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.

The current trend is for narrow and deep hulls with ballast ratios of 50%+ and a mix of standard and swing rigs.


Chris Jackson, who sadly passed away late in 2016, was for many years the main driving force behind the development of the class in the UK. Through his ‘Free Sailing’ articles in the MMI magazine he reported on RG65 events in South America and had several plans published. He also started the UK sail number register and was instrumental in setting up the UK NCA with several meet ups at Kingsbury Water Park ahead of the first Nationals there in 2012.

His knowledge and enthusiasm for these small yachts was one of the main reasons the UK RG65 fleet is the size it is today and still growing steadily year on year.

His influence and knowledge combined with his dry sense of humour will be sadly missed by all.

Mark Dicks
is the current 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

  • Reminder - Nationals Entry Closes on 28th April
    A quick reminder that the final entry date for the 2018 RG65 Nationals is rapidly approaching. Entries must be submitted by the 28th April.

    25 skippers have registered so far, including past and present class champions to visitors from Europe and across the pond. This will be a great event at Two Islands Radio Yacht Club on Furzton Lake in Milton Keynes over the weekend of 12th and 13th May. The full entry list and links to the NOR and entry forms can be found at the 2018 Nationals page.

    If you want to get some practice in entry is also still open for the 2nd round of the 2018 traveler series at Lincoln on the 21st April. This will be a excellent opportunity to warm up for the nationals and both events count towards the 2018 Class Championship. Details here
    Posted 12 Apr 2018, 06:36 by RG NCA
  • Traveller Series Round 1 - Eastbourne - Results, Report and more.

    A cloudy day with a few light showers greeted seventeen skippers at Eastbourne Princess lake on Saturday morning. Wind direction was more or less  straight down the lake all day, strength between 10-14 mph, however the gusts that were forecast never materialised. Most skippers sailed on A rig all day with a few changing to B rig for one or two races.

     The race team did an excellent job with 23 races completed all issues settled on the water and the whole event sailed in a competitive but well manned fashion. The top finishing places changed constantly throughout the day and in the end only 5 points separated the winner Phil Holliday from runner up Alex Cory. See the full results (below/above).

     A special thanks to the Eastbourne ladies who kept us well supplied with tea/coffee and bacon baps and cakes.

    We all look forward to being invited back again next year.

    Full results are up on the Eastbourne Website 
    Dave Sellons has taken some excellent photos at davesellens.co.uk
    Finally Terry Connell has put together a video of the racing.

    Lets now get some more fine tuning ready for round (2) at Lincoln on 21st April, this event needs as much support as possible from you all, it is a great venue, so please get your entry in early, entry is now open Click for link to NOR and entry form.
    Posted 13 Mar 2018, 03:29 by RG NCA
  • Travellers Series Round 2 - Lincoln - 21st April

    Lincoln RSC invite entries to the MD RG65 Traveller Series 2 on 21st April 2018.

    The NoR can be found here: RG 65 OPEN 21st April 2018

    Enter online HERE

    Posted 12 Apr 2018, 02:17 by RG NCA
  • Birkenhead 2018 Race Series

    Birkenhead RS&PC are gathering quite a nice fleet of DF65's and RG65's at the club and for the 2018 season they are running a four race series and everyone is welcome to come along and sail. DF's and RG's will race together but will be given separate the scores at the end of the day. No pre registration required, just turn up on the day and sail.

    Best 3 scores from 4 races will count.

    11am start--------4.45 finish

    MARCH 17th
    MAY 5th
    JUNE 9th
    SEPTEMBER 8th

    Club website here.

    Posted 1 Mar 2018, 06:53 by RG NCA
  • 2018 National Championships Update
    The dedicated page for the RG65 Nationals at Two Islands Radio Yacht club is now live here.

    In the first few days of entry being open 10 skippers have registered including two from overseas. There is still plenty of time to get your entry in before the closing date of the 28th of April.
    Posted 24 Jan 2018, 04:56 by RG NCA
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Clubs

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
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
Birkenhead Radio Sailing Club, Birkenhead, BRSC

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