You can now experience life on board Greta during one of the daily sailing trips around the Thames Estuary. You can chose to either stay on deck or use the lounge below deck. We provide tea/coffee but suggest that you bring sandwiches, snacks and cold drinks as the trip may last up to 6 hours. Maximum of up to 12 passengers on each trip.
We depart and return from the South Quay, Whitstable Harbour, Kent. Whitstable is on the North Kent Coast about 7 miles (11.5 km) from Canterbury.
See below to book on line now from a choice of sailing dates
(additional sailing dates are added regularly throughout the sailing season so opt for a Gift Voucher if your date is not available as the voucher can be redeemed later in the sailing season which ends around mid October or during next years sailing season Note: Contact Greta Skipper to redeem a Gift Voucher on 07711 657 919 )
We do not sail during the Winter months whilst maintenance is carried out. We plan to be back in Whitstable Harbour next Spring.
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All trips are subject to tide & weather conditions and are at the discretion of the Greta Skipper Steve Norris.
Greta is an historic Thames Sailing Barge launched over 120 years ago in 1892. As a working cargo barge she carried ammunition, beer, grain, malt and building products. Although Greta no longer carries cargo she still works providing Thames Sailing Barge day trips for individuals and private charters from Whitstable Harbour Kent between April to October. During the winter months she is moored at the Standard Quay Faversham, Kent.
One of Greta’s most popular trips is a visit to the World War II Army Forts designed by Guy Maunsell. The Forts can be seen from Whitstable and Herne Bay.
We regularly sail through the Kentish Flats Wind Farm, out to the Red Sands WWII Army Forts or towards Herne Bay Pier, Reculver Tower and back to Whitstable Harbour.
On another trip we could take a relaxing sail up the River Swale, under Kingsferry Bridge and see the wreck of the USS Montgomery off the Isle of Sheppey. We often watch the seals and seal pups sunning themselves, or lazily playing in the shallow water.
Trips around the Isle of Sheppey can also be arranged but due to tides would need to be a longer day sail.
The day can be as relaxing or active as you like, either sit back and enjoy the peace and quiet whilst enjoying the view of the Kent Coast, or get involved with the sailing, hoisting the sails, winding the leeboards or taking the helm. The day is yours to enjoy and Skipper Steve Norris and crew are there to ensure you have a safe, relaxed experience on this lovely historic(1892) Thames Sailing Barge.
Spaces are very limited on all sailings as we only carry a maximum of 12 passengers on any sailing. On Thames Sailing Barge Match days this is restricted to 8 passengers. For last minute bookings Contact the Greta Skipper Steve Norris on 07711 657919 to check availability.
These trips can last up to 6 hours so bring food and cold drinks with you. On bright sunny days we suggest a hat together with sun glasses, sun protection cream and a light jacket/fleece.
Flat shoes on board please.
Safety Notes for all Passengers
Passengers board and disembark at their own risk via a near vertical ladder attached to the harbour wall. Passengers must ensure that they wear suitable clothing and flat footwear. A safety briefing is given on board prior to sailing.
Steve Norris - Greta Skipper - Tel: 07711 657919
All Barge sailings are at the discretion of Greta's Skipper Steve Norris.
The Greta sails from the South Quay of Whitstable Harbour, Kent, UK.
Our Whitstable Harbour mooring is on the South Quay adjacent to the Harbour Garden Café. Seafood Restaurant & Café