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RS Aero Picked as 'Dinghy of the Decade' at RYA Show & New Irish Fixture Dates

10th March 2021
An RS Aero downwind sailing
An RS Aero downwind sailing - the 2021 Irish calendar is below Credit: RS

It will come as no surprise to RS Aero owners that dinghy historian David 'Dougal' Henshaw, picked the RS Aero as the best dinghy to emerge in the last 10 years writes Irish RS Aero Class Chairman Brendan Foley.

Commenting at the recently run RYA Dinghy Show, Dave said "The dinghy of the decade can only be the RS Aero. Look at pictures of the RS Aero sailing in breeze, that lightweight hull, the magic of a Jo Richard's design and you think...WOW! (Simple, identical).....offers competition, speed and thrills. Far more than just a modern Laser - a classic boat and a class act in its own right!"

The RS Aero in great company with David selecting some other excellent boats in the mix.

  • 1950's - The 505
  • 1960's - The Fireball
  • 1970's - The Laser
  • 1980's - The B14
  • 1990's - The RS 400
  • 2000's - The Bladerider Moth
  • 2010's - The RS Aero 

See the fascinating full talk here (31.20 for Aero segment)

New RS Aero Irish Fixtures for 2021

In other Aero news, there are new dates planned for 2021.

  • 1st May, Spring Chicken, Ballyholme Yacht Club, Bangor. (5/7/9)
  • 19th / 20th June, Aero Open / Irish Nationals, INSS, Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin. (5/7/9)
  • 2nd - 4th July, Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta, Combined Clubs, Co Dublin. (7)
  • 14th /15th August, Northern Championships, Carrickfergus Sailing Club. (5/7/9)
  • TBC September, Eastern Championships, East Coast Club. (5/7/9)

All dates are contingent on IS/RYA C-19 guidelines.

Building RS Aero momentum

For the 2022 season as the numbers build, the RS Aero plan to have a Western and Southern championship. Kenny Rumball, RS Dealer for the Republic of Ireland, says that three new boats have come in and are sold with another batch on order.

There is also good news for lighter men and many women as well as those who previously sailed Laser Radials.

A 6 rig more similar to a Radial to fit between the 5 and 7 rigs is at an advanced stage of discussion with RS and National class associations.

When possible the class plans to have a number of open days for people to try out the RS Aero, details of which will be published on Afloat

We hope to see you all back on the water this Summer and look forward to fun, friendship and great racing.

Published in RS Aero, RS Sailing Team

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