RS21 Class Association
‘5 O’clock Somewhere’ from Great Britain to join the 2022 RS21 World Championship
5 O'clock Somewhere | GBR 284

Four days of racing will see top sailors compete for the overall trophy with daily prizegiving and socials. An opportunity for champions and sailors from around the world to rub shoulders, share tips and encourage heated racing on the water. The RS21 is known for not only it’s performance but also, it’s fiercely close racing. There will be teams that have sailed together, and some that haven’t. Just know that on the water, everyone will be on the same playing field, and fair racing is at the core of this event.

With entries rising from different nations, we spoke to Nigel Rolfe, GBR 284 to find out more about his team and why they have decided to participate in the inaugural RS21 World Championship. Here’s what he said.

“Why we decide to own a RS21?  In simple terms what sold us the boat was great venues, great sailing and great socials. Yes we are very fortunate in experiencing the Italian RS21 circuit and events should be run. If this template is rolled out as a class standard around the world it will make the RS21 legendary! We are hoping Croatia lives up to this ethos.

The team is made up a father son pairing in Ben and Nigel Rolfe. Ben the younger of the two is an ex-RS Aero 9 UK National Champion, whilst dad is a leading Master also in the UK RS Aero class. They are joined by fellow club member and RS Aero sailor Peter Chaplin. Peter grew up as a top Enterprise sailor back in the day before moving to sport boats and finally the RS Aero. The trio have sailed against each other for many years enjoying high quality racing and great social events hence the team name was obvious- “5 O’clock somewhere”. Apart from sailing the trio can also be found at Gloucester Rugby events (the bar!).

For Croatia, the team is joined by Emma Hivey who is a highly experienced sport boat and RS200 sailor. We are delighted to have her with us for the first RS21 World Championship.”

The atmosphere is growing tense, competition is high and we can’t wait to see who will earn the title, RS21 World Champion. Don’t miss out and enter now.

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