RS Elite Tuning Guide

RS Elite tuning guide

The following data are intended as a guide only and are a good starting point from which to make your own adjustments.

Rig adjustment

Think of the shrouds and forestay in this way

  • Main shrouds adjustment controls the rake
  • Forestay adjustment controls the rig tension
  • Lower shrouds adjustment controls the pre-bend in the mast

Rig tension

Measured on main shroud:

Light wind setting240 kg19 on Loos Pro Gauge
Medium wind setting400 kg26 on Loos Pro Gauge
Heavy wind setting600 kg30 on Loos Pro Gauge

To calibrate either mark the forestay with tape above the tack bar sheave at Heavy setting – then visualise how far up from the sheave the tape is with the tension eased to Medium and Light settings, or mark the rig tension control line where it emerges from the back end of the foredeck into the cockpit at all three settings.

Mast rake

Measured with tape measure on main halyard to top of transom: 9450mm with rig tension on medium setting.

It is often tricky to hoist a tape measure to the top of the mast so, with the main shrouds rig tension set at 26 and lower shrouds set at 14 on Loos Pro rig tension gauge, lock the main halyard off at gooseneck height. Then take the locked main halyard out to the back of the boat and measure from the end of the main halyard to the top of the vertical face of the transom.

RS Elite Rig Settings

Mast pre bend

Measured at the spreaders:

  • 80mm minimum
  • 100mm in wind over 20 knots

Upwind settings

Attach jib sheet to second hole from the top on the jib clew board. Use sufficient jib cunningham tension to remove creases / sag between hanks.

Sail upwind and sit to leeward to check jib twist:

  • Too little twist – drop jib down the forestay by easing halyard and tightening jib cunningham
  • Too much twist – raise jib by easing tightening halyard and then reset the cunningham (you need to ease cunningham and sheet to do this).
  • If you change the rig tension significantly then you need to reset the jib height for correct twist.
  • If you ease the rig tension significantly then you must also ease the jib cunningham!
Wind speed0–5 knots6–10 knots11–15 knots16–20 knots21+ knots
Rig tensionLight settingMedium settingHeavy settingHeavy settingHeavy setting
Jib clew boardSecond hole from topSecond hole from topSecond hole from topSecond hole from topSecond hole from top
Jib traveller75mm inboard from toe-rail75mm inboard from toe-railIn line with toe-railIn line with toe-railAt outboard end of track
Jib cunninghamJust enough tension to remove any sagging between hanksJust enough tension to remove any sagging between hanksJust enough tension to remove any sagging between hanksMore tension so luff is firmly tightMore tension so luff is firmly tight
Mainsheet traveller200mm to windward200mm to windwardOn centre line200mm to leeward300mm to leeward
Main outhaulOn until sail foot is close to boom along length – but not tightOn until sail foot is close to boom along length – but not tightOn until sail foot is close to boom along length – but not tightOn tight – sail will start to develop folds along the footOn tight – sail will start to develop folds along the foot
Main cunninghamNoneNonePull on to remove horizontal creases in luffFirm tension to blade out sail headPull on hard to open sail head
KickerNo tension – just remove slackLight tensionFirm tensionPull on hardPull on very hard

Downwind settings

  • Ease the jib traveller right down the track.
  • Ease main outhaul, cunningham and kicker.