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RS21 Keelboat Hits Irish Waters

8th April 2019
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The new RS21 keelboat is prepared for launching on Belfast Lough on Sunday The new RS21 keelboat is prepared for launching on Belfast Lough on Sunday

Sunday saw the first time that the brand new RS21 keelboat hit the water in Ireland with opportunities this month to get sailing on this exciting design.

The Northern Ireland RS agent - Bosun Bob's brought the asymmetric keelboat over from Southampton last week and there will be demo sails for the next few weeks out of Bangor Marina 

As Afloat.ie regulars will know The RS21 will be sailing on Dublin Bay later this month too. Irish National Marine Services have announced a demonstration day of RS Sailing craft on Sunday 28th April at the Irish National Sailing & Powerboat School in Dun Laoghaire. 

The first two sailors afloat in the new keelboat on Belfast Lough were Jeff Harrison and Colin Kevelighan, according to Bosun Bob's Robert Hastings. The conditions were great for the first sail as it was blowing around 12–knots from the east and they were able to put the boat through its paces. After coming ashore Jeff said that the RS21 "ticked a lot of boxes." Colin was suitably impressed and couldn't believe how light the tiller was and how easily sailed the boat was.

RS21 sailingThumbs up for the new RS21 on her maiden sail on Belfast Lough

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