RS Sailing
Premier Way, Abbey Park
Romsey Hampshire SO51 9DQ
01794 526760
RS Sailing
Premier Way, Abbey Park
Romsey Hampshire SO51 9DQ
01794 526760
RS21 Club – progressive, simple and affordable solution for keelboat clubs




The RS21 responds to the need for a progressive, simple and affordable solution for keelboat clubs that increasingly see the opportunity for fleet ownership, league competition and training. Pay-as-you-go. Team up and do it together. The RS21 is specifically designed for fleet purchase, with attributes that will appeal to individual buyers as well. It puts close racing over ultimate performance. Convenient ownership over complexity. It maximizes low maintenance, value and pure sailing enjoyment. This is the boat to bring wider availability and popularity back to keelboat racing. Realistic costs allow appealing club charter fees – or affordable investment by syndicates of sailing friends. The RS21 is a safe purchase and assured of success.

Add vibrancy to your club by integrating a lively keelboat program and inspire your members. You could argue that we are biased but the RS21 was designed with Corinthian racing at its core, therefore we truly believe that the RS21 is the perfect keelboat platform to transform your club.

Hailed for its unrivalled simplicity, the RS21 is unique in its sector due to its ability to be successfully used across a wide range of programs. This modern keelboat was finished and completed so you can enjoy close one-design sailing without the complex choices. The powerful rig and distinct chines are balanced by well-mannered boat handling and an ergonomic deck layout to ensure everyone sailing has a key role to play and yet ease of use – which means high level performance is not just the reserve of superheroes.

A multi-program approach is a prerequisite with a club owned fleet of keelboats to ensure that the club is maximising opportunities for members to get on the water and to create long term income for the club.

Youth Program

All sailing organisations around the world struggle to retain youth sailors in our sport. Running a club Youth Keelboat Program will keep youth sailors engaged with sailing and the social scene surrounding it. A well run program will create a pathway from dinghy to yacht racing and help retain the youth sailors in our amazing sport.

Women's Program

Women’s sailing programs are an incredible opportunity to empower your female members and attract more women into our sport. The RS21’s easy boat handling and low sheet loads mean that even novice sailors can easily get to grips with her. Pair this with a vibrant social scene and some tailored coaching, you will quickly find that quiet mid-week slot will be filled with raucous fun.

Club Membership

Clubs around the globe are seeing a decline in members, for any club striving to own a keelboat (or fleet) the main aim should be to increase membership and to add vibrancy to the club.  There are several types of membership models a club could adopt to support the cost of a fleet. Club racing with club owed boats offers a fantastic opportunity to attract and inspire new members that do not own racing boats. Clubs can create multiple series to maximise opportunities to get their RS21s afloat. The RS21’s durability and RS Sailing’s impressive customer care allows these boats to be sailed hard and often without the fear of constant maintenance. 

Learn to Sail

The RS21’s feature list packs a punch when it comes to learning to sail; forgiving boat handling, low sheet loads, a mixture of sail options and reassuring stability. A club run learn to sail program will create direct income to the fleet and is the easiest way to grow your membership. You will also have the delight of knowing that you’re introducing so many more people into our awesome sport.

Corporate events

All clubs should be engaging with local businesses, big and small, a club can benefit from direct income by running corporate days. Team building, problem-solving and learning new skills – these make sailing the perfect activity for a corporate day.

Major Events

A club owned fleet of keelboats will be a catalyst for major events; a class start at your local Regatta Week, Inter-Club League Racing, Match Racing, to National Titles. The powerful rig and distinct chines ensure that better sailing is always rewarded and small tweaks to the rig can make all the difference at the front of the fleet. This is another huge opportunity to get more sailors on the water, attract more members and get your club on the world stage.

RS21 at a glance

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The RS21 brought us back to the fundamentals and joy of sailing while offering enough control options to reward practice and tuning. The only downside to our weekend was having to turn in the boat at the end of racing.

Mark Werder

Skipper, San Diego NOOD

I think they’ve hit their marks on everything that I could see, and after 10 races on the boat, none of us were beat up at all. I’d jump on one of these little beauties anytime.

Scot Tempesta

Editor/ Publisher, Sailing Anarchy

As the skipper, my favorite thing about the boat was the super light helm. It felt like I was whipping around my FJ (Flying Junior) it was so easy. It was also a great tool to keep the crew on their toes, as they knew I could hurl them off the boat with a quick jab to leeward.

