Just a few more snippets of news about the RS Aero I picked up from around the Interwebs. It's not that I'm obsessed about this boat or anything…
You really can stack two RS Aero hulls on top of your car. Much has been made of how light the RS Aero hull is (66 lbs) and the advantages of this for both sailing performance and handling on the land. The hulls are also designed to be stackable. So putting two on your roof rack is a breeze. Ideal for sailing couples? His and hers?
Here is the RS Sailing van all ready to go to some RS Aero demos in Ireland this weekend. (Two RS Aeros on the roof and a new RS400 on the trailer.)
There is already a fleet of RS Aeros racing. Even though the first production boats in the UK aren't supposed to be available until May, at least three RS Aeros have been racing at Gurnard Sailing Club on the Isle of Wight, according to the race reports and results on the GSC website. The RS Aeros are racing in the GSC medium handicap fleet against Lasers and Laser Radials. Looks like they are using a PY handicap of 1040 for the RS Aero 9 and 1065 for the RS Aero 7 - as compared to 1088 for the Laser.
There is some RS Aero demo happening soon at Hayling Island in the UK, for the trade I'm guessing. George Yioulos, the owner of the well respected dinghy dealership West Coast Sailing in Portland Oregon, has been posting on Dinghy Anarchy about the RS Aero. Apparently he was heading out yesterday to the UK to test sail the RS Aero at Hayling Island and promises reports and videos when he gets back. He had previously posted that he had heard that "some US journos might be invited too." Not sure what all that's about but I expect we will be hearing more in the next few weeks.