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Sun 04-09-2022, 16:00London Thu 08-09-2022, 10:00Harwich Trinovante 4 NightsTR040922

You would miss a lot if you did not have Su and John’s knowledge of their home waters.

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 down 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. Pass through the Thames Barrier and into the lower reaches of the Thames Estuary. It may look busy but Su and John know some remarkable quiet spots. You will not be disappointed.

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Ideal for ….

  • Marine History from the Tower of London Seaward.
  • Day sailing and stopping over night
  • Exploring the Thames Estuary
  • Sailing up the ages as you go down the Thames


Vessel type / Rig 3 Masted Gaff Rigged Schooner
Guest Berths 8
Beam 4.4m 14ft 6ins
Draft 2.1m
Deck Length 21m 70ft
Overall Length 23.9m 80ft
Year Built 1994
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Voyage Description


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.

Canary wharf from trinovante’s deck

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.

Southend Pier


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.

A short day sail up the coast is the hustle and bustle of commercial activity on the River Orwell at Felixstowe. Here is one of the busiest container ports in the UK where big tugs manoeuver ships arriving from all over the world.

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 barges and one of the fishing smacks

This is also Trinovante’s ‘home’ and where our schooner was built so we know it well.

Trinovante with Classic Sailing
hoisting sail on trinovante

Start & End Port


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.


For Trinovante

She often berths on the Downriver side of the Tower Bridge.


Kit List


  • Sailing Instruction
  • Safety Equipment (Life jackets and harnesses)
  • All meals on board & refreshments throughout the day
  • Bed linen, duvet, pillows
  • wooden rowing boat activities
  • 2 x Stand Up Paddleboards & bouyancy jackets (on summer voyages)

What is not included

  • towels
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Towels
  • wellie boots
  • waterproof jackets & trousers 

What to Bring

Please limit yourself to one soft bag or rucksack as there is limited storage space on board. No suitcases please!

Tallulah does not have waterproof jacket and trousers yet, so please bring a properly waterproof jacket and trousers on all voyages.

Walking and cycling waterproofs are usually adequate and much lighter to pack, so there really is no need to buy a coastal sailing jacket (unless you really want an excuse to invest in your future sailing). If you need any advice, or lack of a jacket is preventing you participating, please ring us on 01326 53 1234

  • Proof of Covid 19 vaccination dates & status (See our terms & conditions: Basically to be safe for all guests and crew in a confined space we ask that you keep your covid vaccination status up to date with appropriate boosters. All crew and volunteers will be expected to be vaccinated too).
  • warm, windproof jacket for days when you don't want to wear a waterproof jacket
  • Hats for sun and cold weather.
  • At least two sets of warm clothes - layers e.g. tracksuit bottoms, shirts, fleece jacket, wool jumpers, thick socks, and neck scarf. It can get cold at sea even in mid summer.
  • Swim suit, towel, and suntan lotion.
  • we have space if you want to bring a wetsuit for wild swimming or SUP adventures
  • Flat shoes with a good grip e.g. trainers or sailing deck shoes.
  • Sailing boots or wellies as the sea can come over deck if rough*.
  • (An alternative to boots in summer is to bring another pair of flat shoes with a good grip in case the first pair get wet).
  • All terrain type sandals are great for dinghy trips ashore – but you do need shoes which protect your toes for sailing.
  • Scillies trips – Walking boots are useful and can be these can be worn on deck too
  • A small rucksack is useful for going ashore
  • Camera, binoculars, sketchbook, a relaxing read.
  • Passport for European or Ireland Voyages, Reciprocal Free Health Care card in Europe.
  • Please bring a passport on French trips
  • Any medication, spare spectacles. Seasick tablets - check with your Doctor, which brand if you suffer asthma or are on medication.
  • RYA Cruising Logbook or similar if you want to log your sailing experience e.g. sea miles, night hours
  • Musical instruments are always welcome.


Tallulah does not always have wine bottles for sale on board so you are welcome to bring modest quantities of alcohol, (unless it is an alcohol free voyage) e.g. to drink with evening meals, but drinking whilst sailing is not allowed.



A welcome in oak


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 And 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 and Alastair

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