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Sailing the Thames Estuary

  • Vessel: Trinovante
  • Where: Thames Estuary
  • Duration: 5 days
  • Embark: Ipswich - 5 September 2020, 16:00
  • Disembark: London - 9 September 2020, 10:00

Explore the iconic Thames Estuary on tall ship Trinovante. From tranquil river anchorages to the iconic sight of Tower Bridge.

Join Trinovante in her home sailing grounds for a weekend exploring the Thames Estuary.

Steeped in sailing history and tradition, it’s one of the last places in the UK where you will see traditionally rigged boats with fishing smacks and sailing barges racing here throughout the season.

In the quiet river anchorages, you will hear the distinctive call of oystercatchers and other wading birds feeding on the mudflats as the tide ebbs and flows. Just a day sail up the coast, you’ll be part of the busy commercial activity on the River Orwell at Felixstowe, the largest container port in the country.

Trinovante will head out of Ipswich Haven Marina on the first afternoon to moor alongside Half Penny Pier in Harwich. The most likely route from there on this leg is to sail down the Wallet and past the Gunfleet wind farm to either the River Colne or Blackwater. From there we may head to the Swale or our favourite anchorage off Southend Pier.

From this anchorage, Trinovante will head up the Thames to London taking in all the iconic sights as we go. It is a fair way and we have timed this leg so we’ll have the tide under us and will arrive just before high water. Our final berth at Tower Bridge puts our schooner right in the heart of London.

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 the Thames Estuary5 September 20205FULLFull


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.

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  • 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 an age limit?

    Preferably no under 18's but after a discussion with the skipper, younger children may be considered if accompanied by a legal guardian.

  • 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

To: London

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