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of the class in the UK through his ‘Free Sailing’ articles in the MMI magazine but has recently stepped down and been replaced by Mark Dicks as the UK Class Secretary and World Council Representative.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 at Woodspring MYC - 10th May
    Next on the calendar is RG65 open at Woodspring MYC at Portishead Marine Lake on the 10th May. Entries by email to Sarah Conner, Woodspring Racing Sec, hyperwhatever@hotmail.com .


    We have a" whisper" that a new RG65 design will make its first competitive appearance at Woodspring as the skippers who will be representing team GBR at the Europeans in France at end May will be using it to tune their boats & rigs, it should be an exciting event.

    Posted 23 Apr 2015, 14:47 by RG NCA
  • Postponed - 3rd Round at Watermead 25th April
    After a difficult decision by the race team the 3rd round of the Midland RG65 series due to be held at Watermead has been postponed until later in the season. As the result of clashes with other events there were not enough confirmed entries to continue.

    Details of the rescheduled event will be posted as soon as they are available.
    Posted 23 Apr 2015, 14:23 by RG NCA
  • Bournville Open 29th March
    Eight sailors braved the wind and the rain to sail at the second RG65 open at Bournville. With the conditions and the small fleet the RG65s were held back and a full fleet of Dragons were on the water.

    Bournville supplied the usual challenges with boats becalmed at the top gate while other were laid on their beam ends at the bottom mark. The day became a war of attrition as the casualties started to mount up, there were several rig and radio failures, one swamped boat and a cracked hull from an unplanned excursion into the bank. Phil Griffen was particularly unlucky after his jib clew blew out a few feet short of the line, turning a 3rd into an DNF. 

    After a hectic morning, two more races were held after lunch with the four remaining boats before proceedings were called to a halt with the forecast predicting worse to come. Mark Dicks and John Burgoine managed to master the conditions to finish 1st and 2nd with Phil Griffen recovering to finish third.

    A big thanks goes to the race team, Robin Webb and John Humphries who stoically  put up with the conditions and damp results sheets.

    The next RG65 open is on 25th April at Watermead. 

    Posted 3 Apr 2015, 05:45 by Matt Riley
  • First Open Event of the Year
    Loading the car in a snow shower didn’t seem like the best of starts to the first RG65 open of the year but in the end the weather held off and the sun came out for 17 skippers who took part at Watermead MBC  https://watermeadmodelboatclub.wordpress.com/ on the 21st Feb.

    With a cold westerly wind blowing off shore, the breeze could be fluky at times but was mostly at the top end of A rig conditions. This was ideal for the Dragon Force 65s with good showings in the overall standings. A number of the RG65s went down to B rigs for a few races before the break for lunch, with things getting lighter later in the afternoon with a few nail biting finishes as people ran into some big shifts and holes near the line.

    There was a good mix of boats and people with travelers from the Midlands, especially Two Islands and Abington and some up from the south coast. Designs ranged from two SailsEtc Argons to both composite and wooden Goths as well as the beautifully built Pumas and Jif65 from Abington.

    The sailing was good natured will all incidents being settled on the water. With the close racing mid fleet a penalty turn could really ruin your race. 19 races were completed in all with 3 discards. Noel Donaldson and Phil Holiday spent the day trading places at the top of the fleet with Noel finally coming out on top. Clive Cokayne and Peter Dunnett were the top two Dragon Force 65s coming 3rd and 4th overall. Full results are attached.

    More pictures here.

    Big thanks to all the race team from Watermead MBC for providing a warm welcome and putting up with the cold and the mud. The RG65s will be back there for another open in April and the Nationals in June.

    The next open event is at on Sunday 29th March at Bournville MYPBC http://www.bournville-mypb-club.org.uk/

    For Dragon Force owners the Dragon Force NCA have just published their 2015 sailing calendar here. http://df65racing.co.uk/events/
    Posted 22 Feb 2015, 17:27 by RG NCA
  • RG65 Build Thread on RC Groups
    For anyone interested in designing/building an RG65 there is an interesting thread currently running on the RC Groups website, going from the original design process to building and fitting out the boats.

    Posted 3 Feb 2015, 14:44 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.