Sailing Gift Vouchers for Father’s Day

Are you looking for a special gift for Father’s Day?

Why not treat him to a hands-on sailing holiday on a traditional Thames Barge?

Gift vouchers available for any amount from £25

No previous sailing experience required

Food and accommodation included

Day sails from £65

Weekend Sails from £130

Solos, couples and groups welcome

You will receive a presentation voucher enclosed in a greeting card, featuring a Thames Sailing Barge. The card is left blank for you to write the words of your choice.

Vouchers do not have an expiry date.

Contact David Gibson on 07840 862685 and he’ll get one sent out to you (or sent direct to the intended recipient). Or email him at crewing@bargetrust.org.

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Medway Barge Match 2017 Results

Pudge comes second in the Coasting Class at an eventful 109th Medway Barge Match

Report of the Match by Dave Brooks of the Medway Barge Match committee:

The day didn’t get off to greatest start as the committee assembled on the Lady Hamilton the committee boat for the day. A radio message received and we were off to Gun Wharf to rescue a speedboat with engine failure.

Time running out on us, it wasn’t the time for the speedboat owner to be handing us frayed bits of string to tow her with. A mooring line was quickly thrown to stricken speedboat and he was told to hang on tight as we made our way back to Chatham Maritime with speed boat bouncing in our wake.

Eventually we took up position on the line with a few minutes to spare before the first ten minute gun.

12 barges gathered off Gillingham Pier on the morning of June 3rd to contest the 109th Medway Barge Match.

9.30am Coasting Class consisting of the Cambria, Pudge and the Lady of the Lea. Skipper Ian Ruffles sailed the Cambria over the line first, something she has consistently failed at in all her previous barge matches, since her rebuild. She was followed by Pudge and then Lady of the Lea.

9.45am Staysail Class consisting of Edith May, Niagara, Repertor, Reminder and the Ironsides making a welcome return to the Medway Match and showing some of her previous form as she led the fleet away.

Everybody on the committee boat donned their sunglasses as the Niagara’s bright yellow spars dazzled in the morning sunlight. Edith May followed, then eventually Reminder and Repertor remembered they had also entered and made their way across the start line.

10.00am Bowsprit Class. Edme clearly trying to start off her season in style made a rare mistake and narrowly misjudged her dash for the line by a matter of seconds handing first over the start line to Mirosa. Edme turned back to start again and watched as Adieu and Marjorie crossed before her second start.

From the committee boat perspective the outward leg was a nice sail. Cambria led the fleet out to the outer Mark whilst Edme was uncharacteristically playing catch up and Niagara was doing what she does well by picking off the barges.

Cambria had built up quite a lead to the outer mark and her approach was very good, however there was still a strong ebb tide running. With some two hours to low water we settled down on the committee boat and enjoyed the spectacle as the fleet caught up.

Adieu made a creditable effort to round the mark but narrowly failed. This was the theme until Edme followed by Mirosa and Ironsides made their approaches with less ebb resistance and were able to round and head for home.

Did you know there are seventeen severe scratches and thirty seven minor scratches on the Medway buoy? After staring at it for so long you get to know these things.

Eventually most of the fleet were round, with Cambria, followed by Lady of the Lea, finally first round in the coasting class a considerable time after she reached it. With Edme now a considerable way off, the committee boat had to leave Reminder and Pudge to time themselves round the outer Mark.

With the committee boat now heading to the front of the fleet we were treated to some excellent views as Edme and Mirosa played cat and mouse up the Medway until Edme was able to pull clear and then maintain her lead to win the Bowsprit class. She was followed closely by Mirosa who in turn was followed by Adieu and Marjorie.

Ironsides, due to her being able to get round the outer Mark early, had quite a considerable lead over the Edith May and Niagara but during the course of the home leg both had made up quite considerable ground to suggest that it was going to be a very close finish.

I have to confess I thought it was going to be between Ironsides and Niagara but Edith May was closest challenger. Both barges were going for it and sadly their was a coming together leaving both with no choice but to retire in sight of the finishing line.

Niagara finished in first place and the plucky Reminder was second as Repertor had run aground earlier. 

Cambria rounded off an impressive day by wining her sixth successive Coasting Class, followed by Pudge, who had a very good home leg and had made up a lot of ground, and then Lady of the Lea.’

(Update (Ed.): although Repertor ran aground, they did put out a kedge attached to the dolly line, winched off without the use of the engine, re-set sails and reported finish position to the committee boat at 1815hrs.)

