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Our Next Meeting

8th April 2019

Sailing Accidents and lessons Learned

Roger Brydges - MAIB

Moody 31 Orca as it is being raised following the collision with the dredger Shoreway

The Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) is based in Southampton and is part of the Department of Transport. Each year they receive over 1000 reports of accidents at sea or involving sea going vessels in port. The department has four separate investigation teams utilising its 35 staff, typically they investigate 30 new incidents each year.

This video explains their work in more detail click here to watch

The objective of the MAIB as is made clear in all of their reports is to establish safety lessons to be learned from incidents which have occurred. It is not to establish blame or liability.

In his talk Roger Brydges of the MAIB will highlight lessons to be learnt by leisure sailors from previous incidents the MAIB have investigated.

Our outline program for 2018/19 is shown below

8th October 2018

Cruising the Sea of Abaco

Ian Simpson

12th November 2018

Bicycles Tulips and Cheese

John and Margaret Haines

10th December 2018

Atlantic Crossing

Phil Marks

14th January 2019

Breton Traditional Boat Festivals

Kathy Mansfield

11th February 2019

Sail Trim and Passage Making

Tom Sowerby

11th March 2019

From Kiwis to Orang Utangs

Bob and Elaine Hazell

8th April 2019

Sailing Accidents and lessons Learned

Roger Brydges - MAIB

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.

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.