The RS21’s powerful rig and shape of the hull are balanced by well-mannered boat handling and an ergonomic deck layout to ensure everyone sailing has a key role to play. For those passionate about our planet, the RS21 was developed with sustainability at the core of its design not only in terms of materials but also the carbon footprint of the supply chain, a reduction in single-use plastics and efficient logistics. Though it is typically associated with racing, we know that this boat is great for clubs looking to grow their membership, but also individuals who just want to try something new.
“The RS21 is a competitive one-design boat, very speedy downwind, bulletproof so clubs and centres can use it without spending a fortune on maintenance and repairs. A super quick and responsive boat that’s great to learn in. Essentially, it is a big dinghy.” – Oscar Cordon, RS Sailing UK Sales Team
Phillip Grannum recently bought an RS21 from us, read on to find out why…
Why did you buy an RS21?
“I have previously enjoyed racing Lasers and the RS200 on in-land waters, I also enjoyed cruising with 40ft yachts in the Solent and Mediterranean. Whilst I enjoyed both, I really wanted to experience coastal yacht racing and the RS21 appeared to be a perfect choice. The RS21 is as agile and easy to sail as the RS200 but the performance and speed are awesome and easily matches the older, more established sport boat fleets.”
What is the RS21 like to sail?
“The RS21 is really responsive and handles like a dinghy. The keel gives it real stability which allows you to sail more on the edge without the fear of getting wet! The real fun begins when the spinnaker is hoisted and the RS21 planes in 12-14 knots. The uplift is incredible yet it never feels out of control and remains stable even in stronger gusts.”
What do you think about the RS21 electric prop?
“The electric prop and the easy drop system on the RS21 is a game-changer. When you’re approaching the marina, you lower the engine into the water with a single rope/pulley system, drop the sails and silently motor to the berth. When you’re ready to sail again, motor out, hoist the sails and then pull the rope to lock the motor back in position. Every time I go out, I’m always asked about the motor since it’s totally silent and invisible to all on-lookers.”