Discount charter rate available for the August Bank Holiday Weekend. (24/25/26th Aug)

Why not hire Thames Sailing Barge Centaur with your Friends or Family for an exclusive short break holiday?

Centaur will be your very own private vessel from Friday (23rd) evening, until BH Monday (26th) evening. 

She will leave Maldon Quay early on the tide early Saturday morning to head out down the beautiful River Blackwater to take you on an unforgettable adventure. 

This is a self catering, three-night cruise, for just £1,980 for up to 12 people. That’s just £55.00 per person per day. 

We will supply the barge, for your accommodation, complete with skipper and crew. 

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

View our other 2019 sailing events here: http://www.bargetrust.org/

Or book now for your private 2020 exclusive sailing adventure.

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Long weekend sailing adventure on a Thames Barge from Ipswich

Come sailing on an historic Thames Barge and enjoy the hidden delights of Suffolk and Essex.

Join Thames Sailing Barge Centaur in Ipswich Dock on Friday 19th of July, for an evening ashore getting to know your new shipmates. 

On Saturday, we will make our way down the picturesque River Orwell. We will sail past the beautiful riverside hamlet of Pin Mill and on to the busy harbours of Harwich and Felixstowe, where you are likely to see some of the biggest container ships in the world.

Then, depending on weather, we may head south to discover the local ginger seal population in the Walton Backwaters or head north to the delightful river Deben.

On Sunday afternoon we will moor up in Harwich Town, where Centaur was built 123 years ago. Here we will have a run ashore and have the chance to explore the many hidden delights of this old historic seafaring town. Sunday evening will be spent in the Pier Hotel at Harwich, for a fine three-course meal, before returning to Ipswich on Monday afternoon.

This memorable long weekend is only £250.00, including all your meals. 

You will sail with a qualified skipper and mate and have the opportunity to pull ropes and steer the barge under supervision. We encourage a team spirit on board so, as part of the crew, you will help with the cooking and keeping the barge ship-shape at all times. All food supplies are provided.

For more information and to book your place, contact David Gibson on 07840 862685 or email crewing@bargetrust.org

View our other 2019 sailing events here: http://www.bargetrust.org/

 

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Blackwater Match 2019

One of our new trainees, Cressida, kindly sent us this fascinating time-lapse video of the 2019 Blackwater Barge Match, filmed aboard Thames Sailing Barge Centaur.

Enjoy!

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Learn to sail a Thames Sailing Barge for free – 2019

Are you ready for the adventure of a lifetime?

(Please note the Thames Barge Sailing Training Scheme is now closed to new applicants for 2019. We have had a great response again this year. Shortlisted applicants will be notified before the end of February. Thank you to all those who have applied)

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

No previous sailing experience required

Following the success of the first three years 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 over 700 enabling objectives, which will help you reach the required standard to qualify as a sailing bargemaster. These include full knowledge of all barge sailing, navigation and maintenance tasks.

It usually takes around 10 years to become a fully qualified sailing barge skipper. So this is a serious commitment that will require you to dedicate at least one weekend a month to the scheme, for at least the next decade.

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

What we are offering:

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

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.

You will need to be:

    • Passionate about learning how to sail a Thames Sailing Barge
    • Not afraid of heights
    • Reliable and flexible (hours depend on tide and weather etc)
    • Reasonably fit and strong
    • 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.

Donations Welcome:

The Thames Sailing Barge Trust are currently raising funds for the refurbishment of Thames Sailing Barge, Pudge. If you would like to help us by making a donation, you can do so here: Pudge Appeal

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Email Competition Winner

The winner in the 2018 Email Competition was Matt Hudson, of Hutton, Brentwood.

Matt has received his prize which was a print of sailing barges painted by John Harrisson of Birch, Colchester.

The Trust would like to pass on its congratulations to Matt and thank John Harrisson for donating the prize.

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PRESS RELEASE – Heritage Lottery Grant

Thames Sailing Barge Trust wins National Lottery support for conservation of Thames sailing barge PUDGE.

