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of the class in the UK through his ‘Free Sailing’ articles in the MMI magazine but has recently stepped down and been replaced by Mark Dicks as the UK Class Secretary and World Council Representative.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

  • New Boats and Suppliers
    First up is a new Mark Dicks design, the Sith. First shown at the the MYA trade show in November the Sith continues the trend for narrow hulls and swing rigs. Built by Rood Ars Composites in Thailand the Sith can be had complete to the deck in either glass or carbon fibre at £350 and £450 respectively. Foils and ballasts can also be ordered. For more details, contact Mark at markdicks@sky.com

    John Taylor has updated the info on his Fonix on the TaylorMadeYachts website including some photos of his new white No 28 boat. The Fonix is molded in carbon by Damien Ackroyd, More details at TaylorMadeYachts.com 

    John is using new supplier SailServo servos for the winch and rudder servo for the Fonix

    SailServo Winches - Supplying standard sized Sail Drum servos with or with Captive Drum Technology. Wide range of speeds, torque and rotations to suit RG65’s, IOM, MH +. Arm rudder servo for Dragons (analog) and RG65’s (digital). Pages of technical information.

    Contact Tony Bell at http://www.sailservo.co.uk  for more details

    Posted 17 Jan 2017, 16:16 by RG NCA
  • 2017 Calender -Travellers Series, Nationals and Euro Grand Prix
    The RG65 Open Events for 2017 are:-

    Note - the date for the Euro Grand Prix has changed - more details to come soon.

    Traveller Series (1) Saturday 4th March at Eastbourne

    Traveller Series (2) Saturday 22nd April at Weecher Resevoir, West Yorkshire
    Traveller Series (3) Sunday 23rd April at Weecher Resevoir, West Yorkshire

    Traveller Series (4) Saturday 13th May at Scotland Farm, Lincoln

    RG65 UK National Championships 24th & 25th June at Birkenhead

    Travellers Series (5) Saturday 15th July at Gosport

    RG65 Euro Grand Prix 5th & 6th August at Eastbourne

    Traveller Series (6) Saturday 12th August at Two Islands, Milton Keynes

    Traveller Series (7) Saturday 9th September at Datchett Water

    Traveller Series (8) Saturday 7th October at Watermead

    The best five results from any of the eight traveller events and the nationals will count towards the 2017 RG65 UK Class Champion Trophy
    Posted 17 Dec 2016, 14:14 by Matt Riley
  • 2016 UK Class Champion - Phil Holiday
     Phil receiving his trophy

    After travelling back from the Marblehead Worlds to make last round of the 2016 Travellers series at Bournville in October, Phil Holiday from Datchet Water MYC was crowned 2016 Class Champion.

    Over the 8 scoring events of the series 69 skippers took part, ranging from national champions to 1st time competitors. In the end though it was consistency that paid off, with two of the top three places taking two discards out of a possible three. It was looking like a straight fight between Phil Holiday and Noel Donaldson but Mark Dicks showed good form at Bournville to end up splitting the two. The winner of the 2016 Nationals, John Tushingham, despite scoring well in the events he entered, didn't score enough to get better than 5th overall.

    The top ten is below with the full table here

    PositionNameSail NoClubOverall Points12345
    1Phil Holiday66Datchet Water4299087858582
    2Mark Dicks6Clapham4169288847676
    3Noel Donaldson29Watermead3978584827769
    4Nigel Brown55Gosport3908881787866
    5John Tushingham51Keighley370949393890
    6Wayne Stobbs58Portsmouth2667063544138
    7Ken Binks83Eastbourne25492828000
    8Garry Box103Manor Park2346155444035
    9Mike Parkington697Fleetwood209595453430
    10Roy Stevens54Tri-Services19779724250

    A big thank you to all involved, both sailing and behind the scenes, in 2016 and here's looking forward to a strong series in 2017, including the 2017 National Championships in Birkenhead.

    The dates for the 2017 season and links to the reports from 2016 can be found on the Calender tab.
    Posted 17 Nov 2016, 14:50 by RG NCA
  • Travellers Series Round 8 - Results
    14 skippers turned up at the Valley Parkway in Bournville for the final event in the 2016 Travellers series. The weather was mainly fair, even warm at times with a steadily strengthening but occasionally fluky breeze from the north. A course was set using the whole length of the lake with the usual Bournville puffs and holes providing some fun especially on the far side of the lake. The racing was close at times with the small size of the lake and the proximity of the boats allowing some very fine passes. Mark Dicks and (recently returned from the Marblehead Worlds) Phil Holliday traded first and second place over the 17 races with Mark coming out 4 points ahead to win the day. Nigel Brown managed to take third, one point ahead Wayne Stobbs. Full results below.

    This was also the concluding event for the UK class champion trophy and after some frantic calculations after the end of racing, Phil Holliday was declared the winner, with 429 points over the series, just ahead of Mark Dicks on 416.

    Congratulations to Mark and Phil and a big thanks to the crew from both Bournville and Watermead for providing a very agreeable days sailing and plenty of hot drinks when the sun went in. A special mention needs to go to Luke Johnson who was entering his first competition and his sister who was manning the starting tape and keeping the race team in order.

    Planning is already well under way for next years series, dates will be posted up here when confirmed.

    Posted 8 Oct 2016, 12:42 by RG NCA
  • Travellers Series Round 8 - New Date and Location.
    Due to the building work that is going on at Watermead the final travelers series event has been moved to Bournville RSMBC and to make sure the skippers get a full day on the water it has also moved forward one day to Saturday 8th October.

    As the last event of the season, lets make an effort for a good turnout, it will be good to see some familiar faces from previous events as well as as well as some new ones from the Midlands Region. Bournville can provide some challenging sailing and expect close racing at all levels of the field. 

    The NOR is attached, all entries to Noel Donaldson at race@rg65.org.uk or on the MYA online entry (when available) 

    This race is also the decider for the 2016 Class Champion Trophy. After Round 7 at Datchet, Phil Holiday is in the lead having leapfrogged Noel Donaldson and Mark Dicks who were both absent. Nigel Brown also moved ahead of John Tushingham into 4 place. With Phil away on other sailing commitments in October it looks like it will be Noel and Mark fighting it out for the trophy at Bournville

    The full table is here

    Posted 20 Sep 2016, 15:17 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
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

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