Annual Fitting Out Lunch – 7 March 2015

The Annual TOA Fitting Out Lunch and AGM took place at 1230 on Saturday March 7 2015 at the Magpie Inn, Sunbury on Thamesnn, Sunbury on Thames.  

Minutes of the AGM can be seen by members here

2011 agm

Fitting out lunch at the Magpie Inn

DIRECTIONS to Magpie Inn : Coming through town via the A309 or A311, join the A308 towards Sunbury arriving at the roundabout at the M3 junction 1. From the M3 take the junction 1 exit onto the roundabout. At the roundabout exit, into Green Street, which is the last exit before the slip road onto the M3 Westbound. Follow Green Street and Church Street (one way system) to the THAMES ROAD tee junction. Turn left, the MAGPIE is about 250 yards along on the right. There is a car park almost opposite. There is another car park in Green St. nearly opposite the Admiral Hawke pub. This car park is not shown on all maps. Unfortunately both car parks are now ‘Pay and Display’

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South West Laying Up Lunch

November 2014

The 2014 TOA SouthWest Laying Up Lunch was held on 30 November at the Honiton Inn Awliscombe, Devon.
My first dilemma was where to hold it when it became apparent that most of the attendees were coming from the East . (Wise Men amongst them perhaps ??) So it seemed sensible to move it from the originally intended venue near Ashburton. It also gave an opportunity for Lynn and me to explore a few pubs and their meals during the re-planning phase !!
Devon weather didn’t let us down so travelling conditions were good and some of us even enjoyed a pleasant sit in the sun waiting for the pub to open.
swlayuplunchNine brave souls attended – TOA Vice president Chris Tabor, TOA Commodore Jon Reed and TOA Treasurer Jean Reed, David and Eleanor Nuthall, Hugh Mitchell, John Whitely, Lynn and myself. We successfully held fort at the dining table until well into the afternoon enjoying a good lunch in the process (although Jean and I are still wondering where some of the crumble ingredients were hiding !!)
There was of course much to discuss, including the latest misadventures of Kestrel and Webfoot, the central point for southern England Trident owners, John and Jean’s European camper van travels, the artistic style of the livestock on the pub mural and the possible present location of Chris’s sailing cap after losing it from Kestrel in Lyme Bay. Eleanor and Lynn were also busy trying to remember what their respective choral groups were singing for Christmas concerts and of course we had the usual smattering of important Trident maintenance tips. It was great to have Hugh Mitchell (Sarah) with us too, and sorry Hugh for initially mis-identifying you!
One of the best aspects for me was that many of the Weymouth Rally team were back together again after that splendid weekend in July.
On a more serious note we were conscious of the absence of John and
Dawn Yates and John’s crew-mate Tony. I do hope you are feeling a bit better John after what has clearly been a miserable autumn for you and hopefully you felt the positive vibes of us raising our glasses to you to aid your recovery.
Sincere thanks to all who attended for making this another really enjoyable meal . I hope you all got home safely.

Nigel Dyson – SW REP

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Medina River Rally

September 2013

September saw the first Trident rally for over three years. It was held at Island Harbour Marina on the River Medina on the Isle of Wight. John Whitely was first to arrive in Webfoot and we locked in together on Friday afternoon, closely followed by Darryl Rees and Morning Cloud II. On Saturday Bob Doe with Lottie was first through the lock having
spent the night in Cowes.

Lottie and who? click to enlarge

Lottie and Webfoot – click to enlarge

Then came Steve Mihill and Ayuya with his crew,daughter Georgia and Joseph Baker.
Martin Glanvill had hoped to come with Mojave but was having electrical
problems back in Poole. Maybe next time Martin?
Our Commodore, Jon Reed arrived mid-morning by hovercraft (not his own); a flying visit as he was off to the West Country with Jean the following day. Local members Kevin and
Mary Phillips (Serin) came along from Cowes and Dave Mallard (Drake’s Progress) from Godshill. Dave amazed us all with tales of his 20-year refit of Drake’s Progress. I look forward to seeing the results.


