Latest TOA News
updated 29/7/2022

Newsletters: The Spring newsletter should have been received by members.  The deadline for the Autumn newsletter is 12th September

2022 Meetings: Details of all meetings are now available to members on the meetings detail page: here and a summary for non members can be found here

2022 AGM: Following the AGM there have been some committee changes details for members can be found here


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.  

Annual membership of the TOA offers excellent value at £12 and provides 3 quality newsletters each year (you can find 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 in the TOA Information section of this website including how to join, a list of forthcoming meetings, the class and association history and rules.

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