RS introduces open sailmaker concept
RS Sailing has introduced an open sailmaker format for its RS21 class racing.
And while RS admits historically the open sailmaker format often leads to large increases in the cost of purchasing sails it hopes to address this with a new concept.
“At RS Sailing we understand that sailmakers are extremely influential and an important part of the community,” said Alex Newton-Southon, RS Sailing CEO – design and technologies. “From the independents to the big brands, we want to engage and welcome their involvement with the RS21 class.”
And he explained that while open manufacture has been decided on, Dimension-Polyant will provide a proprietary laminate sail cloth to licensed RS21 sailmakers at a fixed cost and there will be a set maximum retail price to the end user.
In addition, RS will provide sailmakers with detailed class rules and build specification for all sails.
Customers will pay a royalty fee to the RS21 class through the sailmaker which will be used for RS21 class for class activity.
In addition, a class review will be conducted every three years to allow design changes to be discussed and the class to evolve.
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