What a year it’s been! With the world being impacted by the coronavirus outbreak when it first started at the end of March by lockdowns for most of the spring months. We were fortunate that the coronavirus restrictions in Bermuda allowed us to begin to operate from July under a 2 metre social distance, temperature checks and enhanced hygiene cleaning inline with Bermuda Government Guidelines.
We purchased Bermuda’s first fleet of 6 RS Zests back in December 2019 which arrived in January ready for our oversees holiday bookings. Little did we know that the covid-19 situation would cause the world to go into lockdown.
The RS Zest is a must for all especially for clubs and training centres looking to keep participation numbers high.
The RS Zest designed by RS Sailing is the latest up to date training single hander boat since the RS Quba or the Laser Pico. It has the capability to take up to 3 persons. The RS Zest can easily be converted into a rowing boat for those light wind days with the rowing pack. Did you know? Rowing is the only sport in the world that you face backwards when going forwards.
Over the last season at U Sail Bermuda Sailing Centre which is a recognised training centre by the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) on Harrington Sound, an enclosed body of water with no commercial traffic, we have used our 6 RS Zest dinghies as our most used and popular sailing dinghy boats 6 days out of 7 days for 5 straight months.
Thomas Penruddocke Activities Director, says the “RS Zest is one of the simplest and yet easiest training dinghies to get someone who has never stepped foot on the water to be able to sail across the wind in less than a 2 hour sailing taster session. “
But after the season ended our 6 RS Zests are now on route to the Turks and Caicos Islands where they will find their new home based at the Provo Sailing Academy. The 6 RS Zests will keep them going with their year round sailing program and the exciting new community sailing program for 2021 in Providenciales, started by the Provo Sailing Academy for those youth that were affected by Hurricane Irma and unable to sail with the support of the Andrew Simpson Foundation to help grow it further.
We cannot wait for the Provo Sailing Academy to be unloading the boats in Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands in early January and putting them to great use out on the water, just as we did here in Bermuda.
We have purchased a new fleet of RS Zests arriving in Bermuda at the beginning of March ready for the 2021 season to begin.