As finely crafted, enjoyable to sail and otherwise perfect as the RS21 may be, there is one problem. For it to become the next popular keelboat, yacht clubs and sailors beholden to ancient local fleets must step up and embrace change. Today, there is a better boat to set the hook deeper into these sailors, and that boat is the RS21. This a club racer first. A one-design second.
While the RS21 is a high-tolerance one-design keelboat, its list of potential uses is long. It’s ideal for athletic match racers and team racers. It’s a weeknight beer-can racing machine that comes from the factory fitted with all the hardware necessary to switch between asymmetric and symmetric spinnakers. RS Sailing promotes this 21-footer as a “team boat,” meaning everyone can and will be involved in the sailing, and they’re right.