Going Global?

We catch up with the RS classes
In just over a week sailors from all RS classes will be meeting up in Hayling Island to take part in the RS 14th Anniversary regatta. The regatta takes place every year in Hayling and is a huge get together of RS sailors for sailing and partying in the early part of the UK season. With RS’ parent company LDC being based in the UK and the RS range being mostly sailed within the confines of the UK, this typically marks the start of a busy season for the company as the year kicks off properly. However, with a number of classes now being taken up overseas this year could well be the last that Managing Director, Martin Wadhams gets a bit of a break over winter. Perhaps the two classes that have taken off most successfully in the last few years are from the youth range of RSes. The RS Feva in particular has seen some massive expansion and after achieving ISAF-recognised status and holding its first World Championships last season, the boat was awarded ISAF International status at the ISAF Annual Meeting in November. This spreading global presence has led RS to appoint new dealers in both Australasia and North America. “[The Feva] is spreading strongly and the new dealers in that part of the world are quite big steps for us or at least they will be - they are still getting their set-ups underway at the moment,” confirms Wadhams. “They are key sailing areas obviously and ones we were not strongly represented in, in the past.” Clearly the Feva has been changing this and, as well as being given ISAF International status it has been incorporated into the Australian youth program, will feature in their Youth Nationals and has recently been selected as one of the boats