RS Sailing
RS 500

The RS 500 is a double-handed dinghy designed for middleweights crew. The refined development had made her almost as fast as a skiff like 29er and as easy to access as a 420. Lightweight, relatively stable and with a large sail plan she allows a first approach of skiffs, RS Sailing offers 2 versions: S with Dacron sails and XL with sails, larger, made of Mylar.

The hardware is simple and well thought no mainsail traveler; the reversed vang clears the deck for the passage. Centerboard and rudder rotate to facilitate departures and arrivals.

With her qualities and a competitive price, the RS 500 has quickly captured the audience and now the regattas are raced in most of Europe. The RS 500 class was recognized by ISAF in 2009.

See the RS 500's specifications on

Main Features

ShipyardRS Sailing
ModelRS 500
Sailboat typeDinghy
DesignerPhil Morisson
Building years (first/last)2006 / Still in production
ConstructionSandwich foam/fiberglass/polyester
Appendage typeCenterboard
Rudder bladeSingle transom hung rudder
RudderSingle tiller
Main dimensions
Hull length14.2 ft
Beam over all5.2 ft
Draft3.7 ft
Light displacement220 lbs

Rig and sails

Rig typeFractional Sloop
Rig materialMast and boom in Aluminum
Number of rows of spreader1
Spreader anglePushing
Spinnaker typeAssymmetrical spinnaker on bowsprit
Upwind sailarea141 ft²
Downwind sailarea253 ft²
Mainsail area102 ft²
Jib area39 ft²
Spinnaker area151 ft²


Upwind sailarea / displacement1410.1 ft²/Ton
Downwind sailarea / displacement2529.5 ft²/Ton
Trapezes1 set(s)

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


Auxiliary engine

Transmission typeNone
Propeller typeno

Based on specification2014

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