|Mon 02-09-2024, 16:00Ipswich Haven Marina||Fri 06-09-2024, 17:00London||Trinovante||4 Nights||TR020924|
The Roman name for the tribes in Eastern England just north of the Thames was the Trinovantians, hence the ships name of Trinovante. This voyage in her home waters is far more interesting than you would expect. Su and John have extensive knowledge and experience of their home waters. They can tell you about the maritime history. As you travel up the Thames you are exploring over 2000 years of seafaring history. see how commerce had moved further and further away from the heart of the city until you arrive at the Tower of London. You will not be disappointed.
You arrive at Ipswich at 4 pm. Trinovante will leave Ipswich as soon as possible to head straight down the River Orwell. If you’d like to spend some time exploring the town’s 19th century customs house, pretty waterfront and Tudor buildings, we recommend arriving early!
Under the bridge, through the moorings, along wooded banks past Pin Mill, and onto Felixtowe. An anchorage in the River Stour awaits before dinner and maybe a couple of beers on deck.
On the first evening, you will learn enough to feel comfortable onboard. We’ll also cover some basic safety training.
The Thames Estuary is a fascinating area to take a break for a weekend sailing in the UK. Here you can enjoy a world of contrasts.
In quiet river anchorages, the tide ebbs and flows, as it has done for thousands of years.
We often have the place almost to ourselves. It’s a perfect location to hear oystercatchers and other wading birds calling as they feed on the mudflats.
Steeped in sailing history and tradition, the Thames Estuary is one of the last places in the UK where traditional boats are still a common sight. You are almost certain to see a Thames Sailing Barge or one of the local fishing smacks.
This is also Trinovante’s ‘home’ and where she was built, so the the crew know it well.
On the last day, Trinovante will head up the Thames to London taking in all the iconic sights as she goes.
This leg of the voyage is carefully timed so we’ll have the tide under us and will arrive just before high water for our final berth at Tower Bridge where Trinovante will be berthed right in the heart of London. There’s no finer way to arrive into the capital city!
London and the Thames
Joining is often near the Waterfront Leisure Centre. Your ship will give you clear instructions.
For Joining Morgenster, use the ship’s tracker to help you meet the ship on the day: Where is Morgenster Now?
For Joining Oosterschelde, use the ship’s tracker to help you meet the ship on the day: Where is Oosterschelde Now?
For Joining Lord Nelson or Tenacious, Canary Wharf is the likely joining location. The ship’s office will contact you directly with exact joining notes once they are known.
She often berths on the Downriver side of the Tower Bridge.
Foul Weather Waterproofs
Very warm insulated water-proof flotation suits suitable for colder conditions. These will keep you toasty warm on Offshore Night Watches and sailing in Norway
Su and John (Mate and skipper) are an absolutely brilliant team. Their story of building Trinovante and her history is fascinating, enterprising and courageous. They were creative in turning a mainly windless week into an Attenborough like superb encounter with Orkney wildlife and history. When the wind arrived, they used humour and patience to turn us into a crew that almost knew what we were doing. It was a brilliant way to experience Britain's wilder places.
Great trip with fun guest crew and enthusiastic and understanding permanent crew.
Fantastic scenery Shetland and Orkney Fair Isle Westray good weather and fair winds. Instructions very clear safety in mind at all times. Food cooked by Sue was wonderful we had crab and fresh fish as a treat. Crew were also very friendly and helpful. Would love another voyage !
I have spent most of my sailing time in modern yachts of various sizes but having the helm of a 3 masted schooner under full sail is an experience like no other.
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!
“Food, laughter and space were all in generous supply,
as were the opportunities to learn as much or as little as you chose.
Thanks Su and John the tapestry of life is richer for having sailed with you.”
We have loved it all from being at the helm, hoisting sail, fixing fenders and weighing the anchor.
Just a note of thanks for the fabulous time I had aboard Trinovante across the North Sea. I think it mended something in me I hadn’t realised was broken. Of course the reason it’s so good is the way you make us incompetent crew able to share a part of your life.
The scenery was stunning. We moored or anchored in a series of small harbours and bays keeping our eyes open for wildlife. Sharing a beer on deck as the sun slowly sank over the silent scene will be an enduring memory.
Stuart & Sara
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.
Thanks for a fantastic week..
It is the skill of a successful host to take a gang of disparate (desperate?) folk and turn them into a group of friends – Well done!
We are thoroughly bitten by the bug and would like to have another go next year
Chris & Alastair
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