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Sailing around the Thames Estuary

  • Vessel: Trinovante
  • Where: Ipswich
  • Duration: 4 days
  • Embark: Ipswich Dock - 15 May 2020, 16:00
  • Disembark: Ipswich Dock - 18 May 2020, 16:00
Single Berth£440 £110.00
Double berth in double cabin£440 £110.00

Join Trinovante in her home waters of the Thames estuary, exploring quaint English towns, historic ports and tranquil river anchorages.

The Thames Estuary is a fascinating area to take a break for a weekend sailing. This area is full of contrasts and is where Trinovante was built so we know the area well. Steeped in sailing history and tradition, the Thames Estuary is one of the last places in the UK where traditional boats are still a common sight.

This weekend will see sailing in quiet river anchorages with the tide ebbing and flowing, as it has done for thousands of years. We often have the place almost to ourselves and it’s the perfect place to hear oystercatchers and other wading birds call as they feed on the mudflats.

You arrive at Ipswich at 4 pm. Trinovante will leave Ipswich as soon as possible to head straight down the River Orwell. Under the bridge, through the moorings, along wooded banks past Pin Mill, and onto Felixtowe.  An anchorage in the River Stour awaits before dinner and maybe a couple of beers on deck. On the first evening, you will learn enough to feel comfortable onboard.

A short day sail up the coast and we glide into the hustle and bustle of commercial activity on the River Orwell at Felixstowe. Here is one of the busiest container ports in the UK where big tugs manoeuver ships arriving from all over the world. A stark but fascinating contract of the tranquil river anchorages.

The following day Trinovante will weigh anchor sail past Harwich and head out to sea. Sailing down the coast you will be leaving Walton-On-The Naze and Clacton Pier on the starboard side. The aim is to reach the River Blackwater or the River Colne to drop anchor for the night. At the end of day two, you will have learnt how to put up the sails and have had a go at helming.
On Sunday we will be tacking with the wind on the beam or astern as we sail up the ‘Wallet’ past the Gunfleet wind farm to Harwich. Trinovante often moors alongside Halfpenny Pier for the night and guests and crew sometimes like to go ashore after dinner to one of the local pubs in Harwich Old Town.
Our last day is still one of possibility, either sailing deep into the rolling Suffolk countryside along the River Stour or we could spend some time sailing out of the River Orwell. All too soon the weekend is over and it is time to return to Ipswich for a 4 pm arrival in the marina.

As with all our sailing holidays, the exact itinerary will depend on the weather and tides will be chosen each day by your skipper to make the best use of the weather conditions. All meals and hot/soft drinks and hire of waterproofs are included in your ticket price.


VoyageSet SailDaysCost p/p
Sailing around the Thames Estuary15 May 20204£440Enquire now


Guest berths: 8 Rig: Gaff Schooner

Designed and lovingly built by her current owners John and Su for long-distance sailing, Trinovante is a wonderful tall ship inspired by Portuguese Schooner Creoula.  Built-in a small village on the banks of the River Colne in Essex, this beautiful three-masted Schooner was designed to be strong and seaworthy but also be able to carry plenty of sail with a small crew. She is a British registered, three-masted schooner and is UK Marine and Coast Guard Agency coded for category 1.

Trinovante is an absolute joy to sail whether you are an experienced sailor or a complete beginner. Her skippers and crew love welcoming guests aboard and Trinovante is a boat that invites you to get involved. The possibilities for different sail combinations mean that she can be handled to suit her crew and the weather conditions. Her rig is relatively simple for her size which means she is a great boat to learn on and get involved, quickly becoming part of the crew.

Trinovante never sails the same route twice and she covers some 3000 to 4000 sea miles every year. From the wild mountains, fjords and islands of Norway to the medieval seaports of the Netherlands; from the Orkney and Shetland Isles to the bustling centre of Copenhagen. Enjoy unique and varied sailing holiday adventures with a mix of taster weekends, coastal sailing and offshore voyages in some of the most beautiful parts of Europe.

Her Skippers are also her owners who designed and built the boat themselves. Their passion for life on the water, their boat and sharing the experience with their guests is their top priority. They even ensure they make time to have a chat over the phone with every guest that books with them.

Deck plan

Trinovante Deck Plan More about Trinovante


  • 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, we can. A supplement of £25 will be required.

  • What language is spoken onboard?


  • What are the sleeping arrangements?

    2 double cabins, 1 single cabin, 4 single bunks in the communal area

  • Do I need to bring bedding?

    We ask guests to bring a sleeping bag and pillowcase. We do have lightweight summer duvets onboard so guests can use these and bring their own sheet but this is not enough on its own if the weather is going to be cold.

  • How many toilet/showers does she have?

    There are two toilets but no showers aboard. Showers are taken ashore as often as possible and there is an on deck hose shower for those who are brave enough!

  • 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?

    Yes, please let us know your size when booking.

  • 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.


From: Ipswich Dock

To: Ipswich Dock

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