RG65 Class

The RG65 is a development class for 65 cm long radio controlled yachts which means that anything not mentioned in the rules is allowed. 
The simple rules are designed to encourage people to try new ideas at a modest cost.

Plus points for the class are:
  • Light weight around 1kg.
  • Compact enough to fit in a small car fully rigged.
  • No need for special heavy duty sail servos.
  • Hulls built in balsa wood are little heavier than expensive carbon fibre moldings.

Chris Jackson has been the main driving force for the development of the class in the UK through his ‘Free Sailing’ articles in the MMI magazine but has recently stepped down and been replaced by Mark Dicks as the UK Class Secretary and World Council Representative.

Contact the UK Class Association here

UK Sail numbers are assigned to members of the RG65 Class Association by the National Registrar. Registration and number allocation are free.

For membership and sail numbers, use the online Registration form.

B Fleet start at 2013 Natonals
Close racing at the 2013 National Championships

RG65 Class History

The beginnings of the RG65 can be traced back to the austerity of post war Argentina. In the early 1950’s Don Juan Gherzi created the G65 class which was 65cm in length, bread and butter hull construction and a free sailing rudder. This class became very popular in Buenos Aires at the Plaza Uruiza due to the ease with which they could be transported across the city by bus, tram or train.

In 1978 a group of enthusiasts lead by Raul Lando fitted radio equipment and the RG65 was born. In 1999 the present rules were written which offered a greater liberty by way of rig design, the maximum sail area increased to 2250cm2 and the maximum mast height to 110cm. In the same year the class was adopted by the South American Sailing Authority and the popularity of the class spread into Brazil and Chilie.

From South America the class has now spread into Europe (Especially France, Germany and Holland) and is now developing in North America.

Easy to Transport

One of the ideals for the RG65 class was to be able to transport the boat easily. As you can see below, a fully rigged boat fits easily inside a small hatchback (in this case a VW Lupo) without even folding the seats flat.

Easy to Transport - Fully rigged boat in the back of a VW Lupo

Recent News

  • Watermead Open 30th August - Report and Results
    Nine skippers faced the possibility of rain & light winds at Watermead on Sunday 30th August, however the wind was fair most of the time (5-6mph from the North) and the rain did not come through until we were almost finished, so a good day was had by all.
    Noel Donaldson & Roger Dunklin fought it out at the front of the fleet most of the day, with only 6 points separating the next 3 skippers.
    The final result after 14 races and two discards was, Noel Donaldson (29) with 13 points, Roger Dunklin (66) with 21 points, Wayne Stobbs (542) & Sid Hunt (129) joint 3rd with 45 points, Keith Jackson (27) with 51 points, Philip Hardy (293) with 83 points, Peter Wood (14) with 90 points & Peter Pulford with 96 points.
    Many thanks to Clive and all local club members and to those who travelled from Portsmouth and Milton Keynes for supporting the RG65 open events.
    Watch this web site over the next month or two when we will confirm the "RG65 Traveller series" for 2016, and the RG65 Nationals dates & Venue, so plenty of time to get the dates in your dairy.
    Please support this excellent class, and help it to grow in UK as it is worldwide.
    Posted 8 Sep 2015, 14:03 by RG NCA
  • New design from the US
    Bill Hagerup has posted up a new unnamed (suggestions welcome!) design on the "RG65 Mass Build" thread over on RCGroups. For more details go to post #289

    This is a good discussion to follow for anybody putting together their own boat, with info on everything from initial designs to getting a boat on the water, Full thread here
    Posted 8 Sep 2015, 14:00 by RG NCA
  • Last chance for Watermead Entries
    A quick reminder that entries for the Open event at Watermead on the 30th of August need to be in by the 27th. With 12 boats entered so far it is looking to be a good event.
    Posted 26 Aug 2015, 16:09 by RG NCA
  • Open Event - Watermead MBC, 30th August.
    After hosting the successful National Championships last month, Watermead MBC are back with the next RG65 Open on the 30th of August.

    Briefing 9:45, first race to start at 10:00, No race to start after 15:30, entry fee £4. Entries by email to Watermead MBC Racing Sec, Clive Bardell clive.bardell@ntlworld.com Can we have all entries by Thurs 27th August please, to allow the race team time to prepare.

    For directions and details of the club please see https://watermeadmodelboatclub.wordpress.com/
    Posted 17 Jul 2015, 03:16 by RG NCA
  • Fonix - Taylor Made Yachts
    John Taylor has updated his website with more details of his new RG65 design - the Fonix. The prototypes were first seen at the recent RG65 Nationals, see report below. For more details visit his website at http://www.taylormadeyachts.com/page7.htm
    Posted 17 Jul 2015, 03:02 by RG NCA
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Clubs regularly sailing RG65s:

Kingsbury Water Park MBC near Tamworth - KWPMBC 
Springbok Mariners at Alford Surrey - SMMBC
ROFWAC at Wilton Park, Batley - ROFWAC
Watermead Model Boat Club, Aylesbury - WMBC
Huntingdon Radio Yacht Club, Huntingdon - HRYC
Woking Model Yacht Club, Woking - WMYC
Two Islands Radio Yacht Club, Milton Keynes - TIRYC
Knightcotes Model Boat Club, Warwickshire. KMBC
Birmingham Model Yacht Club, West Midlands. BMYC
Keighley & DMES, Yorkshire. K&DMES

Clubs with Dragon Force One Design fleets:

Portsmouth Model Yacht Racing Club at Canoe Lake, Portsmouth
Llandudno Model Yacht Club
, N Wales. LMYC
Coal House Fort Model Yacht Club, Essex. CFMBC
Swanley Model Yacht Club, Swanley, Kent - SMYC
Eastbourne & District Model Yacht Club, East Sussex - EDMYC
Furness Model Boat Club, Barrow in Furness, Cumbria - FMBC

If your club has a
fleet, let us know here.