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Class symbol
Designer Nick Peters & Alex Southon
Year 2001
Design One design
Crew 1
Trapeze Yes
Type Monohull
Construction Epoxy & GRP Foam Sandwich
Hull weight 123 lb (56 kg) (174 lb (79 kg) total sailing weight)
LOA 15 ft 5 in (4.70 m)
Beam 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) (7 ft 8 in (2.34 m) maximum beam with racks extended)
Hull appendages
Keel/board type Daggerboard
Rig type Carbon composite
Mainsail area 137 sq ft (12.7 m2)
Spinnaker area 166 sq ft (15.4 m2)
RYA PN 847
PHRF 73.3

The RS700 is a single-handed racing dinghy built by RS Racing and designed in 2000 by Nick Peters and Alex Southon as part of the RS series and built in 2001.[1] It is raced in many sailing clubs around Britain,[2] with a PY number of 850[3] and a D-PN of 73.3.[4]

Performance and design[edit]

The RS700 is regarded by many professionals, including German Contender champion Christian Brandt,[5] as the fastest and most user friendly skiff around, the magazine Yachts & Yachting has referred to it as being "simple but highly effective", the magazine also commented on the ease with which the spinnaker can be raised and lowered.[2] The RS700 has a trapeze, mainsail and an asymmetric spinnaker, but no jib.[6] The width of the wings on the RS700 are adjustable, meaning that the boat can be sailed by different sized sailors.[7]

Nick Peters, one of the designers has commented on the RS700 saying that, like all the previous dinghies in the RS series, it has a light hull and a huge sail area, but that it is conceptually very different from the RS600. Peters has also said that the RS700 can easily keep speed with the RS800.[8]


  1. ^ Dinghy Classes
  2. ^ a b Yachts & Yachting Group Test Archived 2010-10-25 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ "Portsmouth Number List 2016" (PDF). Royal Yachting Association. Retrieved 6 Dec 2016. 
  4. ^ "Centerboard Classes". US Sailing. Archived from the original on 16 August 2012. Retrieved 31 July 2012. 
  5. ^ RS Sailing
  6. ^ Superspars Archived 2008-12-03 at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ Caution Water
  8. ^ Living with the RS700 Archived 2008-12-03 at the Wayback Machine.

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