Welcome to the RS Elite Class Association

We are a highly active Class Association, run by Elite sailors and enjoying the close co-operation of RS Sailing.

And we’re a passionate bunch – most of us have sailed for years in all sorts of boats and now truly love racing our Elites. If close racing in a fast, exceptionally well-mannered keelboat with a highly sociable fleet lights your candle, welcome - you’re in the right place!

2017 is set to be another bumper year for the Elite fleet, with numbers growing in Strangford Lough, Hayling Island, the Isle of Wight and Burnham.  Added to this is a jam packed racing scene with three "Grand Slam" events and a further four open events or area championships.

Beautiful...to look at and sail, finger light steering in all conditions and masses of stability make the Elite a joy to sail.

"...a joy to sail"

Fast...so easily driven that consistently high speeds are achieved, both upwind and down - no high loads so perfect for both men and women of virtually all ages – rewards good sailors rather than the most physical teams.

"...fast, but without the
drama of high loads"

And Fun...some of the best racing on the keelboat scene - the fleet includes past champions and successful sailors from many other classes, attracted by close one-design competition and a performance level that takes everyone by surprise – highly tactical.

"...a performance level that takes
everyone by surprise"


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