Get away from it all and come sailing on a traditional Thames Barge with its iconic red ochre sails. Feel the wind in your hair, listen to the water lapping against the hull and relive the magic of a bygone age. Be part of the crew and learn how to set the sails or have a go at taking the wheel under the friendly supervision of our experienced skipper and mate. Relax on deck and take in the ever-changing views or help prepare a meal in the galley. Explore the waters of the Thames Estuary and experience beautiful dawns and glorious sunsets. Follow ancient trading routes and discover peaceful, hidden creeks and quiet backwaters.
No Experience Needed
Since 1948 we have introduced thousands of people to Thames Barge sailing.
You are the crew and it’s all about teamwork, so don’t worry about whether you are strong enough or agile enough. There are important jobs for all abilities.
It doesn’t matter if you haven’t sailed before – we welcome beginners and experienced sailors alike.
Overnight accommodation is provided in bunks in three four berth cabins and one two berth. There are two sea water pumped toilets on board.
Where You Can Sail ? We sail from Maldon, Essex; Ipswich, Suffolk and the Medway in Kent, and you will be under the supervision of our experienced Skipper and Mate.
When You Can Sail ? You can sail with us from May to October.
To see our sailing programme and to book a sail go to the Booking tab.