Australian Titles From Prior Years


Nine boats faced the starter in the Timpenny Australian Titles. Over Five races there was 4 different winners of heats and the overall winner won on count back so it was a very close race regatta. This year the Timpenny 670 once again dominated the results with "Uome" sailed by Doug Carswell and Rod Riding winning from "Fair Dinkum sailed by Russell Denholm and Mark Gillies. Last year's 670 winner David Marshall with crew Rowan Gillies in Bea Jay was third. Ian Rice and Hiliary Rice from Queensland in "Sedikat" was fourth.

With good tight racing and excellent sailing conditions the regatta was enjoyed by all that attended.

Results of Timpenny Australian Titles 2015/2016


Locals Star in National Yachting Titles

Yarrawonga Yacht Club members took all before them at the National Timpenny Titles held over the weekend on Lake Mulwala.

Light breezes were all that was needed for the fleet to sail four races and find the winners in the two divisions.

Trevor Turnball, sailing Sparkling Burgundy with crew Gretta Baker and Peter Farrell put in an almost flawless performance to win the 770 class and Melbourne skipper of Bea Jay David Marshall had local Rod Riding aboard for the best local knowledge to take out the 670 division.

Club members ran the regatta on and off the water with breakfast, lunch and dinner prepared in our gourmet kitchen, and the crew from Queensland enjoying a break from the weather.

Since the inception of the dedicated 770 trophy it has been pleasing to see a resurgence in 770 participation in the titles, with four 770's competing this year. It was also the first time ever a 770 has won the titles coming in first among all the boats overall.

Special thanks to Tom Hutchison & Keith O'Brien for taking the fantastic photos below to help relive the weekend.

Special thanks to Yarrawonga Yacht Club for making everyone feel welcome and putting on a great weekend.


Final results

Race Action Photos

2015 start


2014 saw the titles move to Martha Cove at the picturesque Safety Beach. The titles were held in conjunction with Yachting Victorias Trailerable Championships. Entries were down a bit this year(seven 670's and one 770) as economic conditions still bite. Uome reclaimed the crown winning all races and the Trailerable Title as well for division 2. This is the second time a Timpenny has won the Trailerable division (and with a different boat) proving it was no fluke.

Saturday night was a dinner put on by our gracious hosts Safety Beach. We look forward to seeing you at the titles next year!


This year for something different, the Austrailian Timpenny titles were held in conjunction with the Yachting Victoria Trailerable Championships. There were a total of 33 boats entered ranging from Noelex's to Norfolk Island Sharpies. A third of the fleet were Timpenny's (well done everyone). This gave everyone a chance to enter the trailerable titles as well. For some it paid off handsomely. The increased on water traffic with numerous boats added a new dimension to the racing as well.

Early birds for the competition came down on Friday night and an informal chinese dinner was held at the local restaurant.

We had some new entries this year with Halcyon, Zimmer and Allegro first timers in the titles this year.

We were blessed with fine weather on both days. There was plenty of wind (very shifty) on day one which meant some quick racing and two quick races were fitted in until the wind died out suddenly late in the afternoon meaning race three was abandonded. The race management by GLYC was great.

Saturday night was for most spent at GLYC clubrooms where a splendid pizza and salad night with auction was held in much good spirit.

Sunday the wind honked in early and steadily increased in strength throughout the afternoon. Three races were held with the last being abandoned as the wind strength by then consistently was blowing over 25 knots (gusts were more). By this time many boats had retired or being damaged (two dismastings and several broken booms and other gear - see photos page).

The strong winds illustrated the importance of being able to reef your sails quickly on the water. This is an important safety issue especially if you are out offshore a significant distance in big waves - your motor will be useless! Also whilst it may be exciting to be heeling over and burying the boats rail under the water, being over powered and out of control is actually making you go slower! This places strain on your crew and running gear and rounding up suddenly may put you at risk of t-boning the boat beside you in close quarter racing!

It was very pleasing to see some new comers on the winners podium this year and other boats improving rapidly.

