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RS Aero Boat Sales & Class Information

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“After years of development 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 exhilaration afloat!” – Peter Barton (RS Aero Sailing Manager)

Introducing the RS Aero Racing Single Hander

The RS Aero is a modern single-handed sailing dinghy designed for a wide range of sailors, from youth to adults. It is a lightweight and high-performance boat that offers thrilling sailing experiences and competitive racing opportunities.

A choice of Rig Size to suit Sailor Weight

The RS Aero’s design focuses on simplicity, responsiveness, and speed. It features a carbon fiber hull and rig, which contribute to its low weight and enhanced performance. The boat is available in three rig sizes: RS Aero 5 (for lighter sailors), RS Aero 7 (for average weight sailors), and RS Aero 9 (for heavier sailors). This rig flexibility allows sailors of varying skill levels and physical abilities to sail the RS Aero comfortably.

Other Boats similar to the RS Aero

In terms of similar boats, the RS Aero is often compared to the Laser 1 / ILCA7 dinghy. Both boats fall into the single-handed dinghy category and offer exciting sailing experiences. However, the RS Aero distinguishes itself through its modern design and emphasis on performance. Its lightweight construction, responsive handling, and powerful rig make it a popular choice for sailors seeking a more exhilarating and competitive sailing experience.

Very Popular in the UK

The popularity of the RS Aero in the UK has been steadily growing since its introduction in 2014. The boat has gained a dedicated following and has seen increased participation in local, national, and international regattas. The RS Aero class association in the UK organizes various events, including training sessions, club racing, and championship-level competitions. The boat’s popularity is further enhanced by its inclusivity, as it attracts sailors of different ages and skill levels, fostering a vibrant and diverse community of RS Aero sailors.

Overall, the RS Aero dinghy is suitable for sailors looking for a high-performance and exciting sailing experience. Its modern design, rig options, and growing popularity make it an appealing choice for those seeking competitive racing opportunities or simply a thrilling solo sail on the water.

Which one is for you – 9, 7, 6 or 5

A hugely appealing feature of the RS Aero is it flexible rigging options. In a way similar to the Laser 1 with the ILCA7, 6 and 5, it is possible to race the Aero with one of 4 different sized mainsails. The most popular is the RS Aero 7 with it’s 7.4m2 mainsail. For those familiar with the power of an ILCA7 Laser 1 – this is very similar. For lighter sailors there are TWO offerings – the RS Aero 6 (new) and the RS Aero 5. These boats have a mainsail of 6.3m2 and 5.2m2 respectively. At the other end of the scale there is the RS Aero 9 – for heavier crew with a 8.9m2 mainsail.

RS Aero Portsmouth Yardstick

The Portsmouth Yardstick is used to calculate the performance of mixed classes of boats in a handicap race. The lower the PY the faster the boat. For illustration – a Dart 18 has a PY of 832, a Laser 1 ILCA7 has a PY of 1100 and a Topper has a PY of 1365. More information and later PY numbers can be found here – RYA PY

  • RS Aero 5 PY number – 1136
  • RS Aero 6 PY number – 1105
  • RS Aero 7 PY number – 1063
  • RS Aero 9 PY number – 1010


A selection of images of the RS Aero on the water. A lightweight, fast, easy to handle, best selling single handed sailing dinghy.

Video – the RS Aero in action

A great 3 minute video showing the full potential of this stunning single hander. The video comes from West Coast Sailing in the USA. “We’ve created a hands-on full review of the RS Aero, a modern single handed one design sailboat. Watch on the water footage of sailing the boat in the Columbia River Gorge.”

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