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of the class in the UK through his ‘Free Sailing’ articles in the MMI magazine but has recently stepped down and been replaced by Mark Dicks as the UK Class Secretary and World Council Representative.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

  • Travellers Series Round 8 - Results
    14 skippers turned up at the Valley Parkway in Bournville for the final event in the 2016 Travellers series. The weather was mainly fair, even warm at times with a steadily strengthening but occasionally fluky breeze from the north. A course was set using the whole length of the lake with the usual Bournville puffs and holes providing some fun especially on the far side of the lake. The racing was close at times with the small size of the lake and the proximity of the boats allowing some very fine passes. Mark Dicks and (recently returned from the Marblehead Worlds) Phil Holliday traded first and second place over the 17 races with Mark coming out 4 points ahead to win the day. Nigel Brown managed to take third, one point ahead Wayne Stobbs. Full results below.

    This was also the concluding event for the UK class champion trophy and after some frantic calculations after the end of racing, Phil Holliday was declared the winner, with 429 points over the series, just ahead of Mark Dicks on 416.

    Congratulations to Mark and Phil and a big thanks to the crew from both Bournville and Watermead for providing a very agreeable days sailing and plenty of hot drinks when the sun went in. A special mention needs to go to Luke Johnson who was entering his first competition and his sister who was manning the starting tape and keeping the race team in order.

    Planning is already well under way for next years series, dates will be posted up here when confirmed.

    Posted 8 Oct 2016, 12:42 by RG NCA
  • Travellers Series Round 8 - New Date and Location.
    Due to the building work that is going on at Watermead the final travelers series event has been moved to Bournville RSMBC and to make sure the skippers get a full day on the water it has also moved forward one day to Saturday 8th October.

    As the last event of the season, lets make an effort for a good turnout, it will be good to see some familiar faces from previous events as well as as well as some new ones from the Midlands Region. Bournville can provide some challenging sailing and expect close racing at all levels of the field. 

    The NOR is attached, all entries to Noel Donaldson at race@rg65.org.uk or on the MYA online entry (when available) 

    This race is also the decider for the 2016 Class Champion Trophy. After Round 7 at Datchet, Phil Holiday is in the lead having leapfrogged Noel Donaldson and Mark Dicks who were both absent. Nigel Brown also moved ahead of John Tushingham into 4 place. With Phil away on other sailing commitments in October it looks like it will be Noel and Mark fighting it out for the trophy at Bournville

    The full table is here

    Posted 20 Sep 2016, 15:17 by RG NCA
  • Travellers Series Round 7 - Datchet Water - Report and Results
    Report in from the team at Datchet:

    Datchet Water welcomed the RG65 Travellers series to its open water venue, 6 skippers turned up to experience wind and waves at Datchet. John Shorrock and Hugh McAdoo set the course with a control area being from the end of the pontoon along the entire length of the slipway and part of the north car park with a windward leeward course and the start line set about a 1/3 up the course they also provided boat cover for rescue of boats as and when.

    For some the waves proved a little tricky but once they got used to tacking over and surfing the waves on a run some very close and competitive racing was had by all. Datchet was very impressed with these boats and how well they sailed. Little mini me of the Marblehead world so no surprises on how well they sailed.

    From the first race it was evident that local skipper Phil Holliday was going to make his mark and placed his gauntlet down taking the first of 6 races one after the other, David of Eastbourne and Nigel of Gosport were also making their mark on the race totals with some steady consistent sailing. after 9 races Phil holiday had a convincing lead on 7 points with Nigel Brown in second place on 16 points.

    The Fleet adjourned for lunch after 9 races to have some of the local fare ate the DW café. after a break of an hour the fleet resumed the racing, however Nigel Brown had other ideas on Phil taking the honours with 1 & 2 being recorded throughout the remaining 7 races, at the close of the racing after 16 races the rain was settling in and it was agreed to finish the days excellent racing and adjourn to the café for a beer, tea or coffee while the final races were calculated.

    Datchet thanked all skippers for taking part in this event and whilst numbers were low all enjoyed themselves with some very good, excellent racing and attitude on the water. Top prizes went to 1st & 2nd but all was given a Datchet Water Sailing Club mug for a keepsake.

    Full results below

    Posted 9 Sep 2016, 10:58 by RG NCA
  • UK Class Champion Trophy Update
    After round six of the Travellers Series at Two Islands, things are getting close at the top on the rankings for the 2016 UK Class Champion Trophy. Only 4 points separate the first three places with Noel Donaldson just in the lead, ahead of Mark Dicks and Phil Holiday. The only skipper get a discard so far Noel's attendance and consistency have kept him ahead, however as he is going to miss round 7 at Datchet Water things could all change.

    Current UK National Champion John Tushingham is currently in 4th place but having won or come second at the 4 events he has made it to so far, a visit to either of the last two events could bag him both prizes this year.

    Top 6 positions below with the full table here

    1 Noel Donaldson 29 Watermead 397
    2 Mark Dicks 6 Clapham 395
    3 Phil Holiday 66 Datchet Water 393
    4 John Tushingham 51 Keighley 370
    5 Nigel Brown 55 Gosport 312
    6 Ken Binks 83 Eastbourne 254
    Posted 29 Aug 2016, 05:55 by RG NCA
  • Travellers Series Round 7 - Datchet Water - 3rd Sept
    Late call for Round 7 of the 2016 Travellers Series at Datchet Water near Heathrow. This is the first RG65 Open at this venue so lets make it a good one. The club's website is here. The NOR is attached below and the link to the online entry form is here.

    Posted 29 Aug 2016, 02:53 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

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