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

  • National Championships - Two Islands - 12th-13th May
    The race team at Two Islands Radio Yacht Club have published the NOR for the 2018 National Championships to be held over the 12th and 13th of May.

    A dedicated championship page is coming soon but for now the NOR can be downloaded here and online entry is open on the MYA website here.

    The first entries are coming in already for what promises to be a great weekend of racing.
    Posted 20 Jan 2018, 09:52 by Matt Riley
  • Travellers Series Round 1 - Eastbourne - 10th March
    The new season kicks off on the 10th of March at Eastbourne and District Model Boat Club's lake in Princes Park, just off the seafront in Eastbourne. There is always a great atmosphere at this venue and the tea trolley is sure to put in an appearance.

    NOR and online entry form can be found on the club website here. 

    This is also Round 1 of this years Travellers Series,  the best five results from any of the nine events will count towards the 2018 RG65 UK Class Champion Trophy.

    As well regular RG65 open events, Eastbourne were the hosts for the 2016 Nationals, watch the video below.

    Posted 12 Jan 2018, 03:14 by RG NCA
  • Registrations over the Holidays
    Wayne, our Sail Number Registrar, has taken a well earned break over the holidays and won't be checking new sail number registrations until at least the 11th of January.

    If you are desperate for a sail number before then Tim Long, of DF Racing and Soch Sails has a stash he can assign.

    Normal service will resume when Wayne returns.
    Posted 15 Dec 2017, 15:56 by RG NCA
  • IRSA - 65 Class Statement

    The MYA has received a joint statement from the IRSA and the RG65 International Class Association regarding the progress toward full international status for the class. (see below)

    The UK NCA won't make any comment until it has received feedback from the International Class Association and has seen a copy of the new 65 class rules. However, feel free to discuss in this on the MYA Forums.

    Future Directions for the 65 Class: A Joint Statement
    November, 2017
    65 Class Rules Working Party Forum
    This Forum was set up in March 2017 within the IRSA site to bring IRSA, the worldwide radio sailing organization as an affiliated member of World Sailing, together with delegates from the RG65 ICA, an Independent Class Organization, not affiliated to any International Association, and a substantial Observer Group from both organizations.

    The prime purpose of the forum was to focus on a set of proposed rules developed by IRSA that would be acceptable for international and continental championships under WS and IRSA guidelines.

    Over the ensuing months many items were discussed and many changes agreed on resulting in a newly named set of rules for the international community: 65 Class Rules. This name variation is intended to separate those rules in custody with the RG65 ICA from those now to be published that are in the international standard IRSA format.

    The IRSA delegates would like to thank the RG65 ICA delegates and the contributing members of the Observer Group for their valuable input into helping make these 65 Class Rules more acceptable and viable for international competition.

    IRSA hopes that the rule discussions have established more confidence in the way we act as an international organization and we also hope that the RG65 ICA and IRSA can work more closely to further advance this class with its growing popularity.

    Similarly the RG65 ICA delegates would like to thank the IRSA for the work done in developing the proposed rules and bringing this forum together as part of their ongoing support of International RC Yachting.

    In the near future IRSA will publish the updated 65 Class Rules including the agreed changes. This means that international events using these 65 Class Rules can then be run with the confidence that they are under the authority of World Sailing and the IRSA.

    RG65 ICA Delegates
    IRSA Delegates

    Posted 5 Dec 2017, 06:41 by RG NCA
  • Race and Tune Session. Gosport MYBC. Saturday 9 December
    Wayne Stobbs has posted on Facebook: RG65 race and tune. Gosport MYBC. Saturday 9 December from 10am

    I know that there are some RG65 skippers feeling a bit left out because they cannot get up to the Birkenhead PopUp, me included, so I would like to propose an informal gathering at Gosport MYBC.
    Round the cans racing and tuning till the last person has had enough, or the sun sets, which ever comes first.
    No restriction on rigs etc. Let’s play and tune up in readiness for 2018. (Yes, I want to see how my new boat fares against you seasoned pros).
    Oh, one last thing, no prizes for the winner.

    The location can be found here.
    Posted 29 Nov 2017, 02:21 by RG NCA
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Clubs

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.
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