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

  • Pop-up Open at Eastbourne
    All skippers please note there will now be a one day "Pop Up" Open event at Eastbourne on 5th August 2017 in place of the cancelled Euro GP, NOR and entry form can be accessed here.

    Posted 22 Jul 2017, 13:41 by RG NCA
  • Travellers Series Round 5 - Results
    Report, results and photos from Round 5 of the Travellers Series can be found on the Gosport MYBC Website here.
    Posted 22 Jul 2017, 13:37 by RG NCA
  • Travellers Series Rounds 5 & 6
    Latest News - we are up to 20 boats and entry not yet closed..

    There are 14 entered for Round 5 of the Travellers Series at Gosport so far, it has all the making of a great day on Cockle Pond next Saturday!

    Gosport has a growing RG65/DF65 scene. Whilst this is their first full season, they have a prolific builder among their membership in Alex Cory, Nigel Brown (Catsails) can supply sails.  They host Saturday Series, Sunday series and Friday morning series, and TT events.

    Remember as well that entry is open for Round 6 for August 12th at Two Islands, Milton Keynes. Please get your entry in as early as possible!
    Posted 13 Jul 2017, 16:54 by RG NCA
  • Euro Grand Prix at Eastbourne - Cancelled
    We have just received this message from Jeremy Collier at Eastbourne:
    "A message was circulated to the entrants for the RG65 Euro GP at Eastbourne on 5th/6th June at 16:20 this afternoon. To date there are only 10 entries, one from overseas. It was clear to the organising club that the level of interest we expected for this event was not there, and we therefore decided to cancel. Entrants who have paid in advance will have their entry fees refunded.
    Please accept apologies for any inconvenience caused."

    While it is sad that this event didn't get the support required from overseas, there is still plenty of RG65 sailing coming up with the Travellers Series continuing at Gosport on the 15th July NOR and Two Islands on the 15th August NOR.

    Posted 6 Jul 2017, 16:27 by RG NCA
  • Nationals - Full report, results and photos.
    Peter Baldwin and Roger Lincoln from BRSPC have posted a great report on last week's National Championships at Birkenhead.

    A big thank you to Peter and the rest of the race team for putting on a successful event.

    Full report here.
    Posted 30 Jun 2017, 11:18 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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