Editor’s Headline

For a number of years now, the Timpenny Times has been minimized due to the portfolio applicant caught up with work commitments, lack of input and general lack of material.  This is about to change.

Firstly, can I ask everyone to be aware of the Timpenny Association Facebook Page.  This page covers Timpenny events all over Australia.  Secondly, the Timpenny web site is going to have a complete face lift.  The current web site has all the data material however, it is higgly piggly all over the place, however the site is a google freebee, so we will need to be careful how we handle this matter.

Over the last year there has been many changes both in your executive and in the membership list as boats change hands.  Many of our long-term sailors have let their boats be sold due to aging, business commitments and sickness.

Many Timpenny yachts are some forty years old and starting to show their age and are also in need of tender loving care to bring them back to A1 condition.

Over the next few months, I will endeavor to assist members with articles covering sailing tips, where to find replacement items and entities that can assist us in this endeavor.

We will aim for at least four Timpenny Times this year, so send in your questions, upcoming events, your club results, great cruising experiences, where you would like to cruise and interesting photographs

Watch this space

Victorian Timpenny Championships 

10th-11th February 2018 – Portarlington Sailing Club

Only seven boats ventured down the west coast of Port Phillip bay to Portarlington.  This was disappointing to the organisers as we expected a better attendance considering the location close to Melbourne.

The Saturday opened with a nice gentle 10 to 15 kilometer north west wind with half to a metre wave, that came directly to shore that made launching a little difficult.  After briefing it was just one hour to the start, that required a launch, then a motor around a large sand bar (some 500metres long) to get onto the race area.  For many it was a difficult exercise, launching, motoring then lifting sails in sloppy seas.

Race one starting with rob Milner “Aussie Action” lost at sea thinking the start was an hour later on, he must be getting old!

During race one, the wind started to build and prior to the preparatory flag the wind started to peak around 30 knots and the second race was abandoned.  As the yachts started to reduce sail, then completely remove sails the wind continued to build to an estimated 40 knots.  (Geelong some 10 kilometers away had in excess of 50 knots)

“Nartanda” James Mahoney, broke his motor on trying to restart and needed patrol boat assistance and was towed back to shore only to find the launching ramp fully loaded.

“Somerlead” Malcolm McDonald, got half way into shore and had his engine washed overboard with the waves over the sandbank and was fortunately washed ashore onto a sand strip. An eventful afternoon.

The Sunday racing was uneventful with good close racing in perfect conditions.  Rob Milner unfortunately, missed the day due to illness possibly sun stroke from a week or so prior.

 Results of Racing


Sail No.

Boat Name


















Doug Carswell












Trevor Turnbull










Bea jay

David Marshall











Malcolm MacDonald











James Mahoney











Alex Shroud











Aussie Action

Rob Milner








Around the Traps

Sussex Inlet Yacht Club

Greg Brown appears to remain top skipper at SIYC and is currently sailing his Farr 750 “Gone too Farr”  in the 2018 CBH series.  The question remains which boat he likes to sail?  Maybe his opposition “Two Up “ Paul Gerard and “Serendipity” Dick Finlayson are giving him some hurry up?

Bendigo Yacht Club

Well Doug Carswell “Uome” has shown that he remains Victorian Timpenny Champion refer Victorian Timpenny Championship.  It would appear that Ron Mason “Sixpenny Bit” is keeping Doug up to speed with on going local participation.

Rye Yacht Club

Petr Kinsman “Freedom” is flying the flag, however David Myer “Skyhoot” is gone on strike or maybe fishing?

Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron

Young Leigh Douglas, “Helios” got grand dads (Graeme Douglas Past away 18 Months ago) old boat and showed the fleet how to sail.  Frank & Helen Fleer “Gannet” have been improving and regularly  knock off Rob Milner in “Aussie Action”

Cowes Yacht Club

Jim Holroyd  & Katie “Red Hot Go” are causing head aches for Ian Samuel “Hydroxy” and “Banyandah” Eliz & Adrian Mitchell. Look at results West Pt Chall.

