RS Vareo

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RS Vareo
Designer Phil Morrison
Year 2001
Crew 1
Type Monohull
Construction Polyester GRP with Coremat
Hull weight 155 lb (70 kg) (205 lb (93 kg) total sailing weight)
LOA 14 ft 0 in (4.27 m)
Beam 5 ft 2 in (1.57 m)
Hull Appendages
Keel/Board Type Daggerboard
Rig Type Composite top and alloy lower mast
Mainsail area Fun sail - 85 sq ft (7.9 m2)
Competition sail - 94 sq ft (8.7 m2)
Spinnaker area 107 sq ft (9.9 m2)
D-PN 92.7
RYA PN 1051

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 1051, making it significantly 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
  2. ^ UK RS Association
  3. ^ "Portsmouth Number List 2012". Royal Yachting Association. Retrieved 31 July 2012. 
  4. ^ "Centerboard Classes". US Sailing. Retrieved 31 July 2012. 
  5. ^ RS Sailing South Africa

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