The 3.64m long and 1.42m wide RS Feva has been the world’s best selling 2-person youth sailboat in it’s market sector ever since it made it’s debut in 2003, with more than 7,000 boats distributed to users in over 60 countries. This rapid growth in popularity enabled the RS Feva to become the dominant 2-person boat of it’s size.
The RS Feva cemented it’s impact on the global youth sailing scene in 2005, with the announcement that it had been awarded International Class status by the sports governing body, ISAF (now World Sailing), a clear statement that it was a sailboat to be taken seriously while the ethos of the RS Feva Class Association remained firmly all about providing fun activities for the youngsters involved with the boat, both on and off the water!
The RS Feva sailboat has been selected and integrated into the performance development programs of many National Sailing Federations around the world as the preferred choice of 2-person youth sailboat class. The RS Feva is seen by many involved with delivering these sailing programs as best fitting the needs of young sailors that are making their way up through a Participation-oriented Pathway at the point where ‘junior’ sailors have finished sailing the RS Tera or similarly sized one-person sailboats, and before the point that these sailors move on to more performance 2-person ‘youth’ classes of sailboat.
With it’s rotomoulded construction providing extra durability over other boat produced from less hard-wearing materials such as GRP, the Feva is perfect for this transitional phase of performance sailor development as it provides a more forgiving platform. Unlike the sailboats which form the next part of the pathway, sailors can learn from their mistakes in the RS Feva without their mistakes costing lots of money to repair, leaving sailing programs to invest more funds in developing the skills of their sailors through exposure to high-performacne coaching and not in the constant replacement of expensive, fragile boats unsuited to the experience level of the sailors using them.
The most common progression for sailors leaving the RS Feva class is that they move into the 29er or International 420, with the Feva having provided a suitable training ground for learning the teamwork and spinnaker handling skills required in larger, more powerful boats. RS Feva sailors have gone on to be successful at a number of international events producing both male and female Youth Sailing World Championship winners and Class-specific World Champions in the 29er and 420 classes.
The RS Feva has been very successful at national and international level in attracting and retaining female sailors in the class. On average, the RS Feva has managed a 50/50 gender balanced participation demographic at its major events, something that many other classes of sailboat struggle to achieve.
The RS Feva was chosen by the Bermuda-based America’s Cup Endeavour Program sailboat to deliver sail training activities for young sailors from the local community
It was also used by the Endeavour Program as the 2-person class for a regatta event featuring sailors selected from overseas nations, racing in a ‘Stadium Sailing’ format infront of crowds of people who had gathered in Bermuda to watch the Americas Cup finals. For this, RS Sailing commissioned custom sails and added hull graphics to the boats
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