SFYC made the decision to chose the RS21 following a demonstration in late 2019. Asked about their decision to purchase a club-owned fleet, Head of SFYC’s Equipment Committee Matt Frymier says, “we were looking for a boat that we could bring to the club and start using right away.” With their purchase, San Francisco Yacht Club is part of a growing trend of clubs purchasing fleets for member use.
This model of club-owned fleets offers a simple yet affordable solution to the challenges faced by traditional boat ownership models. “This is a great way for us to give access to members, especially younger people, that want to be a part of the club but don’t have the want, or means, to afford both a membership and a boat,” Frymier says.
The decision to select the RS21 was not taken lightly. “We created a list of features that were important to us and created a list of twenty different boats that we thought could work. After seeing the RS21 we knew we didn’t have to continue with the rest of the list.” The ability for the boat to be adjusted, the builder support network and specific features, such as a built-in electric motor, were crucial factors that proved the RS21 will be successful in the unique conditions at SFYC. “We often have 15-20 kts of breeze and 4-5 kts of current, with the RS21 the builder support was great. We were able to adjust the specification for the actual boat to make it suited for our needs,” says Frymier.
Though they still have a couple more weeks before the boats arrive, SFYC is already thinking ahead, “we are really excited to introduce our members to the boat and get them trained using it,” Frymier says. “Because of the flexibility of the RS21, we’ll be able to use it for learn to sail, competitive racing and everything in between.”
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