London to Harwich
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.
As complete novices, we were made to feel welcome and taught the basics with great patience and understanding. The standard of catering was extraordinary.
Huge thanks to Su and John for a great week. We will be back
Charmian and Steve
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
Join the ship at Tower Bridge in London.
Don’t be late – Trinovante will be leaving as soon as all the crew are on board for an evening sail down the Thames to anchor, probably off Southend Pier. Depending on the weather we might have dinner on deck alfresco as we go.
There is a huge amount to see as we leave the city centre behind passing Canary Wharf, the O2 and the Thames Barrier. Slowly the scenery changes to industrial hinterland and then the wide open spaces of Thames Estuary saltings take over. Here the call of the wading birds replaces the busy hum of human activity.
As the sun sets we’ll drop anchor for the night probably off Southend Pier.
Up early the following day we’ll set sail, skimming the Maplin sand banks to head up the West Swin channel. Then it is probably either into the Blackwater of Colne for an overnight anchorage depending on the wind.
On the final day we’d hope for a nice sail along sandy beaches past Frinton and Walton.
This voyage ends in the historic sea port of Harwich.
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.
It is a place of contrasts. In the quiet river anchorages, you will hear the distinctive call of oystercatchers feeding on the mudflats as the tide ebbs and flows.
Then just a day sail up the coast, you’ll can be part of the busy commercial activity on the River Orwell at Felixstowe, the largest container port in the country.
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