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The Boat Class "RG-65" has its origin in South America where she was one of the most sailed model yachts for many years. The development began in Argentina and dates back to the year 1950. At the time it was a small, but good sailing boat . The history of RG-65 began as a free sailing class before the time of remote control. However, the key measurements, even then, were 65cm body length and 1m mast height.
Named after it's developer Juan Gherzi and the hull length, the class was first called "G-65".
In the 70s, the invention of remote control spread to model sailboats. At that time, the class name was changed to RG-65, the R for "radio controlled" = radio remote controlled. At this time, and still in force today , the fundamentals of class rules were defined:-
No multi-hull constructions permitted
Hull length 65cm 0.5cm +/-
Mast height max. 110 cm above the deck
Sail area max. 0.225 m²
Other restrictions do not exist. It is a construction class.
Simple wooden chine boats are just as permissible as Carbon fiber lightweight hulls, with the displacement of most of the designs leveling off at around 1000g.
In Europe the class began to take hold around 1998. Naturally, the spread began in the Spain first, but there are now active RG-65 fleets in England, Holland, Switzerland, France, Italy, Poland, Germany and Ireland.
Born in the USA
Fast forward 10 years to 2008, when Earl Boebert and Dick Lemke became interested in the Class and started talking about the boats. Earl’s club, Duke City MYC in Albuquerque, adopted the Class and built a fleet of nine boats in a few months.
The first US RG65 regatta was hosted by DCMYC in 2008, and they continue to host their annual event called "The Rio Grande Cup". Since 2008, the Class has spread across North America.
Today there are several hundred owners and probably 1,000+ boats scattered throughout the U.S.