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The Association’s next AGM will be held on Saturday 16th February 2019 for a 12 noon start in conjunction with a social afternoon/evening.

The venue will be the Blackwater Sailing Club, Basin Rd, Heybridge, Maldon, Essex, CM9 4SD. You can read all about the club on their website: Please note that the club is located at Heybridge – less than three miles from the centre of Maldon – and there is ample free parking at the club.

The agenda is shown below. Nominations for TOA Committee positions should be sent to the Honorary Secretary : Tony Hepworth, 75 Horn Rd, Farnborough, Hants, GU14 8RL or email


1. Apologies
2. Minutes of last AGM held 11th November 2017
3. Matters Arising
4. To receive the Commodore’s Report
5. Presentation of the Commodore’s pennant to an “ordinary Member who has contributed to the success of the Association over the past year”.
6. To receive the Honorary Treasurer’s Report
7. Election of Acting Commodore
8. Election of Vice Commodore
9. Election of Honorary Treasurer
10. Election of Honorary Secretary
11. Election of Honorary Social Secretary
12. Election of Publications Editor
13. Election of Technical Officer
14. TOA 2019 programme including dates of Rallies
15. Date and venue for next year’s AGM
16. Any Other Business – motions (to be notified to the Hon Sec at least three weeks before the AGM), website update, updates from regions, update on regalia and pennants.
17. Date and place of next meeting

At the conclusion of the formal AGM there will opportunity for Members informally to raise and discuss any matters concerned with the future development of the Association.


Penny Baines has kindly agreed to arrange a light lunch, and tea, coffee and biscuits for all those attending. This will be subsidised by the Association, and served from 12.00 – 1.00, when the AGM will commence.

The Association has booked exclusive use of the Blackwater Sailing Club’s Osea Room, which has extensive views down the River Blackwater. The tide will be out, but the mudflats will be full of birdlife. Ornithologists should bring their binoculars.

A data projector and screen will be available, and Members are invited to bring memory sticks or disks with photos / videos of their sailing exploits in 2018 for viewing after the AGM and informal discussion have ended.

Our last AGM at Portishead Cruising Club ended successfully with a dinner in the Hall & Woodhouse pub at Portishead Marina on the Saturday evening. If members decide to stay overnight we can organise a similar event this year, probably at The Queens Head pub on Maldon’s historic Hythe.

For those members who have to travel and are in need of accommodation we recommend :

1) The 32 The Hythe B&B, The Hythe, Maldon CM9 5HN. Voted number 1 on Trip Advisor, Kim and Gerry take great care of their guests and their house fronts on to Maldon’s historic quay (just along from The Queens Head). Parking in the drive but only three rooms, so book early. £110 per night – Tel. 01621 859435, and :

2) The Limes Guest House, 21 Market Hill, Maldon, CM9 4PZ. An extended 18th C town house with 15 very comfortable rooms. Free parking. £105 per night – Tel. 01621 850350.

Both B&Bs only a 10 minute drive from the Blackwater Sailing Club. There are other hotels and B&Bs locally but these are ones Don & Penny have used for visitors. See

For those looking for a budget break, the Travelodge at Chelmsford currently advertises double rooms at a Saver Rate of £56 per night (but parking is £7.50 for 24 hours) : The Army & Navy Travelodge 128-136 Parkway, Chelmsford, CM2 7PU. Only a 30 minute drive from BSC.

There’s also a Premier Inn at Boreham, just off the A12 to the east of Chelmsford with rates from £38 per night (and free parking !) : Premier Inn, Main Road, Boreham, Chelmsford CM3 3HJ. A 25 minute drive from BSC.

Any questions, please contact either Tony Hepworth on or Don Baines on

For Members visiting Maldon for the first time there is plenty of exploring to do. The town received its Royal Charter from Henry II in 1171, and boasts two medieval churches and some fine houses. It was an important port in Roman times and a fleet of tan-sailed spritsail barges still sail from the historic Hythe quay where the town was established at the head of the navigable River Blackwater. Go to

Two gems are : The Combined Military Services Museum, Carriage House, Station Road, Maldon CM9 4LQ
Described by its patron the late Lord Paddy Ashdown as ‘a jewel worthy of national recognition’. Exhibits include the only surviving Cockle Canoe from the famous Cockleshell Raid and a complete set of German invasion plans for Britain in 1940. The collection includes tanks, medals, firearms, swords and much more. All items are original and many have a story relating to their previous owner’s exploits. One famous example relates to the clothing, weapons and equipment belonging to Rusty Firmin, leader of the Blue Team who led the S.A.S. raid on the Iranian Embassy siege.