We had two positions tied this year 4th - Zimmer and a competitive Sixpenny Bit and last place with Halcyon & Beez Neez.

Congratulations go to Peter Bulka & Ross Martin on Allegro who won first place in the Australian & Victorian championships as well as taking out first place in the Trailerable Championships as well. They have only had the boat since last September! Aussie Action came in second and the rapidly improving Sedikat came in third.

The non spinnaker trophy was won by Flying Circus.

We had two 770's competing for the new trophy with it being taken out by locals on swing keel 770 Kalimna with Chris & Lesley Avery and John Foley. Sparkling Burgundy came in second.

For those not heading back to home that night a victory dinner & barbecue was held at the local caravan park later.

Overall a very fun and satisfying weekend with GLYC putting on a great show as well. Check out the photos page for some great action shots and see the detailed race results below. Be there next year!

Division Timpenny 670 - Yardstick series scores

Division Timpenny 770 - Yardstick series scores

Individual Races 670 & 770

(click on the image to get a full size view)


It is with much pleasure we are now able to confirm the venue for the Austrailian Titles for 2013. Gippsland Lakes Yacht Club have agreed to host the titles over the weekend of 23-24 March 2013. This will be a combined event with Yachting Victoria which is running the Victorian trailerable titles at the same time (same sailing instructions and combined starts). For those wanting to sail the Marlay Point overnight on Saturday 9th March 2013 (Victorian Labour Day weekend) before hand, GLYC have graciously offered unsecured mast up storage (same area as GLYC club boats are stored). Alternatively secure (locked yard storage) is available from Bluewater Marine in Slip Road in Paynesville at going rates. Accomodation is available in Paynesville, Raymond Island and Bairnsdale (see local guides) or competitors can stay on their boats. GLYC has full toilet/shower facilities. A Saturday night function will be a feature also (TBA).

Even if you're not interested in racing this is a good chance to look at other boats and get some hints/tips/ideas on setting up your boat optimally to get the best from your sailing.

As mentioned previously, 770's competing will have their own seperate trophy to win. A non spinakker division for beginners or young families can be run also. Some novelty trophies will be awarded as well for non racing categories.

Just a friendly reminder that although the Gippsland lakes are defined as enclosed waters they are a proper marine environment patrolled by the Water Police who can do spot safety checks. Weather conditions can change quickly. Competitors should ensure their boats are seaworthy and they have all the required safety equipment.

As introduced in last years competition and to enable a fair and level playing field, spot boat checks may be made by the committee during the competition to check compliance with class rules. Competitors should check the class rules (see class rules available to download left) to ensure their boat complies.

Good luck! Please see notice of race entry form here NOR & check latest news page also.

"Fly Navy Too" sailed by Greg & Ronda Brown win Timpenny Trailable Yacht 34th Austrailian Championship 25th, 26th February 2012

Austrailian 670 Titles Trophy

(Competitor badge)

Victorian Trophy

Another competitve encounter has seen the silverware wrested again from Victorian hands to head north to Sussex Inlet with "Fly Navy Too" winning the 34th Timpenny championship at Bendigo Yacht Club on the sunny, hot and (windy shores) of the now full Lake Eppalock. The expected light conditions thankfully didn't eventuate with winds 15-20 knots (even higher on Sunday) on both days of sailing. A couple of last minute boat withdrawls meant we didn't quite get the bakers dozen (13) competing but four new boats were present at the titles and did quite well for their first titles outing. Of special mention was Rob & Judy Heath in "Flying Circus" who claimed 1st in the non-spinaker division and Kevin Long in "Just Dreaming" who came third in their first titles. The new owners of Fair Dinkum also did well in their first titles outing. Rob Milner claimed first Victorian boat this year and did well with an unfamiliar crew in "Ausie Action" while HIlary & Ian Rice in "Sedikat" claimed the travellers trophy again coming all the way from Queensland to compete. Sedikat did well to finish fourth in the last race with a smashed traveller temporary rig.

