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Wed 21-08-2024, 16:00Whitby Tue 27-08-2024, 10:00Harwich Trinovante 6 NightsTR210824

Heading South down the East Coast and into the Thames Estuary

The moment Trinovante passes out between the Whitby breakwaters we are immediately in open water sailing south with cliffs on our starboard side.
If the wind is fair the crew may go straight into a watch system and Trinovante may head for Great Yarmouth or Lowestoft.

Other options would be to anchor off of the North Norfolk coast to wait for a fair tide or maybe on day one we’ll just make a short hop to Scarborough.
If all goes well there’ll be time to explore some of the Thames Estuary rivers when you arrive.

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Highlights ….

  • Marine History
  • Proper sea passage
  • Exploring the lower Thames Estuary
  • Night Sailing
  • Watch Keeping
  • Learning the ropes in a friendly and welcoming atmosphere
Trinovante Customer Reviews


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

Whitby to Harwich

Trinovante with Classic Sailing
Trinovante with Classic Sailing

6 nights of varied coastal sailing…


A picture postcard, bustling, seaside town nestled in a hollow in the landscape of the surrounding moors, Whitby is now known for the many festivals that run year-round, coastal walks, fossils, jet jewellery,  the 199 very steep steps leading to a ruined abbey that overlooks all the activity below and most importantly for the seafarer the massive stone breakwaters that protect the entrance to the harbour.

Originally a coal and whaling port, for the sailor this harbour is notable as the place where Captain Cooks Endeavour  was originally built as the ship-rigged collier Earl of Pembroke.  There is a now replica Endeavour in the port.

Trinovante always gets lots of attention in Whitby.

Whitby Harbour Entrance


The moment Trinovante passes out between the Whitby breakwaters we are immediately in open water sailing south with cliffs on our starboard side.

If the wind is fair the crew may go straight into a watch system and Trinovante may head for Great Yarmouth or Lowestoft.

Other options would be to anchor off of the North Norfolk coast to wait for a fair tide or maybe on day one we’ll just make a short hop to Scarborough.

If all goes well we hope to have time to explore some of the Thames Estuary rivers when we arrive.


By 1844 three quarters of the British sailing coasting fleet, employing 10,000 seamen was moving coal from the North to London and the Southeast.   8000 colliers arrived annually in the London River alone. In 1702 there were 98 colliers owned in Whitby.

The trade went from being a summer-only trade to being all year round hard graft. They were sturdy burdensome ships and the grimy collier would have been a common sight in the Ipswich River.

On the journey south, the colliers would have anchored in places such as Yarmouth and Cromer Roads.

Old Photos show big sailing fleets anchored in the ‘roads’ waiting for the wind and tide.

Trinovante may well anchor in one of these anchorages or ‘roads’ on the route south.

The coal trade under sail carried on until the late 1800’s when the railways and steamers took over.


The Thames Estuary is Trinovante’s ‘home’ territory, where she was built, and we think a great place to sail.

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 Thames barges sail and race here throughout the season. The photo here is of Thames Barges at an early morning start for the Colne Race.

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.


Start & End Port


Whitby by Trinovante

How to Get There

From the UK, getting to Whitby is a breeze. The scenic train journey takes you through the stunning countryside, and you’ll disembark right in the heart of Whitby. For those who prefer the open road, driving is an option too. There are parking facilities available in town, and you can conveniently reserve a parking spot through [JustPark](

From Europe, you can hop on a ferry to the UK, landing at ports such as Hull or Newcastle. From there, it’s a picturesque drive to Whitby.

North American adventurers can catch a flight to the UK and make their way to Whitby by train or car, depending on your preference.

For our friends from Down Under in Australia, it’s a bit of a trek, but the journey is worth it. You’ll want to book a flight to the UK and then follow the same travel options as mentioned above.


What to Do in Whitby


Dive into the rich history of Whitby by visiting iconic landmarks like Whitby Abbey, a hauntingly beautiful ruined monastery. Explore the Captain Cook Memorial Museum to discover the fascinating maritime history.



Immerse yourself in local traditions and arts by strolling through the charming streets filled with galleries and artisan shops. If you happen to visit during the Whitby Folk Festival, you’re in for a treat of traditional music and dance.


Sites of Interest to a Sailor

For those with a seafaring heart, Whitby offers stunning coastal views. Take a walk along the pier and admire the bustling harbour. Don’t miss the iconic Whitby Lighthouse, perched atop the East Cliff, offering breathtaking views of the North Sea.



Enjoy the vibrant nightlife with pubs and bars that often feature live music. Join in the local fun at one of Whitby’s dance clubs.


Eating Out

Savour fresh seafood at one of the town’s seafood restaurants, or indulge in traditional fish and chips by the sea. Whitby is known for its gastronomic delights.



Explore the breathtaking natural landscapes, including sandy beaches and coastal trails. For outdoor enthusiasts, the North York Moors National Park is a stone’s throw away, offering opportunities for hiking and cycling.


Unique Features: Whitby’s unique charm lies in its fusion of history and natural beauty. It’s a place where tales of Captain Cook and Dracula intersect, making it unlike any other destination.




While you’re here, you can rest your sea legs in style at some well-known hotels like the White Horse & Griffin or The Marine Hotel. If you’re in need of relaxation, there are charming spas like Raithwaite Sandsend to rejuvenate after a day of exploration.


Official Tourist Website


For the most up-to-date information and guidance on your visit to Whitby, head over to the [Official Whitby Tourism Website]( 



How to Get There

If you’re planning a visit to Harwich, getting here is straightforward, regardless of your starting point.

