Latest TOA News

Waveney River Centre meeting details updated (16/1/19)

Tideway Dinghies Ltd builders of the GRP Tideway will again be present at the RYA Dinghy Show. The show runs from 29th Feb to 1st March 2020 at London’s Alexandra Palace. Mari Riva can be contacted on 01621 851 081 or by email at

Members can find the latest information about our 2020 meetings on the members meeting details page – the password is on page 2 of any recent newsletter.

The editor would still like to know what you got up to in your Tideway in 2019 (in words or photos) as it will soon be time for him to start thinking about the spring newsletter! 

The Tideway – A classic stable 12’ dinghy in Wood or GRP

Built originally of mahogany on oak by L H Walker of Leigh-on-Sea in Essex in the 1950’s the gunter-rigged Tideway provokes interest and admiring looks wherever sailed.  Originally conceived as a “Family Cruising” dinghy this traditional “Swallows & Amazons” style boat is now more usually sailed  with a crew of 2 or single handed. The boat continues to be built today both in traditional wood and wood trimmed GRP.

The Tideway is ideal to trail and sail as most boats are Gunter rigged allowing all spars to store within the boat. It can be rowed, will take a small outboard and will give you many happy hours on the water.

You can read more about the Tideway here and about why owners think the Tideway is the right boat for them here.

The Tideway Owners’ Association

The Tideway Owners’ Association was formed in 1963 to further the enjoyment of this classic 12’ dinghy. Owners of around half the Tideways ever built are members of the TOA, making it one of the most successful traditional sailing dinghy classes in the country. The association also welcomes owners of Tideway 10s and 14s plus those without a Tideway who wish to support the class.

Annual membership of the TOA offers excellent value at £12 and provides:

  • 3 quality newsletters each year, with news of Tideways and their owners, write ups of meetings, advice and ideas, sailing stories and journeys, letters and opportunities to stay in touch.

  • Weekend and day meetings around the country, including an annual race meeting for single and double handed crews.

  • A boat register and lists of boats for sale.

  • Advice on technical matters.

Link to the RYA
The UK’s National Association  and
Authority for all  forms of sailing

Link to Tideway Dinghies
Builders of the GRP Tideway

Link to Good Wood Boat Co
Builders of the Wooden Tideway