Also recommended (a 15 minute drive from Maldon) is the Stow Maries WWI aerodrome – preserved intact, and with an impressive collection of original and reproduction flying machines of the period. Hackman’s Lane, Purleigh, Essex, CM3 6RJ. This opens for the first time this year on February 16th




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East Coast Rally July 2017


Friday July 7 – Friday July 14 2017

Malibu, Ceilidh, Varuna & Vandini at Halfpenny Pier, Harwich

The Tomahawk Owners’ Association has arranged an East Coast Rally for all Tomahawk owners and friends from July 7th – 14th 2017. We plan to head north up the coast again this year and make for the Deben. Full moon on the Sunday, with Spring tides peaking on Tuesday. Provisional itinerary below, subject as always to wind strength and direction.

Friday 7th Meet at Bradwell Marina  (HW 12.19). Dinner in The Green Man 19.00

Saturday 8th HW Bradwell 12.58. Leave 11.30  (LW Harwich 19.00). Halfpenny Pier

Sunday 9th Leave Harwich 07.30 (LW 07.00) LW Woodbridge Haven 06.45.
Cross Bar 09.00. Woodbridge Marina (HW 13.45) Barbecue.

Monday 10th Depart Woodbridge 14.00 (HW 14.20). Ramsholt Arms

Tuesday11th Depart Ramsholt 08.00 (LW W/B Haven 07.30) Cross Deben Bar 09.30
(HW W/B Haven 14.07). Shotley Marina (LW Harwich 14.22)

Wednesday 12th Depart Shotley 08.30 (LW Harwich 09.00) Anchor in Pyefleet (HW Brightlingsea 15.07). Barbecue ashore, if weather allows.

Thursday 13th Leave Pyefleet 12.00. Arrive Rowhedge14.00. Leave Rowhedge 15.30
HW Brightlingsea 15.41

Friday 14th Depart Brightlingsea 11.00 (LW 10.20) Osea for lunch (HW 16.45)

If you would like to join us, please contact Don Baines (Malibu – MMSI 235033149);
01621 853979; Mob : 07596 508812, email:

If you are not able to sail that week, but would like to drive round and join us at one of our overnight moorings for a social please call Don on his mobile before setting out.


The Association’s AGM will be held on Sunday 19th February 2017 at 12.00hrs.
The venue will be the RNLI College, West Quay Road, Poole, Dorset, Post code BH15 1HZ at 1130a.m. for 12.00 noon start.
A lunch has been arranged, so that after the official business we can settle down to a good meal and chin wag before setting off home. We need to know numbers and menu choices by the 6th February at the latest. Email Menu attached.
The agenda follows, and the Commodore’s and Treasurer’s reports will be sent out in advance of the AGM so that members have time to digest the contents before the event. This should reduce the time allotted to the formalities and allow more time for socialising.
We still have a few vacancies on the Committee so if you would like to help please let me know.
Tony Hepworth TOA Secretary
1. Apologies
2. Minutes of last AGM held 24th January 2016
3. Matters Arising
4. To receive the Commodore’s Report and presentation of the Commodore’s pennant to an “ordinary member” who has contributed to the success of the Association over the past year
5. To receive the Treasurer’s Report
6. To receive the Secretary’s Report
7. Election of Commodore – Graham Farley nominated
8. Election of Treasurer – Gordon Keyte nominated
9. Election of Secretary – Tony Hepworth nominated
10. Election of Bulletin Editor – Gordon Keyte nominated
11. To discuss paper on TOA restructuring from Gordon Keyte
12. Election of Committee – Bill Garrod, Don Baines, Doug Baynton nominated
13. TOA 2017 programme including dates of Rallies
14. Venue for future AGMs
15. Any Other Business (Motions, Website

Concerns about the TOA – paper by Gordon Keyte

Concerns about the TOA
Dear TOA Committee,
The Annual General meeting will soon be upon us and I would like to share some concerns with you, concerning the TOA and its future. For some time, I’ve had concerns about the TOA and what it offers to members. The website mentions the aims as ‘to share information between owners, to hold rallies and increase the benefits of owning a Tomahawk’.
• As far as rallies are concerned, the only activity is the successful East Coast rallies, those previously organised in the Solent area having now died away. No rallies are held elsewhere in the UK.
• Technical information is sometimes included in the Bulletin and these are held on the web site but this needs to be organised in a logical manner.
• There appears to be very little interaction between members (or between committee members!) and there are no social events, apart from the AGM.
• It has become increasingly difficult to find material for the bulletin and, as treasurer, I am very conscious that we offer very little for the annual sub of £10.
I therefore propose the following changes:
1. The TOA should continue but with a focus on providing technical information to members – thus making use of the considerable number of technical articles and data that we already
2. The technical information should be available to members from a secure part of the website and we should use some of the funds in the TOA account to better organise this data within the website,
3. A membership list should still be maintained and copies sent to members by post – it would be up to members to contact each other to organise rallies or other social events, much as the
East Coast rally now,
4. The bulletin should be produced annually with (if possible) new technical articles and reports of any social events both planned and to take place,
5. Existing members should be offered continuing free membership and new members charged £10. When it becomes necessary, a small fee should be charged to pay for web site and any secretarial costs,
6. The committee should be reduced in size to five – commodore, vice commodore, secretary, treasurer and a technical coordinator.
Perhaps this idea can be discussed at the AGM in January? For information, the TOA bank account stands at £2826.09 and there are currently 27 members (including Honorary Members).
Regards, Gordon

