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of the class in the UK through his ‘Free Sailing’ articles in the MMI magazine but has recently stepped down and been replaced by Mark Dicks as the UK Class Secretary and World Council Representative.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

  • Thinking of a new boat?
    It's worth checking out to the classifieds section of the MYA website if you are looking for a new boat, with the recent site updates it is now easier to list boats and there have been some recent designs (Fonix and Pocket Rocket) appearing.

    Posted 14 Jan 2016, 07:31 by RG NCA
  • Balne Moor MBC Winter Series

    Balne Moor MBC based in Goole, Yorkshire, have had their first yachting Open (DF65 & RG65) of the year on the 10th January.

    A total of 16 skippers were blessed with a lovely sunny chill morning. A good breeze at the top end of ‘A’ rig all day made for some great racing.

    After 14 races, John Tushingham ran out a clear winner with John Sharman an excellent second and John Bush, sailing a (borrowed) DF for the first time taking third place.

    With four more in the series as follows there’s plenty of opportunity left to enjoy this excellent new venue: January 24th, February 7th & 21st and March 6th

    For NoR and other details, please contact Balne Moor MBC

    If you are running an RG65 open series, let us know with the link at the bottom of the page and we can advertise it here and on the RG65 and MYA forums.
    Posted 14 Jan 2016, 07:33 by RG NCA
  • Dicks Designs website
    Mark Dicks has set up a website showcasing some the many designs from both his father, Chris, and himself. This includes Mark's recent RG65 designs including the latest Sliver 2. Well worth a look http://dicksdesigns.co.uk/
    Posted 14 Jan 2016, 07:36 by RG NCA
  • 2016 Nationals Page
    A dedicated page for the 2016 RG65 Nationals has been set up here 2016 Nationals. There isn't much there now but as the event gets closer it will have news, the Notice of Race, entry details and an entry list so you can see who the competition is going to be.

    Keep an eye out here or on the RG65 forum for updates.
    Posted 14 Jan 2016, 06:41 by Matt Riley
  • 2016 Event Calender
    The 2016 events calendar is now available (calendar page) the "Traveller Series" eight events runs from early March to October and covers venues from Birkenhead in the North to Woodspring/Yeovil in the south.
    The RG65 UK National Championship at Eastbourne makes nine top class events at good quality venues open to all MYA members with rg65 class boats which includes DF65's.
    A new trophy for 2016 will be awarded, the RG65 Class Champion trophy will go to the skipper with the best score from any five of the nine open events, so make sure you sail as many events as possible (but at least five) to get the best results possible.
    It should be a great year for this fast growing & friendly open class.
    Posted 14 Dec 2015, 15:27 by Matt Riley
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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

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