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of the class in the UK through his ‘Free Sailing’ articles in the MMI magazine but has recently stepped down and been replaced by Mark Dicks as the UK Class Secretary and World Council Representative.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

  • 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
  • Travellers Series Round 6 - Report and Results

    Twenty-two skippers entered this round six RG65 class, one day event at Two Islands, Milton Keynes. The weather was warm, dry and wind variable between 6-8 mph from the west / southwest. Race officer Peter Shepherd and his helpers from the local club did an excellent job setting the course keeping things in order in an efficient but always good humoured manner. A total of 17 races where completed sailing all 22 boats in one fleet. 


    It is to the credit of all skippers that no major issues occurred throughout the day, all skippers sailed competitively but with skill and respect for the rules of sailing and respect for the other skippers sailing.


    Sailing was very close all day, Phil Holliday having the better morning but John Tushingham the better afternoon and finished in first place with Phil second and Noel Donaldson in third. The rest of the fleet where all very close behind.


    Everyone had an enjoyable day in very pleasant surroundings, and although the range of skills and experience was quite broad and the variety of boat designs very varied the sailing was very close throughout the day.

    Full results are below


    Next event is Traveller Series Seven at Dachet Water near Heathrow Airport London on 3rd September, it should be another great day

    Posted 29 Aug 2016, 03:29 by RG NCA
  • Travellers Series Round 6 - Two Islands - Update
    There is still just time to get your entry in for the next Travellers series event at Two Islands MYC in Milton Keynes on the 16th. 15 skippers are already registered, including all the top contenders for the 2016 UK Class Champion Trophy. With the forecast predicting dry weather and 10-12 mph winds it should be a great days racing. For more details see here.
    Posted 10 Aug 2016, 14:14 by RG NCA
  • Travellers Series Round 6 - Two Islands - Reminder
    Just a quick reminder about the next event in the 2016 Travellers series at Two Islands Model Yacht Club in Milton Keynes, just two weeks away on the 13th August. Details here. Book your entry now using the MYA online form here. 

    For more information about Two Islands MYC, their website is here.
    Posted 1 Aug 2016, 07:51 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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