RS Sailing are proud to have been in the small sailboat industry for the last 20 years originally from the UK, RS Sailing is now a global brand with representation in 40 countries. In North America RS is continually gaining recognition with distributors and dealers covering most areas of the country. This means quality of care during the entire purchasing experience with RS is second to none.
RS Sailing was born when a group of sailors were sat on a seawall discussing the design and supply of sailboats, so the opportunity existed to create new classes that moved the game forward to many more sailors – making higher performance, exciting accessible sailboats.
However, the development did not stop at boat building. RS Sailing also has a huge following of sailors, families and friends of the brand that enjoy a community of like-minded people and what better place to socialise than on the through their RS’s at racing events where the social element is regarded as highly as the sailing, thus creating the RS Circuit.
Camaraderie between friends plays a huge part in the RS story, not just in the bar after a day’s racing but the close unit of people who travel to events, train together, help each other rig – give tips to those learning and encourage all those around them to give it a go. Because once you’ve had a go – you’re hooked.
Our vision goes beyond producing the best boats – we aim to develop boats and Classes that will inspire a new generation of sailors.
RS Sailing's Distributors and dealers are all of exceptionally high quality and run their own successful business in their region. Joining the RS community has enabled these local businesses to distribute a global brand, enhancing the quality of supply of RS sailboats to all involved, from the individual club sailor, to programs and schools.
Having a local dealer also enables customers to maintain a support network for their RS sailboat, being the chandlery to replace or upgrade any parts, as well as upgrade their sailboat in years to come. RS dealers pride themselves on their supply and endeavour to keep enough stock to keep you on the water!
The hub of RS Sailing is at HQ in Romsey, on the South Coast of the UK. Here; boats come in and out on a daily basis, with all fit-outs being conducted in the workshop at the back of the warehouse. Having the workshop onsite enables the technical team to be as involved as necessary, and more importantly for the brand – all staff members have a high understanding of every aspect of every boat. The aim to remain a small brand, that is recognised and loved globally starts here with out extremely passionate fitters, who are responsible for the final element of the sailboats life before reaching the customer.
Underpinning the RS Sailboat Range are the infamous RS Events. Each RS has it’s own International Class Association offering the world community and governing body of each class. Run by sailors, for sailors – they are extremely passionate and responsible for everything from major regattas to the Class Rules.
Each Class has it’s own dedicated Association and a website with events, news and a forum for the community activity and that all-important sailing banter! These communities act as news and info for events, boat development, rigging and set up tips, second hand sales and a place to ask questions on the forum. From here, active countries have their own class associations running regional events. The RS events hold a strong place in RS history and continue to this day to be one of the reasons RS is loved by so many.