The RS800 is a twin trapeze skiff that allows both men and women to experience the thrill of real high performance sailing and racing.
The RS800 has a full carbon-fibre mast and by minimising weight and drag in the hull, it is powered to exceptional speeds using a manageable size rig. The result is a skiff that delivers the kind of performance most sailboat racers dream about, with highly competitive racing in big fleets and a very sociable class.
The boat features a performance equalisation system that takes into account helm and crew weight and leverage, providing close high speed racing for teams of all shapes and sizes. The system really works and is an integral part of the success of this fleet.
Although the boat has seen one or two, non-performance enhancing, updates, such as a new deck layout and most recently a new ultra-modern mainsail design, it has remained true to original ethos as a strict manufacturer’s one design. With very high build quality standards, this means that well-maintained older boats remain competitive and can be picked up from as little as £2,000.
That’s an awful lot of bang for the buck!
Hayling Island Sailing Club is the spiritual home of the RS800, as much of the original testing and development work took place in the harbour and out in the Bay.
After a few relatively quiet years, the HISC RS800 fleet is once again on the up with boats competing regularly in club racing and open harbour events or simply having a blast!
HISC is a regular venue on the RS800’s ultra-competitive racing circuit and the club has hosted the National Championships no fewer than four times in the class’s relatively short history, most recently in August 2016.
There is also an active fleet that regularly sails from Itchenor, meaning the RS800 is a familiar sight in the harbour and Itchenor Sailing Club is the venue for the official class training weekend in May, 2017.
For more information about the boat, the racing circuit, training etc. go to www.rs800.org
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