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RS100 from $13,495

RS100
2011 – Sailing World magazine’s overall Boat of the Year
2010 – Yachts & Yachting magazine’s Dinghy of the Year
Stunning looks and exhilarating performance

A stunning single hander with exhilarating performance and features that make the performance widely attainable.

The development process was followed online all over the world and production started with a huge number of pre-orders.

With an epoxy sandwich hull, carbon fibre spars, epoxy foils and Mylar sails the RS100 is light, easily driven and, with the gennaker set, exceptionally fast. Hiking comfort and user friendly design make the RS100 a Class that gets many sailors hooked. And everyone loves her looks!

“I have to say it had me frothing at the mouth…” Graeme Beeson – Seahorse Magazine

Features

"Just back from another awesome session - I just love my boat!!!! Previously I hated light wind sailing with a passion but now I look forward to it!" Chris Cunningham UK Class Chairman

Hull

  • The RS100 hull is built using an epoxy GRP composite sandwich construction for light weight, stiffness and a long competitive life.
  • The shape is easily driven with a reasonably fine bow and sufficient waterline width further aft to give the stability desired.
  • Flared topsides give reserve buoyancy as the boat heels, and the moulded in wings add to this.
  • Spray rails on the chines give excellent water release and also a drier ride.

Foils

  • After much consultation a pivoting centerboard and rudder were chosen for their user friendliness.
  • Launching and recovery are easy and the risk of significant damage through grounding is largely eliminated.

Cockpit

  • Having paid considerable attention to the wing and cockpit design, we’re pleased to report that so far most people think the RS100 is just about the most comfortable hiking boat they’ve ever sailed.
  • The mainsheet jammer is well forward in the cockpit, allowing smooth transition in light wind tacks and gybes, without digging the stern.
  • Vang and cunningham controls are lead to the sides of the wings and the centreboard has a simple uphaul / downhaul system.

Spars

  • The carbon fibre mast is in two main parts for easy transport on a car roof or in a 20’ shipping container.
  • In addition a removable bottom stump adjusts the mast length for the 8.4 or 109 sq ft sails.
  • Shrouds, but no forestay, means the rig can work automatically upwind.
  • The shrouds stop the rig bending forwards under spinnaker loads downwind – this is important to keep the bow up and reduce nose diving without the need for a super-stiff mast which would be heavier, less responsive and costly.
  • A compression strut vang works on the same principle as the excellent RS300 system, with a roller on the top end which runs down mast. This is easy to adjust and highly effective.

Sails

  • The early response to the RS100 from sailors around the world was incredible and we quickly realised that both big and small sailors really want this boat to work for them.
  • Having looked in detail at the ways to broaden the competitive weight range the RS100 has three mainsail size options: 109 sq ft (10.2m), 90 sq ft (8.4m) and 79 sq ft (7.4m).
  • A width adjustable performance equalization system would have added considerable cost and meant that light sailors had to carry a lot of lead in the boat. We don’t think this is what the RS100 should be about.
  • Three mainsail sizes (as per standard Laser main, Radial and 4.7) keep the boat simple and suit a wide weight range.
  • The asymmetric spinnaker has a big chute beneath the foredeck for quick hoists and drops.
  • The lack of a forestay and the mast reasonably well aft, mean that the spinnaker has a huge amount of space to blow through very easily when jibing

RS100 Options + Accessories

  • Carbon fiber foredeck
  • Continuous control line take-away system
  • Top cover - breathable polycotton
  • Under cover - Nylon
  • Launching trolley
  • Road trailer combi base
  • Padded rudder bag
  • Padded mast bag
  • Carbon fiber tiller extension
  • Burgee wind indicator
  • TackTick Micro compass
  • Race rope pack - tapered spinnaker halyard & sheets

Specification

Standard Optional RS100 79 sq ft (7.4 m) 90 sq ft (8.4m) 109 sq ft (10.2 m)
Designer Paul Handley      
Styling consultant Vitali Design - Italy      
Length 14' (4.3m)      
Beam 6' (1.83m)      
Hull shell weight (ex fittings) 121 lbs (55kg)      
Sailing weight 176 lbs (80kg)      
Mainsail 24.2 sq ft (7.4 sq m) Radial Mylar cut with Dacron luff panel      
Mainsail 27.6 sq ft (8.4 sq m) Radial Mylar cut with Dacron luff panel      
Mainsail 33.5 sq ft (10.2 sq m) Radial Mylar cut with Dacron luff panel - Mast extension required      
Asymmetric spinnaker 134 sq ft (12.5 sq m) Twin patch downhaul system      
Hull construction Epoxy GRP foam sandwich      
Mast Carbon composite – 2 part + removable bottom stump Rotating      
Boom Carbon composite Twin tube compression strut vang      
Bowsprit Carbon reinforced GRP composite      
Centerboard - pivoting Epoxy foam sandwich      
Rudder - lifting Epoxy foam sandwich      
Rudder stock + tiller + extension Aluminum alloy      
Adjustable mast gate - rake controller Adjustable by hand on the water      
Centerboard up/down Led to both sides of cockpit      
Padded hiking straps Adjustable when hiking      
Carbon fiber foredeck In lieu of std epoxy / glass      
Continuous vang and cunningham system Led to both sides, tied together      
Continuous control line takeaway Takes up slack in continuous kicker and cunningham      
Top cover Breathable polycotton      
Under cover      
Launching trolley      
Road trailer combi base      
Padded rudder bag      
Padded mast bag      
Carbon fiber tiller extension      
Burgee wind indicator      
TackTick Micro compass Excludes bracket      
Race rope pack Tapered spinnaker halyard & sheets      

Testimonial

"It’s just so Audi. I need one… well OK, I want one"
Dave Lynall


"I’d have to say it had me frothing at the mouth... "
Graeme Beeson Seahorse Magazine


"I was astounded what good value it was especially when I saw the finish and detailing of the boat. Believe me, I am picky and hard to impress... "
Freddo Australia


"Just back from another awesome session - I just love my boat!!!! Previously I hated light wind sailing with a passion but now I look forward to it!"
Chris Cunningham UK Class Chairman


"That boat is calling to me "
Diogo Melo Portugal


"Haven’t had more fun with my clothes on! "
Guy Chester RS100 AUS271


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