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Volvo Cork Week will host a round of the RS21 UK & Ireland Cup in 2024 for the first time
Royal Cork Yacht Club (RCYC) has partnered with the Irish RS agent, the Irish National Sailing School (INSS) and RS Sailing to provide a special opportunity for those challenged by time or crew availability or find themselves otherwise unable to…
The 2024 RS21 World Championships take place at the Club Nautic L'Escala in Spain from 21st to 28th September
The RS21 International Class Association has announced the opening of entries for the highly anticipated RS21 World Championship 2024. The championship, which is set to take place at the prestigious Club Nautic L'Escala in Spain from 21st to 28th September,…
The RS21 Association has included May's Scottish Series as one of its 'Official Series'
Another first for the fiftieth Scottish Series this year will include RS21 keelboats racing on Loch Fyne. The RS21 Association has included the event as one of its 'Official Series', and that will give the class a chance to start…
A whopping 17 RS400s were on the water at the Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club
November is here, and although some would call it winter sailing, conjuring images of hats, gloves, rain and all-round miserable sailing conditions, the reality is that the weather this time of the year is perfect for sailing! And not only…
File image of an RS21 and crew in a race
The RS21 one design will make its Cork Week debut in the 2024 regatta taking place from 15-19 July. Organisers say the inclusion of the relatively new keelboat class, which was introduced in 2019, “is a testament to the event’s…
Emsworth’s ‘Responsible Sailing’ (GBR303) Caroline Fisk, Pippa Jubb, Richard Tucker and Paul Fisk on their way to RS21 victory at 2023 Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta on Dublin Bay
When you bring together Ireland’s biggest sailing event, RS21s and a weather forecast that promised a downwind ride that would take the fleet to the edge, you could get something pretty special, and that is exactly what we got for…
The new RS21 will compete on the Irish Sea at July's four-day Volvo Dun Laoghaire regatta on Dublin Bay
The 2023 RS21 Cup season will see events in Scotland, Ireland and England as teams compete in a three-regatta venue, including Dun Laoghaire Harbour in July. To ensure sailors, new and old, get the chance to get up to speed…
The RS21 is the the boat of choice for the inaugural Irish Sailing League at Dun Laoghaire
Firstly an apology; after the initial hype and launch, there has been silence regarding the Irish Sailing League. Unfortunately for me, a diagnosis of severe neck pain led to the necessity for two replacement disks in the neck; this led…
Irish Sailing League logo
Following the announcement of the new Irish Sailing League earlier this week, organisers say they have been “overwhelmed with the number of enquiries” as they reveal more details of its structure and future plans. As previously reported on Afloat.ie, well-known…
Irish Sailing League logo
The upstart Irish Sailing League is aiming to shake up the inter-club racing scene in Ireland. Backed by Kenny Rumball of Dun Laoghaire’s Irish National Sailing School, the new league would see competitors represent their clubs in short, grandstand-style sprint…
RYA winter match racing in one-design keelboats
Entry is now open for the RYA Winter Match Racing Series 2023 which kicks off in RS21s at London’s Queen Mary Sailing Club in the New Year. The #rockupandrace series will also give teams an opportunity to compete in 707s…
The Irish RS21 on the start line of the Croatian-based  inaugural World Championships
Last Sunday, the inaugural RS21 World Championships in Biograd Na Moru came to a close after some incredibly close one-design racing in an incredibly even-matched class. The MarineServices.ie team, despite having only jumped into the boat to sail as a…
Ireland on the line - The Irish RS21 (IRL291) prepares to start at the inaugural World Championships in Croatia
The Irish RS21 keelboat crew returned from the inaugural World Championships in Croatia last week, and the new design will now feature on Irish waters when it competes at this weekend's Dun Laoghaire's DBSC Turkey Shoot Series. The sole Irish boat in Biograd…
Poland's Wojciech Myaliwiec sailing in the RS21 World Championships in Croatia
After three races sailed at the RS21 world Championships in Croatia Gianluca Grisoli, Andrea Casale, Fabio Gridelli and Giorgio Tortarolo are leading the 41-boat fleet with a 3,1,2 score. Strong bora winds dominate the racecourse for day three of the…
With 25 knots on leaving the pontoon, quickly building, the Irish team had some fun on the way out to the race course…and Sean Donnelly shows off a max speed of 17.3 knots recorded on the Sailmon
The RS 21 World Championships have been a mixed bag for the MarineServices.ie racing team. Very light and fickle winds on day 1 saw two very light shifty races after a postponement onshore. The crew are new to the boat…
Competitors were challenged with tricky conditions on day one of the RS21 World Championships on the Vrgadski Kanal at Biograd Na Moru, Croatia
Day one of the RS21 World Championship at Biograd Na Moru, Croatia, saw a mid-fleet position for Ireland's sole entry Skippered by Kenny Rumball of Dun Laoghaire.  Having scored a 13 and then a 34 in the two races sailed,…

About the RS21 International One Design Class

The RS21 International One Design Class is a modern keelboat, which promoters say is 'responsibly designed with performance racing at its heart'.

The powerful rig and distinct chines are balanced by well-mannered boat handling and an ergonomic deck layout to ensure everyone on board has a vital role and ease of use.

The RS21 was developed with sustainability at the core of its design, not only in terms of materials but also considering the carbon footprint in the supply chain, a reduction in single-use plastics and a focus on efficient logistics.

The RS21 International One Design Class is growing from strength to strength, with fleets active over three continents and racing calendars that escalate each year, nationally and internationally. "Removing the arms race and ensuring epically close racing in the RS21 is the future of keelboat racing," said class aficionados.