Treasurer’s Report 2017

Tomahawk Owners Association – Treasurer’s Report for 2016
The balance sheet for 2016 is shown below together with the 2015 balance sheet for comparison:
2015         2016

Income: Subscriptions                         £306.00    £231.00
Burgee sales                                           –             –
Miscellaneous                                      £5.00          –
Total                                                  £311.00     £231.00

AGM room hire                                        –             –
TOA Bulletin copying and postage         £10.00      £10.00
Website expenses                                £36.30      £36.30
Postage, etc, (Secretary)                      £10.00      £10.00
Trophy engraving                                     –              –
Burgee materials                                      –              –
Total                                                   £56.30       £56.30
Excess income                                     £254.70     £174.70

Balance at 1st January 2015, 2016      £2340.38     £2595.08
Balance at 1st January 2016, 2017      £2595.08     £2769.78

Notes: Subscriptions are again lower than for 2015, due to some unpaid subscriptions. Again, some members paid £12.00 rather than £10.00 and there was one payment of £15.00 which explains why the total is not a multiple of 10.
There has been little in the way of expenditure other than website costs and some secretarial and treasurer expenses, mainly for stamps and a little copying.
The TOA bank balance stands at £2769.78.

Gordon Keyte, Hon Treasurer.

Commodore’s Report Feb 2017

Commodore’s Report 2016

The Tomahawk Association was conceived to communicate, inform and share information with Tomahawk owners. It uses the website, newsletters, meetings, rallies to achieve this.

A quiet year 2016 in sailing terms for Tomahawks, Doug and myself did get on the water along with Gordon for our East Coast Rally but numbers down not helped with Don not launching Malibu after a hip operation. Let’s hope 2017 is a busier year on the water for all of us!

It was suggested  at last year’s AGM that we hold our next AGM in Poole. Don Baines explored the  use of the RNLI College in Poole as a meeting place.  The intention was to identify a venue that would be more easily accessible to members in the south, southwest and midlands.

Don has said he will be attending the AGM and I have asked him to act as temporary Commodore on this occasion.

Doug and I support the idea of the Poole venue which hopefully will raise the attendance and interest of Southern members. However we both feel the same about the impractical nature of the return journey from Essex.

Eastern members (Don, Doug and I) met informally in January so that we could consider Gordon’s email suggestions/changes as well as submit our ideas/questions to the AGM.

We agreed at our meeting that it is very important that we do try to reach out to ordinary members across the country – there is a danger that the TOA is seen to be an Eastern counties affair, and we need to involve people from a wider geographical area.

Our suggestions

  • 1) Whatever the location future meetings are held in April to facilitate bringing the ladies. Hopefully warmer weather will make travel and staying more enticing as well as avoiding the sailing season.
  • 2) Trial of new AGM venue and decision on future locations based on take up of members.
  • 3) Better communication between members using the current Facebook page or creating a new page. Facebook has really developed since the original suggestion to create a page.
  • 4) Retain the webpage for holding technical data for members.
  • 5) Link Facebook to the webpage and the webpage to Facebook.
  • 6) Charge a membership fee for a new member that lasts for a three year period.
  • 7) Existing members are given gratis three years’ membership.
  • 8) Investigate costs for a workshop/article publication to be given to new and existing members.
  • 9) Reduction of committee members.

The Tomahawk Pennant award:

This is presented to someone who has excelled in supporting the Association during the year or indeed over the years. All will be revealed at the AGM……..

Round The Island Race (Isle of Wight):

The Commodore trophy is presented to the highest Tomahawk Owners Association member – Mojave was the only entrant but retired due to lively conditions.

Welcome to new members:

Paul Sibley who now owns Mojave III based in the Solent area,

Frederick Bell who now owns Wigwam based in Ireland

Graham Farley




Welcome to Tomahawk 25!

Welcome to the new Tomahawk Owners Association website. The site is now live, bit still in it’s early stages.

Important: For returning users, you will need to have a new account set up for this site. Please contact Ian Bremner or Tony Hepworth to get set up (details can be found on the contacts page)