Photos by Mick Nolan

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Medway Barge Match 2017

Medway Barge Match 2014Come and join us aboard Thames Sailing Barge Pudge for the 109th Medway Barge Match

The 2017 Barge Match season gets underway on the River Medway on Saturday 3 June with 12 Thames sailing barges registered to enter the Medway Match.

In the Coasting Class we have Lady Of The Lea, the engineless Cambria and our very own Pudge. Will Cambria win for the fifth consecutive year or can Pudge, with her brand new staysail and clean bottom, hold her off?

The Restricted Stays’l class is set to be a hard-fought contest this year, with old rivals Niagara and Edith May battling it out on their home waters. They will be joined by Repertor, Reminder and a welcome return of the Ironsides. All five have a chance of winning, so this will be a real spectacle.

The Bowsprit class includes the two engineless barges, Edme & Mirosa. Mirosa managed to beat the Edme last year by just five minutes. Can she do it this time? Adieu and Marjorie, will also be competing, making the Bowsprits another hotly contended class.

Sail Across The Thames Estuary

You can join us aboard Pudge at Maldon in Essex on the evening of Thursday 1st June, ready to sail on Friday 2nd June at around 05:00h.

We will make our way across the Thames Estuary to the River Medway, arriving on Friday evening, where there will be a run ashore to the Medway Yacht Club for the Skippers’ Briefing.

Medway Match start is off Gillingham Pier

On the morning of Saturday 3rd June the Coasting Class start gun will be heard off Gillingham Pier at 09:30h and the racing will begin. Don’t forget your camera and binoculars.

We’ll return to the Medway Yacht Club in the evening for the prize-giving event at 19:30h. Live Entertainment will be provided by English folk band The Tonic.

Pudge will be staying on the Medway ready for the Battle of Medway‘s 350th Anniversary events over the next two weeks, including the Medway in Flames finale.

Sailing Prices

Price for Match Day, Saturday 3 June, with full board including your meal at the prize-giving event, is just £95.

The sail aboard Pudge from Maldon on the River Blackwater to the River Medway on Friday 2 June costs £65, including meals.

If booking both days for £160, accommodation on board is included on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.

How To Book

Please contact David Gibson for more information or to book on 07840 862685 or email crewing@bargetrust.org.

Photo: 2014 Medway Barge Match, M Nolan 

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Fambridge River Festival 3-Day Cruise – Only £140!

Join us aboard Centaur for the 2017 Fambridge River Festival – 27th, 28th & 29th May

The Thames Sailing Barge Trust are offering a 3-day hands-on sailing trip aboard Thames Sailing Barge Centaur for just £140, including accommodation and all meals. No previous sailing experience necessary.

You can join us in Maldon, Essex on Friday evening and enjoy the delights of Hythe Quay.

Early on Saturday 27th May we will be leaving Maldon Quay and heading down the picturesque River Blackwater, passing Osea Island, the Radio Caroline lightship and the chapel of St Peter-on-the-Wall – one of the oldest Christian churches in England.

We will head out to the Swin Spitway, an ancient trading route between the Gunfleet and Buxey Sands, and then enter the River Crouch, passing Burnham, until we come to the waterside village of North Fambridge, which will be hosting the Fambridge River Festival on Sunday 28 May.

Centaur will be joining a number of other heritage vessels, including Thames Sailing Barge Ironsides, for an action-packed day on and off the water. See lots of classic boats and watch traditional yacht racing.

Visit our friends at the Society For Sailing Barge Research and find out more about Thames Sailing Barge history. There will also be live music and village fête stalls.

Centaur will be open to the public on the Sunday and not sailing, so if you are part of the crew, there is no charge for you to stay aboard. If you are visiting the Festival, do come and see us.

We will be heading back to Maldon on Bank Holiday Monday, arriving at Maldon Quay in the late afternoon.

This promises to be a fun and action-packed long weekend and all for just £140 per person.

Don’t forget your camera and binoculars.

To book your place or for more details please contact Dave Gibson on 07840 862685 or email crewing@bargetrust.org.

We look forward to welcoming you aboard.

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2017 Thames Sailing Barge Matches

Dates for the 2017 Thames Sailing Barge Matches are as follows:

       Medway Match: Sat 3 June

Blackwater Match: Sat 17 June

Passage Match: Sat 24 June

Pin Mill Match: Sat 1 July

Thames Match: Sat 15 July

Swale Match: Sat 29 July

Whitstable Match: Sat 5 Aug

Southend Match: Sat 27 August

Colne Match: Sat 2 September

Pudge or Centaur will be sailing in 6 of these matches: Medway, Blackwater, Pin Mill, Swale, Southend and Colne.

