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

  • 2019 - Calender Update
    Due to club issues at Watermead the date for Round 4 of the 2019 Travellers series has changed Saturday June 8th to Sunday June 9th.

    Unfortunately this was announced too late for the MYA Yearbook calender but the online one should be correct for planning your sailing season.
    Posted 5 Dec 2018, 03:08 by Matt Riley
  • 2019 Calender - Traveller Series and Nationals
    Noel Donaldson has been working hard behind the scenes to set up the 2019 TT series and with the dates now finalised and submitted to the MYA, they can be shared so that you can start to plan your personal lives around them.
    Round 1    9 March  Eastbourne
    Round 2    6 April  Bournville
    Round 3    11 May   Birkenhead
    Round 4    9 June   Watermead (Note - This is now SUNDAY)
    Round 5    6 July   Keighley
    Round 6    7 July   Keighley
    Round 7 (UK Nationals)  14&15 September Gosport
    Round 8    12 October   Two Islands
    Posted 5 Dec 2018, 03:02 by Matt Riley
  • 2018 Class Champion - John Tushingham
    In 2018 we saw 46 skippers take part in the 9 event series, a little down from the 55 in 2017.

    The best 5 scores of each skipper counted towards their final ranking but in the end only 11 people sailed in 5, and 4 in more than 5 events.

    This year the trophy remains ensconced in Yorkshire with John Tushingham taking the title for the second year in a row, and with 4 wins and a 2nd there was no touching him.  Well done John.

    Phil Holiday secured 2nd place some 30 points adrift and Nigel Brown, a further 35 points back, completed the podium.

    We want to increase participation in 2019 and would welcome any ideas that you might have to help this along so please do get in touch.  The class gives us close, high performance, competitive and friendly racing at a reasonable cost and we need to establish ourselves more within the UK Radio Sailing scene.

    The full results table can he found HERE
    Posted 16 Oct 2018, 13:25 by Matt Riley
  • Travellers Series Round 8 - Datchet Water - Results
    It was not only 11 skippers that joined the race team at Datchet on Saturday, some early rain and a lot of wind came out to play also.  The 2018 series seems to have been sailed mostly in light conditions, but it ended with a bang.

    After a rain delayed start the skippers and their boats headed down to the course that had been set by Hugh McAdoo and Les Thorne in the rescue boat.  I say down to the course, and yes, it was down, way down.  The long hot summer means that the water level in the reservoir is very low and, because of this, we were given permission to sail from the waters edge rather than up at the top.
    The PRO Terry Rensch and his shoreside assistant Peter Haskell got proceedings underway with the obligatory briefing.

    The early races were mostly sailed using various forms of A rig with Nigel Brown coming out of the blocks with a blinding start to the event, taking bullets in the first 4 races before allowing Mike Kemp and Toby Laux to get a sniff, but finishing the morning with a 5th win.  Racing down the fleet was a close affair with many a tussle, but also a few boat and rig failures taking some people off the water.

    After Lunch a further 6 races were completed, but by this time the wind had increased significantly taking people through their B rigs and onto very small C’s.  Winners of the afternoon races we mostly decided through survival of the gusts with us all suffering a lot of nosediving, even in the dinky C rigs.

    Nigel managed to finish the day with 2 more wins but not before Toby Laux, Wayne Stobbs and Paul Davis managed to keep him at bay for the first 4 afternoon races.

    The consistent but gusty wind meant that no course changes were needed during the day but the rescue boat was used a lot to recover boats that had succumbed to the conditions.  The last race saw only 6 of the 11 attendees take to the water, and Toby suffered a failure leaving only 5 finishers.  There will be a lot of rig rebuilding going on over the off-season

    Nigel Brown was the convincing winner with 19 points, followed by Toby Laux on 31 and Wayne Stobbs on 33.

    Huge thanks to Datchet Water Radio Sailing Club and the race team led by Terry.

    Posted 16 Oct 2018, 13:20 by Matt Riley
  • Traveller Series Round 8 - Datchet - 13th October
    We now have the NOR for the last Travellers Series even of the year at Datchet Water.

    This is the last race of the season and the guys at Datchet have been working hard to put on a great event so lets get a good turnout.

    (click to enlarge)

    Posted 1 Oct 2018, 03:53 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
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.