Fresh sea breezes, the billowing of sails and delicious food on this exploration of the River Blackwater.
Join Saturday morning at 10.30am to sail away and explore the river Blackwater, enjoying a Ploughmans Lunch as you pass Mersea Island and head towards the mouth of the river.
Freshly baked Cream Tea is served mid-afternoon and the skipper will find a night anchorage off Osea Island where you might choose to go beachcombing before a delicious dinner on board.
After an English Breakfast on Sunday, we return to Maldon at 11am.
Enjoy the sights and sounds of tranquil river sailing as you either help set the sails or just relax on deck with a book.
Guest berths: 12 Rig: Thames Barge
Reminder is one of the last surviving Thames Sailing Barges to sail the East Coast of the UK. At the turn of the 20th century over 2000 barges plied their trade on the rivers of the East Coast, able to lower their masts and travel up small creeks to farmers wharves, yet still be able sail out to sea and onto larger ports.
Today only a handful remain in service with some owned by charities and others like Reminder being privately owned. The delightful market town of Maldon is Reminder’s home base, located in Essex at the top of the Blackwater River. Famous for its sea salt production and its mudflat racing, Maldon is also a great starting point for Reminder to take guests to explore the five river estuaries of Essex and Suffolk, with many areas designated nature reserves.
Reminder offers her guests home from home comfort with her flat bottom giving below decks very comfortable and spacious communal areas and private cabins. A log burner in the saloon and full-size sofas means plenty of space for guests to relax after a good day sailing in the fresh air.
Although she has twin engines, they are rarely used and her rig and deck look no different to when she was built 90 years ago! Our crew take great pride in sailing her the same way as she would have been sailed some 90 years ago.More about Reminder
Are all meals included?
Yes, all meals on board are included in the price. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and hot drinks) Alcohol is not included.
Can you cater for dietary needs?
Yes, please let us know when making your booking.
What language is spoken onboard?
What are the sleeping arrangements?
Double and Twin cabins with shared bathrooms.
Are bedding and towels provided?
All bedding is provided but please bring your own towels.
How many toilet/showers does she have?
Two toilets and one shower.
Is there an age limit?
We welcome children but 18's and under must be accompanied by an adult on a 1:1 ratio
Is there WIFI?
No, but you should easily be able to reach 3G/4G from the shore.
Can I charge my phone/Camera?
Are there life jackets provided?
Are Waterproofs provided?
Do I need sailing experience?
No, absolutely not! Just a lust for adventure and a want to get actively involved.
Will I be sea sick?
Everyone reacts differently but we recommend if you are at all worried to take some medication 24 hours before departure.