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of the class in the UK through his ‘Free Sailing’ articles in the MMI magazine but has recently stepped down and been replaced by Mark Dicks as the UK Class Secretary and World Council Representative.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

  • 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
  • Chris Dicks Award
    The "Gang of Three", Mark Dicks, John Tushingham and Mick Weston were awarded the 2015 Chris Dicks Award for Innovative Design at the MYA AGM for their hard work in developing the Dragon Force 65.
    Posted 3 Feb 2015, 14:36 by RG NCA
  • 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. You can contact me on race@rg65.org.uk

    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 3 Feb 2015, 14:46 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.