Click to enlarge

Afternoon drinks and barbeque on Swallow was followed later by dinner at The Breeze
restaurant. After dinner Jon Reed thanked everyone for attending and awarded prizes for
best Trident (Lottie) and longest distance. This was a bit of a problem as apart from Steve Mihill from Marchwood (10 miles) and me (500yds) everyone else had come from Chichester Harbour. Clearly, Bob Doe could not win everything! So Darryl Rees and took the honours 24 miles travelled.

Thanks to all who attended. We had fiveTridents make it, so quite a success.

Howard Jackson
Hon Sec


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New Vice President

Chris Tabor elected Vice President – March 2012

Chris Tabor  - Vice President

Chris Tabor – Vice President

Amid a chorus of enthusiastic suport, Chris Tabor was elected Vice President of the Trident Owners Association at the 2012 Annual General Meeting at Sunbury-on-Thames on March 3 2012. A full report appears in the May edition of Trident News.

Proposer Bob Doe said,”This honour is only be bestowed on members who have provided outstanding service to the TOA, who continue to act as ambassadors for the association and who have earned the utmost respect and affection of their fellow members.  No ordinary member today fits that definition better than Chris.”

“The appointment of Chris Tabor as Vice President will be acclaimed as fitting and long overdue by TOA members throughout the length and breadth of the UK.”


Howard Jackson – TOA Hon Sec

New Honorary Secretary

Howard Jackson (Swallow Trident No 150) was elected Hon Secretary at the AGM. Howard lives on the Isle of Wight and keeps his triple keeler at the Folly Inn in the Medina River.

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Marcon Presentation 2012

Marcon Trophy Presentation 2012


Tony Furminger presents the Marcon Trophy to David Warner – click to enlarge

Tony Furminger (left) presents the Marcon Trophy and Tankard to David Warner

The trophy this year was won by David Warner who sailed Baloo (Trident 135) to Boulogne (read log here). As David and Linda were on baby-sitting duty in Bristol on the day of the AGM, Chris Tabor, myself and my friend Pam took the trophy to Manningtree on the river Stour to present it to David in the Stour Sailing Club. The cruise David made was not without incident, and neither was the trip to Manningtree.

Chris made it alright but Pam and I were stuck on the M25 for two and a half hours due to a bad accident, we arrived an hour late.

Nevertheless, we were all made very welcome at the club with refreshments and drinks (the bar was open). The Stour SC has a splendid club house which overlooks some lovely sailing water. The trophy and a tankard were duly presented to David who had gathered some of the other people who were on the cruise and a pleasant afternoon followed.

Tony Furminger – East Coast rep

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Marcon Trophy Presentation 2011


Chris Tabor presents the Marcon Trophy to Ian Atkinson at Blundellsands SC – click to enlarge

As I had volunteered to deliver the Marcon Trophy to Ian Atkinson, this year’s winner, my brother and I rode our BMW motorbikes to Lancashire for the event.
Blundellsands Sailing Club very generously allowed us to use their premises to hold a little presentation ceremony on the Sunday afternoon. Blundellsands SC is an interesting and friendly club on Liverpool Bay at the mouth of the River Alt. It includes several TOA members among its members. On arrival, we were welcomed by the Commodore Phil Wright and Ian Atkinson, at which time, the sun came out.
We passed through a very pleasant clubroom and stood outside in the sunshine viewing the moorings in the river being made ready for a new season.
We were soon joined by TOA members Bob Chamberlain, Martin Dooley, David Blackburn, Glyn Wright (also a BMW rider) Cliff Yates and ex members Geoff Gorman, Ian Cowley and John Lorentz. So it was a lively little gathering of the TOA North Western Division.
On returning to the clubhouse, the presentation of the Marcon Trophy was made to Ian Atkinson for his winning log for 2010 “North Wales Circular” which is reproduced in the May 2011 isue of Trident News.


