Toy

Length: 4.58m (15ft)
Width: 1.23m (4ft)
Weight:
Country: United Kingdom
Keel Type:
Rig Type:
Bermuda Una
Crew: 1
Trapeze: none
Sail Area: 10.2 sq. m
Spinnaker Type:
No spinnaker
Spinnaker Area:
0 sq.m
Designer(s):
Design Year: 1967
Builder:
Boats Built:

For wing definitions see menu

Current CVRDA Handicap Ratings
Any cvrda wing: 93
(Alloy mast, Dacron sail)

The Toy was designed for the IYRU trails to find a a successor to the Finn as the Olympic single handed dinghy. The name Toy comes from Tony’s Own Yacht.

 

In Tony Allen’s words:

My story is :- I started sailing when I and two friends built a Jack Holt designed Hornet in 1953 and in 54 started making fittings (Holt Allen). I built a second Hornet in 1956 and married my crew.
When we were expecting I changed to sailing a Jack Holt Solo.
I was having lunch with Jack and he told me about the IYRU competition for a single hander potentially to replace the Finn as Olympic single hander.
As we did often in those times we drew ideas on the back of the menu and batted back and forth with ideas, I wanted Jack to design lighter and more exciting whereas Jack felt what was wanted was a pretty and easy to sail conventional boat.
Jack built a really pretty boat called Cavalier. I launched and sailed it at Burnham and though I loved it I thought it not what was wanted for the competition. So when we next met I sketched out what I thought, a bit of a cross between crewing on a Hornet (the fun of being on a seat out board) and a very light stretched solo.
Jack did another boat bigger than Cavalier with a sliding seat called Corinthian, but it was heavy.
Jack persuaded me to have a go at building my Toy to see what the race committee thought.
The competition was run by The Yachting World as a paper presentation. and I was joint winner with two continental designs, I remember that one was called blizzard I think by a friend in Belgium. I cannot remember the other.
We shared the £1000 prize, Whoopee.
The original Toy was built very light by the Mirror dinghy method pioneered by Jack, I built a second prototype with a very small change of lines to reduce the wave drag also of plywood.
On Christmas day I woke with terrible toothache and phone John Partridge a dentist friend who sailed Hornet at Brightlingsea. and he got me to go to him to be fixed, whilst I was in his chair with all the instrument in my mouth he asked that I give him license to manufacture TOYs. When he let me go I found that I had agreed that he would be sole builder in the UK and that he would pay me a Royalty per boat.
It was then that I redrew to make in GRP and changed the bow shape to be suitable for GRP.
I do not now know how many were built, I know some were built in Russia and some in Hamburg.
We did several competitive trails observed by IYRU committees and did not disgrace ourselves.
I wish you much fun sailing Toy, there was a TOY owners association but I was too busy to look after my boat and it’s furtherance.
Wishes Tony Allen

 

 
No class association known

 

 

Handicap Rating History
YearRatingMastSail
RYA 2 Digit Handicaps
1973 91
 Small Rig PY Type Secondary; PY Group Centreboard;
RYA 3 Digit Handicaps
1981 111
 Small Rig PY Type R; PY Group Centreboard;
1981 105
 Big Rig PY Type R; PY Group Centreboard;
1982 108
 Big Rig PY Type R; PY Group Centreboard;
1983 108
 Big Rig PY Type R; PY Group Centreboard;
1984 108
 PY Type R; PY Group Centreboard;
1985 108
 PY Type R; PY Group Centreboard;
1986 108
 PY Type R; PY Group centreboard;
1987 108
 PY Type Trial; PY Group Centreboard;
1988 108
 PY Type R; PY Group CENTREBOARD;
1989 108
 PY Type Trial; PY Group CENTREBOARD;
1990 108
 PY Type R; PY Group centreboard;
1991 108
 PY Type R; PY Group Centreboard;
1992 108
 PY Type R; PY Group Centreboard;
1993 108
 PY Type R; PY Group Centreboard;
1994 108
 PY Type R; PY Group CENTREBOARD;
RYA 4 Digit Handicaps
1996 1012
 PY Type R; PY Group Centreboard;
1997 1007
 PY Type R; PY Group Centreboard;
1998 1011
 PY Type R; PY Group CENTREBOARD;
1999 1011
 PY Type Trial; PY Group CENTREBOARD;
2000 1025
 PY Type Trial; PY Group Centreboard;
2001 1025
 PY Type Trial; PY Group Centreboard;
2002 1025
 PY Type Trial; PY Group Centreboard;