UK Sailing Weekend

To And From Ipswich, Suffolk

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UK Sailing Weekend

To And From Ipswich, UK

What Will You Get From Joining This Sailing Weekend?

Sailing Type – Coastal Sailing

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

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About Life Onboard.

Thanks for a truly memorable weekend! The sailing experience and tuition were first class: I enjoyed the companionship very much: all that under the leadership of two people talented and thoroughly pleasant in equal measure. It was a privilege. Thank you again. And the megastar was Trinovante – what a ship!


Schooner Trinovante on a sailing weekend sailing past Felixstowe Docks.

About The Thames Estuary

The Thames Estuary is Trinovante’s ‘home’ territory, 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 oyster catchers and other wading birds feeding on the mud flats 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 Feliwstowe, the largest container port in the country.

Getting ready to set the topsail on a schooner.

Where Does Trinovante go in a weekend?

This is only a rough guide, we will be working with the wind, the weather and most importantly the tides.

Day One

After you arrive on the first afternoon, Trinovante will  leave Ipswich to head straight down the River Orwell. The scenery will change from rural river to Felixstowe Port where huge ships manoeuver and back to rural river again.

On the first evening you will learn enough to feel comfortable onboard as we go through some basic safety training. Heading into the river Stour we will drop anchor, have dinner and maybe a few beers.

A new sailor takes the wheel of a Tall Ship. Schooner Trinovante, Orkney Sailing Holiday.

Day Two

The following day Trinovante will weigh anchor sail past Harwich and head out to sea. Sailing down the coast Trinovante will be leaving Walton-On-The Naze and Clacton Pier on the starboard side.The aim is to reach the River Blackwater or the River Colne to 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

Sail up the ‘Wallet’ to Harwich. Will we be tacking or have the wind on the beam? Trinovante often moors alongside Halfpenny Pier for the night. The crew sometimes go ashore after dinner to one of the local pubs in Harwich Old Town.

The traditional sailing boat Pioneer at anchor, sunset Pyfleet creek, Essex, UK

Day Four

One possibility is to sail deep into the rolling Suffolk countryside along the River Stour or we could spend some time sailing out of the River Orwell. All too soon the weekend is over and it is time to return to  Ipswich for a 4pm arrival in the marina.

We usually run several sailing weekends each year but there is only one in 2019 so if you want to book don’t delay. This weekend will soon be full.

You can find an article SchoonerSail’s sailing weekends on our old blog here

Windy weather on a sailing weekend in the UK

The blog has not been updated for a while – news now goes on the SchoonerSail facebook page.

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?

Have Some More Questions?

Check our Frequently Asked Questions Page or just get in touch for a chat.
It will be Su or John picking up the phone

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