sailor in New England owning an RS Aero or an RS100.

So I think it would be fun if a small group of us locally all agreed to buy Areos at the same time so that, at the very least, we could do some informal racing by ourselves. And my guess is that once that small nucleus was established and there was some kind of racing going on, however informal, others would want to join in.

George A said...

This is how many new fleets get started--someone promises to buy a boat if several others step up and do so. Back in the late 1950s this was exactly how Brigantine YC started a Penguin fleet.

Two boats make race, but the more the better. Six is a good number. That way at least tow or three should be able to race at any given time.

Tillerman said...

Six is a good number, George. I agree.

Doc Häagen-Dazs said...

Do you know that Hans Fogh passed?

George A said...

It was in Scuttlebutt a couple days ago. I still have a Hans Fogh Laser sail and a tall rig Moth sail from the Fogh loft. They're both blown out rags but I still like to look at the Elvström "Crown" sail maker's tack patch that Fogh continued to use while building sails as "Elvström Canada" in the early 70s.

Doc Häagen-Dazs said...

Yes. A keeper.

Tillerman said...

Yes thanks Doc. I saw that. Sad news.

Tillerman said...

And I see that there is more information about the North American launch on the RS Sailing NA website…

North America will see their first test boats in the Summer of 2014 and customer orders arriving March 2015. The order book and official purchasing queue for the RS Aero in North America will start March 24, 2014 with a downloadable order form on the website www.rssailing.com

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