Latest TOA News
updated 4/1/2021

  • 2021 Meetings – **** NEW Waldringfield dates added **** details of all meetings are on the Meetings page.  Additional information for members can be found on the Meetings Detail page in the members section of the website and in the New Year newsletter (you will find the password for the meetings detail page on Page 2 of any recent newsletter).
  • Newsletter – the 2021 New Year newsletter should have now been received by members.  The deadline for the Spring edition is 8th March – why not use some time during the current lockdown to send the editor a photo, letter, technical tip or article for the newsletter.
  • Officers’ Reports – the full versions of the annual reports can be found in the members section of the website on the Notices page.

The Tideway – A classic 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 (you can read a sample copy here); weekend and day meetings around the country, an annual race meeting for single and double handed crews;  a list of boats for sale and advice on technical matters.

You can find more information on the Joining the TOA page or use the contact us form and we will send you a membership form and further information.

Acquiring a Tideway

You can obtain a new Tideway constructed with a GRP hull and an extensive mahogany fit out, giving a boat which requires little maintenance but with a traditional look or in traditional copper riveted clinker.

Tideway Dinghies are the current builder of GRP Tideways.  Under owner Mari Riva, Tideway Dinghies are based at the East coast boatyard of A. Riva and Son Shipwrights Ltd, well established classic yacht restorers who have operated in the Maldon area for over thirty years. Link To Tideway Dinghies Website

Good Wood Boat Company are the current builder of Mahogany on Oak clinker Tideways.  Owned by Stephen Beresford,  Good Wood hand crafts wooden boats in Cockermouth in the Lake District using responsibly managed and ethically sourced timber. Link to Good Wood Boat Co Website

Contact the boat builders via their websites to get further information and current prices.  If you would prefer a second hand boat, The Tideway Owners’ Association maintains a list of secondhand boats for sale.

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