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 2 and 3 - Weecher Reservoir - 22nd/23rd April

    The NOR for rounds 2 and 3 of the RG65 UK Traveller Series on Weecher Reservoir near Keighley has been published.

    This is a double header event with the two days being scored separately, but both counting towards the 2017 traveller series.
    Round 1 at Eastbourne was won by Alex Cory from a hotly contested pack and with Weecher being the local pond for John Tushingham, the 2016 National Champion, we expect much of the same.

    Hopefully we will see many of you there.

    Check out the NOR here.
    Posted 28 Mar 2017, 14:18 by RG NCA
  • Entry Open for the 2017 UK Natonals at Birkenhead - 24/25th June

    Entry is now open for the RG65 National Championships & ND Championships 24th to 25th June 2017 at the Birkenhead Model Yacht Club

    Your entry will only be valid once the entry fee has been received by the Organising Committee.

    The NOR can be downloaded here

    Online entry form here

    Posted 15 Mar 2017, 14:27 by RG NCA
  • Entry Open for RG65 Euro Grand Prix - Eastbourne 5th/6th April
    Online entry is open for the RG65 Euro Grand Prix 2017 at Eastbourne, Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th August 2017
    Online entry here.
    Download the NOR here.
    Posted 15 Mar 2017, 14:22 by RG NCA
  • 2017 Travellers Series Round 1 - Report and Results
    Despite forecasts of downpours, the weather held for the 18 sailors who turned up for the first Travellers Series events at the Eastbourne and District Model Yacht Club lake at Princes Park. After registration, a course was laid on the seaward side of the lake and sailing got underway with all 18 boats in a single fleet. The wind steadily increased over the day with some big shifts coming from the western end of the lake turning the longer beats into a bit of a gamble with the fleet splitting between staying close inshore and vanishing off into the middle of the lake.

    At lunch Alex Corey had built up a lead with his new Scurry that he was going to keep for the rest of the day. The strengthening but fluky wind caused some dilemmas over rig choice with people swapping between A rigs, intermediate (low aspect A) rigs and B rigs as the gusts came and went. A few boats had some early season electrical glitches and there were a couple of breakages cause by overpowered boats nose-diving down wind, including Nigel Brown snapping the main sheet on his impressive metallic blue Scurry after the rig and hull tried to go in separate directions during a submarine excursion.

    For the final races the wind got lighter, leading to a few more rig changes, but after 20 races, Alex had kept his form and came in with 27 points to Ken Binks on 69. Tobias Laux just took third on a count back from Phil Holiday, last years UK class Champion. the full results can be found at the Eastbourne website here

    A big thanks to the Andrew Blagborough and the rest of the Eastbourne team for holding the event, suppling plenty of hot drinks and cake from the tea trolley and providing a very efficiently run days racing.

    Next up for the Travellers series is the double header of rounds 2 and 3 at Weecher Resevoir in Yorkshire on the 22nd/23rd April, but remember, Birkenhead are starting their RG65 series on the 1st April, more details here

    RG65 Traveller Trophy Series at Eastbourne 4/32017
    Click the image for a link to Sue Brown's Flickr Album.

    Terry Cornell has also put together a youtube video of the day's racing.

    Posted 15 Mar 2017, 14:44 by RG NCA
  • 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
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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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