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

  • Travellers Series Round 8 - Water levels at Datchet

    Some of you may have heard that the low water levels at Datchet are putting this event at risk and those rumours were not unfounded.

    Wayne Stobbs flew into Heathrow over the lake last week and can confirm that the water is lower than he had have ever seen it before.

    However, we have been informed that a floating pontoon has been made available which can safely accommodate up to 15 people.

    The event will therefore take place as scheduled on 13 October at Datchet.  More news and notices will follow in due course.

    Posted 7 Sep 2018, 10:08 by Matt Riley
  • Travellers Series Round 7 - Birkenhead - 22 September

    For the next event in the 2018 traveler series, we return to the venue that hosted the 2017 RG65 UK Nationals, Birkenhead, on 22 September.

    The NOR has been posted to please get your entries in using the MYA entry system HERE

    Posted 7 Sep 2018, 10:06 by Matt Riley
  • Travellers Series Round 6 - Report and Results
    Report from Clive Bardell:

    As Watermead was closed due to blue/green algae, 2 Islands kindly allowed the event to be run on their lake.

    The wind was varying between south and south west at 7 to 11 mph. This led to swirly winds and big changes when beating to the first mark. A reach to the second by the island caused the yachts to slow in the wind shadow but then a good run down to a gate in the channel. On several occasions the fleet split with the first three having a good wind and leaving the rest of the fleet a leg behind.

    John Tushingham was on form with the first three wins but missed the fourth race due to a failed rudder servo. This gave Mike Kemp sailing a borrowed Argon for the first time to take poll position. Both Phil Holliday and Peter Baldwin were contending the top podium places.

    By lunch after 10 races John was in the lead with a total of seven wins followed by Mike and Phil. There were close finishes between Noel Donaldson, Graham Bartholomew, Peter Dunnett whose positions were constantly changing. Peter Dunnett improving steadily throughout out the day and in the afternoon had two seconds and finished first on the 18 th. Race.

    Overall John came out on top with 19 points followed by Phil with 43 points and third ws Mike with 45 points. Mike would have been higher but water in the receiver forced him to miss the last 4 races.

    A good day for all and again a big thank you to 2 Islands for all the help and facilities provided.

    Please note the Traveller 7 will be at Birkenhead on Sat.22nd Sept.
    Clive Bardell. R.O.

    1st John Tushingam sail 51  19 points
    2nd  Phil Holliday  sail 66  43 points
    3rd Mike Kemp  sail 129 45 points
    4th Peter Baldwin  sail 63  55 points
    5th  Peter Dunnett  sail 95  66 points
    6th Graham Bartholomew sail 65  71 points
    7th Noel Donaldson sail 29  76 points
    8th  Roger Dunklin  sail 177 104 points
    9th  Stan Cockeram sail 92  122 points.

    Full results here

    Posted 24 Aug 2018, 14:41 by Matt Riley
  • Travellers Series Round 6 - Venue Change

    We have been contacted by the Watermead Model Boat Club to inform us that the owners of the lake, on advice from the Environment Agency, have had to suspend use of the lake due to a significant increase of toxic blue green algae.

    This means that round 6 of the 2018 TT scheduled for 18 August can no longer take place as planned.  The event will instead take place at Two Islands on the same day.

    The Notice of Race has been updated and can be viewed HERE.

    Those skippers who have already entered will be contacted by the organising team to reconfirm their entry.

    If you have not yet entered then please do so soon so that the team can prepare for the event.

    On behalf of the RG65 skippers we would like to thank the team at Watermead and the Two Islands Radio Yacht Club for pulling out all the stops to make these alternative arrangements at such short notice.

    Posted 10 Aug 2018, 10:42 by Matt Riley
  • Traveller Series Round 6 - Watermead - 18th August.
    Entry is now open for round 6 of the 2018 Travellers series at Watermead.

    Due to blue green algae at Watermead this has ben moved to 2 Islands at Milton Keynes
    The updated NOR is available here

    Entries to Clive Bardell by the 16th please..
    Posted 10 Aug 2018, 10:43 by Matt Riley
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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.