From the UK: Harwich is well-connected by train, and you can enjoy a scenic journey to this coastal town. If you prefer to drive, there are parking facilities available throughout Harwich. For parking options and reservations, check JustPark at

From Europe: You can reach Harwich by ferry from European ports. Once you arrive in the UK, it’s a short drive to Harwich.

From North America: Fly into a major UK airport and then take a train or drive to Harwich.

From Australia: A flight to the UK is the first step, followed by train or car to Harwich.

What to Do in Harwich

History: Explore the historical landmarks and museums, including the Electric Palace Cinema, a charming relic of the past. Don’t miss the Redoubt Fort, a coastal defense masterpiece.

Culture: Discover local traditions and arts at Harwich Arts and Heritage Centre. Keep an eye out for any local festivals that might be happening during your visit.

Sites of Interest to a Sailor: Enjoy the coastal views, explore harbours, and admire the Dovercourt Lighthouse, a symbol of maritime history.

Entertainment: Dive into the local nightlife with pubs and live music. Check out the artistic scene at the Harwich Festival of the Arts.

Eating Out: Satisfy your culinary cravings with seafood delights and traditional British fare. The Pier Hotel Restaurant offers picturesque views.

Nature: Stroll along the beaches, take in the coastal beauty, or explore the nearby landscapes of the Tendring Peninsula.

Unique Features: Harwich’s unique charm lies in its maritime heritage, from historic ships to the quaint Old Town.


Consider staying at The Pier Hotel for stunning sea views or The Goodlife Guesthouse for a cozy retreat.

Official Tourist Website

For planning your visit to Harwich, head over to the Official Harwich Tourism Website. It’s your go-to resource for the latest information and tips for exploring this coastal gem.

Special Interests

If you have a special interest that you would like to find out about for this port or to tell us about, we would love to hear from you.


Sustainable Travel Carbon Offset Schemes


By selecting sustainable travel options and actively participating in carbon offset initiatives, you can make a positive impact while journeying to or from your voyage.

Here are some suggestions for carbon offset websites.


UK: One popular carbon offset website in the UK is “Clear” who offer a range of carbon offset projects and solutions for individuals, businesses, and organisations. They provide detailed information about their projects and allow users to calculate and offset their carbon footprint online.

North America: In North America, “Terrapass” is a well-known carbon offset website. Terrapass offers carbon offset projects across the United States and Canada. They provide options for individuals, businesses, and events to calculate and offset their carbon emissions. Terrapass also offers additional resources and information on sustainable living.


Europe: A popular carbon offset website in Europe is “MyClimate.” MyClimate provides carbon offset projects and solutions for individuals, businesses, and travel. They offer a carbon footprint calculator and allow users to support various sustainable projects worldwide. MyClimate focuses on promoting climate protection and sustainability.


Australia:Greenfleet” is a prominent carbon offset website in Australia. Greenfleet focuses on planting native forests to offset carbon emissions. They offer individuals and businesses the opportunity to calculate and offset their carbon footprint by contributing to tree planting projects across Australia. Greenfleet provides detailed information about their projects and the positive environmental impacts they create.


Please note that these carbon offset websites may vary over time, so it is recommended to research and explore multiple options to find the most suitable one for your needs. 


If any of these links do not work it would be kind of you to inform us, many thanks.

Kit List

What to pack for a sailing holiday on Trinovante

Equipment Trinovante Provides

Foul Weather Waterproofs

Life Jackets

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


  • Sleeping bag
  • Clean pillow case. We provide a pillow.
  • Pair of wellies. Any wellies will do. We might be able to lend you a pair – email us with your size. If you are buying some yacht wellies tend to be a bit lighter
  • Passport This is needed if your sailing holiday starts and/or finishes in a non UK port and we will be in more than one country during the voyage.
    No passport, no sailing holiday.
  • Non slip footwear – any non slip footwear will do, we are not a yacht so there is no need to buy expensive deck shoes.
  • Warm hat and clothing. Layers work best. Thick fleece, thin fleece, shirt, tshirt is a good layer set up. Thermal underwear is a great idea and doesn’t take up much room in your bag.
  • Gloves. Most people don’t bother with gloves, but if you do want to wear some, leather sailing  gloves with no fingers may be best. It can be difficult to handle ropes in full gloves.
  • Towel and toiletries. Most people bring travel towels.
  • Strap to hold your sunglasses/glasses on with. Essential if you wear glasses.
  • Hat, sunscreen, sunglasses and loose clothing to cover up from the sun. Trinovante sails in Northern Europe so you are not going to roast but sometimes it can get surprisingly hot even in Norway.
  • Any medication that you need.
    If you think you may need sea sickness medication Stugeron seems to be the one most people take. The active ingredient is Cinnarzine. We do have Stugeron onboard.
  • Travel insurance for sailing. For some of our holidays this means ‘offshore insurance’.
    We do not require that you have travel insurance for our sailing weekends in the UK.
    SchoonerSail’s  Buying Travel Insurance For Sailing Holidays has more information about travel insurance.
    One specialist sailing holiday insurer is Topsail Insurance. There are lots of other insurers and you do not have to use Topsail Insurance when you sail with us. They may or may not be the most suitable for you.

  • No valid travel insurance when you arrive onboard, no sailing holiday.

Pack everything for your sailing holiday in a squashable bag, not a large suitcase. Remember space onboard is limited.


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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