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Twenty Years of the RS800 | 1999 - 2019

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Just having a look back through previous events and with 37 entered for the nationals with still a few weeks to go it seems like 2019 might be first year since 2008 that the 800s have had more than 40 boats at their nationals and Europeans. 

But what struck me most was how successful the class was right off the bat. The boat only came out in 1999, but by 2002 they had 62 boats at the nationals and 42 in Garda. Truly remarkable and not the sort of growth you could imagine today. 

Obviously at the outset of a class more people have recently bough a new boat, so the chances are they're also keen to do events, whereas today there a greater second hand market and probably more boats are kept as fun things to be sailed a handful of times a year. But I still find it incredible to imagine! 
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Mmm, but look at the sort of numbers all the trapeze classes could attract in those days compared to now.
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Originally posted by mozzy


But what struck me most was how successful the class was right off the bat. The boat only came out in 1999, but by 2002 they had 62 boats at the nationals and 42 in Garda. Truly remarkable and not the sort of growth you could imagine today. 



That is interesting - I was trying to work out how to measure success for the H2. We have our third Nationals coming up in September with 21 boats registered which I guess is not bad if you consider that the RS800 with all the marketing might of RS and the popularity of twin trap skiffs in early 2000 resulted in 60+boats at the third nationals! Thanks for giving me a benchmark
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Originally posted by mozzy


But what struck me most was how successful the class was right off the bat. The boat only came out in 1999, but by 2002 they had 62 boats at the nationals and 42 in Garda. Truly remarkable and not the sort of growth you could imagine today. 



That is interesting - I was trying to work out how to measure success for the H2. We have our third Nationals coming up in September with 21 boats registered which I guess is not bad if you consider that the RS800 with all the marketing might of RS and the popularity of twin trap skiffs in early 2000 resulted in 60+boats at the third nationals! Thanks for giving me a benchmark

The D-Zeros are a couple of years further down the road from the H2 so might be an interesting comparison. 
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Originally posted by mozzy


But what struck me most was how successful the class was right off the bat. The boat only came out in 1999, but by 2002 they had 62 boats at the nationals and 42 in Garda. Truly remarkable and not the sort of growth you could imagine today. 



That is interesting - I was trying to work out how to measure success for the H2. We have our third Nationals coming up in September with 21 boats registered which I guess is not bad if you consider that the RS800 with all the marketing might of RS and the popularity of twin trap skiffs in early 2000 resulted in 60+boats at the third nationals! Thanks for giving me a benchmark

The D-Zeros are a couple of years further down the road from the H2 so might be an interesting comparison. 

Yep - the dzero is a good comparison, especially as it shows the importance of a well funded distribution and marketing function in a boats ramp up. The H2 has been organic growth, a kind way of saying no real marketing but just relied upon word of mouth and for owners to advocate to others which inevitably is slower than what RS (Aero) or devoti can do!
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