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of the class in the UK through his ‘Free Sailing’ articles in the MMI magazine but has recently stepped down and been replaced by Mark Dicks as the UK Class Secretary and World Council Representative.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

  • MYA Midland District Series - Bournville 12th October
    The next Midland District RG65/Dragon Force Race will be at Bournville Model Yacht & Powerboat Club on Sunday 12th October
    Entry through the MYA online form or to the race officer - details on the attached NOR. The closing date for entries will be 9pm on Friday 10th October 2014, entry fee is £4.00 for the day and there will be no limit to the number of entries.
    Posted 6 Oct 2014 01:54 by RG NCA
  • 3rd RG65 International Trophy
    The 3rd RG65 International Trophy is on between the 1st and 6th of September in Rio de Janerio, Brazil. Details on the dedicated website http://www.velarc.net/3th_rg65_IT/. Most of the entries are from South America but several European, US and Australian sailors have made the trip. Racing starts on the 2nd.
    Posted 2 Sep 2014 14:41 by RG NCA
  • USA Class Association Website
    The USA RG65 Class association have recently updated their website http://www.rg65usa.org/home.html. It now includes some useful technical articles including how to build swing rigs http://www.rg65usa.org/technical-articles---tools.html
    Posted 2 Sep 2014 14:15 by RG NCA
  • MYA Affiliation
    As part of the MYA Combined Strengths initiative, the MYA has accepted the RG65 Class along with the Dragon Force 65 and Footy as affiliated classes.

    There are a number of benefits for the class from this:
    Events organized by the RG65 NCA will be included within MYA calendar of events and the online calendar which provides facility for online entry.
    The RG65 will be promoted by the Class Association at MYA exhibitions and within the MYA publicity material. The RG65 NCA will have access to the MYA’s magazine ‘The Acquaint’  and MYA web facilities to report and promote its activities.
    All of which will help spread the news of the RG65 to a wider audience.

    One requirement for the RG65 NCA it that it, as a class, encourages members to become members of the MYA, either through their local club or by way of forming a club. There are some great benefits of being an MYA Member listed here and it will allow you to enter MYA organized RG65 events.

    For more details either contact your local MYA affiliated club or take a look at the MYA website to find out where your local club is.

    Posted 15 Jun 2014 14:59 by RG NCA
  • 2014 RG65 Nationals at Weecher, 7th & 8th June
    Twenty nine sailors braved the conditions for the 2014 UK combined RG65 and Dragon Force National Championships over the weekend of the 7th/8th of June at Weecher reservoir in Yorkshire. The weather varied from mist and torrential rain on Sunday to bright sunshine on Sunday with the wind going from very light in the mist to top of B rig in the sunshine.

    Close racing between Augustin (77) and John (51)

    At the head of the fleet Augustin Moreno (sailing an Argon) traded places with John Tushingham (with a Pocket Rocket) with only two points separating them after two days of racing and a very intense final race that saw the two boats separated by inches at times. Augustin finally came out on top to become the RG65 UK Champion for the third time. The top five were rounded out by Mark Dicks (with his new ultra narrow Sliver), Toby Laux (Slim 65) and Cliff Thiel (Ice). Phil Phayle was the top placed Dragon Force 65 but unfortunately his boat was found  be outside the DF65 One Design rules and Buzz Coleman from Coalhouse Fort was declared Dragon Force National Champion.

    The fresh conditions saw the leading Dragon Force skippers keeping themselves in contention with the composite boats, with only a couple of light wind races in the mist on Sunday allowing some of the lighter displacement boats to get ahead of them. The continued breezy conditions, as well as allowing some close racing, took their toll on the boats, exposing any weaknesses in hulls and rigs. Several of the leading sailors had to work their way back up though the B fleet over the weekend after running repairs. Fortunately Mike Weston was on hand with a van full of spares to ensure that most boats were able to get back on the water.

    The race team put in a sterling effort, having to deal with 180 degree wind shifts on Saturday, as well as mist that made seeing the windward marks difficult at times. Sunday saw conditions settle down a with a consistent breeze that allowed a largely unchanged course all day.

    The shore team lead by Liz Tushingham were on hand all weekend to warm up damp sailors with hot drinks and some shelter from the worst of the conditions in the clubhouse as well as providing excellent lunches (including cake) on both days. On Saturday night most entrants enjoyed a group meal over the moor in Ilkley after drying themselves out.

    The entrants in the sun on Sunday (photo by Sue Brown)

    Overall a great time was had by all so thanks to all of those who participated and all of those whose hard work made an enjoyable weekend possible….until next time!

    Full results for both RG65 and Dragon Force championships are here. There is full report of the Dragon Force racing at the DF NCA site results page. Some photos are here. (Lots) more photos from Sue Brown on flickr.

    Joanne Sharpe has put up an entertaining "Report from the B Fleet" on the forum.

    Video of an A fleet heat on Sunday posted on YouTube by Howard Dalton from Southchurch MPC.

    Another video from Marcell Bleeker (NED 26)

    Posted 12 Jun 2014 16:10 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
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.