RS Sailing and the RS500 Class Association are aiming to mobilise the RS500 club fleets this year, and tempt new sailors to the class. Dinghy show sales and enquiries certainly suggested a renewed interest in the class, and RS Sailing are supporting the initiative with charter boats available for training and the Nationals.
The key events for 2016 are:
9-10 April – Training, Northampton Sailing Club (Pitsford Reservoir).
A great chance to get to know the boat, ask all those rigging, tuning and boat handling questions and really interrogate a couple of great RS 500 sailors, as well as have a sail with other RS500’s.
Tim Wilkins (previous RS500 World, European and National Championship will be leading the coaching team supported by Debbie Darling (Olympian in 470’s) and hopefully Chris Tuckett (top RS500 crew, current European Champion and top 10 in the Worlds).
There is lots of local accommodation and camping facilities are available.
There will be some charter boats available for this event at a low cost. The Class Association also have access to other boats that can be lent out for a small charge to cover insurance.
17-19 June – National Championships, Lymington Town Sailing Club.
A number of European Sailors are planning to join the UK fleet in at Lymington TSC in preparation for the Worlds at this venue in 2017. The fleet committee are working to encourage as many of the UK boats as possible to enter, to deliver the best quality racing at the front f the fleet and to develop a support structure for those new to the boat.
Again charter boats from RS and other boats to borrow will be available. Please contact Jane or Tim in the first instance to arrange.
25-29 July – World Championships, Travelmunde.
The RS 500’s are joining the other RS classes for this amazing regatta. It really is a great experience with lots of fun to be had both on and off the water. We expect well over 70 boats to attend this Championships, which is likely to attract RS500 sailors froma cross Europe and beyond..
The European RS Co-ordinator has charter boats available for this event.