RS 800

Ultimate sailing - remarkable ease. The RS800 is a fantastic skiff that will enable thousands of sailors, men and women, to experience the thrill of real high performance sailing. 

During RS800 development we tested the boundaries in many elements of small boat design. The result is a boat that delivers the kind of performance most sailboat racers dream about. Yet, by minimising weight and drag, the RS800 is powered to astonishing speeds using a relatively small rig that is light and remarkably easy to handle.


  • Long and narrow on the waterline, to reduce the drag.
  • Flared topsides give reserve buoyancy for easier handling.
  • Large, carefully positioned kick blocks make the transition from cockpit to trapeze very easy.
  • Cockpit design offers the helmsman a secure steering position from which to initiate manoeuvres.
  • Large spinnaker chute forward of the jib tack for fast hoists and drops with minimum loads.
  • Incredibly light 62kg hull weight. Ready to sail the whole outfit is a staggering 110kg light.
  • High tech construction system uses the tried, tested and immensely strong RS epoxy foam sandwich system.


  • Daggerboard for low drag efficiency.
  • Lifting rudder for easy launch and recovery.
  • Sophisticated GRP sandwich construction gives strong, light, high performance foils 


  • Carbon composite mast - very light and the flexible top section delivers excellent gust response.
  • Sealed mast to reduce the tendency for the boat to invert when capsized.
  • Mainsail and jib are built from ultra light, strong and high visibility mylar / kevlar laminate.
  • Only the top two mainsail battens are full length, to create a light and forgiving rig.
  • Self tacking jib ensures easy manoeuvres, especially offwind.
  • Asymmetric spinnaker design with relatively short foot to minimise sheet loads and a high clew to aid visibility.



Designer Phil Morrison
Length 4.8m
Beam 1.88-2.89m
Hull Weight 62kg
Sailing Weight 110kg
Hull Epoxy GRP foam sandwich
Spars Carbon composite mast. Aluminium alloy boom. Composite bowsprit.
Sails Mylar / kevlar semi battened mainsail. Fully battened jib. Twin patch radial cut spinnaker.
Foils Daggerboard and lifting rudder. GRP foam sandwich.