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Irish RS400 & RS200 Inland Championships at Killaloe Sailing Club - Preview

by Barry McCartin 20 Sep 10:47 PDT 8-9 October 2022
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In a year that Ireland has hosted the 505, GP14, Fireball, SB20 World championships through 2022; some classes have had a quieter year. However, the RS fleet has seen some resurgence with boats changing hands quickly already in late summer/autumn with sailors joining fleet for first time and some coming back to join the fleet after a year or two away.

Why sail RS? RS a forward-thinking sailboat manufacturer, the boats are light, fast and fun, sure to put a smile on your face and a thrill for sailing. The RS Aero has transformed the game while RS200 numbers thrive as youth/lighter teams come through with as many as 180 boats at UK Nats in Hayling Island August-2022. The RS400 is the original "modern classic" RS boat. It has a wide weight range that combines power and speed with an asymmetric at an affordable price!

Just take a look at this video from the Irish RS400 Nationals this year (in champagne conditions in Ballyholme

The Irish RS fleet is scheduled to have the final event of the year 8/9 October in the brand new clubhouse of Killaloe SC, Co. Clare for the RS200/400 Inlands. The club already has an established RS fleet, with many more coming from strongholds of Greystones, Blessington and across Northern Ireland expected to travel.

Signup is available for anyone thinking of coming: www.killaloesailingclub.com/rs-inlands-2022

NOR, Entry Page, SI's and Whatsapp Group all listed on that page with some suggestions for places to stay while Camping etc will be available at the club.

For those not yet with a boat but interested in joining the class, there is an Irish Crew Union facebook page below (anyone interested can join) and Class website here: www.rsireland.com

Irish RS200 / RS400 Dinghy Crews' Union (facebook page): www.facebook.com/groups/412080215518344

The Irish RS AGM is to be scheduled at the end of October and will decide Irish events for 2023 so more to follow...

Already confirmed for 2023 is RS400 Eurocup is the epic venue of Torbole, Lake Garda 29 May-2nd June and UK Nationals Mounts Bay SC 31st July-4th Aug with the same event strongly rumoured to be coming back to Northern Ireland in 2025 - so stay tuned and join the wolfpack!

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