RS Vareo

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RS Vareo
DesignerPhil Morrison
ConstructionPolyester GRP with Coremat
Hull weight155 lb (70 kg) (205 lb (93 kg) total sailing weight)
LOA14 ft 0 in (4.27 m)
Beam5 ft 2 in (1.57 m)
Hull appendages
Keel/board typeDaggerboard
Rig typeComposite top and alloy lower mast
Mainsail areaFun sail - 85 sq ft (7.9 m2)
Competition sail - 94 sq ft (8.7 m2)
Spinnaker area107 sq ft (9.9 m2)
RYA PN1085

The RS Vareo is a modern, single-handed sailing dinghy raced throughout the UK at both club and national level. The RS Vareo is a hiking singlehander with an asymmetric spinnaker.[1]

Fleets have grown throughout the UK and a racing circuit has been developed by the RS Association with sponsored events & championships. The GUL RS Vareo National Championships saw a record fleet of 47 competing at Netley SC in July 2007.[2]

Performance and design[edit]

The RS Vareo has a PY of 1085, making it a little faster than the Laser dinghy in the RYA scheme.[3]

However its D-PN is slower than that of a Laser, at 92.7.[4] The boat is characterised in having good stability up and downwind, well-mannered handling and enough room in the cockpit to take a friend out when not racing. The addition of the spinnaker ensures the boat is far more exciting & exhilarating than a conventional monohull.

Without the complications of a trapeze, the handling characteristics allow a broad range of sailors get the most out of their time on the water; without the challenges and pitfalls of a faster asymmetric single hander.[5]


  1. ^ Yachts & Yachting Archived 2011-09-09 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ UK RS Association
  3. ^ "Portsmouth Number List 2012". Royal Yachting Association. Retrieved 31 July 2012.
  4. ^ "Centerboard Classes". US Sailing. Archived from the original on 16 August 2012. Retrieved 31 July 2012.
  5. ^ RS Sailing South Africa Archived 2012-03-04 at the Wayback Machine

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