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competitor yacht in Fastnet race

Our Next Meeting

12th March 2018

Tonight we will have two presentations on very different topics both from members of the Henley Offshore Group.

Navigation Technology Developments

Image of navigation aids

Charles Tollit

We may take modern marine navigation and safety aids for granted, but how did it start, what were the key enablers and where is it going in the future?

This talk will cover over one thousand years of development and look to the future - all in sixty minutes!

Charles has been sailing for over fifty years and for three years in the early eighties worked for a production boatbuilder.

Charles is now the owner of a Beneteau Swift Trawler based on the south coast and a committee member of HOG.

Geoff Probert

Image of Classic Yacht Kelpie

Kelpie was designed by Alfred Mylne as a Solent 38 footer and built by the yard of FG Fay & Son in Southampton in 1903.

A detailed specification for Kelpie as she is now may be found here

Sandeman Yacht Company

Sailing in the Med Classics

In more recent times after Kelpie was restored to her former glories she races in Classic Yacht events in the Mediterranean including the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge. The 2017 Challenge involved 11 regattas in the Mediteranean, the UK and the USA concluding with the Regattes Royale in Cannes. Kelpie does not take part in the races in the USA.

Geoff Probert is a member of Henley Offshore Group and also the Henley Whalers. He has sailed on Kelpie regularly in the Mediterranean. Slso presenting will be Kathy Mansfield a professional photographer who has taken many photographs of Kelpie in action, a gallery of them may be seen here Kathy Mansfield Gallery.

The Panerai Classic Yacht Challenge.

Remaining Program 2017/18

9 April 2018
Comm. Gerry Thwaites R.N. - Life as Chief Engineer on Royal Yacht Britannia

Our meetings are usually on the 2nd Monday of each month from October to April at Henley Golf Club RG9 4HG with the bar opening at 7:30pm ready for an 8.00pm start.

Visitors are always welcome for only 5 per meeting, and annual membership costs just 25 for individuals and 35 for families.

To get the most up to date information about our programme of events please Click Here, or phone our Commodore Trevor Morey on 01491 681319, or email him at Trevor.Morey(at)

Henley Offshore Group Rally

May 7th and 8th 2016

Island Harbour

stern view of yachts moored in Island Harbour Marina

Andante, Freya, Karvinen, Taiva and Vivace moored on B pontoon at Island Harbour.

The club's 2016 rally took place over the weekend of May 7th and 8th and was held at Island Harbour on the upper reaches of the River Medina at Cowes on the Isle of Wight. For more pictures from the weekend Click Here

If you would like to join our group (or renew your membership) please click here to download the Membership Form as a Word Document or here to download the Membership Form as a PDF file or here to download the Membership Form as an HTML Document.

Please print the form and complete the details, and either bring the form together with your remittance (cheques should be payable to the Henley Offshore Group) to one of our meetings, or send them to the Membership Secretary as shown on the form.

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Not many of our members can genuinely claim to have been involved in racing as dramatic as this, but we can all dream, so why not come along.