A weekend sailing away on “Reminder” is a fabulous way to build memories with friends or family of all ages. She offers you the chance to cruise back in time to an unhurried world governed by wind and tides. Leave life ashore as you explore the “secret waters” of the East Coast, from gliding up the quietest creek to invigorating sailing along the coast. Experience the thrill of sailing under our 100’ mast and huge brown sails.
Our friendly crew are committed to making your weekend an unforgettable experience with delicious freshly cooked, locally sourced meals coming from the galley. On a typical weekend cruise from Maldon you sail past Osea Island, Tollesbury Creek, St Peters Chapel at Bradwell, Mersea Island and into the River Colne for a night anchorage. You might also enjoy a shore visit to Wivenhoe, Brightlingsea or East Mersea for a sea wall walk, pint in a local pub, beach combing or photography.
Our friendly crew are committed to making your weekend an unforgettable experience, whether it’s getting you to set sails, take the wheel, wind the anchor or entertaining you with some salty yarns. Choose to self-cater or let our cook prepare delicious home cooked meals for you.
GROUP HIRE PRICES 2020 (max 12 guests)
Price per person – minimum 8 guests
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Typical menu shown below, but may vary depending on season and suppliers
All dietary requirements catered for if notified in advance.
Meat and Cheese from Buntings Butchers, Maldon
Vegetables from Maldon Fruit
English Breakfast (2 bacon, 1 sausage, fried egg, beans. Granary bread & jam) -o-
Mid morning Coffee & Biscuits -o-
Sailing lunch – Jacket Potatoes with Coleslaw, Cheese, Salad. Chocolate Bars, Fruit -o-
Afternoon Tea with cake -o-
Dinner Chicken Cordon Bleu with Seasonal Vegetables Creamy Lemon Crunch with Forest Fruits Cheeseboard Sunday
English Breakfast (2 sausages, scrambled egg, baked tomatoes. Granary bread & jam) -o-
Mid morning coffee & biscuits Lunch -o- Jamie Oliver’s Cider Pork Casserole Creamy Mash & Seasonal Vegetables Chocolate Bread & Butter Pudding with Blackcurrants and Crème Fraiche
Depending on your return time, the menu may include afternoon tea and cake or supper of soup with sandwiches.
Friday evening supper not included. Either eat before you arrive or en-route, eat ashore (we have a list of local eateries including take-aways) or ask us for a quote for supper on board.
Barge Racing Weekends
The first barge race took place in 1863 on the Thames and
apart from a break during the 1960’s has continued ever since, making the
Thames Barge Race the second eldest race meeting after the Americas cup.
The Barge Races (or Matches as they are known) give the
skippers and crews an opportunity to sail these magnificent vessels at their
optimum limits and to display their sailing skills to their peers. Silver
cups, some nearly 100 years old, are to be won, the most coveted being the
Seamanship Prize which is awarded by the Committee to the barge that has been
sailed with the most skill.
Today there are six annual races with up to 12 barges taking part. For some races you will need a 3 day weekend for, others 2 days.
As the crew taking racing very seriously and there is a chance of injury to inexperienced guests, on the actual race day itself you are on board as a spectator, but on the day before (if a 3 day weekend) or the day after, you can participate in sailing as little or as much as you wish.
With so many of these historic vessels sailing together,
these racing weekends provide a fantastic spectator sight and cameras are a
On the evening of the race day, a prize giving takes place ashore, and you join the crews enjoying a good yarn over a pint and reliving the “nearly” wins.
2020 Barge Race Dates
(please ring to check current availability and options)
May 30 Medway Race (Upnor)
June 13 Blackwater Race (Maldon)
June 27 Pin Mill Race (Ipswich)
July 11 Thames Race (Gravesend)
August 8 Swale Race (Faversham)
September 12 Colne Barge & Smack Race (Brightlingsea)
A weekend away on Reminder provides an ideal venue for a
group of up to 12 chaps looking for a memorable stag experience where sailing
is the main interest.
Request catering to include men’s favourites such as Stew &
Dumplings, Jam roly poly, Roast Beef
A polypin of Maldon Gold – our barge skipper’s favourite pint, brewed in the town.
Further details and prices from office