Ipswich To London
Sailing Holiday Type
Coastal Day Sailing
What a great time I had with you and my fellow crew members last weekend.
I really enjoyed being part of a small and friendly group and being hands-on with the sailing manoeuvres.
You can book on any of our sailing holidays as a complete beginner or an experienced sailor. All the training you need to fully participate onboard is included. You’ll be hoisting sails, steering, and generally participating in all the things that sailors do. That includes watching the sunset in a quiet anchorage at the end of the day.
If you have never sailed before, more information about what to expect is here
About The Thames Estuary
The Thames Estuary is Trinovante’s ‘home’ territory, it’s where she was built, and 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 oystercatchers and other wading birds feeding on the mudflats as the tide ebbs and flows.
Just a day sail up the coast, you’ll be part of the busy commercial activity on the River Orwell at Felixstowe, the largest container port in the country.
Join the ship in Ipswich.
Don’t be late – Trinovante will be leaving as soon as all the crew are on board for an evening sail down the River Orwell to anchor in the River Stour or go alongside the pier at Harwich. Depending on the weather we might have dinner on deck alfresco as we go.
The following day we’ll set sail to head down the Wallet past the Gunfleet Sands and coastal towns such as Walton on the Naze and Frinton. Then it is either into the Blackwater of Colne depending on the wind.
After a day sailing through the sandbanks of the Thames estuary, our last anchorage will likely be off Southend Pier (the longest in the world) with the bright, glittering lights of the shore in the distance.
From this anchorage Trinovante will head up the Thames to London taking in all the iconic sights as we go. It is a fair way and we have timed this leg so we’ll have the tide under us and will arrive just before high water. Our final berth at Tower Bridge puts our schooner right in the heart of London
All voyage notes refer only to possible itineraries – where we sail, the type of sailing and passage lengths and the places we call into will be entirely dependent on the wind and weather at the time.
What’s included in the price?
- All meals onboard
We provide breakfast, lunch and dinner every day. Obviously, if you choose to eat ashore, this is at your own expense. We can cater for most diets, but you must let us know about special diets at the time of booking. We cannot cater for special diets at short notice.
- Non-alcoholic drinks
Ships rules are no drinking alcohol at sea or if we are about to sail. This does NOT mean Trinovante is a dry boat – it’s fine to have a drink in the evening when we are at anchor or alongside. We don’t sell alcohol on board so bring your own.
- Use of life-jackets and wet weather gear
What is not included in the price?
- Your travel to and from the ship.
Every voyage has travel information pages and info about finding the ship in harbour.
- Travel insurance
This is compulsory for all voyages apart from Sailing Weekends.
We have a page on Buying Travel Insurance For Sailing Holidays