RS Elite Keelboat
Great Class events and hugely enthusiastic owners combine with a keelboat that handles beautifully, requires minimal maintenance and can be raced by men and women of most ages. The RS Elite Keelboat is Stunning.
This modern classic style keelboat is simply delightful to sail and offers close tactical one-design racing and competitive handicap performance.
The easily driven hull, with high ballast ratio, is both forgiving and fast – quicker around the track than many more extreme sportsboat classes. Yet the RS Elite can be handled by men and women across the age range, with low loads and an efficient layout.
RS Elite sailors love their boats – and once you’ve sailed one or, even better, been to an event, it’s easy to understand why.
RS Elite Keelboat Features
- Finger light steering and masses of stability make the RS Elite a joy to sail. And a boat in balance is boat that can be easily driven to surprising speeds.
- A fine bow, long narrow hull, balanced rudder and easily controllable rig ensure the Elite puts a smile on your face from the moment you hoist the sails.
- High pointing and fast upwind speeds, plus pace downwind that surprises most sailors by rising effortlessly into double figures and high teens at maximum.
- The RS Elite is quicker around the track than many sportsboats, but without the drama.
- The Elite maximises the pleasure of owning a racing keelboat by minimising the hassle:
- Shallow draft & symmetrical spinnaker allow the Elite to be competitively raced as a class or on handicap, just about anywhere.
- Low maintenance – means more time on the water. Solid GRP construction – encapsulated bulb keel – simple systems.
- Three crew – makes putting a racing crew together easy. In fact the handling systems, weight tolerant design, Class Rules and spacious cockpit allow a choice of two, three or four sailors. So from two mates to a young family, many options are possible and competitive.
- No Hiking
- One Design – ensures that Elite racing will be close and tactical. You’ll win on the water, not at the bank. Strict production controls and Class Rules ensure top performance straight out of the box.
- Self draining and unsinkable
- Easy to tow – behind a medium size car.
- Low cost – exceptional value for a boat of this type.
- Fleet Racing
- Club fleets are growing and undoubtedly this will be a very popular reason for choosing the boat.In addition, the ease with which the boat can be trailed will make regattas at home and overseas a very attractive option. Big events such as Cowes Week with their Elite fleet starts, plus the National Championships give a fantastic combination of highly competitive racing and a great social scene. Do it once – and you’ll definitely want to do it again.
- Handicap Racing
- The Elite can be raced under Portsmouth Yardstick, IRC and Sportsboat handicap systems, so the possibilities are endless! And “rumour has it” that she is very competitive under most systems due to the all-round performance and non-extreme design.
- Match Racing
- With looks so reminiscent of a mini America’s Cupper, what could be more obvious? The symmetrical spinnaker, simple systems and performance profile make the Elite perfect for the job.
Hull Design and Construction
- The hull is long and narrow for maximum waterline length and minimum form resistance. The helm remains finger-light at all times, even when heeled, unlike wide flat hull designs.
- The narrow hull and no hiking rule also mean that crew weight is unimportant. As soon as the boat heels the crew are sat virtually straight above the centre of gravity, contributing very little to righting moment. The Elite has been designed around a three person crew, but class rules allow two to four people to race aboard and the spacious cockpit is very comfortable.
- Hull, deck and cockpit liner mouldings are solid GRP laminate for impact resistance and durability. There is a sub-floor moulding to distribute the rig and keel loads.
- GRP moulded keel and rudder skins mean all foil shapes are identical and there is an encapsulated lead keel bulb with stainless steel support structure. The vertical stainless steel strut slots into a hull recess and is through bolted from within the cockpit.
- There is a single lift point on the cockpit floor.
- An easily driven hull means the boat does not require a big rig. This in turn helps to make the shallow draft possible without the boat becoming tender.
- The ultra light-weight carbon fibre mast has a pivoting heel plug and can be raised by hand. Rigging is quick so you can arrive at a regatta with the boat on its trailer and be ready to sail in around 30 minutes.
- Single swept back spreaders and no backstay give a simple, highly responsive rig that can be easily tuned. Rig tension is applied to the forestay via a cascade purchase concealed under the foredeck and adjusted from within the cockpit.
- The boom and spinnaker poles are aluminium for durability.
Sail handling systems
- The jib hanks onto the forestay and has a tack downhaul lead back to the cockpit. It is self-tacking to make manoeuvres perfectly simple. A 4:1 purchase on the sheet keeps the loads in check.
- The combination mainsheet runs on a track across the aft deck and leads forward along the boom to a jammer in the centre of the boat. Either the helmsman or middle man can trim. Kicker and cunningham are also lead to the middle of the cockpit and split to both sides. The outhaul is controlled from the forward end of the boom.
- The spinnaker is launched and retrieved from a dinghy style chute forward of the forestay, so hoists and drops take seconds. The pole system means you don’t need a gorilla and there is no need to leave the cockpit. Spinnaker sheets lead to the middle of the cockpit within reach of all the crew.
The RS Elite is available in a couple of set-up options, please go to the official site www.rssailing.com to see the full range of options. We are here to help too, feel free to get in touch and we can help with pricing and details, please call +852 2827 5876 or use our contact page.