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

  • 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
  • RG65 ICA and IRSA Joint Statement

    Many of you will recall previous correspondence and discussions regarding an approach from IRSA to adopt the RG65 class, and with it, make changes to the way the class operates.  Most of you, and the rest of the global RG65 community rejected this approach.

    In the background the RG65 ICA worked with IRSA to find common ground and this culminated with a recently published Joint Statement, and latterly the publication by IRSA of a set of IRSA 65 Rules.

    To make the position clear, the RG65 ICA have sought to clarify the situation with the following notice by Fredo Vollmer

    RG65 is able to continue operating as it has for the last 40 years.



    Early in 2016 IRSA wrote a set of ‘internationally acceptable’ rules for the RG65 class and submitted them to the RG65-ICA for comments. In April 2016 these rules were shared with the RG65 community. These rules were rejected after consultation with you, the RG65 community, in June 2016.

    After that IRSA insisted on setting up a Workgroup with RG65-ICA to go over their rules and discuss them. Starting in March 2017 and for the next nine months a team of three representatives for IRSA, three representatives for RG65-ICA and about 20 observers from both sides were able to ask questions about any item in the rules.

    The RG65 team worked hard to get IRSA to adopt the current RG65 rules without modification. After a lot of negotiation it became apparent that this would not be possible and so the ICA team sought to protect the RG65 class in its current state. The Workshop has never the less been a very rich experience that exposed the complexities of rule writing. It also showed how passionate we are about our class.

    IRSA continued to, and still do, want to establish a set of rules which would be suitable for competition at World Championship level under World Sailing/IRSA and the ICA team worked with IRSA to adjust their proposed rules so that they reflect much of what the RG65 class stands for. This was achieved in some cases but not in others.

    The result of all this, culminating in the recently released Joint Statement, is that the RG65 class will continue to operate as it always has done. But in addition IRSA will soon release this set of rules that will allow competition at a World, Continental and International Championship level. As things stand, the vast majority of boats that currently comply with the RG65 rules (published in 2014) will also be able to comply with the new IRSA rules .

    But again, let’s be clear, the only people that would need to ensure that they comply with these IRSA rules are the people that want to take part in the World, Continental and International Championships run by IRSA.

    Through this process we have ensured that the RG65 class is able to continue operating as it has for the last 40 years.

    The RG65 UK Committee believe that this situation, while not ideal, is the best outcome that could have been achieved.  We will continue to work closely with the ICA to ensure that the RG65 class in the UK can continue to grow and be enjoyed by us all.  At the same time there may be a number of you that look forward to the first International event run under the IRSA rules. 
    Posted 24 Jan 2018, 04:52 by RG NCA
  • National Championships - Two Islands - 12th-13th May
    The race team at Two Islands Radio Yacht Club have published the NOR for the 2018 National Championships to be held over the 12th and 13th of May.

    A dedicated championship page is coming soon but for now the NOR can be downloaded here and online entry is open on the MYA website here.

    The first entries are coming in already for what promises to be a great weekend of racing.
    Posted 20 Jan 2018, 09:52 by Matt Riley
  • Travellers Series Round 1 - Eastbourne - 10th March
    The new season kicks off on the 10th of March at Eastbourne and District Model Boat Club's lake in Princes Park, just off the seafront in Eastbourne. There is always a great atmosphere at this venue and the tea trolley is sure to put in an appearance.

    NOR and online entry form can be found on the club website here. 

    This is also Round 1 of this years Travellers Series,  the best five results from any of the nine events will count towards the 2018 RG65 UK Class Champion Trophy.

    As well regular RG65 open events, Eastbourne were the hosts for the 2016 Nationals, watch the video below.

    Posted 12 Jan 2018, 03:14 by RG NCA
  • Registrations over the Holidays
    Wayne, our Sail Number Registrar, has taken a well earned break over the holidays and won't be checking new sail number registrations until at least the 11th of January.

    If you are desperate for a sail number before then Tim Long, of DF Racing and Soch Sails has a stash he can assign.

    Normal service will resume when Wayne returns.
    Posted 15 Dec 2017, 15:56 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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