ISAF Class & Sailboat Of The Year Winner, twice
Fast, cool and exciting single trapeze double-hander
Massive European race scene with awesome socials
Exciting, award-winning double-hander with trapeze and genneker – The RS500 offers a brilliant combination of speed, handling and exhilaration on a single trapeze sled.
Exciting double hander with trapeze and gennaker – developing a truly international class raced worldwide. Fun times are assured in the states with a mixture of couples and friends involved from coast to coast.
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 brilliant combination of speed, handling and racing whilst being comparatively easy to sail makes it universally popular.
“We have had our boat for two months now and the silly grin has not left our faces once!”
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 centerboard and rudder make launching and recovery safe and easy.
ISAF Recognised Class - fast growing internationally.
Full Class program - 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 program
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"
Tapered aluminum 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 centers.
Compression strut vang gives masses of space in the forward part of the cockpit for efficient, run through, crewing.
"...an absolute delight to sail.” "
David Ritchie ex RYA National Sailing Coach
"...when we launched the kite the boat just took off…sheer bliss!!! "
"...so powerful yet simple and light to pull up the slipway!"
"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."