President’s Message  

David Marshall



Firstly I wish to thank the members of the committee for their contributions during the past year:

Rob Milner, Secretary, took on the role after many years as President, out of his passion for the Class. He has kept us in order with the Dept of Consumer Affairs, championed an update of our Constitution, secured us a renewed affiliation with Yachting Australia, managed our records and website and generally has continued to be the engine room of our small group, including Acting Measurer. Thank you Rob.

James Mahoney, Treasurer, accepted election last AGM to replace our long serving Ian Grant. James has mastered the book keeping, brought us into the age of Electronic Banking and generally provides fresh leadership in the business of staying liquid. Thank you James.

Alex Stroud, Vice President, continues to inject the energy of youth into everything we do. He drags us along to race meets, helps keep our Facebook page up to date and flies the flag all over the place and us in tune with what’s going down on the water.  Thank you Alex

Trevor Turnbull, 770 Rep, continues to provide us with experienced support and direction, assists 770 skippers with information and takes Sparkling Burgundy on the road where many of our 770s stay in the pen. Thank you Trevor.

Jen Fordyce, measurer in training, has kept us all on our toes with her learning about the class and her passion for her 670. Thank you Jen.

2018 has been a challenging year for the Association. Our skippers are getting older and our trailers rustier and the numbers travelling to events such as this has dwindled to what you see this weekend. Had we not been sailing at Portarlington it’s likely we’d have one less boat, and our best wishes goes to Peter Herring who had been excited about competing before a back injury skuttled him. We wish him a full and speedy recovery.

What to do about our precarious situation has been the subject of many a committee meeting. We’ve kept our website and Facebook page up to date, purchased banners, developed a new information booklet (to supersede the one in your show bags), made every effort to attend regattas around the place, kept in touch with NSW where the other bulk of our fleet is based. The NSW fleet is having similar issues. There so low a urn-out at the Sussex Inlet regatta last weekend they declined our offer of prize money and did not put the NSW Timpenny Shield up for competition.

The sad truth is that there are many boats sitting in a yard somewhere not being sailed, and their owners too unwilling to part with them. The boats that are advertised are not being sold, prices are not being got for them.

How much the demise of our newsletter has played in the lack of numbers is difficult to assess. Keith O’Brien unfortunately has been so tied up with work commitments this year he has not been able to devote any time to it. I’m not on Facebook, so I can’t comment on whether this medium is replacing the camaraderie that was stimulated by the newsletter or not.

So, at present the Committee is in a holding pattern, just keeping us alive with Consumer Affairs and Yachting Australia. Office bearers that have already spent many years in the roles are re-nominating to keep the quarterdeck manned.

The situation is unlikely to change until boats are sold to new owners who have the means and the passion to trail them around, get involved with us and energize our activities. We can only hope we can hold out till that new watershed happens.

Thank You all for your continued contributions.

David Marshall

President, 2017.

Minutes of the Annual General Meeting

Timpenny Trailable Yacht Association of Australia Inc.

Date: 10th February 2018

Location: Portarlington Sailing Club

Time: 7:40pm



Keith & Jo O'Brien, Ian & Hilary Rice, Peter Herring, Carey & Jen Fordyce



Rod Riding, Bill Farrell, Trevor Turnbull, Malcolm McDonald, Doug Carswell, Rowan Gillies, James Mahoney, Alex Stroud, David Marshall and Rob Milner


Minutes of Previous AGM

The minutes of the last Annual General Meeting were circulated.  Acceptance was moved by James Mahoney and seconded by Trevor Turnbull and motion carried


Matters Arising from Minutes

Affiliation with Australian Sailing as an Association was completed, and Officer Bearers updated with Consumer affairs completed.



Letter to Graeme Sargeant and discussion thereon by David Marshall explaining the situation.



President Report was read by the President and moved by Alex Stroud to accept, seconded by Doug Carswell and carried.  Report attached to these minutes.

