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RS Aero Sailing - There Has Never Been a Better Time to Get Involved This Winter!

26th October 2023
RS Aero - Four rig sizes enable youths, women and men to enjoy the ride
RS Aero - Four rig sizes enable youths, women and men to enjoy the ride

There is a bumper-packed calendar for the RS Aero class, the rapidly growing singlehanded dinghy class; the RS Aero is the most technically advanced boat in its sector, which explains why it’s the most exciting and best-selling modern single-hander. And easily handled, too.

Astonishingly, the RS Aero weighs about the same as an Optimist. That drives everything about its incredible user-friendliness through transporting, rigging and launching – before you even experience the addictive sensations afloat.

Four rig sizes enable youths, women and guys to enjoy the ride. Already an International Class and winner of the 2019 World Sailing Equipment Trails for the 2024 Men’s and Women’s One-Person Dinghy Event.

Brendan Foley of the Royal St. George Yacht Club with his RS Aero 6Brendan Foley of the Royal St. George Yacht Club with his RS Aero 6

Speaking of getting afloat, the exciting winter season kicks off this weekend in Howth Yacht Club with the final regional event of 2023 for the Aeros, their Eastern Championships. Organised by Aero ace Darragh Sheridan and sponsored by KODC Advisory Limited. In keeping with developments in the class, there is an optimal training for participants on Friday the 27th with boats launching at 1400 hours to get a few hours of focused practice in. RS employees and experts in the Aero and RS 21 Classes, Noah and Jack, will be on hand to explain the latest go-faster techniques to all sailors.

At present, there are 17 boats entered for the event, Kenny Rumball, the local agent for RS in Ireland, has a number of boats still available for charter. The cost is only €246 for the weekend, which also includes delivery to Howth! Drop Kenny an email [email protected] to reserve your boat. To enter the event, click this link 

Soon after the Eastern Championship, the Irish National Sailing Club is hosting is annual Super Series in Dun Laoghaire. The Super Series is held over a number of Saturday mornings throughout the remainder of 2023 and into 2024, October 28th, November 25th, December 16th, January 27th, February 24th, and March 23rd. The aim is that boats are launching at 915 a.m. for a first gun at 945 a.m., yet still be off the water by 1230. Four or Five quick short sprint-style races are sailed of about 20 minutes duration.

Multiple dinghy champion Noel Butler has commented, ‘The Super Series is THE BEST way to improve your skills in a short period of time; where else do you get five races in 3 hours? It is the best form of training!’

Entries can be made online here

Kenny will have charter boats available for those who are thinking about dipping a toe in the class. Don’t hesitate to drop him an email, [email protected]

Lastly, the DMYC Frostbite Series kicks off very soon on the 5th of November; this is dinghy racing for those sailors who want to race all year round, no matter what the temperature. DMYC try to hold racing on most Sunday afternoons from November to March. The course is usually inside Dun Laoghaire Harbour, with permission from the Harbour Master, but DMYC sometimes races outside the harbour when the conditions are suitable.

And you guessed it! Charters are available for this too!!!!!

Oh, and if you thought the class wasn’t exciting, check this video out!

Published in RS Aero, INSS
Kenneth Rumball

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Kenneth Rumball

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Kenny Rumball is the Principal of the Irish National Sailing School in Dun Laoghaire Harbour. He is a multi dinghy champion and offshore sailor. In 2018 he was awarded the Royal Ocean Racing Club's Seamanship Trophy for a Man Overboard Rescue in the Round Ireland Race. In May 2020 he embarked on a mixed offshore doublehanded keelboat campaign with Pamela Lee.

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