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 4 - Watermead - Sunday 9th June

    Still time to enter round 4 of the Travellers series at Watermead this weekend.

    The weather is looking good and the team at Watermead always put on a great event

    The NOR for this event is up on the Watermead website here.

    The MYA online entry form is here
    Posted 6 Jun 2019, 09:44 by Wayne Stobbs
  • Travellers Series Round 3 - Birkenhead - Report
    There is a great report with pictures and full results of round three of the traveller series on the Birkenhead website here.
    Posted 26 May 2019, 07:25 by Wayne Stobbs
  • Travellers Series Round 2 - Bournville - 6th April
    After a good turnout at Eastbourne to kick off the season with 17 skippers turning up in spite of the gale force winds, the next Travellers Series event is at the Valley Parkway lake in Bournville on the 6th April.

    Results from Eastbourne can be found here

    NOR for Bournville is here
    Posted 14 Mar 2019, 04:18 by Wayne Stobbs
  • 2019 Travellers Series Round 1 - Eastbourne - 9th March
    Here we are with the round 1 of the 2019 TT just 6 weeks away. Time to get your boat back off the shelf and prepare it.

    Eastbourne and District Model Yacht Club have released the Notice of Race which may be viewed HERE. Please take a look and get your entry in using the Online Entry Form.

    Apparently the sun always shines in Eastbourne......see you there.

    Posted 29 Jan 2019, 07:05 by Wayne Stobbs
  • RG65 UK 2019 Update
    Welcome of the 2019 world of RG65. We have hardly dried our boats off from the 2018 season and here we are about to embark on the 2019 TT series. We have 8 events scheduled with are listed below, with the first one at Eastbourne just around the corner.

    But before we get to that event, there are many of you out there who we do not see on the series. Like me a few years ago you may be thinking that the TT is not the place to be because you are not experienced enough, a common misconception that we hope to clear up in this email. The TT is absolutely the place to learn your craft so please give serious consideration to this and come and join in the fun.

    We are also looking for volunteers to take up active roles in running the class in the UK. Hopefully we can convince some of you to come forward and help manage and grow this fantastic class of RC Sailing.

    So here we go….

    The RG65 TT Series, what is it all about?

    For those of you who have not attended one of our TT events before let us clear up a few misconceptions.
    The TT Series is not only for the best RG sailors, it is for all RG65 sailors
    The TT Series is not only open to experienced sailors, it is open to anyone who has a class legal RG65 (that includes all you DF65 folk as long as you do not use your A+ rig) no matter if you are learning the ropes or an old salt. We welcome all learners and Old Salts with open arms.
    The TT Series is not a scary place to be, the racing is run in a friendly and courteous manner and is one of the best places to learn your craft.
    You do need to have learned the Racing Rules of Sailing off by heart to join in. A basic understanding of the Port/Starboard and Windward/Leeward Boat is enough to get you started. And if you don't know those then come along anyway, we will help you get to grips with them.
    It is not necessary to have the latest design of boat or best sails to join in, fun can be had with any class legal boat no matter how old and tatty. If you have any questions about participation or you boat, please get in touch, we are more than willing to help.

    So come along and join in, you will have a great time.

    Can you help the RG class in the UK?

    As you will likely know the RG65 UK Class Association committee is a small group of volunteers who give a bit of their time to help run the class. This includes organising and managing the national race calendar including the TT, managing the membership, running the website, promoting the class, liaising with the MYA and ICA (International Class Association), and much more.

    All of this currently falls into the laps of a few people and this can be taxing on them, and a lot of necessary tasks just do not get done. This is not great for the class or the membership.

    So this is an appeal to all of you. If you are willing to help with the running of the association and/or class, then please get in touch. We need you, whether that is to take up a role on the committee or simply help the committee out.

    Thank you.

    Posted 29 Jan 2019, 07:03 by Wayne Stobbs
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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.