Treasurers Report

The Association finances continue to be in a strong position however it is disappointing the number of subscriptions just 21 current members.

Current Funds $2,384 and Term deposit $5,627.

Full Report is attached to these minutes.  Rodney Riding moved that the Treasurer’s Report be accepted, seconded by Doug Carswell and was carried.


Election of Office Bearers:


Malcolm McDonald nominated David Marshall be President. Seconded by Doug Carswell.  As there were no other nomination the motion was put and carried unanimously.


David Marshall nominated Alex Shroud be Secretary, seconded by James Mahoney.  As there were no other nominations the motion was carried unanimously.


Alex Shroud nominated James Mahoney as Treasurer, seconded by Doug Carswell.  As there were no other nominations the motion was carried unanimously.

Newsletter Editor

Rodney Riding nominated Rob Milner as Newsletter editor, seconded by Alex Shroud.  As there were no other nominations the motion was put and carried unanimously.


Rodney Riding nominated Rob Milner as our Official Measurer, seconded by Trevor Turnbull.  As there were no other nominations the motion was put and carried unanimously.

770 Representative

Rob Milner nominated Trevor Turnbull as 770 Representative, seconded Bill Farrell.  As there were no other nominations the motion was put and carried unanimously.


General Business

Calendar of Events

  1. Yachting Victoria Trailable Yacht State Championships 17th & 18th February at Royal Melbourne Yacht Club & Melbourne Trailables
  2. Marlay Point Overnight Race – Gippsland Lakes – 10th,11th & 12th March – Lake Wellington Yacht Club
  3. Four Points Race, 21st April Royal Melbourne Yacht Club and Melbourne Trailables
  4. Yarrawonga Easter Regatta March 30th, 31st and April 1st – Yarrawonga Yacht Club

Australian Timpenny Championships 2018

Executive Committee to circulate three venue options for the championships and ask for feedback.  Based on feedback make a decision.  Seriously consider joining with other Trailables such as Victorian Trailable Yacht Championships, Noelex Yachts or Sonata Yachts.


The Executive committee to approach other active Trailable Associations

And Yachting Clubs and circulate cruising events to which we are welcome.  It is understood that both Bendigo yacht Club and Melbourne Trailables are active in this area.  Endeavour to organise three events each year.

The meeting agreed that we need to be more regular with newsletters and continue to promote our class via facebook and web site.

770 Moulds

Following much discussion, it was moved by Trevor Turnbull that the moulds be cut up and sent to the tip.  Seconded by Rowan Gillies. The motion was carried unanimously.

670 Moulds

Again, following lots of discussion, regarding Graeme Sargeant’s understanding and our correspondence, it was moved by Malcolm McDonald that “When Graeme sergeant finishes his boat, we want the peripheral moulds (Like the hatch covers, centreplate, pop top, anchor well cover etc) when he finishes his boat providing the moulds remain in good condition for a gross price of $500. Seconded by James Mahoney. The motion was put and carried unanimously.



As there was no other business the meeting Closed at 9.06pm

To start this section I want to remind sailors of the basic thing of sailing a Timpenny.            

            SAILING THE TIMPENNY 670


These notes are not intended to be a sailing textbook, nor will they turn a beginner into an, expert. They will, however, allow the beginner to set up his boat and recognise how, to rig it and handle it for different weathers in an efficient manner which will make the boat easier to sail. For the experienced racing sailor they will allow a direct start on fine-tuning and boat handling detail.


Setting up the Gear

When the mast is erected the forestay and jib halyard should be only moderately tensioned. The best way of doing this is to take a loop of the rope tail and pass it through the eye of the wire halyard. This then forms a three-part purchase which can be used to sweat down the halyard. With the mast set up, the mast rake aft should be between  20mm to 50mm at the boom when hanging a plum bulb from the halyard.

