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RS Sailing Launch RS Aero 6 Rig

21st December 2021
RS Aero 6 rig - The new option provides major opportunities particularly for females in the sport.
RS Aero 6 rig - The new option provides major opportunities particularly for females in the sport

Never one to leave a niche unfilled, RS Sailing have developed the RS Aero 6 rig to fill the gap between the existing 5 and 7 Rigs.

The new development is specifically designed for small adults, removing barriers for women and smaller men who have found themselves in between the previous options of rig sizes.

The new option provides major opportunities particularly for females in the sport.

The new rig system includes a 6.3m² mainsail, which is manufactured by North Sails.

As with all the RS Aero rig systems, a common top-mast and boom has been used, but the new bottom section has a unique stiffness and deck-level bend to ensure the RS Aero 6 rig is incredibly well-balanced.

The new rig system includes a 6.3m² mainsail, which is manufactured by North SailsThe new rig system includes a 6.3m² mainsail, which is manufactured by North Sails

The radial cut sail is in line with the existing characteristics of the RS Aero 7 mainsail but with a slightly flatter head.

Working closely with an expert carbon fibre tube manufacturer with extensive testing, a new bottom mast section has been designed specific to the Aero 6. This is to ensure that the RS Aero 6 has the amazingly responsive feel that RS Aero owners are known to love.

"The new option provides major opportunities particularly for females in the sport"

With the class continuing to grow in Ireland and the current fleet thriving, it has accomplished 1st-4th top rankings in the DMYC Frostbites PY Class series 1” and with many more participating in the racing series, increasing options will only allow the fleet to grow further both at home and away.

The people buying RS Aeros range from multiple national champions, to people getting back into dinghies, to single-handed sailors looking for something different. While it remains competitive, the class is renowned for its welcoming and friendly approach.

With a busy 2022 Race Calendar, it will be interesting to see what the Aero 6 will do in its debut season.

For more information on anything Aero please don't hesitate to drop an email to [email protected] to organise a demo sail.

Aero 6 rigs will be available from Marine Services, the RS agent in early 2022

Published in RS Sailing, 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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