East Coast River Cruises
The name “Thames Sailing Barge” refers to the greater Thames Estuary, the home waters of these majestic sailing craft, and this covers the Thames itself and the rivers of Essex, Suffolk and Kent.
Maldon – River Blackwater
Maldon is a tidal town at the top of the Blackwater river and is home to many of the remaining barge fleet. Our popular “Two Island” sail takes you from Maldon Quay, past the bird sanctuary of Northey Island, past Heybridge Basin and to the privately owned Osea Island, before heading back to the Quay. On a day sail you head towards Bradwell, perhaps as far as Mersea Island or the river Colne before returning up river.
We also offer static hire on the Quay for evening parties.
Ipswich – River Orwell Cruise
Join the barge at the Old Customs House in the historic dock. Move through the dock and lock gates into the River Orwell, sailing under the eye-catching Orwell Bridge. On a 4 hour lunch or evening sail you pass Woolverstone and picturesque Pin Mill to Harwich Harbour and Felixstowe Dock before returning. A day sail takes you through the Harbour and into the beautiful River Stour towards Mistley.
In addition to cruises on the River Orwell, we also offer static hire in the dock for meetings, presentations and parties.
Gravesend – lower Thames
Gravesend, on the lower Thames, provides ample room for setting sails, offering a unique vantage point to view this busy stretch of water. A typical cruise would take us up river and under the QE2 Bridge and towards London – perhaps as far as Tower Bridge, or down river towards Southend and the Medway shores.
London – River Thames Cruise
London offers a fascinating trip, offering views of the Millenium Dome, the National Maritime Museum. The Royal Naval College, the Cutty Sark and the remarkable architecture of Canary Wharf and the Docklands. The trip starts and finishes from Tower Pier or London Bridge City Pier with a Tower Bridge lift, arranged especially to order for you (subject to pier availability).
Brightlingsea – River Colne Cruise
Brightlingsea is an historic Cinque Port town famous for sailing for many years. At most states of the tide you can step on board the barge at the new town jetty, or we can arrange a launch to ferry guests between the jetty & the barge moored in Pyefleet Creek. We may head up the River Colne, past Fingrinhoe Wick Bird Reserve and towards Wivenhoe and Rowhedge, or into the River Blackwater, past Mersea and Bradwell.
Harwich – Rivers Stour & Orwell
Join us at Ha’penny Pier overlooking Shotley Point. The route you will take depends on the tides and wind conditions on the day. Perhaps we will head up the Stour past Holbrook and the Royal Hospital School towards Wrabness and Manningtree. Or we may head out through Harwich Harbour and into the Orwell, past Woolverstone and towards the Orwell Bridge. Depending on timing, you may enjoy seeing both rivers.