Association of Bargemen
Founded in 1981 the Association is open to all who have an interest in Thames sailing barges. The current membership is over 100 members who are all barge skippers and mates, owners, and enthusiasts for these craft.
The committee works hard to protect the interests of members and the barge community. We participate in the running of the joint board that examines sailing barge masters for the MCA to award Certificates of Competence and the committee that is appointed by the MCA to administer the Thames Sailing Barge Standard exemption scheme. This scheme issues certificates to barges after checking that they are surveyed as sufficiently seaworthy and safety equipped to allow them to sail outside of the MCA Codes of Practice.
Working with the Sailing Barge Association we strive to ensure that these wonderful craft and the skills in sailing them are not allowed to die.
If you would like to learn more please get in touch with us via the Contact page.