Thursday, September 25, 2014
I see that Yachts and Yachting have now published a review of the RS Aero.
It may be a little biased because it seems it was written by Pete Barton who is also the class manager of the recently formed RS Aero Class Association. But let's see what he has to say that hasn't already been reported elsewhere…
It's light. Yeah, yeah, yeah. We get that. And all it means on and off the water.
Some interesting explanations of the design concept. Maybe I missed some of this before? Carbon in the high load areas. Transom angled to ensure "bow up" planing downwind. Gunwhales help deflect spray. Knuckle on the daggerboard to reduce downwind drag. All good stuff.
You can get it to plane upwind if you crack off a little. There has been a lot of derision about the "upwind planing" claims in some online forums. I will be interested to try this out for myself when I get a chance.
"After a beat across the Solent the backs of my thighs remained comfortable …. I don't see any need for hiking pads." Now that's impressive. I hate wearing hiking pads which are pretty much of a necessity on the flat deck of the Laser.
Gybing was "simple."
Getting back into the boat after a capsize sounds like it may be a bit tricky for a heavier, less than agile sailor. Sort of what I expected for such a light hull. Again I look forward to trying this. If all else fails, climbing in over the stern may be the best option for the agility-challenged.
Bring it on!