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

  • MYA AGM 25th November- Class Report and Trade Show
    With the MYA AGM coming up on the 25th November, the Class Reports have been published, see below for Alex Cory's summary of the year for the RG65 Class.

    Remember, before the AGM kicks off, there is a trade show where you will be able to discuss some of the latest designs and pick up a few things RG65 related. This all takes place at Rowheath Pavilion, Heath Road, Bournville, Birmingham. B30 1HH on Saturday 25th November 2017 with the trade show starting at 9:45am and the AGM at 1.45pm

    Report for the 2017 MYA AGM by Alex Cory – Acting Class Captain

    The RG65 class has continued during 2017 to establish itself as a highly competitive, high
    performance class with low entry barriers.

    Some of this success has come through people moving up from the DF65 Restricted One Design
    boats, but at the same time seen people joining the class from the bigger boats. The relatively low
    cost and simple rule book make it ideal for everyone, whether they build or buy a boat.

    Registered RG65’s have grown from 124 in November 2016 to 175, a 41% increase which is pleasing
    and gives us a good platform to build on.

    This growth has been helped by a number of great new designs arriving on the water including the
    Sith from Mark Dicks, the Scurry by Richard Wills and a number of designs from the continent
    including the Manta 2017 which is winning many of the European Events.

    The UK Traveller Series was as competitive as previous years with John Tushingham winning the title
    from the other 54 participants.

    A testing National Championships was held at Birkenhead with local skipper, Graham Elliot,
    managing the weed better than the rest to win the title.

    The UK Class Association Committee continue to work closely with and support the International
    Class Association as it seeks to unify the class on a worldwide basis and we see great opportunity for
    a step change in the class during 2018.

    The 2018 calendar is here
    Posted 20 Nov 2017, 14:32 by RG NCA
  • Pop-Up Open at Birkenhead - 9th December
    For those who can't wait for the start of the 2018 season, Birkenhead RSPC are holding a pop-up open event on the 9th December.

    With the current RG65 National Champion intending to compete along with several of the clubs Dragonforce 65 sailors, good competition should be available at all levels.

    More information on how to enter on the club website here
    Posted 20 Nov 2017, 14:08 by RG NCA
  • 2017 UK Class Champion - John Tushingham
    At the last Travellers Series race of the season at Watermead at the weekend, the results of the RG65 UK Class Champion was calculated using scores from all 9 events with over 50 different skippers sailing throughout the year.

    This year’s Champion is John Tushingham. John is a worthy winner, and was applauded by all,  Phil Holliday (last year’s winner) presented the trophy to John at the lakeside presentation. Alex Corey's win on the day took him in to 2nd place overall with Tobi Laux having to settle for third, full results here.

    A big thank you to all those who took part and to all the clubs who put in the time and effort to host the events.

    Looking forward to next years race calendar the first event is at Eastbourne on the 10th March.

    Traveller 1 - Eastbourne, Saturday,10th March 2018
    Traveller 2 - Lincoln, Saturday, 21st April 2018
    UK National Championship - Two Islands (MK), Saturday & Sunday, 12th May & 13th May 2018
    Traveller 3 - Keighley (Weecher), Saturday, 16th June 2018
    Traveller 4 - Keighley (Weecher), Sunday, 17th June 2018
    Traveller 5 - Gosport, Saturday, 21st July 2018
    Traveller 6 - Watermead, Saturday, 18th August 2018
    Traveller 7 - Birkenhead, Saturday, 22nd September 2018
    Traveller 8 - Datchet Water, Saturday, 13th October 2018

    Posted 9 Oct 2017, 05:41 by RG NCA
  • Travellers Series Round 8 - Results
    Eighteen skippers lined up at Watermead lakeside for the last of the 2017 Traveller events.

    Wind was from the S.W. varying between 6-8mph and 12-14mph which made the choice of rig very challenging for all skippers. Sixteen races throughout the day saw many changes of rig and changes of fortunes for those who got it more right than wrong. Alex Cory quickly established himself at the top of the table with Tobi Laux always close behind. John Tushingham decided to sail his DF65 which performed very well but could just not get up front even in the hands of one of our top skippers. Alex took the top position with Tobi second and Roy Stevens third, for full results see here

    As this was the last race of the season The RG65 UK Class Champion was calculated using results from all events with over 50 different skippers sailing throughout the year, this year’s Champion is John Tushingham. John is a worthy winner, and was applauded by all,  Phil Holliday (last year’s winner) presented the trophy to John at the lakeside presentation. Alex's win on the day took him in to 2nd place overall with Tobi having to settle for third, full results here.
    With lots of new boats and more and more “converts” as well as new skippers, the RG65 class is firmly established in UK an growing fast.

    Looking forward to 2018 and beyond.
    Thanks to all from your race secretary, Noel Donaldson (GBR 29)
    Posted 9 Oct 2017, 05:34 by RG NCA
  • Travellers Series Round 8 - Update
    With just a week to go before the final Travellers series event of 2017, we now have 13 skippers entered for Watermead on 7th October and expect more in the next week or so. With a good size fleet, the lake is at a good level and weed free. It should be a fun day with some tight races.
    There is good parking close to the lake side and with easy access to the water and the usual Watermead welcome you should get your entry in asap please to nadxnoel@aol.com

    Link to the NOR here.

    The Watermead club website is https://watermeadmodelboatclub.wordpress.com/.
    Posted 28 Sep 2017, 01:40 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
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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