The RS Aero Class has gone from strength to strength since its launch back in 2014, with 3,500+ boats sold worldwide, a 200+ boat World Championship in its 4th year, winning the Men’s and Women’s One Person Dinghy equipment trials for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, to its first Youth Worlds in 2022. But of all the things the RS Aero Class should be incredibly proud of is that it’s a truly International Class.
The furthest north RS Aero location known is in Ahmas in northern Finland, just outside the Arctic Circle, although RS Aeros have sailed much further north at the very northern tip of Norway and the north shore of Iceland! The furthest south RS Aero is in Puerto Williams Yacht Club near to Cape Horn, Chile. Two of the most remote RS Aero locations are at the Marquesas Islands in the middle of the South Pacific and Kodiak Island in Alaska.
Nations which have seen their RS Aero fleets enjoy exceptional new growth in recent years are Italy, Sweden and Ireland. Both Italy and Sweden have very strong youth fleets, and each of those nations has sailors enjoying the introduction of the new RS Aero 6 rig.
The RS Aero International Class website fleet locations map represents each RS Aero club or location known to the Class Association. There may be many RS Aeros at each location, and there are even more locations that the Class does not know of. This really is a fantastic tool for new owners to know where there is an RS Aero fleet nearby and for existing owners to know where their neighbours are for event planning. Click on the image to play with the map on the RS Aero International Class Website.
With just a few months still to go, the RS Aero International Class has 126 entries from 17 nations for the 2023 World Championship in Calasetta, Sardinia, Italy from the 24th July. Calasetta stands on the island of Sant’Antioco off the southwestern tip of Sardinia, a town with fascinating history, traditions, maritime cuisine and dreamy beaches, and most importantly the sailing is fabulous! The fast-growing RS Aero fleets in Sardinia and the Italian mainland, together with the idyllic location for international visitors, makes our 5th World Championship set to be a fantastic event!
Racing will be hosted by Lega Navale Sulcis, held over five days with up to 14 races in the open but protected luscious waters off Sant’Antioco. There will be racing in four fleets, RS Aero 5,6,7 & 9, with the Youth World Champs, Womens’ and Masters’ categories contested from those overall results.
Nations competing in the RS Aero Worlds for the first time this year are Italy, Korea, Belgium, New Zealand and Latvia. There’s still time to be a part of this incredible event, follow this link to find out more.