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of the class in the UK through his ‘Free Sailing’ articles in the MMI magazine but has recently stepped down and been replaced by Mark Dicks as the UK Class Secretary and World Council Representative.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

B Fleet start at 2013 Natonals
Close racing at the 2013 National Championships


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

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

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

Results from Keighley- 23rd March

Tim Long has posted a race report and results on the forum here.

Results from Birkenhead - 15th March

Tim Long has posted a race report and results on the forum here.

1st MDC Event at Bournville - April 6th

The NOR has been published on the RG65 Midland District Championship website here

Results from Woking Open - 9th March

19 skippers turned out in the sun for a good day of racing at Woking Model Yacht Club. Results at the WMYC website here. Photos here.

RG65 Midland District Championship

There is new website dedicated to these events which will be updated as the series goes on. http://rg65mdc.wordpress.com/

The first event is at Bournville on April 6th.

Dragon Force Restricted Class Rules Update

Version 1.3 of the Dragon Force 65 Restricted Class Rules has been posted on the Dragon Force website. This clarifies a couple of questions about the sail winch and the jib luff shape. Details here.

MYA 2014 Sailing Calender

The first of the RG65 events being run under the MYA are up on their online racing calender here. There is a more complete listing in the MYA yearbook.

Dragon Force One Design 2014 Calender

Tim Long has published a list of Dragon Force 65 events for 2014. These are DF65 only events to allow racing on a completely equal footing. Details here.

New RG65 From John Taylor

Details of his new Chenine design here.

RG65s at Keighley

Keighley & DMES, sailing at Weecher Reservoir, Bingley, West Yorkshire have an RG65 fleet that is growing rapidly.

The club now has around 12-15 RG65s of which around 10 are Dragon Forces and skill levels in the fleet vary from expert down to noobies to radio sailing.

RG65 racing is held every 2nd and 4th Wednesday in the month, starting at 1pm and visitors are welcome to join us. Even in December, we've been seeing a fleet of 8 - 10 boats taking the start and some very close racing.

The club held a successful open event in 2013 and will host another in March as well as the RG65 Nationals in June.

Club website: http://www.weechersailing.co.uk/

For more information contact John Tushingham or Chris Spalding

Dragon Force One Design at Eastbourne

Eastbourne club is now sailing DF65s with about a dozen members owning them.  At the moment it is on Thursday mornings at 1000hrs, but the intention is to also sail on Saturday afternoons once the class has caught on. The club website is http://www.edmyc.org.uk/index.htm

RG65s at Knightcote Model Boat Club.

Knightcote MBC in Warwickshire are sailing RG65s on their dedicated sailing days on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month as well as at other times.

More details on the club here http://www.kmbc.yolasite.com/

New RG65 from Brad Gibson

News of his new Electronica RG65 design here.

Two New Dragon Force 65 One Design Fleets

Coal House Fort

Coal House Fort will be sailing Dragons on Tuesdays 10:00-16:00 ish, starting towards the end of January. Sundays will be a general sailing day for mixed boats. We will see how this develops. We will also sail one evening during the summer if interest is strong enough.

Club Details: Coalhouse Fort Wet Ditch, Princess Margaret Road, East Tilbury, Essex


The newly re formed Llandudno MYC are building a fleet of DF65's.
The lake is great for sailing these little yachts although it is advisable to have a short fin in your kitbox as the water level is sometimes a little low for the full length keel.
More details of this club here http://llandudnomyc.co.uk/

2014 Sailing Calender

MYA Midland District Series
April 6th - Bournville
May 18th - Watermead
June 29th - Huntingdon
August 31st - Watermead
September 21/22nd - Huntingdon (Practice on the 21st)
October 12th - Bournville

Open Events
March 23rd - Keighley
August 3rd - Woking

RG65/Dragon Force Nationals
June 7th/8th Keighley

Dragon Force One Design Events

July 6th - Canoe Lake, Portsmouth

July 27th - Eastbourne

2013 AGM and Rules Update

The 2013 AGM was carried out by email as this was deemed the best way to contact all the members. The voting results are available on the RG65 UK forum.

