RS Elite Cowes Week

Super friendly, competitive keelboat racing

The RS Elite Class has grown into one of the most competitive keelboat fleets in the country. The sociable nature of the fleet, which encourages partners, families and newcomers to sail together in this three-man keelboat, as well as the regular, high quality competitive sailing have led to a resurgence of interest and rapid growth in the number of RS Elites being owned and regularly sailed around the UK.

As well as appealing to existing keelboat enthusiasts, the RS Elite is perfect for dinghy racers looking for something new, something that appeals to partners, family members and non-sailors, something that is easy to launch, sail and maintain and which keeps you dry and upright without hiking!

A modern classic style keelboat that is delightful to sail and produces truly tactical racing. Manageable loads and an efficient layout suits both women and men – meaning the RS Elite class is well known for outstanding events on and off the water with a lively social scene.

The Class attracts strong participation from couples, including parents returning to competitive sailing as their children grow older and gain independence. The RS Elite is a modern, lightweight, low-maintenance yacht that offers hassle-free sailing in a unique ‘inclusive’ format that enables families and friends to race and socialise alongside ex-Olympians.

RS Elite owners enjoy class one-design club racing in Belfast Lough, Burnham-on-Crouch, Cowes, Hayling Island and Strangford Lough as well as Antigua and Norway. The Association runs regular open events throughout the year including local open meetings, regional and national championships, plus fleet racing in Cowes Week, Burnham Week and Dun Laoghaire Regatta.

Minimal maintenance and only two or three crew means keelboat racing couldn’t be more convenient. Easily driven, with a high ballast ratio and carbon mast, the RS Elite is forgiving and fast – while shallow draft and a symmetrical spinnaker allow the boat to be raced almost anywhere. Sail one and you’ll easily understand why we are passionate about our boats.

On any point of sailing the RS Elite is a nimble boat and a joy to sail.

Matt Sheahan

Technical Editor, Yachting World

Once virtually every club around our coasts had a local class, and the Solent based ones have endured longer than most. But keeping vintage wooden boats is labour of love, consuming time and money voraciously. Many glassfibre alternatives have been tried, but this new Phil Morrison design craft seems to have hit the spot.

Tim Jeffrey

Daily Telegraph