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of the class in the UK through his ‘Free Sailing’ articles in the MMI magazine but has recently stepped down and been replaced by Mark Dicks as the UK Class Secretary and World Council Representative.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

  • Travellers Series Round 4 - Lincoln, May 21st
    The NOR has been posted for the next Travellers series event at Lincoln Model Yacht Club on Saturday, May 21st.

    After the good turn out at Birkenhead, the action moves to Lincoln Model Boat Club.

    Registration will start at 8:30 with the skippers briefing at 9:45 with the intention of starting racing at 10am. Racing will finish by 17:15. Entry will be £4 on the day. To enter, check out the MYA calendar or see the NOR attached below for more details.

    For more details on the club and location, visit their website https://lincolnmodelyachtclub.wordpress.com/

    Posted 26 Apr 2016, 15:24 by RG NCA
  • Travellers Series Round 2 - Report and Results
    Report by Birkenhead Race Team

    A cool morning greeted skippers from across the UK as they arrived for Round 2 of the RG65 class traveller’s series with a swirling wind across the lake providing some pre race angst in the car park. Fortunately by the time of race one the predicted NNW wind funnelled down the lake, albeit with a few light patches to get things underway. For the 26 boats of varying design, including a good contingent of Dragons A rigs were chosen for the 2 seeding races with Ken Binks first to post a win in race one and Brad Gibson following suit in seeding 2.
    With fleets now sorted, the racing proper got under way where the front runners of Gibson, Binks, Dave Potter, Noel Donaldson and Mark Dicks enjoyed some hard fought races. Just of the front group there were some great tussles between skippers looking to consistently avoid the ‘drop to B bubble’.

    As the day progressed the wind straightened and strengthened further allowing PRO Bill Culshaw to square up the course for some fast paced racing with these small yet nimble well tuned yachts showing just what they are capable of at the top of the A & B rig ranges.

    When our 4.15pm finish came around, a full 10 races of 2 heats had been completed without protest or problem skippers retired to the Birkenhead clubhouse to reflect on a great days racing where all agreed more of the same would be most welcome.
    As for the scores, it was Brad Gibson who went on to record a strong win, from the fast and ever improving Dave Potter, with Phil Holliday edging out Noel Donaldson for the final podium place.

    Skippers roundly thanked the Birkenhead race team of Bill Culshaw, Judith Baldwin, Victoria Gibson, Martin Roberts and Jack Turner for a great days racing.
    Attention now turns to the next round of this year’s Travellers series to be held on Saturday the 21st of May at Lincoln MYC.
    All details on upcoming events can be found on the RG65 Class owner’s association website at www.rg65.org.uk

    Full score attached
    Posted 20 Apr 2016, 04:23 by RG NCA
  • Travellers Series Round 3 - Cancelled
    The RG65 open meeting at Yeovil/Woodspring planned for the 1st May has been cancelled due to circumstances beyond our control.

    However Round 2 at Birkenhead on the 16th April has already attracted 17 skippers (Details here) and a strong entry is expected as always at Lincoln for Round 4 on Saturday 21st May. More details this will be posted soon.

    All good preparation for the Nationals at Eastbourne on the 4th/5th June. More information on the 2016 Nationals Page
    Posted 7 Apr 2016, 14:07 by RG NCA
  • 2016 National Championships entry has opened.
    The NOR for the 2016 RG65 National championships has been posted by Eastbourne MYC and the online entry form is now available on their website. For more details see the 2016 Nationals page.

    After the successful 2015 Nationals, there should be another good turnout for the 2016 MYA RG65 National Championships at Eastbourne over the weekend of the 4th & 5th of June 2016. The popular venue should boost numbers further for the class. The score from this event will also count towards the 2016 Travellers Series and the RG65 UK Class Champion trophy.
    Posted 1 Apr 2016, 16:49 by RG NCA
  • Travellers Series Round 2 - Update
    A strong field of 15 skippers have now entered the 2nd Travellers Series event at Birkenhead on the 16th of April. These include last years national champion and the front runners from the first round at Watermead.

    Still plenty of time to get your entry in.

    NOR attached below. MYA entry form here. Birkenhead club website http://www.birkenheadmypc.co.uk/
    Posted 1 Apr 2016, 16:09 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
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

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