RS Sailing
Premier Way, Abbey Park
Romsey Hampshire SO51 9DQ
01794 526760
RS Sailing
Premier Way, Abbey Park
Romsey Hampshire SO51 9DQ
01794 526760


RS Zest
RS Zest
RS Zest
RS Zest

RS Zest logo

Brand new compact boat that delivers more crew space and practical, enjoyable features than older generation rivals. The RS Zest is already a global hit with training centres and families. Class leading space for two sailors, yet small enough for convenient single-handing. Instructors will love the practical design solutions engineered by our team, like the high boom, centreboard, kick-up rudder and comfy thwart. Rotomoulded polyethylene construction makes the RS Zest almost maintenance free – this is a boat to get you onto the water and into the wonderful world of sailing – no hassle – no end to the fun.

RS Zest at a glance

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We use our boats 2 up on lots of our beginner training and evening sessions. The thwart on the RS Zest gives beginner crews somewhere to sit whilst they build their confidence, rather than being on the floor!”

Tye Shuttleworth

Head of Inshore Boating, Sea Cadets

Having the versatility to use a dinghy for adult tuition one day and kids tasters the next. The RS Zest allows us to go sailing comfortably with the kids three-up on those days when we get tight on kit.

Chris Frisby

Training Manager, UKSA

We operate in shallow tidal waters, a daggerboard makes it very difficult to run sessions during large parts of the day. The centreboard on the RS Zest means we can sail for longer as we are not as limited by the state of the tide.

Rob Howlett

Centre Manager, Hengistbury Head Outdoor Education Centre

Space – Security – Safety
  • Many boats in this sector are sailed by two but really suited to one… Cockpit space in the RS Zest changes that – a mini double hander that can be sailed solo
  • Class leading crew space with a choice of secure inner and outboard seating areas – 3-stage sitting positions to build confidence and encourage progression
  • Easily handled by youngsters while the space offers added comfort for adults
  • Exceptionally stable hull form
  • Super high boom – maximises space and saves bumped heads
  • Moulded-in grab points for helm and crew make it easier to get aboard after a capsize
Practical features for instructors & families
  • The thwart provides a comfy position for the crew to sit in whilst building up their confidence in positioning 
  • “Hinging” mast step system for ease and greater safety – can be done by pupils and youngsters
  • Clunk-Click mast gate lock. Simple – Safe
  • Lock-Up & Lock-Down rudder system with Kick-Up grounding system. Simple – Strong
  • Pivoting centerboard instead of a daggerboard. User-friendly – Damage resistant
  • Roller furling main – easy reefing from on board or an instructor’s RIB
  • High visibility sail colour
  • Built-in tow points – makes towing 6 boats convenient
Fun – Simple – Stylish
  • Rewarding performance – just like every RS
  • Modern styling
  • Engineered-in features
Lowest maintenance – Greatest durability
  • Comptec PE3 construction – state of the art three layer rotomoulding system
  • Toughest outer skin – middle foam layer for stiffness – strong inner skin
  • RS process leads the way & enables additional thickness in high load areas
  • Reduces overall weight for better sailing – every RS offers the best performance and most rewarding handling
  • Maximum use of shape to distribute loads and remove need for bolt on reinforcements
  • Built in buoyancy from thick foam layer
  • Strongest fittings attachment – brass inserts moulded into the hull structure
  • Virtually maintenance free
Best value
  • RS quality at a price that represents true value
RS Zest Accessories
  • 1.2m² Dacron jib
  • Rowing kit – oars & rowlocks
  • Top cover
  • Mast & rolled sail cover sock
  • Launching trolley
  • Road trailer combi base

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RS Zest
DesignerJo Richards and RS Sailing
Length3.59m (11'9")
Beam1.47m (4'10")
Hull Weight73kg (161lbs)
Max Crew Weight225kg (496lbs)
Mainsail6m² (59ft²) - Dacron Reefable
Jib1.1m² (12.5ft²) - Dacron
Hull ConstructionComptec PE3 Durable Polyethylene
Mast2-Part Aluminium Alloy, Foam Filled Top
BoomAluminium Alloy
Rudder BladePolypropylene
Rudder StockMoulded Glass/Nylon – Lift & Lock System
Tiller ExtensionAluminium Alloy
CentreboardPolypropylene, Pivoting
Padded Toe Strap
Rowing KitAluminium Alloy Oars
Mast Head Float
Wind Indicator
Top Cover
Mast/Rolled Sail Sock Cover
Launching Trolley
Premier Way, Abbey Park
Romsey Hampshire SO51 9DQ

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