Updated 2014 Rules from the ICA have been added to the rules tab.

2013 Nationals - Fun in the sun..

Nationals Vista

22 sailors from as far as Wales and Scotland turned out in the sun for the 2013 RG65 Nationals at Huntingdon RYC. The fleet was a fairly even mix of open RG65s and Dragon Force 65s. Augustin Moreno won the event overall sailing an Argon. John Tushingham sailed the highest placed Dragon Force with 5th overall.

Full report and results at the Huntingdon website here..

Thanks go to Barrie Norman, Graham Allen and the HRYC team for putting on a great days sailing.

The 2014 event will be held in Keighley. Yorkshire on June 7th/8th. More details to follow.

RG65 Open - Huntingdon

17 boats turned out in the sun for the open event on the 7th July. Full results here.

Dragon Force at Watermead.

Watermead Model Boat Club in Aylesbury has started a fleet of Dragon Force RG65s. See here.

RG65/Dragon Force Fleet In Portsmouth

Portsmouth Model Yacht Racing Club at Canoe Lake, Portsmouth has a growing fleet of Dragon Force RG65s sailing, there should be 6 by the end of July and others are welcome to come along. Meet every Saturday morning and Wednesday evenings in Summer for casual racing and sailing. Other classes also sail there and are welcome, including Micro Magics. Larger boats are restricted due to the shallower water.

Club information is currently via  - Portsmouth Model Yacht Racing – a group on Facebook.

Springbok MBC RG65/Fiesta Challenge 2013

The annual RG65/Fiesta challenge has been moved to Southwater Country Park on the 20th October. The Southwater Dabblers website is here. 

Briefing 10.15am for a 10.30 start last race 3.00pm, entry fee £2.00 per boat. This, as usual, is a very informal gathering.

Please contact Alan Woodroffe,01903 264387 to register

European Masters - Greece - 20-24 November 2013

The Nautical Athletic Club of Lavreotiki (www.naol.gr) will proudly organize the 2013 European RG-65 Championship (officially called: "2013 RG-65 European Masters")  under the supervision of the Hellenic RG-65 Association. The official date of the event is the 20-24 November 2013.
More details at the website here.

Dragon Force - Available Now.

The first batch of production Dragon Force RG65s have arrived in the UK and are now available from various suppliers. The RC Yachts Website has been update with the full list of spares and parts, including B and C rigs, that will be available.

Feedback from the design team at the Dragon Force website here.

Keighley Open Event Results and Report

Barrie Norman has the results and a short report on the Keighley Open event here. 

Allerthorpe Lakeland Park

Cliff Thiel is looking for local RG65 skippers to sail with at Allerthorpe Lakeland Park near York. Link to the lake details here. We can forward enquiries to Cliff through the website.

Dragon Force Update

The design team have agreed on a number of modifications to improve the construction of the Dragon Force RG65 hull and rigs which the manufacturers are now changing and they believe production will start late March/April. They didn’t anticipate the shipping time of approx. 6 weeks so are now expecting delivery in May 2013.

They also discussed two additional lower aspect shroudless rigs and sails plus spares for the yacht of which the manufacturers have agreed – more information will be available shortly. 

More photos are available on the Ripmax Website here.

Dragon Force 65

Mike Weston (RC Yachts), John Tushingham (Graphite) and Mark Dicks (ICE RG65) have teamed up with Ripmax and Joysway to develop a ready to sail RG65 - the Dragon Force 65. The first prototypes have been generating a lot of interest at the RG65 Nationals and the MYA Trade Fair/AGM.
Dragon Force 65
The boat is based on the ICE design with an ABS hull, profiled aluminium fin and molded plastic rudder. The rig is a full sized, low aspect RG65 rig with carbon spars and a ball raced gooseneck.

The intention is to develop a set of rules to allow the Dragon Force 65 to sail as a restricted class within the RG65 class rules.

Production boats should be available in spring 2013 with a complete price (including 2.4Ghz radio) of around £150.

