adams_10Adams 10

The Adams 10 has matured to become one of Australia’s favourite sports boats.

Join the scores of others who have discovered the charm and versatility of the Adams 10 Metre sailing class. It’s a boat you can enjoy sailing, racing or cruising with friends.

One boat which combines simplicity of operation, confidence building stability and sparkling performance in an affordable, low maintenance package. Truly, a unique yacht for the racing enthusiast and the entire family!

The Adams 10 is easily controlled, forgiving and sea-friendly but at the same time incredibly exciting to sail and race. The advanced construction ensures these boats are faster, lighter and stronger than their contemporaries, one of the many reasons it has become the most trusted club class in Australia. Recapture the simple joys of sailing with the Adams 10.

A fleet of 6 Adams 10’s at BYS are regularly participating in the shorter “round the sticks” or “windward and return” events as well as the variety of “long course” keel boat events run at BYS. Whether its the height of Summer or the depths of Winter – you will find the ‘Tens on the water and ready to race and enjoy.

Click here to visit the Adams 10 website

Timpenny 670

Timpenny 670, competitive trailable yacht- lots of fun

  • Safety: Timpenny 670 is very safe with built-in foam buoyancy and is virtually unsinkable, and has high stability in all weathers.
  • Handles easily: responsive to sail trim and turns on a sixpence.
  • Performance is good. BYS runs a mixture of race-types, largely based on personal handicap that gives everyone a chance to win. Timpennys do well.
  • Rig and sail handling is easy: The mast is light to raise & lower, the headsail/jib is self tacking; the sails are trimmed without needing winches
  • Cockpit is spacious: the main sail is normally sheeted to a block on the cabin roof making the deck an unencumbered space, as large as many bigger yachts.
  • Fun and accommodation: the boat floats in 15mm of water so can be broat to the beach edge for family fun, and easy cruising. The cabin is good for cruising and will accommodate four adults.
  • Maintenance is easy with a fibre glass hull and deck.
  • Launching/retrieval of the Timpenny: most BYS trailer-sailer owners prefer to antifoul the boat hull and use a swing mooring or marina berth (see below).

The Timpenny 670 is sailed competitively ay BYS, where there is a good fleet of boats; the Timpenny Association runs annual championships. The boat is 6.7m (22ft) long with 2.2m beam and weighs 860kg. VYC CBH rating is 0.685. It is easily towed by a sedan vehicle on a single axle trailer. 

Safety was a major aspect of the design of the Timpenny 670 – with built-in foam buoyancy and self-righting moments.  The large cockpit is self-draining.  The boat is famous for its ability to handle strong winds.  An outboard engine is always carried for safety and close to shore handling.

Handles easily: The sail controls are light to adjust and designed without winches; this makes the boat easy to sail for both the beginner and the expert.  The mainsail is loose footed, and fully battened; the jib has two battens (or can designed to be furled) and gives good control to pointing and drive. The spinnaker is easily flown using a brace from the mast ring.

Performance: The Timpenny 670 is highly responsive to correct sail trim; it was designed to allow rapid adjustment to suit pointing and wind strength.  Two-up is the normal competitive crew but the boat can be sailed with up to five on board.   (Photos 1 to 6 give views from all directions)

Cockpit: The spacious layout of the cockpit means that there is good room for crew during racing, or for everyone just lounging about on cruise of having fun near the beach.

Fun and accommodation : The Timpenny 670 floats in only about 15mm of water, making is a convenient off-the-beach boat for family fun. The interior has a double bed-sized V-berth in the bow, and single berths to port and starboard.  The galley is to port.  A chemical toilet is housed under the V-berth and behind a bulkhead for privacy.  The large front hatch provides excellent ventilation.  Large storage lockers are under the bunks.   The large unencumbered deck is a superb space for racing, socializing or fishing.

Launching & Retieval: BYS has a limited access ramp that can be used at high tide. However, most owners antifoul the Timpenny boat hull, and use a swing mooring during summer for convenience.  BYS has an excellent patrol boat system for pickups before and after racing to/from moorings to the jetty. Marina berths are also used.

For Timpenny skipper contact names/email) or refer to the Timpenny web site for further inquiry information. Tom O’Donoghue is your BYS Trailable representative [email protected]


etchellAThe Etchells was designed in 1966 by Skip Etchells, a yacht designer and boat builder from Greenwich, Connecticut, USA following a competition sponsored by Yachting Magazine the previous year. The International Yacht Racing Union (IYRU now ISAF) was looking for a new three man Olympic keelboat.

The Etchells won the trials but was not selected. Nevertheless, the Etchells class was born, a class organization was formed and the boat was named E22 because the design is 22 feet on the waterline.

In 1972, the IYRU formally recognized the E22 as a first step towards granting international status. The Class Rules, Measurement Form and Rules pertaining to One-design Control were subsequently accepted by the IYRU and the Class was officially recognized as an International Class effective 1 July 1974.

In 1990 the yacht and the Class officially revised their names, dropping the “22” to become “International Etchells” and “International Etchells Class Association” respectively. A new logo, eliminating the “22” was designed and accepted by the Class in 1996.

The E22 Class Association of Australia was formed on 6 February 1973. The foundation office bearers were: President, Kevin McCann; Vice President, Roger Dane; Secretary, Alex Milledge; and Treasurer, Rea Franklin.

The Association decided to purchase and import from the USA moulds to build hulls and also agreed to procure dies to make spars. Savage Fibreglass Industries in Melbourne was appointed the first official builder of Etchells yachts in Australia.

The moulds arrived in October 1973, and the first Etchells in Australia, KA1, “Chardonnay”, was shipped here from USA inside the moulds. The boat was owned by the late Roger Dane after whom the perpetual trophy, awarded to the winner of the Masters Division in the Australian Championship, is named. The wooden barney post from “Chardonnay” is a feature of the trophy.

In June 1975 the Australian Association adopted a new constitution to enable it to be fully recognized by the IYRU sanctioned International E22 Association. The intention was to allow the class to develop in the boat owners’ best interests. The structure of the new Association provided for fleets to make up the Australian Association, a principle which still exists today.

The office bearers were: President, Rea Franklin; Vice President, Harry Sutton; Secretary, David Bebb; and Treasurer, Mal Jones. At the time there were three fleets; Melbourne, Pittwater and Sydney Harbour – today there are 16 fleets around the country and the Association still owns the moulds and dies.

Within a year of receiving the moulds from the USA, Savage Fibreglass Industries had built 30 boats, and continued to build Etchells until 1980 by which time 127 boats had been built. In 1981, Pamcraft was granted the Etchells licence in Australia and during the next 10 years built 200 Etchells. From 1991 until 1996 Bashford Boat Builders built 111 boats and since 1996 Pacesetter Etchells Pty Ltd has been the Australian builder.

An Australian Championship is held every year and is rotated around the States in which there are established Etchells fleets. The Australian Etchells Class Association has contributed strong Class leadership and has been host to nine World Championships.