RS 21

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The latest addition to the RS Range, the RS21 is a modern keelboat. Finished and completed so you can enjoy close one design sailing without the complex choices. The powerful rig and distinct chines are balanced by well-mannered boat handling and an ergonomic deck layout to ensure everyone sailing has a key role to play and yet ease of use – which means high level performance is not just the reserve of superheroes. 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 foot print of the supply chain, a reduction in single use plastics and efficient logistics. This new class is going from strength to strength, with fleets growing over three continents and a national and international racing calendar that is escalating each year. Corinthian sailing, epicly close racing and a class built around removing the arms race, the RS21 is the future of keelboat racing and everything you’d expect from an RS racing class.

Overarching Design Goals
  • Progressive design for simple and affordable club & syndicate ownership
  • Balanced, quick and enjoyable sailing as a team
  • Evenly matched, close racing prioritized over ultimate performance
  • Robust and simple to maintain – efficient fleet operation
  • Sustainable aspects designed and built in

  • Eco-friendly construction using recycled core materials
  • Contemporary styling for appeal that reflects cool boats of the era
  • Maximum waterline length
  • Balanced rocker line for good performance across the wind range, at the expense of maximum speed at one end or the other
  • Pronounced chines add form stability as the boat heels and shed water for a drier ride

  • Lifting bulb keel – encapsulated in GRP skins
  • Removable internal keel crane
  • Composite transom hung rudder – removable
  • Tiller extension

  • Large open cockpit with comfortable space for four crew and more
  • Open transom for rapid draining
  • Layout and systems allow handling by two crew if required
  • Minimal obstructions reduce bruises
  • Large central hatch for stowage of sails etc within the boat, adding operating efficiency
  • Centre mainsheet can be trimmed by helm or crew
  • Kick bars give ergonomic and secure positions for all crew
  • No-hiking rule aids racing enjoyment, communication and widens strategic input
  • Deck designed to allow one hull to stack on another – for efficient event transport and improved sustainability aspects

  • Carbon composite mast reduces weight aloft to improves handling
  • Light weight and pivoting heel make the mast easy to raise by hand
  • Durable aluminium alloy boom
  • Carbon composite bowsprit
  • Quick to rig – 20 minutes from trailer to launch ready
  • Durable construction Club sails & larger Race sails options
  • Mainsail with single slab reef system in club spec
  • Trouble free hanked-on jib

Sail Handling Systems
  • Large cockpit with comfortable space for 4 crew and more
  • Simple layout with clearly understandable controls
  • Large gennaker bag for efficient hoists / drops

Electric Propulsion System (optional)
  • E-Propulsion motor system integrated into hull & deck design
  • Sits almost invisibly behind the keel / under the mainsheet system
  • Prop leg can be raised while sailing – bottom fairing plate closes the hull recess
  • Central speed control unit & removable / rechargeable battery pack

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Designer Richards / Whitehouse / RS Sailing  
Length 6.67m (20'11") bulletfill
Waterline Length 6.29m (20'63") bulletfill
Beam 2.20m (7'3") bulletfill
Draught 1.38m (4'6") bulletfill
Displacement 650kg (1433lbs) bulletfill
Hull Construction Eco-Friendly Composite bulletfill
Keel Lifting – With Bulb bulletfill
Rudder Removable – Composite bulletfill
Mainsail – Club 16.2m² (175ft²) bulletfill
Mainsail – Race 16.2m² (175ft²) bulletfill
Jib – Club 8.4m² (90.4ft²) bulletfill
Jib – Race 8.4m² (90.4ft²) bulletfill
Gennaker – Club 35m² (377ft²) bulletfill
Gennaker – Race 40m² (430.5ft²) bulletfill
Spinnaker – Club 30m² (322.9ft²) bulletfill
Mast Carbon Composite bulletfill
Shrouds & Forestay Stainless Steel Wire bulletfill
Halyards – Main, Jib, Gennaker Dyneema/Polyester bulletfill
Boom Aluminium Alloy bulletfill
Bowsprit Carbon Composite bulletfill
Deck Stowage Hatch   bulletfill
Gennaker Bag   bulletfill
Mooring Eyes x 3   bulletfill
Sheets – Main, jib, Gennaker   bulletfill
Vang/Cunningham/Outhaul   bulletfill
Mainsail Slab Reefing   bulletfill
Installed Data Logger For Cloud Community   bulletfill
Symmetrical Spinnaker & Equipment   bulletfill
Keel Winch   bulletfill
Electric Motor System   bulletfill
Electronics – Speed, Depth, etc.   bulletfill
Cover   bulletfill
Shore Cradle With Wheels   bulletfill
Road Trailer   bulletfill
Warps & Fenders Pack   bulletfill
Anchor Pack   bulletfill

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