The Thames Sailing Barge Trust based in Maldon, Essex has received a confirmed National Lottery grant of £328,800 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) enabling work to be completed on the conservation of their Thames sailing barge PUDGE, it was announced today. The project, which starts in August, will restore the wooden decks and hatches and improve the passenger accommodation. The project is planned for completion by summer 2020.

s.b.PUDGE a Thames spritsail barge, built in 1922 in Rochester, Kent was one of the last wooden barges built. PUDGE is also a Dunkirk Little Ship being involved with the evacuation of troops in 1940. This project will allow the Barge Trust to continue to operate PUDGE for the use of local groups and members of the general public, giving those that sail with us some experience of the way these iconic early 20th  century cargo vessels were worked in the East Coast’s rivers and estuaries. The work will allow some trainee shipbuilders to extend their skills to larger wooden vessels. The project will also provide opportunities for volunteers, youth organisations and schools to research the early history of Pudge and to use modern media and displays to share their output with the wider public.
Gareth Jones Trustee and Secretary of the Thames Sailing Barge Trust said:
“We are delighted that the National Lottery has given us this grant. s.b.PUDGE carried bulk cargoes on the Thames Estuary and the rivers of Essex, Suffolk and Kent for over forty years and these days she is central to the Trust’s aims of passing on to the next generation the traditions of sailing and maintaining these iconic east coast vessels.”

John Whittingdale, the MP for Maldon, said
“I am delighted to learn that the Thames Sailing Barge Trust has been awarded a further grant from the National Lottery to replace the decks of Pudge. For many people, the Thames barge is a symbol of Maldon and the Trust does great work in maintaining the two it owns and at the same time helping to keep alive traditional shipbuilding skills”

Robyn Llewellyn, Head of HLF East of England, said:
“With its distinctive red sails and decades of history from war to cargo, Pudge is an important part of our history. Thanks to National Lottery players an exciting new chapter can now begin for the vessel – restoration will keep it seaworthy, trainee shipbuilders will gain vital skills needed for their careers and for the sector and many more people will be able to share in Pudge’s story.”

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GDPR Thames Sailing Barge Trust Privacy Policy

The Thames Sailing Barge Trust have now issued their Privacy Policy and this can be seen by clicking the link below or by looking on the Membership Tab.

TSBT Privacy Policy

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Come sailing in a Thames Sailing Barge Match

Would you like to come sailing with us in a traditional Thames Barge Match?

We have spaces available on our Thames Sailing Barge Match trips – always a highlight of the barging calendar.

Prices include accommodation and all meals, including the prize giving supper.

To book a place for you and your friends, or for more information, email crewing@bargetrust.org or call David on 07597 600860

8/9/10 June
Passage to Medway And Match
Maldon/Queenborough/ Maldon
Pudge
3 days
£227.50

23/24 June
Pin Mill Match
Ipswich/Pin Mill
Centaur
2 days
£160

07-July
Blackwater Match
Maldon/Maldon
Centaur & Pudge
1 day £92.50
with 2 day option (8th July)
2 day £160

20/21/22 July
Thames Match
Maldon/Gravesend/Maldon
Pudge
3 days
£227.50

15/16 September
Colne Match
Maldon/Brightlingsea/Maldon
Centaur
3 days
£160.00

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Learn to sail a Thames Sailing Barge for free – 2018

Are you ready for the adventure of a lifetime?

(Please note the Thames Barge Sailing Training Scheme is now closed to new applicants for 2018. We have had a fantastic response again this year. Shortlisted applicants will be notified before the end of February. Thank you to all those who have applied and helped us spread the word.)

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

No previous sailing experience required

Following the success of the first two years 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 over 700 enabling objectives, which will help you reach the required standard to qualify as a sailing bargemaster. These include full knowledge of all barge sailing, navigation and maintenance tasks.

It usually takes around 10 years to become a fully qualified sailing barge skipper. So this is a serious commitment that will require you to dedicate at least one weekend a month to the scheme, for at least the next decade.

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

What we are offering:

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

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.

You will need to be:

    • Passionate about learning how to sail a Thames Sailing Barge
    • Not afraid of heights
    • Reliable and flexible (hours depend on tide and weather etc)
    • Reasonably fit and strong
    • 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 Afternoon of Archive Thames Sailing Barge Films

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