RS Elite Keelboat at HISC
The RS Elite keelboat has become firmly established at
Hayling Island with around 10 currently at the club, and good
turnouts for the main racing events.
They sail extremely well to windward with a tight tacking angle
and upwind speed of up to 7 knots or so. Downwind, the boats are
designed not to plane, but surf easily and some have exceeded 20
knots on breezy days! Overall, they are great fun to sail and are
well mannered and easy to sail in windy or light conditions, in the
harbour or out in the bay.
An important side product is that many of the Elites are now
grouped together on buoys near the club, creating a good fleet feel
for repartee before and after racing!
We have focused the 2011 racing agenda on a "significant" event
every two weeks. These are either the club pennant weekends -
involving typically a race on Saturday and two on Sunday, plus on
shore entertainment laid on by the club - and a "special" in the
Most of the specials consist of 4 or 5 short "sprint" races.
This creates very close competition and extremely tight finishes;
plus of course everyone gets a lot of sailing in, within the
There are currently three competitively priced boats for sale at
the club and moorings could be possible made available for new or
existing members. If you are interested in trying a boat then
contact the owner on the club web site under boats for sail or
In 2012 the Nationals are being held at the Royal Yacht Squadron
in Cowes at the end of August and we should have a really good
turnout, with 35 boats attending the 2010 Nationals in
Graham Hughes, Class Captain 07824 543210
2012 Racing timetable - TBA
Report on the 2012
RS Elite Nationals at RYS
RS Elite class association
from the 2007 RS Elite Nationals at HISC