RS Aero – CYC’s Fastest Growing One-Design Fleet
RS AERO DEMO DAY – APRIL 3, 2016
Come see what sailing in the 21st century looks like! The RS Aero is a 13 foot single-hander that is light, fast, and fun. The Seattle fleet is the biggest in the country with many events coming in 2016. Come sail the boat and chat with local Seattle owners. These demos are being arranged by Seattle boat owners and a safety boat will be on hand. RSVP Doug Stumberger to reserve a spot for a demo sail.
Photo courtesy Jan Anderson
The RS Aero is a 13 foot singlehanded dinghy designed by RS Sailing in the UK. Production begin in 2014 and many of the first Aeros to arrive in the U.S. launched the CYC Seattle fleet. With more than 25 boats sold in the Pacific Northwest in the first year, and fifteen in Seattle, the Aero has quickly become established as the fastest growing — and fastest! — singlehanded dinghy in the region.
What makes the Aero a great boat for both racing and day-sailing is its light weight, speed, and flexibility. The weight of the hull is a mere 66 lbs (less than an Optimist) and the Aero’s all-up weight fitted out with its carbon-fiber spars, square-top sail, and composite foils is well under 100 lbs total. In short, the boat is light and strong, making it easy to manage off the water and FAST on the water.
The Aero’s light weight and modern chined hull design make the boat exceedingly fast — top recorded speed is over 16 knots — and FUN to sail upwind and down. There are three sail sizes for the Aero: 5, 7, and 9 square meters, making the boat accessible to juniors, women, and men and providing flexibility to match sail size to sailor weight and wind conditions.
The CYC Aero Fleet is building quickly and racing is underway. 2015 saw weeknight racing begin at CYC on Thursday evenings and the Seattle fleet was instrumental in organizing the inaugural RS North Americans at the Columbia Gorge— won by a Seattle Aero sailor. A full calendar of regattas, weeknight sailing, clinics, frostbite racing, and speed events is planned for 2016. You don’t have to be an expert racer to join the fun and excitement — the local fleet already has a healthy range of sailors from expert dinghy sailor to brand-new to the sport racers, and several local owners sail the boat just for fast, easy fun.
How Do I Get Involved
The Aero is distributed locally by West Coast Sailing in Portland with an active owner’s group here at CYC Seattle. For more information, see AeroNautic. To set up a demo sail or learn more about the boat, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. The fleet also has a Google Group mailing list, go here to sign up and view the posts.