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Trapeze skiff sailing for everyone & great racing

RS500
The RS500 is an ISAF Class & Sailboat Of The Year Winner, twice
Fast, cool and exciting single trapeze double-hander
Massive European race scene with awesome socials

The RS500 is an exciting, award-wining double-hander with trapeze and genneker – With popularity rapidly spreading and an awesome race and social scene, the RS500 is the fashionable favourite.

The infectious popularity of the RS500 has lead to the creation of a huge European race circuit for the young and young at heart. The hull volume and controllable rig create a wide competitive weight range and fast, comfortable sailing – in a boat that is quick to rig and user friendly afloat. The RS500’s brilliant combination of speed, handling and racing whilst being comparatively easy to sail makes it universally popular.

“We have had our RS500 for two months now and the silly grin has not left our faces once!”
Emma Pethybridge

Looking to buy an RS500? Find out more about the RS500 in the following pages or look for used RS500s for sale in our used boats section.

Features

Twice winners of the "Sailboat of the Year" award, the RS design team has a record second to none and the RS500 marks a real step forward in its sector.

Speed and handling

  • Light, stiff and easily driven - the RS500 delivers truly exciting performance with remarkably easy handling.
  • Every element of the boat has been worked on to add performance, make the boat easier to sail, reduce complication and streamline production.
  • The uncluttered and spacious cockpit is class leading in its comfort for adults and young sailors.
  • Low transom design makes climbing aboard after capsize easy.
  • Pivoting centreboard and rudder make launching and recovery safe and easy.

Racing

  • ISAF Recognised Class - fast growing internationally.
  • Full Class programme - with National programs and a World Championship every year
  • Part of the renowned RS Class Association - the RS500 has racing, training and a superb social scene.
  • Class Association - Class rules - Racing Circuit - Training programme

Fun

  • Quick to rig - easy to own - fast and a blast
  • The clear cockpit and user friendly performance mean the RS500 will be equally at home blasting along the beach as it is on the race track.
  • The hull design, cockpit ergonomics and rig size result from extensive R & D and allow the RS500 to be ideal for sailors across a broad weight range so the RS500 suits both men and women. The whole family can enjoy a piece of the action.
  • Two sail size and spec options allow you to gear the boat according to your size and experience.
  • Additional trapeze lines for double trapeze excitement

Built to perform

  • Light - stiff - strong
  • GRP composite is essential to provide the stiffness to weight ratio to create the RS500s crisp, responsive feel and performance.
  • No other material can produce the same results for a boat in this sector
  • "The RS500 looks and feels like a winner. It is a statement about our undiminished passion to offer the best boat in each sector - truly The Sailor's Choice"

Rig Technology

  • Tapered aluminium alloy mast for gust response and rig tip efficiency, better speed and handling.
  • Mylar XL spec mainsail and jib for light weight, low stretch and top performance.
  • Dacron S spec (smaller) mainsail and jib for low stretch, ease of use and durability - perfect for training and holiday centres.
  • Compression strut kicker gives masses of space in the forward part of the cockpit for efficient, run through, crewing.

Accessories

  • Top cover - breathable polycotton
  • Under cover - Nylon
  • Launching trolley
  • Road trailer base
  • Padded rudder bag
  • Twin trapeze pack
  • D12 rope trapeze lines
  • Carbon fibre tiller extension
  • Burgee wind indicator
  • TackTick Micro compass inc mast bracket
  • Race rope pack - tapered sheets & gennaker halyard
  • Capsize righting lines

Specification

Standard Optional RS500 S XL
Designer Phil Morrison    
Length 4340mm (14'3")    
Beam 1580mm (5'2")    
Mainsail - Dacron 7.5m2 (80sqft)    
Jib - Dacron 3m2 (31sqft)    
Mainsail - Radial cut Mylar 9.5m2 (100sqft)    
Jib - Radial cut Mylar - battened 3.6m2 37sq ft    
Gennaker Dynalite 14m2 (145sqft)    
Mast Tapered - aluminium alloy    
Boom Aluminium alloy    
Bowsprit Aluminium alloy    
Centreboard - pivoting GRP sandwich    
Rudder - lifting GRP sandwich    
Rudder stock + tiller + extension Aluminium alloy    
Compression strut kicker / vang above boom    
Padded toestraps - for helm    
Padded toe straps - for crew    
Top cover Breathable polycotton    
Under cover Nylon    
Launching trolley    
Road trailer base    
Padded rudder bag    
Single trapeze kit Wire    
Twin trapeze pack    
D12 rope trapeze lines    
Carbon fibre tiller extension    
Burgee wind indicator    
TackTick Micro compass Including mast bracket    
Race rope pack - tapered sheets & gennaker halyard    
Capsize righting lines    

Reviews

"...an absolute delight to sail.” "
David Ritchie ex RYA National Sailing Coach


"...when we launched the kite the boat just took off…sheer bliss!!! "
Dick Talboys


"...so powerful yet simple and light to pull up the slipway!"
Tim Hulley


"We have had our boat for two months now and the silly grin has not left our faces once! "
Emma Pethybridge RS500 Owner


"I rigged it in the warehouse very carefully on Friday, and everything was absolutely perfect, hull immaculate, all ropes the right length, not one piece missing etc. Lots of help and advice from the guys around, friendly and knowledgeable and giving us space and time when needed."
Tim Hulley


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