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

  • Traveller Series Round 8 - Watermead MBC - 7th October
    The NOR has been posted for the final round of the 2017 Travellers series at Watermead on the 7th October.

    This is also the decider for the 2017 Class Championship with John Tushingham still in the lead after with 473 points over 5 scoring rounds from 7 Traveller events and the Nationals. While this is an impressive score there a still a couple of other sailors in with a chance at the title, both Tobias Laux and Alex Cory are within reach if they do well in Aylesbury.

    Entries to Noel Donaldson ASAP please (see NOR for details)

    Link to the NOR here.

    The Watermead club website is https://watermeadmodelboatclub.wordpress.com/.
    Posted 15 Sep 2017, 04:34 by RG NCA
  • Traveller Series Round 7 - Report and Results
    Eleven skippers turned up for this event at the massive lake at Datchet. The conditions were very challenging with many rig changes throughout the day to cope with the varying wind and wave conditions.
    In the end Alex Cory was the clear winner with Nigel Brown close behind, both sailing Scurry design hulls made by Alex.
    The club did a great job running the event, thanks to Terry and his team and as usual the bacon butties in the club house were excellent.
    A good but very exhausting day was had by all.

    Link to the result here

    The deciding round of the 2017 series is at Watermead on the 7th October
    Posted 11 Sep 2017, 09:09 by RG NCA
  • RG65 Euro Open
    Over the weekend of 29 September to 1 October a number of GBR Skippers will be taking part in a Euro Open in The Netherlands.  This event has been organised by Peter Vulperhorst and his team from the Dutch RG65 Class Association.

    There are some big names from the world of RG's entered which should deliver some highly competitive racing.

    Members of the GBR contingent will attempt to make regular reports into the various Facebook pages to keep everyone informed, and a full report will be circulated afterwards.

    Good luck and safe travels to all those going

    Posted 2 Sep 2017, 03:54 by RG NCA
  • National Class Association Committee Changes

    You should recall that at the recent AGM held in Birkenhead it was announced that Mark Dicks would like to step aside from his Class Captain role and take on the role of Technical Officer, with Alex Cory stepping into the Class Captain position.

    These changes will, as set out in the Class Constitution, require a vote by the association Members at an AGM or EGM.  The Committee have debated this and come to the conclusion that there will be little appetite for another General Meeting so soon after the AGM and so will make these appointments on a temporary "Acting" basis and formalise them at a later date.

    Your National Class Association Committee therefore becomes:

    Alex Cory- Acting Class Captain

    Mark Dicks - Acting Technical Officer

    Noel Donaldson - Racing Secretary

    Matt Riley - Promotion and Web Officer

    Wayne Stobbs - Membership Secretary

    Posted 2 Sep 2017, 03:49 by RG NCA
  • Traveller Series Round 7 - Datchet Water - September 9th
    The next round in the Traveller series is on the 9th of September at Datchet Water Radio Sailing Club, fresh from hosting the IOM nationals, with racing from 10am to 4pm. NOR here Email entries can be sent to  terryrench@icloud.com.

    Will anybody be able to close John Tushingham's nearly 100 point lead in the standings for 2017 class champion? Full results here

    Club website is here - https://dwrsc.wordpress.com/
    Posted 2 Sep 2017, 03:45 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

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