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Thames Sailing Barge Greta

Thames Sailing Barge Greta

Launched in 1892 Thames Barge Greta is one of the oldest remaining Thames sailing barges left in Britain. Their heyday came at the turn of the 20th century when over 2000 were on the shipping registry and working in and around the Thames Estuary and the old London Docks. Only thirty barges remain with a few still working as pleasure craft. In 1940 Greta took part in Operation Dynamo to rescue troops from Dunkirk.

You can now experience life on board the historic (1892) Thames Sailing Barge GRETA during one of the daily sailing trips around the Thames Estuary. You can choose 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.

PRICES ARE PER PASSENGER

(£48 Mon-Fri except UK Bank Holiday) 

(£54 Sat-Sun or UK Bank Holiday)

 The 2018 Sailing Season is from May up to the end of September or if the weather is suitable for sailing, mid October.

 

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. 

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.  Owner/Skipper Steve Norris and crew are there to ensure you have a safe, relaxed experience on this lovely historic (1892) Thames Sailing Barge.

Sailing depends on weather and wind conditions and is at the Skipper's discretion, therefore, some or even all of the boat trip may be under the power of a diesel engine.   

 ORDER A GIFT VOUCHER NOW FOR THE 2018 SAILING SEASON. WE WILL SHORTLY BE PUBLISHING SAILING DATES AND TIMES FOR THE 2018 SAILING SEASON THESE WILL BE UPDATED DURING THE SAILING SEASON. IF YOU ALREADY HAVE A GIFT VOUCHER AND WISH TO BOOK PLEASE CONTACT US ON 07711 657919 TO MAKE A BOOKING.

Important - In case of late cancellation by us due to weather conditions or another reason please confirm your trip with the Greta Skipper Steve Norris on 07711 657919 the evening prior to your sailing date.  If we confirm your trip then please arrive 15-30 minutes before the departure time.

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 Owner/Skipper

Greta Thames Sailing Barge Day Trip (up to 6 hours)

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Greta Thames Sailing Barge Day Trip (up to 6 hours)
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Departs from South Quay, Whitstable Harbour Kent

(Trips are up to 6 hours so bring Food & cold Drinks)

(We supply tea & coffee)

 

 Scheduled Sailing dates are added during the  the sailing season which is usually from /May up to the end of September or mid-October if the weather is suitable for sailing. 

If  your preferred date is not available you can purchase a GRETA GIFT VOUCHER which can then be redeemed later in the season. 

IF YOU ALREADY HAVE A GIFT VOUCHER THAT YOU WISH TO REDEEM PLEASE TELEPHONE  THE GRETA’s SKIPPER STEVE NORRIS ON 07711 657919  TO BOOK YOUR DAY TRIP

IMPORTANT PASSENGER NOTICES

MAXIMUM OF 12 PASSENGERS ON EACH TRIP

CHECK THAT YOUR DAY TRIP HAS NOT BEEN POSTPONED OR CANCELLED

 YOU MUST telephone Greta's Skipper STEVE NORRIS (07711 657919) on the evening before your sailing date to check that your Day Trip has not been postponed due to high winds or other poor weather conditions forecast for the Thames Estuary.  We will reschedule any postponed trips.

DON'T MISS THE BOAT!

Please arrive 15-30 minutes before the departure time

 

Thames Barge trips from Whitstable Harbour. Enjoy a relaxing day (up to 6 hours) on board the historic (1892) Thames Sailing Barge 'Greta' with Skipper Steve Norris and his crew. £48 per person on a week day or £54 on a Saturday, Sunday or a UK Bank Holiday. As we are limited to a maximum of 12 passengers we are unable to offer discounted rates for children or seniors. For Private use of 'Greta' please book a Private Charter.