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

  • AGM to be held at National Championships
    As required by the Class Association Constitution, this is an announcement that the next AGM will be held at the Nationals Championships at Birkenhead on the weekend of the 24th - 25th June.

    The provisional agenda is

    1. Progress Report
    2. Election of Officers
    3. 2018 Calender and how to continue to expand the class in the UK

    Can any submissions of other items for discussion be emailed to contact@rg65.org.uk no later than the 10th June so they can be added to the agenda.

    While a discussion on the future of the class is yet another good reason for entering the Nationals, the agenda will be posted on the MYA Forum a week before the AGM so all members can comment, even it they can't make it to Birkenhead. There will also be provision for an online vote.

    Entry detail for the Nationals can be found here.

    RG65 NCA
    Posted 24 May 2017, 16:48 by RG NCA
  • Travellers Series Rankings after Round 4
    After 4 events and going in to the Nationals in June, the current standings in the competition for the 2017 Class Champion are:

    1John Tushingham51Keighley261
    2Mark Dicks6Clapham242
    3Phil Holliday66Datchet Water228
    4Wayne Stobbs58Portsmouth189
    5Mike Parkington697Fleetwood152
    6Liz Tushingham Keighley124
    7Noel Donaldson29Watermead124

    We have had 28 sailors across the 4 events but John Tushingham's consistent results have given him a lead over Mark Dicks and Phil Holliday . Missing the Keighley events has dropped Noel Donaldson back a few spots but with discards starting to count after the Nationals, expect to see this improve.

    Full results are here.
    Posted 20 May 2017, 17:08 by RG NCA
  • Travellers Series Round 4 - Results and Photos

    Close racing from a small fleet lead to some drama at Scotland Farm on at the end of April with one race declared a dead heat between Mark Dicks and Mike Partington. At the end of the day it appeared that John Tushingham and Mark Dicks were tied on points and inseparable on a count back. However after a very gentlemanly review of Rule A7 by John, Mark was awarded an extra half point for the tied race and Mark got the win, and the maximum score for the overall Travellers Series rankings, by the smallest or margins.
    Full results here.
    Some photos on Mick Chamberlains Flickr feed - here.

    Next up on the calendar is the RG65 UK National Championships 24th & 25th June at Birkenhead. It's not to early to get you entries in now, the NOR and details of how to enter are available here

    Posted 20 May 2017, 16:24 by RG NCA
  • Travellers Series - Rounds 2&3 - Results
    With Noel Donaldson absent, it was up to Mark Dicks and Phil Holliday to try and keep John Tushingham and his Scurry off the top at the double header at Weecher Resevoir on the 22nd and 23rd of April.

    This ultimately proved unsuccessful with John winning both days.
    Full results here
    Posted 16 May 2017, 15:30 by RG NCA
  • Traveller Series Round 4 - Scotland Farm, Lincoln - 13th May
    The NOR has been published for Round 4 of the 2017 Travellers series. The racing moves back to the Midlands for next event at Scotland's Farm near Lincoln on the 13th May.

    More information on the club website https://lincolnmodelyachtclub.wordpress.com/

    View the NOR here.
    Posted 27 Apr 2017, 06:47 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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