This site uses cookies to provide you with a more responsive and personalised service. By agreeinging to this statement you consent for us to use cookies that ensure the marketing we do is relevant to you. Please read our cookie notice for more information on the cookies we use and how to delete or block them.

The RS 400 - A Modern Classic and growing Island Barn Fleet

  • We now have 6 RS400s at Island barn who sail regularly,  with others interested in the boat.  Please speak to Douglas Clow  (email douglasclow1@gmail.com) if you are interested in joining the fleet, or even crewing.

    Nothing matches the RS400s balanced and responsive handling, its good manners in big breeze and the excitement of asymmetric racing in big fleets. Great sailing that delivers every time – In light winds and strong. One of the success stories of modern racing classes, the RS400 has built many club racing fleets, a vibrant sponsored racing circuit and some of the most competitive championships at stunning venues – With a serious social scene to match.

    Beautiful handling – Great racing

    The design is the result of Phil Morrison’s years of experience – The perfect blend of speed, manoeuvrability and good manners. Vice free and a real joy to sail, the RS400 delivers superb racing at club, circuit and championship level. The rig is highly adjustable with excellent power control and, when coupled with the high volume hull, these features allow a wide competitive crew weight range.

    Designed for ease and control

    The interior layout is simple and efficient. Principle controls are led to either side of the boat, so that the helm or crew can “change gear” without losing speed. The open transom allows the RS400 to largely self-drain after a capsize and the built in self bailer clears remaining water. Pivoting foils make life easy for launching and recovery. Nothing matches the RS400 balanced and responsive handling, its good manners in big breeze & the excitement of asymmetric racing in big fleets. Great sailing that delivers every time – In light winds and strong. The lightweight mast uses a specially developed section and adjustable spreaders – These and a deck level mast bend screw give excellent control. Rake and sideways bend are instantly variable via the jib halyard led back to the cockpit.

    Pleasure without the pain

    The ergonomic hull and adjustable toestraps make hiking more comfortable while the wide beam gives the leverage required for high performance. The twin sitting out configuration allows the heavier team member to be equally competitive as the helm or the crew. The cockpit is deep and the thwart is comfy for the crew in light winds. The asymmetric spinnaker is easy to use, fast, fun and highly tactical with an evolutionary bowsprit which can be canted to windward, allowing the RS400 to sail very fast at virtually any downwind angle, across the wind range.

    Long lasting durability

    The RS400 hull is built using a Vinylester GRP foam sandwich construction for light weight, stiffness and a long competitive life. Both the main and jib are fully battened to stabilise the shape, reduce flogging and extend the life of the sail. All the fittings are of the highest available quality.

    COVID Guidance    find out more