Unfortunately the heat hit "Uome" hard with their skipper Doug Carswell having to withdraw from racing on Saturday night and a damaged rudder knocking Sixpenny Bit out of the last couple of races.

A round table style barbecue dinner was held on Saturday night along with a brief general meeting. Special thanks to Bendigo Yacht club for hosting a delightful weekend of racing including meals and accomodation.

Detailed race results are below. For race photos click here!

Final results with 1 drop (click on image to enlarge)

Final results without drop (click on image to enlarge)

Heat 1 Results (click on image to enlarge)

Heat 2 Results (click on image to enlarge)

Heat 3 Results (click on image to enlarge)

Heat 4 Results (click on image to enlarge)

Heat 5 Results (click on image to enlarge)

Timpenny Trailable Yacht 33rd Australian Championship 2011

(Competitor badge)

“Uome” Sailed By Doug Carswell and Rowan Gillies Wins Australian Timpenny Title for the Fifth Time

After a hard fought regatta “Uome” beat “Aussie Action” Rob Milner & Garry Duckworth by 1 point. “Aussie Action” won the first two races before “Uome’s” crew got their act together. Race four saw a tied finish which could have changed the result. The title hinged on the last race where “Uome“ convincingly won the encounter.

For the first time ever a Timpenny 770 “Sparkling Burgundy” Trevor Turnbull participated in the winner’s circle finishing 3rd Overall.

“Sedikat” Ian & Hiliary Rice won the travelers trophy and “Beejay” David Marshall with his daughter in their first titles together won the no Spinnaker Division.

The Australian Timpenny Titles 2011 were successfully held at the Yarrawonga Yacht Club over the Easter break. And it wasn't just all about the racing. Competitors were allowed to camp on the foreshore and park the boat literally at the front door in idyllic conditions.

Ah the serenity.....yep it doesn't get much better than this!

Final results are as follows based on Yachting Austrailia low score system;

Timpenny Trailable Yacht 32nd Australian Championship 2010

at Gippsland Lakes Yacht Club

Third Time Lucky

On their third attempt ”Fly Navy Too” skippered by Greg Brown and crewed by Craig Davidson from Tomerong NSW won the Australia Timpenny Trailable Yacht Titles on the Gippsland Lakes Yacht Club at Paynesville over the week end 27th & 28th February 2010 by out sailing other competitor in all conditions.

The series of races had light morning winds with afternoon strong breezes with cold fronts moving over the lakes. Greg and Craig won from Aron Gavin & Loughie Pearman in “Navanna Again” and four time winner Doug Carswell & Rowan Gillies in “Uome”.

The strong winds took their toll as numerous accidents occurred with quite serious collisions and broken gear. The accident between 2nd place getter “Navanna Again” and “Sparkling Burgundy” Trevor Turnbull required a protest committee to sit that awarded average points in final race to Navanna Again” due to the seriousness of the damage and subsequent retirement of both boats. “Nevanna Again” could not compete in the annual Marlay Point night Trailable race held over the Labour Day weekend on the Gippsland Lakes due to the damaged received. Fortunately the series was won prior to the final race.

The final race was completed in 30 knot winds with only four boats completing the course including the winner and third place getter.

The titles were competitively raced with 13 boats from three different states.

Timpenny Trailable Yacht 31st Australian

Championships 2009

'Uome' sailed by Doug Carswell and Rowan Gillies from Bendigo Yacht Club won their sixth Australian Timpenny title over nine years in a closely fought regatta at Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron over Easter long weekend.

In an all Timpenny 670 fleet of 12 competitors Uome won following the survival of a protest from second place getter 'Fly Navy Too' Greg Brown from NSW in a close encounter.

The racing was very close through the whole weekend with the lead changing many times, but the ultimate winner was in the lead at the important time. Third place was well known former sailmaker Graham Douglas 'Helios' from Blairgowrie.

It was good to see a number of new faces in the fleet.

Results of the Australian Timpenny Titles at Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron Easter 2009

670 Australian Timpenny Champions Over the Years