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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