The RS sailboat range was launched in the mid 1990s by two guys with a passion for sailing and the ambition to use the latest design developments and technology to produce boats that would move the game forward.
The rest, as they say, is history. Following immediate UK success the range has steadily expanded; it is now the fastest growing sailboat brand internationally and has won multiple design awards around the globe.
RS sailing is based close to the UK south coast near Southampton. We are still a relatively small business; virtually every member of our team is an active RS sailor who understands the boats and shares our aim to deliver great boats while giving our customers excellent service.
The same two guys that started the range are still involved and many members of our team have been with RS for many years, often since college days. Over the last decade we have built our international distribution and well over 50% of RS boats are now sold outside of our home, UK market. There are active RS dealers in around 30 countries and we’re keen to broaden this network into new territories.
The RS range began with racing classes designed to set new standards for performance and user friendly handling. More recently we have developed boats for novices, families and keelboat sailors. In addition, RS boats are now the popular choice for sailing schools, clubs, holiday companies and other organisations.
We think of the range in three groups: All Purpose Boats (APB) – Performance Dinghies – Performance Keelboat. The same philosophy has remained from the outset – to make every RS boat the best of its type. We’ve never had a large marketing budget compared to our main competitors – our aim has always been that the boats should be good enough to do the talking.
We are proud to work closely with the International Sailing Federation (a number of RS boats are ISAF International or Recognised racing classes) and are partners of their Connect to Sailing programme, setting out to build grass roots sailing worldwide. RS Sailing also works closely with many National Sailing Authorities. The number of countries that that have adopted RS boats for training and racing grows every year.
Of course RS sailors around the world make the RS family and racing scene what it is today. The racing classes have active Class Associations that organise highly competitive one-design racing with a friendly atmosphere and a social side that is fast becoming legendary!
We are very proud of the RS boats and look forward to welcoming you to the RS world!
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