RS Aero sailing

Class History

Everything about this 13-foot singlehander shouts forward thinking and 21st century technology. The smartly-designed and superbly crafted epoxy sandwich/carbon hull weighs just a mind-boggling 66 lb. A choice of carbon rigs ensures this quick-planning dinghy is fast and huge fun to sail, no matter the weight and size of the crew. A self-bailing cockpit removes excess water, while U-section gunwales make it easy to right after capsizing. With RS Aeros sailing in 41 countries, the class gained World Sailing status only 18 months after launch. RS Aero sailplan

Boat Specifications

LOA: 14 m (13'2")
Beam: 1.4 m (4'7")
Hull Weight: 30 kg (66 lb)

RS Aero


49er2149 - 40mm T2 block404 - 16mm single block348 - 29mm Carbo fixed head block404 - 16mm single block2650 - 40mm Carbo fixed head block405 - 16mm single becket block2698 - 18mm T2 block406 - 16mm double block2158 - 18mm T2 double block2649 - 40/29mm Carbo traveler block2135 - 57mm Carbo ratchet block

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Mainsheet System

2135 - 57mm Carbo ratchetThe 4:1 mainsheet is centered on the boom with a 40 mm traveler block on a rope bridal that spans the cockpit directly in front of the 57 mm ratchet block. A pair of 40 mm T2 Loop blocks is secured onto the boom for the lightest, knot free attachment. When the breeze softens, untie the knot on the traveler block to go from 4:1 to 3:1 for quicker sheeting.


2158 - 18mm T2 double blockThe double-ended cunningham uses two 18 mm Fly doubles and one 18 mm single for a strong, light, and easily rigged/unrigged system. To rig, pass the tail end of the cunningham line through the grommet on the sail and tie a knot on the opposite side of the gooseneck. The 8:1 system is easily adjusted from a full hike.


The center lead vang's 16:1 purchase is made up of 18 mm Fly blocks and 16 mm stainless steel blocks, providing lots of power in a small package. The various Aero rigs require slightly different vang line lengths. Lines can usually be tightened/loosened by altering the length of the strop at the bottom of the mast.

  • United States
  • Australia
  • France
  • Italia
  • New Zealand
  • Polska
  • Sverige
  • UK