The angle at which the jib sheet leaves the clew of the jib is important. Set the jib up initially with the sheet angle approximately bisecting the clew angle and sail the boat with the sheet about 100mm in from the handrails. With the jib sheeted down hard the leach should just free off in the gusts. It should not hang off a long way normally, and it is essential that the leach should not tighten up and the luff fall off in the gusts. If the leach fails off too much, then the jib attachment should be moved up on the clew board. If the leach stays too tight the sheeting position should be moved down the clew board.

The mainsail battens should be placed in tightly and the mainsail hoisted to the top of the mast. The main is loose footed ie only the clew is attached to the boom and the cunningham is attached to the tack (see photo on web site rigging section). This setup allows a lot sail shape control in any wind conditions.

Tip: To make your set up a lot quicker every time you can leave all your shrouds, halyards etc on your mast when you lower, bungy then together for safe transit.  When dropping the mast particularly on your own you will need a pole with a steerup theron..


Sailing to Windward

Drift conditions (0-4 knots)

The mainsheet slide should be centred, the luff should be loose and the foot should be tight. In drift conditions flatter, but heavily twisted sails are usually the most efficient. Don't sheet the main down hard.

The jib should be sheeted at, or beyond, the handrail and the jib sheet not pulled in too tightly. If the jib is too tight and the mainsail too loose, the boat will suffer from lee helm. It normally helps balance to heel the boat slightly to leeward. In drift conditions keep the boat moving. On no account try to sail too close to the wind, and on no account pull the sails in hard.


Normal Winds (4 to 11 knots)

For normal winds the mainsheet slide is kept in the centre of the boat, the luff of the sail is pulled out just enough to take out wrinkles, and the boom vang is pulled on until the upper mainsail tufts just set properly when going to windward. If the vang is too loose the windward tuft will flutter, and if it is too tight then the leeward one or the leach ribbon will flutter. When racing it is better to control this by mainsheet tension since this helps keep the forestay tight.

The jib should be sheeted 100mm in from the handrail (or at the handrail in a bad chop) and sufficiently hard so that the leach does not fall off significantly except in gusts. The jib must not be sheeted in so tightly that the leach does not fall off in the gusts.

The sailing technique is simply to keep all tufts flowing and to luff as the gusts come. When a sharp lifting gust comes, the traveller may be eased because you will not be able to turn the boat up into the wind quickly enough to take full advantage of it. Bring the slide back on as the boat responds to the new wind direction.


De-tuning Conditions (11 to about 20 knots)

When the boat begins to heel excessively, flat sails are an advantage, and the primary technique is to flatten the mainsail, easing it out along its slide to reduce the heeling moment. The mainsail luff should be pulled down tight to stop the maximum draft going back past' halfway along the sail. The foot and the vang should be pulled out as tightly as you can to flatten the sail as much as possible. The mainsheet slide should be eased out as far as it is necessary to enable the boat to not heel excessively, i.e. not more than 15 degrees from the vertical, and eased further in heavy gusts. The jib should be sheeted 100mm in from the handrail (or at the handrail in a bad chop) and down hard so that the leech just fails off in the gusts. It is very important in these conditions to ensure that the leech of the jib fails off a little more than the luff. It may also be necessary to tension the luff of the jib to ensure that the draft does not come too far back and cause a hook in the leech.


Automatic Cruising (4 to about 15 knots)

The Timpennv 670 is set up with full width mainsheet and jibsheet tracks, because these allow for efficient use of the sail and also because they make for very easy cruising. To put your boat onto automatic cruising for sailing to windward, you should set the mainsheet slide at about 15 inches from the centreline (or on the centreline for winds

below 8 knots) with the vang on reasonably tight, the foot pulled out hard and the wrinkles pulled out of the luff. The jib slide should be left loose and the jib sheet lightly tensioned. With this setting as the gust hits, the boat will heel over and gain weather helm and slightly round up. This will take power out of the mainsail first because it is sheeted wider than the jib and so the boat will gradually reach- equilibrium as the power goes out of the mainsail, the heeling moment decreases and the boat balances. When the gust drops the reverse will happen. This means you can sail through most gusts without touching the sheets and by simply letting the boat follow its own natural inclinations to luff the gusts, you will need to do very little to keep the boat sailing happily. Also, with this setting the jib will tack automatically; it will not tack as far out as described in the racing sections, but it will be adequate for the purpose.


