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of the class in the UK through his ‘Free Sailing’ articles in the MMI magazine but has recently stepped down and been replaced by Mark Dicks as the UK Class Secretary and World Council Representative.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

  • Registration Update
    Tim Long has stepped in as RG65 and DF65 registrar to help out Joanne. All sail number requests submitted since Christmas should have been processed. If you submitted the form before then and have not received a number, please can you resubmit the form at the Registration page. If you have a Dragon Force 65 you can also register at the class association page http://df65racing.co.uk/class-documents/register-your-dragonforce-65/. Both these forms go straight to Tim so there is no need to do it twice.  
    Posted 8 Jan 2015, 03:33 by RG NCA
  • RG65 Race Calendar 2015
    Below is a list of race dates as confirmed at end December, it is possible that some additional dates may be added, so keep a watch on this site. We will endeavour to keep information as up to date as possible.

    All races will be open class events, our friends with DF65's are very welcome, although they have their own calendar of events with which we will try not to clash.

    All races with mixed RG & DF fleets will record places for both RG & DF as well as overall result.

    Please come and join these events even if you are new or feel inexperienced, these events will be run in a friendly and helpful atmosphere whilst still maintaining a professional approach.

    As the newly appointed race secretary for RG65 in UK I will welcome any offers from clubs willing to host future RG65 open class events.

    Noel Donaldson

    Saturday 21st Feb Watermead
    Sunday  29th March  Bournville
    Saturday 25th April  Watermead
    Sunday 10th May Woodspring
    Sat,Sun & Mon  23,24&25 May Europeans France
    Saturday 20th June  Lincoln
    Sat & Sun 27th & 28th June UK Nationals Watermead
    Sunday 30th August Watermead
    Sunday 4th Oct. Bournville
    Posted 6 Jan 2015, 14:27 by RG NCA
  • RG65s at the MYA Trade Show
    As one of the classes featured at the 2014 MYA trade show (along with Dragon Force 65, Footy and 6M), the RG65 Class Association put on a good display, with 12 designs on show ranging from homebuilt wooden boats to the latest production boats, including the Dragon Force 65.
    At the show was the latest version of Mark Dicks' Sliver, as built by Alex Cory, with foils by Robot Yachts. Mark has increased the height of the bow to improve off wind performance. The boat has a very minimalist interior layout and although the A rig is a swing rig the deck layout has been set up to take Dragon Force B and C rigs for simplicity.
    Alex also had a prototype scow style hull, the scoff, on the stand.

    John Taylor of Taylor Made Yachts has just received the plug of his Fonix design from the US. He is intending to get a boat launched in May ahead of the RG65 Nationals in June. http://www.taylormadeyachts.com/page7.htm

    Robot yachts had two prototypes of Brad Gibson’s new Electronica which continues the trend of narrow beam and high bow. http://www.robotyachts.co.uk/

    CM yachts had an example to the imported MX Goth. A development of the Frank Russell designed IOM, this comes finished complete to deck level with winch and rudder servos already installed. See http://www.cmyachts.co.uk/  for more details. This was recently reviewed in the sail free column of Marine Modelling International.

    Various suppliers were selling equipment either designed for or that could be used for RG65s. Mike Weston of RC Yachts was there with a good supply of Dragon Force 65s and every spare part imaginable , PJ Sails produce the Jif2/Puma hull and have suitable fittings as well as molded keel bulbs. Housematin sails and Cat sails were selling DF65 sails, ideal for setting up 2nd and 3rd suits for all RG65s.
    There are a few more pictures on the Photos tab.

    There was a lot of interest in the class from visitors and with the new designs available, we hope this will lead to more boats on the water in the coming year.
    Posted 8 Dec 2014, 17:26 by RG NCA
  • New MYA Website
    The MYA website has moved to http://www.mya-uk.co.uk/
    Posted 8 Dec 2014, 16:53 by RG NCA
  • Registration Delays
    We have had a number of people contact us recently regarding delayed applications for registrations and allocation of sail numbers.  Our registrar is currently having some health problems and we are working with her to resolve the backlog of registrations. This may take a week or two so please bear with us. We are sure that you'll join us in wishing Joanne all the best.
    Posted 28 Nov 2014, 02:31 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.