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of the class in the UK through his ‘Free Sailing’ articles in the MMI magazine but has recently stepped down and been replaced by Mark Dicks as the UK Class Secretary and World Council Representative.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

  • RG65 Open - 20th June at Lincoln MYC
    The next RG65 open event is coming up at Lincoln MYC on the Saturday the 20th June. This will be a good chance for a shake down sail before the RG65 Nationals the next week. It also links in with their DF65 series the next day so any DF65 sailors are welcome at both. For more details see the club website https://lincolnmodelyachtclub.wordpress.com/

    Posted by RG NCA
  • European Masters 22nd - 24th May
    A total of eight GBR skippers are heading to Normandy in France for the 2015 European Masters. They make up the second biggest group after the home nation. This is a truly international event with entries from seven countries across Europe.

    More details on the event website Euro Masters. There will be updates during the event on twitter @RG65France or rg65 Facebook group and hopefully a full report here when they get back.

    Posted by RG NCA
  • Another new design at the Nationals
    John Taylor of Taylor Made Yachts  will be sailing his new Fonix design at the upcoming RG65 Nationals. The mould for this new boat was seen at the 2014 MYA trade show and continues the trend of narrow beam and a high bow for downwind performance. It will be interesting to see this up against Brad Gibson's Electronica and Mark Dicks' latest Sliver.

    There is still plenty for time to get your entry in for what will be a great weekends racing at Watermead. Please submit your entry as soon as possible as this will help the organising club plan for the event and social evening. Entry form here.. 2015 Nationals

    Posted by Matt Riley
  • Woodspring Open - Results

    Eight skippers had an excellent days sailing at Woodspring's very pleasant lake overlooking the Bristol channel. No rain all day & steadily increasing westerly winds made ideal sailing conditions.

    The eventual winner was James Edwards with his brand new Brad Gibson design Electronica, but Mark Dicks' mark II Sliver & the two Argons of Phil Holiday and Noel Donaldson where always closely in contention. The DF's performed well especially as the wind increased.

    With the RG65 Europeans only two weeks away many settings were tried and this proved to be ideal conditions for experimenting with new ideas.

    Eighteen races were completed, all expertly managed by Sarah and her club support team, this was much appreciated by all the skippers.

    Full results attached below.

    The Electronica at the MYA Trade show last year.
    Posted 11 May 2015, 14:51 by RG NCA
  • Reminder - Open at Woodspring - 10th May
    There is still plenty of time to get an entry in for the next RG65 Open at Woodspring MYC on the 10th. This will be the first outing for Mark Dicks Mk 2 Sliver in preparation for the Europeans in France later this month.  Entries by email to Sarah Conner, Woodspring Racing Sec, hyperwhatever@hotmail.com .

    The original Sliver doing heavy weather testing at Bournville in March
    Posted 6 May 2015, 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

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