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

  • 2017 Travellers Series Round 1 - Update
    There are now 12 firm entries for the first 2017 Travellers Series event at Eastbourne on the 4th March.

    There is still plenty of time to get your entry in.
    Posted 18 Feb 2017, 01:22 by RG NCA
  • New Materials?
    Over on the RG65 Facebook there some interesting post on using 3D printers to build some of the latest RG65 designs. Well worth a look if you are over that way. RG65 Facebook Group (you may be required to register)

    Posted 18 Feb 2017, 01:15 by RG NCA
  • RG65/DF65 Series at Birkenhead
    As well as holding the 2016 National Championships, the guys from Birkenhead RSPC have asked us to spread the word about their RG65/DF65 Series. There are several races planned in the 2017 calendar starting on April 1st and non-club members are welcome to come and sail either their RG65 or DF65. Full calendar here

    More details on the club website birkenheadrspc.co.uk
    Posted 18 Feb 2017, 01:07 by RG NCA
  • 2017 Travellers Series Round 1 - Eastbourne 4th March.
    Getting the new season underway, the NOR has been posted for the first round of the 2017 Travellers series at Eastbourne on the 4th March.

    The hosts for the 2016 nationals are stepping up again to hold the first of this 8 event series and it is set to be a great event for blowing away a few cobwebs and getting everybody back into RG65 mode. Remember, the best 5 scores from this series go towards the selecting the winner of the 2017 RG65 UK Class Champion Trophy and last year consistency was the key to winning so it pays to get as many events under your belt as possible. 

    Link to the NOR and the online entry form is here For more details on the club go to edmyc.org.uk
    Posted 1 Feb 2017, 15:53 by RG NCA
  • 2016 Nationals Video
    Hosts of the 2016 RG65 Nationals, Eastbourne and District model boat club have put up a link to JC Bories  excellent video of the event.

    To watch it click here.

    Eastbourne are hosting the first round of the 2017 Travellers series on the 4th March and the 2017 Nationals will be at Birkenhead on the 24/25th June.

    Posted 1 Feb 2017, 15:40 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
Birkenhead Radio Sailing Club, Birkenhead, BRSC

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