Reefing (above 20 knots)

The rig design allows the Timpenny 670 to operate over a wide range of wind strengths without sail changes. Once the true wind exceeds about 20 knots however, the boat should be reefed.

A word of warning on wind speeds - a genuine 20-knot wind is almost invariably described afterwards in the club bar as 30 knots. Most small boat regattas are cancelled if the true wind speed exceeds 25 knots. (By then the "club bar" wind is up to 35 or 40 knots!).

At 22 knots the double-reefed main and a small jib have the same power as the full gear has at 11 knots. Beyond 22 knots you will go faster with this rig than with the big jib and full main.

Timpenny 670s have been sailed to windward in the smooth waters of Sydney Harbour with full gear in winds gusting to 30 knots and with the big jib and single reefed main in winds gusting over 40 knots (real wind, not "club bar" winds). This was done to prove a point and is definitely not recommended - even a small mishap can mean gear damage! With a small jib and double reefed main, simply follow the same procedure as the wind goes above 22 knots as for the de-tuning described above, except the jib should be sheeted opposite the handrail. With this rig the boat is reasonably happy to around 30 knots and can be sailed, with skill, in higher strength winds.

A single-reef main is primarily to give an easy time for cruising, in winds in the 15-20 knot range.

It is good practice in strong winds to put the lower part of the main hatch in place, then if water does get into the cockpit, it won't rush into the cabin.


Close Reaching

Set the jib slide right out and sheet the jib so that the leeward tufts are just on the point of breaking. Let the mainsheet slide out and make sure that the vang is not-so hard that it is stalling the upper sail (you can tell this by looking at the leech ribbon) and let off the foot of the mainsail consistent with getting the lower main tuft working. Then trim the mainsail so that the leech ribbons are just on the point of breaking. If you find the boat becoming overpowered, ease the mainsail but do not ease the jib other than to keen the tufts flowing. If you are continually overpowered, pull the foot back on tight and tighten the van.

The sails with all the tufts flowing and the leech ribbon just breaking have a lift coefficient something like 80 percent higher than a sail with all the tufts not working. This obviously means a lot in performance, so watch the tufts.



Sail in the same general manner as the close reach, except that you should watch very carefully to see that the sail be kept unstalled. You may find it advantageous to ease the vang so that the upper mainsail can become unstalled, even though the lower mainsail, which is inhibited by the stay, is still stalled. Once the jib becomes blanketed by the mainsail it should be poled out on the opposite side.



The boat should be set up with the jib pole out and sheeted tightly. The mainsail should be let out to the stays, and in light winds the vang should be eased slightly so that the upper mainsail is at right angles to the centreline of the boat. In strong winds it is not prudent to allow the mainsail to go this far and the van should be kept tighter.

In light winds the boat will normally go faster with the bow depressed very slightly and heeled slightly, with the crew forward and to leeward. In strong, winds keep the boat flat and on its normal waterline with the crew sitting well aft.

It may pay to tack downwind if you have enough water, but this calls for good gybing technique and on most river courses it does not pay.

Keep a watch out aft and try to stay in the panels of stronger wind.


Downwind in Strong Winds

In many instances reefing downwind is more important than upwind. Most reported trailer sailer capsizes have happened downwind - a gust forces the boat to round up broadside onto the waves and the wave then rolls the boat. Reef earlier downwind in rough water than in flat water.

Downwind, changing to a small jib is not much help - reef the mainsail to the second reef. If this is too much, change the jib or drop the main entirely and sail on jib only - you will find the boat handles happily downwind with just the jib.


Unfortunately, the 770 notes are in the form of a table (see below).  A lot of the 770 sailing tips are applicable to the 670 as vice versa.