Sail the River Blackwater with historic barge Reminder as she explores the estuary and anchors off Osea Island for a delicious four-course meal.
Join Reminder in her home port of Maldon. A delightful market town based on the East Coast of England tucked up in River Blackwater. Well known for its sea salt production and fishing industries, this part of England is full intricate waterways, tranquil creeks and pretty estuaries, perfect to explore under sail.
Meet Reminder on Saturday morning to sail away and explore the river Blackwater. Blackwater Estuary Nature Reserve will be our first point of interest to sail by with plenty of birdlife taking residence in the mudflats and marshes. This estuary has been harvested for Oysters for over a thousand years and there are still remains of fish weirs from the Anglo Saxon era.
Enjoy a Ploughmans lunch as we continue our sail past Mersea Island turning in the River mouth of the Colne before heading towards the mouth of the river at Bradwell before returning for a night anchorage off Osea Island. Perhaps head ashore for some beachcombing and exploration before returning to Reminder to enjoy a sumptuous Saturday night four-course dinner with a seasonal and locally sourced menu.
After breakfast on Sunday, Reminder will return to Maldon where guests are invited to visit our barge tearooms for lunch before heading home.
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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.
- 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.