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of the class in the UK through his ‘Free Sailing’ articles in the MMI magazine but has recently stepped down and been replaced by Mark Dicks as the UK Class Secretary and World Council Representative.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

  • 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
  • 2015 Nationals results and photos.
    Saturday started well with 23 sailors completing registration and getting the seeding races underway in good time. The weather was sunny but with south westerly wind funneling up from the bottom corner of the lake, making it tricky to set a windward leg parallel to the control area on the bank. With a slight extension to the day, 11 races were held in to total.  At the end of the day Brad Gibson was in a good position at the top of the leader board with John Tushingham and Ken Binks not far behind.

    Saturday night entertainment was curtesy of a buffet dinner at the Phoenix restaurant which is handily right on the lakeside.

    Sunday started a bit grey and damp but steadily got brighter with the sun finally coming for the presentations. The wind was stronger but still from same direction, most boats on to B rigs by the lunch break but some frantic rig swapping between heats later in afternoon as the weather improved. Wrong rig choice and unlucky shifts at the top end to the windward legs meant that a few big names ended down in B fleet for a time before bouncing back up again. We were also treated to a impromptu fly-past by the Avro Vulcan and Catalina flying boat.

    In the end Brad Gibson dominated the racing scoring 27 points from 21 races with his new design Electrionca built by James Edward of Robot Yachts, who sailed his own Electronica into 8th place. John Tushingham with a Mark Dicks designed Sliver was second with 66 points. Ken Binks sailing an Argon was third with 82 points. Jorge Camilo from Portugal sailed his Argon in to 4 and rounding out the trophies, Mark Dicks, with his Mk2 Sliver came 5th. Full Results are attached below.

    As well as the Electronica and Mk 2 Sliver, another new design at the weekend was John Taylor's Fonix, two boats were racing, both with slightly different setups to decide on the final production specifications.

    Big thanks to Clive Bardell and all of the team at Watermead MBC for the excellent organization even in the drizzle on Sunday morning.

    A link to Sue Brown's excellent photos is here
    Posted 30 Jun 2015, 13:56 by RG NCA
  • Report from Lincoln Open
    There is a report on the recent RG65 Open at Lincoln Model Yacht Club on their website. From a fleet of 8 competitors Mark Dicks took the day with 9 wins from 16 races.

    Posted 30 Jun 2015, 13:23 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.