More details can be found at RC Yachts. Mike and John also provide some more detailed information on the design on this RCGroups discussion

Dragon Force 65

Wicksteed Park League 2012

Barrie Norman has posted a report and results from the last round of the sucessful Wicksteed Park Open League on his blog here. This race series will move to Abington Park MYC for 2013.

UK Nationals at Kingsbury Water Park MBC

RG65 Racing

The first UK RG65 Nationals were held at Kingsbury Water Park MBC on Sunday 28th October 2012.
17 boats competed in 12 races. Conditions were lighter than expected with  some quirky gusts thrown in but at least the rain held off until the last couple of races.
Tobias Laux came first with John Tushingham 2nd and Augustin Moreno 3rd. 

Thanks go to Chris Jackson as race officer and to the members of KWPMBC for providing the venue and for patiently re-setting the course several times as the wind changed.

Full results here and photos (thanks to Judith Beesley) here..

Class Association AGM

The Class Association AGM was held at the Nationals at Kingsbury  Water Park on the 28th October. 
Mark Dicks was voted in as Class Secretary as Chris Jackson stood down, all the remaining officers were re-elected and it was confirmed the Association will continue to not charge for membership for the next year.
Full details will be sent to members by email. 

RG65 International Trophy - Paris 2012

C N Viry Logo
The RG65 International Trophy was  run in the first week of September on the outskirts of Paris. UK sailors. John Tushingham and Mark Dicks came 5th and 9th.  The official website with the full results and lots of photos is here.

Rig Fittings and RG65 Razor from Model Graphics

RG65 Razor by Modelgraphics

Closer to home Barrie Norman has started selling rig fittings and carbon and glass versions of his Razor design. More details on his rg65uk blog here.

New boat from New Zealand

RG65 from New Zealand

Rcmodelboatyard in New Zealand have sent details of of their new swing rigged RG65, Soon to be available as a complete kit. Details here.

RG65 Open, Wicksteed Park MBC

Wicksteed photos

14 boats braved the cold for a busy days racing at Wicksteed on the 5th May. 16 races were held in blustery/top of A rig conditions.

Augustin Moreno took the day with his imaculately prepared and sailed Argon. Mark Dicks with an Ice and Chris Jackson with a Rogue could not be seperated on a count back and came equal second. Full results here.

Wicksteed photos

More photos (thanks to Judith Beesley) on the photo tab.

Many thanks to Peter Jackson and Wicksteed Park MBC for organising the event.

Rogue Build Article available online

Chris Jackson has provided a copy of his November 2011 Marine Modelling article on building the Rogue which can be accessed here. This is a good resource for anybody wanting to build a planked hull from plans.

Doppler by John Taylor

Doppler by Taylormadeyachts
John Taylor's new RG65 design, the Doppler, which placed 3rd in the 2011 Rio Grande Cup, will be produced as a set of laser cut frames and a moulded carbon hull by John Fisher in the US.

More details from taylormadeyachts

Robot Yachts/Mark Dicks Ice

Robots Yachts have anounced they are prodducing the Mark Dicks designed Ice RG65.

The initial protoype was conventionaly rigged with a glass fibre hull and with the second having a full carbon hull and set up for a swing rig.

Robot Yachts are offereing hull and deck mouldings with all the components for home completion or completed boats up to deck level.

For more details see the Robot Yachts Website

Springbok RG65/Fiesta Open Day 2011

Thanks go to the Spingbok Mariners and Southwater Dabblers for organising a fun day of racing on the 30th October despite the slightly fluky wind and the increasing drizzle!

Most races had a mixed fleet of 17 boats (roughly 50/50 RG65 Fiesta) on the water.

Mark Dicks brought along the prototype ICE and Agustin Moreno from SAILSetc and Vernon Appleton brought along a couple of boats including a carbon fibre prototype of the Argon (see SAILSetc website)

The Fiestas just took the day on the water but that might have been different if Mark and Agustin hadn't missed the first couple of races. There are more photos on the photo page.

RG65 images

European Championships - Switzerland 2011

European Masters Logo
John Tushingham finished 3rd in the European Masters  in Switzerland using a Dave Creed designed Pocket Rocket. Liz Tushingham finished well with a prototype Robot Yachts Ice.