RS Sailing
Premier Way, Abbey Park
Romsey Hampshire SO51 9DQ
01794 526760
RS Sailing
Premier Way, Abbey Park
Romsey Hampshire SO51 9DQ
01794 526760

The RS700 – Super-quick single-handed skiff weapon

August 17, 2020
RS700

The RS700 is a superquick, trapeze and gennaker weapon – Yet also the most user friendly single- handed skiff by far, with growing fleets across Europe.

“What other boat combines the thrills and speed of the highest performance boats, with the simplicity and ease of a one design skiff from the RS stable. No bimbling, no fuss, just take off the cover and in minutes I’m blasting along with the fastest of them. The equalisation system means that people of all weights are competitive, leading to really close racing. And being an RS boat, the après sail is pretty awesome too!” Paul Bayliss, RS700 National Champion.

 

Stunning performance

The entire boat has been designed to ensure maximum speed is within the reach for most competent sailors. The long hull with wide waterline provides a relatively stable platform. Stability and resistance to nose diving are essential to make this type of sailing attainable to a range of sailors. The flared topsides offer reserve stability and the deck offers maximum volume to shed water quickly if the boat drives through a wave. The carbon composite mast is ultra light with dynamic gust response at the tip. The mainsail has a long luff for power and efficiency and there is only one full length batten allowing a softer, user-friendly rig. Strong wind conditions are manageable by adjusting the rig and foils. The rig can be controlled using rake and a flattener system, making it faster and more user friendly. The efficient dagger-board can also be raked to The RS700 is a superquick, trapeze and gennaker weapon – Yet also the most user friendly single- handed skiff by far, with growing fleets across Europe. balance the boat in a breeze when sailing with the rig de-powered. Racing the RS700 with the performance equalisation system means winners genuinely can be big or small. It has adjustable width wings that enable a wide competitive weight range.

 

Downwind delight

The RS700’s downwind performance is simply sensational! The asymmetric has been designed with a high aspect ratio providing low sheet loads and greater visibility.

Spinnaker hoists and drops are made easy by a range of features: The silicone coated fabric allows the spinnaker to enter or exit the large chute, which has been fixed as far aft as possible to keep the weight back and to keep the sail clear of the water. Hoisting / dropping is achieved using the slick, one handed pump system which once properly set-up, revolutionises the job in combination with the cockpit design and secure helming position.

 

Long lasting durability

The RS700 hull is built using an epoxy GRP composite sandwich construction for light weight, stiffness and a long competitive life. The foils are also epoxy sandwich GRP. The Kevlar reinforced Mylar sail fabric is used for strength, low stretch and high visibility.

 

Features

 

Hull

  • Moderate hull form with little tendency to nosedive
  • Flared topsides for reserve stability
  • Tried and tested RS epoxy sandwich construction system – ultra-light weight, long competitive life and virtually zero water absorption.
  • Spinnaker chute mounted as far aft as possible to keep the weight back and the spinnaker clear of the water
  • Cockpit design allows a secure helming position from which to initiate manoeuvres or hoist and drop the spinnaker – a crucial design element to make the boat more user friendly
  • Spinnaker hoisting and dropping made simple by the large chute mouth and pump action halyard system

 

Rig

  • Carbon composite mast. Ultra-light weight with dynamic gust response in the tip
  • Mainsail has a long luff for efficiency and power
  • Only one full length top batten, plus three short battens for a “soft” configuration and light, user friendly rig
  • Mylar sail fabric for strength, low stretch and high visibility
  • Effective rake and flattener system reduces the power to make the boat more controllable in strong winds
  • Asymmetric spinnaker – high aspect for low sheet loads and good visibility. Silicone coated fabric makes hoists and drops easier – extends the life of the sail.
  • Downwind performance is simply sensational

 

Foils

  • Dagger board can be raked to balance the boat in a breeze when sailing with the rig de-powered
  • Lifting rudder for easy launching and recovery
  • Sophisticated GRP sandwich construction gives strong, light, high performance foils
  • Performance equalised racing
  • Performance equalisation system with adjustable width wings means winners genuinely can be big or small

 

Specification

  • Length – 4.68m (15’5″)
  • Beam – 1.92–2.23m (6’4″–7’8″)
  • Hull Weight – 49kg (108lbs)
  • Sailing weight – 79kg (174lbs)
  • Sail area – mainsail – 12.8m² (127ft²)
  • Sail area – spinnaker 16m² (166ft²)
  • Hull construction – Epoxy GRP foam sandwich
  • Spars – Carbon composite mast
  • Sails – Mylar / kevlar semi battened mainsail. Twin patch radial cut spinnaker
  • Foils – Daggerboard and lifting rudder. GRP foam sandwich.

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