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03/24/2021 | News release | Distributed by Public on 03/25/2021 05:00

[Member News] RS Sailing announces partnership with the World Match Racing Tour Academy

Published on: 24 March 2021

RS Sailing has been announced as an Official Partner of the World Match Racing Tour (WMRT) and the WMRT Academy, the training and development initiative set up by the tour in 2020 to grow participation in match racing around the world. RS Sailing is the world's largest small sailboat manufacturer, including popular models such as the RS Tera and RS Feva, RS200, RS500 skiff, and RS Aero.

As part of the partnership, RS Sailing will provide WMRT partners with access to a specially commissioned charter package of their RS21 keelboats which can be used for training programs and match racing events.

Since it's launch just a couple of years ago, the RS21 has quickly become a popular club racing keelboat with growing fleets in the USA, Europe, Oceania and most recently in Bermuda. The four person keelboat is ideal for sailors interested in learning the skills of match racing, crew work and racing technique, as WMRT Executive Director James Pleasance explains; 'Match racing is hugely popular around the world at club level and international competition, and even the America's Cup. It is one of the most accessible forms of sailing with a wide range of clubs and centres providing boats and offering match race training programs, clinics and events. We set up the WMRT Academy to help provide access to these programs, and attract new sailors to match racing. Although you can match race in just about any type of boat, the RS21 is ideal for this type of racing, as well as being easy to transport and set up'

Responsible for International Business Development at RS Sailing, Dan Jaspers added; 'Match Racing has long been viewed as sailings' 'shop window', with events such as the America's Cup captivating the imagination of aspirant sailors of all ages. With the RS21 having become the fastest sailing keelboat in its class within just 2 years, we wanted to look at how we could use our experience with smaller sailboats to provide more opportunity and access to keelboat sailing internationally, and the World Match Racing Tour was at the top of our list to help us do that. This partnership represents a new and exciting chapter for RS Sailing and one that I am 100% confident will benefit future generations of sailors all around the globe.'

Built using bio-derived resins and recycled core materials, the RS21 is also a leader in eco-friendly construction, important to both RS Sailing's and WMRT's focus on sustainability. The deck shape and removable keel system of the RS21 allow six race-ready boats to be transported in a single 40-foot sea freight container, a unique feature within the keelboat world. The boats can also be fitted with a fully electric saildrive e-propulsion system.

For details of the RS21 Charter fleet availability and pricing, contact [email protected] or [email protected] quoting the reference WMRT21 in the email subject heading.

For more information on the RS21 or any of the other boats in the RS Sailing range, head over to the website.