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 8 - Datchet - 13th October
    We now have the NOR for the last Travellers Series even of the year at Datchet Water.

    This is the last race of the season and the guys at Datchet have been working hard to put on a great event so lets get a good turnout.

    (click to enlarge)

    Posted 1 Oct 2018, 03:53 by Matt Riley
  • Water Levels at Datchet - Update
    Phil Holiday at Datchet has been keeping an eye on the water level, he reports that it has continued to drop, however that is good news for us, as we can now drive our car to the water edge (see photo) and the club will locate a floating jetty to enable ease of launching and retrieving. 
    Phil& the guys at the Datchet club are Doing a great job for us so please enter if you can and encourage others to do the same, it would be a shame if we had a low turn out. 

    Posted 28 Sep 2018, 05:46 by Matt Riley
  • Travellers Series Round 7 - Birkenhead - Results

    The report from Noel is that rather than the strong wind expected, the wind was very light all day, in fact often non existent. This was against a forecast of 15-17mph and the strange thing is that a few miles each way from the lake the wind as at this level. 

    The local skippers handled these conditions better than most, except John Tushingham who once again gave a masterclass of sail settings and wind “reading” to finish a worthy winner. Full results here

    In spite of the conditions everyone enjoyed the day in the usual RG65 good spirits. 

    Next up is the last Travellers series event and the decider of 2018 RG65 UK class Championship at Datchett on the 13th October.

    Posted 28 Sep 2018, 05:43 by Matt Riley
  • 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
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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.