Season 2018/2019


We hope you have fair weather and great sailing during the Summer
Our outline program for 2018/19 is shown below


8th October 2018

Cruising the Sea of Abaco

A Yacht Cruising the Sea of Abaco

Ian Simpson

To the east and south of Great Abaco Island in the Bahamas lies the Sea of Abaco. The sea is sheltered by a range of reefs and islands on its eastern side separating it from the Atlantic Ocean swell. The sea provides ideal family friendly cruising grounds for sailors and power boaters alike.

Ian Simpson will talk about his practical experiences chartering and cruising in the area as well as looking more widely at the history of the Bahamas and the attractions it offers as an area to sail.


12th November 2018

Bicycles, Tulips and Cheese

A Canal Scene in the Netherlands

John and Margaret Haines

A pictorial exploration of Dutch waterways by sailing boat

There’s far more than tulips, clogs and cheese!

John Haines is the current Commodore of the Reading Offshore Sailing Club. John and his wife Margaret have crossed to the Netherlands on three occasions to explore the waterways and canals of that country.

Tonight they will share their experiences with us.


10th December 2018

Atlantic Crossing

Blue Hound at sea

Phil and Rosy's very interesting website
with much more information and photographs
may be found here:- Blue Hound

Phil Marks

In January 2017 Phil Marks and his wife Rosy made a two-handed Atlantic crossing to the Caribbean in ‘Blue Hound’, a 27 ton schooner.

What led up to it? They didn’t join the ARC were not NARCs – it was a totally independent effort.

How did they prepare? How did they deal with a fishing net round the rudder? How did they arrange their watches? What were the highs and lows? What would they do differently next time?

As well as being extremely interesting there are sure to be some nuggets of information in this talk for anyone who is contemplating an Atlantic crossing.


14th January 2019

Breton Traditional Boat Festivals

a crowded breton harbour

Image with permission of Kathy Mansfield

Kathy's website with much more information
and photographs may be found here:-
Kathy Mansfield Photography

Kathy Mansfield

The French Classic boat festivals held each summer are an experience that can widen our sailing horizons — they connect our own cruising with other countries, people, maritime history and culture.

Kathy who is a professional photographer spcialising in Classic Sailing vessels will return to Henley Offshore to talk about the festivals and show some of her photographs of the events.

We also hope to have in attendance two organisers from the French Festival of the Loire, who next September will be inviting boats of the Thames as their guests of honour.


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


Meetings are normally held on the second Monday of each month at Henley Golf Club RG9 4HG (Click for directions) with the bar opening at 19:30 ready for a for 20:00 start. Visitors and New Members are always very welcome so please encourage your friends to come along - they can either pay £5 for the one meeting (deducted from the joining fee if they subsequently join), or join up for the whole season for just £25 (£35 for families).


To see our events in season 2015/16 Click Here

For 2016/17 Click Here

For 2017/18 Click Here

Please do try and support the events as we are a relatively small group and need your attendance in order to attract good speakers. Please spread the word to your friends, who as you know, are always welcome to attend for a very modest entry fee.

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