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SchoonerSail Taster Weekends Sailing From Ipswich

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Trinovante is not sailing in 2018. For 2019 voyages click below.

2019 Tall Ship Sailing Adventures

Popular with both beginners and experienced sailors, last year we were heavily oversubscribed for our Sailing Weekends from Ipswich. This year we have more berths available.

Taster Weekend No.1 - Sailing From Ipswich
Fri 2nd June to Mon 5th June 2017
3 nights
Taster Weekend No.2 - Sailing From Ipswich
Friday 9th June to Monday 12th June 2017
3 nights
Taster Weekend No.3 - Sailing From Ipswich
Friday 15th September to Monday 18th September 2017
3 nights


Arrive Ipswich Haven Marina at 16.00 prompt on the first night. Leave 16.00 on the last day.

Travel To And From The Ship Ipswich

What will you get from this sailing holiday?

For this long weekend sail we'll leave Ipswich Haven Marina head out into the Thames Estuary for some coastal sailing. You can book on any of our sailing weekends as a complete beginner. We provide all the training you need to fully participate onboard.
If you want to learn to sail or have never sailed before it's worth having a look at our Learn To Sail Page

One past crew member said

'A tall ship and a star to steer her by' together with as nice a group of landlubbers as you could wish to meet and the boundless hospitality of a Skipper and Mate who were ever willing to impart as much of their considerable knowledge of this vessel and sailing as any novice non sailor can absorb in three days made for a really great weekend. 

About The Thames Estuary

The Thames Estuary is our 'home' territory where Trinovante was built and is a fascinating area for a weekend break. Steeped in sailing history and tradition it's one of the last places in the UK where you will see traditionally rigged boats as a matter of course. Fishing smacks and sailing barges race here throughout the season.
In the quiet river anchorages you will hear the distinctive call of oyster catchers and other waders feeding on the mud flats as the tide goes out. This contrasts with the busy commercial activity on the Orwell at Feliwstowe, the largest container port in the country.

Read articles about sailing in the Thames Estuary from our newsletter archive

Sailing On A Tall Ship Again by Dave Pridmore

An Account of Breakfast on the Schooner Trinovante Or The Ship's Chef Houdini of the Seas by Melanie White

Where might will we sail in a weekend?

This is only a rough idea, we will be working with the wind, weather and particularly tides

Day One

You arrive on the first afternoon and we head straight down the River Orwell past the huge container ships manoeuvering to dock in Felixstowe. On the first evening you will learn enough to feel comfortable onboard and we go through some basic safety training Heading into the river Stour we will drop anchor, have dinner and maybe a few beers. If you want to drink onboard bring something with you - we don't have a bar.

Day Two

The following day we can put straight out to sea and sail down the coast, leaving Walton-On-The Naze and Clacton Pier on our starboard side.
Our aim is to reach the River Blackwater or Colne and drop anchor again for the night. By the end of day two you will have learnt how two put up the sails and have had a go at steering. You may even start to feel like an old sea dog.

Day Three

The following day we often sail back along the coast past Walton-On The-Naze and Clacton again to Harwich Town, mooring alongside Halfpenny Pier for the night. We usually go ashore in the old town to our favourite local pubs, the New Bell or the Alma.

Day Four

On day four we often sail deep into the rolling Suffolk countryside along the River Stour before returning to Ipswich - always a treat!

Accelerated Learning

Our weekend activity sailing breaks involve lots of training and opportunities for practicing sail hoisting, knots, rope handling, helming, mooring and anchoring techniques. We do as much under sail as we can and often sail on or off of anchor.

Tall Ship Adventure

People say to us they feel everyday life has been left behind and these weekends are a real mini adventure even though are only away for four days.

All voyage notes refer only to possible itineraries - where we sail, passage lengths and the places we call into will be entirely dependent on the wind and weather at the time.

Adventure sailing- schooner Trinovante passes Felixstowe.

Activity weekend on Trinovante - Standing on the bowsprit

Adventure sailing - The crew practising their knots

Thames Barges Race under sail.

Seal Basking in the Thames Estuary.