Jack Egan

Helm, San Diego Yacht Club Youth Team

While it’s a keel boat, it still handles an awful lot like a small dinghy. We were surfing it downwind.

Chip Merlin

Skipper, St. Petersberg NOOD

Overarching Design Goals
  • Progressive design for simple and affordable club & syndicate ownership
  • Balanced, quick and enjoyable sailing as a team
  • Evenly matched, close racing prioritized over ultimate performance
  • Robust and simple to maintain – efficient fleet operation
  • Sustainable aspects designed and built in
  • Eco-friendly construction using recycled core materials
  • Contemporary styling for appeal that reflects cool boats of the era
  • Maximum waterline length
  • Balanced rocker line for good performance across the wind range, at the expense of maximum speed at one end or the other
  • Pronounced chines add form stability as the boat heels and shed water for a drier ride
  • Lifting bulb keel – encapsulated in GRP skins
  • Removable internal keel crane
  • Composite transom hung rudder – removable
  • Tiller extension
  • Large open cockpit with comfortable space for four crew and more
  • Open transom for rapid draining
  • Layout and systems allow handling by two crew if required
  • Minimal obstructions reduce bruises
  • Large central port for stowage of sails etc within the boat, adding operating efficiency
  • Centre mainsheet can be trimmed by helm or crew
  • Kick bars give ergonomic and secure positions for all crew
  • No-hiking rule aids racing enjoyment, communication and widens strategic input
  • Deck designed to allow one hull to stack on another – for efficient event transport and improved sustainability aspects
  • Carbon composite mast reduces weight aloft to improves handling
  • Light weight and pivoting heel make the mast easy to raise by hand
  • Durable aluminium alloy boom
  • Carbon composite bowsprit
  • Quick to rig – 20 minutes from trailer to launch ready
  • Durable construction Club sails & larger Race sails options
  • Mainsail with single slab reef system in club spec
  • Trouble free hanked-on jib
Sail Handling Systems
  • Large cockpit with comfortable space for 4 crew and more
  • Simple layout with clearly understandable controls
  • Large gennaker bag for efficient hoists / drops
Electric Propulsion System (optional)
  • E-Propulsion motor system integrated into hull & deck design
  • Sits almost invisibly behind the keel / under the mainsheet system
  • Prop leg can be raised while sailing – bottom fairing plate closes the hull recess
  • Central speed control unit & removable / rechargeable battery pack
  • Symmetrical spinnaker and equipment (not required for one-design Class racing)
  • Mast head wind indicator
  • Keel winch
  • Boat cover
  • Shore cradle with wheels
  • Road trailer
  • Warps & Fenders pack
  • Anchor pack – inc chain / warp / bag

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DesignerRichards / Whitehouse / RS Sailing
Length6.67m (20'11")bulletfill
Waterline Length6.4m (20'99")bulletfill
Beam2.20m (7'3")bulletfill
Draught1.38m (4'6")bulletfill
Displacement650kg (1433lbs)bulletfill
Hull ConstructionEco-Friendly Compositebulletfill
KeelLifting – With Bulbbulletfill
RudderRemovable – Compositebulletfill
Mainsail – Club16.2m² (175ft²)bulletfill
Mainsail – Race16.2m² (175ft²)bulletfill
Jib – Club8.4m² (90.4ft²)bulletfill
Jib – Race8.4m² (90.4ft²)bulletfill
Gennaker – Club35m² (377ft²)bulletfill
Gennaker – Race40m² (430.5ft²)bulletfill
Spinnaker – Club30m² (322.9ft²)bulletfill
MastCarbon Compositebulletfill
Shrouds & ForestayStainless Steel Wirebulletfill
Halyards – Main, Jib, GennakerDyneema/Polyesterbulletfill
BoomAluminium Alloybulletfill
BowspritCarbon Compositebulletfill
Deck Stowage Portbulletfill
Gennaker Bagbulletfill
Mooring Eyes x 3bulletfill
Sheets – Main, jib, Gennakerbulletfill
Mainsail Slab Reefingbulletfill
Installed Data Logger For Cloud Communitybulletfill
Symmetrical Spinnaker & Equipmentbulletfill
Keel Winchbulletfill
Electric Motor Systembulletfill
Electronics – Speed, Depth, etc.bulletfill
Shore Cradle With Wheelsbulletfill
Road Trailerbulletfill
Warps & Fenders Packbulletfill
Anchor Packbulletfill
Premier Way, Abbey Park
Romsey Hampshire SO51 9DQ

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