Club moorings at Blundellsands SC – click to enlarge

Although Ian is a member of the Glasson Sailing Club, Blundellsands was chosen for the presentation as the most convenient venue for the membership on this part of the coast. Before we left, we popped in to the club’s own yard, a little further up stream where boats are hauled out for winter.
I’m sure that Ian was rightfully proud to receive the Trophy for a second time and it was a pleasure for us all to meet up with other NW members of the Association. Many thanks to all those present and to the Blundellsands Sailing Club for providing us with tea and coffee and such a warm welcome.
Chris Tabor

Ian Atkinson’s trophy-winning cruise round North Wales in Orla can be read here

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SW Laying-Up Lunch 2011

Another successful laying-up lunch was enjoyed this year on 27 November 2011, and with a change in venue to the very pleasant Abbey Inn, Buckfastleigh, Devon.

I had hoped to lure all the usual intrepid long-distance travellers but Marian and David Quantrell were already committed further down in Cornwall and unfortunately Tony Furminger and Pam were unable to make the trip this time.  Still, the dynamic biking duo of Chris and Adrian Tabor did us proud by turning up on their very impressive motorbikes. At least we laid on good weather for them.

It was also great to see John and Dawn Yates for the first time at the lunch (the dastardly plot of setting the venue a bit nearer to them worked). They brought regular sailing crew Tony with them too.  Could it have been Chris’s arrival complete with a spare Vire engine elbow that finally hooked them?

So we ended up with Chris and Adrian, John, Dawn and Tony, David Nuthall and Eleanor, Lynn and myself  and we were really pleased that Ian and Jennifer Purvis were also able to join us at the end of the meal  (straight after attending the AGM of their local sailing club).

Many thanks to all attendees for making it such an enjoyable lunch as always.  And we would be very pleased to see any other members (Soutwest or otherwise) at future events.

Nigel Dyson – SW representative

PS –I will shortly be putting out to Southwest Tridenteers a couple of sailing dates in the summer in an attempt to get at least two Tridents sailing together –maybe even for a weekend –watch this space.

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South West Laid-Up Lunch 2011

Sunday 27th February 2011 at Sampford Peverell

First of all the early December snow beat us, but on 27 February what had became a Laid Up Lunch was enjoyed by eleven of us in Sampford Peverell, Devon.

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In the usual information exchange on matters Trident we were all fascinated to hear of Ian Purvis’s invention of an amphibious powered pontoon which is due to come into service this season to help board Sati on the Exe.

We said a big heartfelt thank you to David Nuttall who has so conscientiously got us together every year and done a fair bit of Trident buyer-seller introductions in his many years as Southwest Rep. So we had a celebration cake cutting for David after the meal.(see slide show above)

Nigel Dyson (Southwest Rep)

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AGM 2011

AGM: Saturday 5th March 2011

The AGM was held as usual at the Magpie in Sunbury-on-Thames where Ian Atkinson was announced as the winner of the Marcon Trophy for a log of a 2010 cruise aboard a Trident. You can read Ian’s winning log here.

The minutes of the 2011 AGM can also be read in the Members area here.

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East Coast Laying-up Supper 2010

Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Trident: 1960 – 2010

Forty-one past and present members of the Trident Owners Association celebrated the Trident 24’s 50th anniversary at the annual East Coast Laying-up Supper in Chelmsford, Essex.

Marian Quantrell, retiring Commodore of the TOA says,”This popular East Coast event is organised by Doug Waller, and what a fabulous job he did rallying past members to join us as well. Sadly, after all his efforts, Doug was unable to join us as he had been taken poorly a few days before but luckily Shirley Waller, accompanied by their son, was able to make it. An excellent 3 course dinner was served and we finished with a very appropriately styled celebration cake, again organised by Doug.”

“It was the perfect occasion for the newly designed TOA tie to be introduced, my husband Dave being the model. In fact he made such a good job of it 8 ties were sold that evening. The newly designed tie was thoroughly approved so a thank you must go to Chris Tabor for his efforts on getting them.”

More photographs here.

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