To book your place on board, contact David Gibson on 07840 862685 or email crewing@bargetrust.org

Photo: Blackwater Match 2014 by Mick Nolan

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May & June 2017 Sailing Trips

Spring is here – and summer isn’t far away. Time to book a trip on Centaur or Pudge

Choose from a day sail on the Blackwater Estuary, a specialist art tuition sail, a barge match in Kent and Essex, a weekend adventure or a special Pageant on the River Medway to commemorate the Dutch naval attack in June 1667.

There is something for everyone in the forthcoming sails in May and June aboard Thames sailing barges “Centaur” and “Pudge”.

So, what are you waiting for?

Why not contact David and book your trip….

Phone: 07840  862685     Email: crewing@bargetrust.org 

 

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Maritime Heritage Open Days 2017

The Thames Sailing Barge Trust is this year joining forces with the Steam Tug Brent Trust and holding two Maritime Heritage Open Days on Hythe Quay, Maldon, Essex.

You are invited to Maritime heritage open days 2017 Maldon Essexvisit the vessels on Sunday 30th April and Monday 1st May 2017 from 11am to 5pm.

Our volunteers will be happy to welcome you aboard and answer any questions.

Admission is free.

Donations to help raise funds for these three historic vessels will be gratefully received.

 

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2017 Sailing programme

can be viewed on the Come Sailing/Bookings tab.

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Learn How To Sail A Thames Sailing Barge For Free

Are you looking for the adventure of a lifetime?

(Please note the Thames Barge sail training scheme is now closed to new applicants for 2017. We have had a fantastic response this year and look forward to welcoming more new faces aboard the barges this year. We now have a total of 19 trainees.)

The Thames Sailing Barge Trust is seeking passionate, highly-motivated individuals who want to become mate or skipper of a traditional Thames Sailing Barge.

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No previous sailing experience required

Following the success of the first year (2016) of our sail training scheme, the Trust are looking to recruit a further ten trainees to help secure the future of the Thames Sailing Barge fleet.

This is possibly the most comprehensive, free sail training opportunity in the world.

We will guide you through 700 enabling objectives, which will help you reach the required standard to qualify as a bargemaster. These include full knowledge of all barge sailing, navigation and maintenance tasks.

It usually takes around 7 to 10 years to train to be a fully qualified barge skipper. This is a serious commitment that will require you to dedicate at least one weekend a month to the scheme, possibly for the next decade.

This is an amazing opportunity to get afloat and discover a lifetime of adventure under sail.

What we are offering:

    • Centaur Thames Sailing BargeAround 20 sailing days free of charge per year
    • A personal development plan, customised to your availability, previous sailing experience, if any, and ambitions
    • A personal mentor to assist in your development
    • Training in a complete range of traditional seafaring skills, including ropework, gear and rigging, sail setting and trim, rules of the road, navigation, meteorology, small boat work, maintenance, leadership skills and much more
    • Access to over 20 Thames Sailing Barges in Essex, Kent, Suffolk, London and beyond

In volunteering, you will not only be helping to preserve Thames Sailing Barges themselves but also the skills and knowledge required to sail and maintain them. Hopefully you will in turn be able to pass these skills on to future generations. 

You will get the chance to meet lots of interesting people from different backgrounds along the way as you enjoy the wonders of Thames Barge sailing.

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    • Reliable and flexible (hours depend on tide and weather etc)
    • Reasonably fit and strong
    • Passionate about learning how to sail a Thames Sailing Barge
    • Sociable, with good communication skills
    • Willing to learn and apply yourself

Find Out More:

If you’re interested in finding out more, send an email to training@bargetrust.org with your name, contact details and a few words explaining why you would like to be considered for this opportunity.

We look forward to hearing from you.

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An Evening of Archive Thames Sailing Barge Films

An evening of Archive Thames Sailing Barge Films

In association with Society of Sailing Barge Research

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Saturday 11th March 2017
Maldon Town Hall
Market Hill, Maldon, Essex

Doors open at 7:00 pm for 7:30 pm
Tickets £7.00 in advance or £8.00 on the night

Teas, coffees and a real ale bar

Raffle

All funds raised to be shared between Thames Sailing Barge Trust and Society for Sailing Barge Research

Tickets available from Maldon District Tourist Information Office, Wenlock Way, High Street, Maldon of by post from
John Rayment 12 Wisdoms Green, Coggeshall, Colchester, Essex CO6 1SG by sending a cheque payable to Thames Sailing Barge Trust and a self addressed and stamped envelope.

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