RS Sailing
RS Aero

The RS Aero appears as a modern version of the Laser. The philosophy is the same a simple boat with a self-supported catboat rigging and limited hardware. What changes is the application of new technologies: carbon fiber replaces aluminum for spars and sandwich hull provides stiffness and light weight. The result : less than 50kg fully equipped, as much as an Optimist. The performances meet the expectations and curiously the behavior is close to that of windsurfing.

The RS Aero is available with 3 rigging sizes: 5sqm – 54sqft, 7sqm - 75sqft and 9sqm – 97sqft. The mast is in 2 parts, boom and top part of the mast are the same for all versions, only the bottom of the mast and sail have to be changed to move from one rig to another.

See the RS Aero's specifications on

Main Features

ShipyardRS Sailing
ModelRS Aero
Sailboat typeDinghy
DesignerRS Sailing
Jo Richards
Building years (first/last)2014 / Still in production
CE regulationD-1
ConstructionSandwich PVC/fiberglass/epoxy with carbon fiber reinforcement
Appendage typeDaggerboard
Rudder bladeSingle transom hung rudder
RudderSingle tiller
Main dimensions
Hull length13.1 ft
Beam over all4.6 ft
Light displacement106 lbs

Rig and sails

Rig typeCat Boat without standing rigging
Rig materialMast and boom in Carbon fiber
Number of rows of spreaderNo spreader
Spreader angleNeutral (0°)
Spinnaker typeNo spinnaker
Upwind sailarea97 ft²
Downwind sailarea97 ft²
Mainsail area97 ft²


Upwind sailarea / displacement2016.0 ft²/Ton
Downwind sailarea / displacement2016.0 ft²/Ton

Portsmouth-YardstickPortsmouth Yardstick is an empirical system of handicapping used for small sailboat (dinghies included).


Auxiliary engine

Transmission typeNone

Based on specification2014

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