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Thames Sailing Barge Greta

Thames Sailing Barge Greta

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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.

 

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.   

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.

 

We take bookings on-line, by phone and at the Greta mooring on the South Quay of Whitstable Harbour, so availability on this website may not be completely up to date.

FOR  TRIPS WITHIN THE NEXT 48 HOURS PLEASE RING GRETA'S SKIPPER STEVE NORRIS ON 07711 657919  TO CHECK AVAILABILITY BEFORE BOOKING ON-LINE.  

TO BOOK - Select from the drop-down list of scheduled sailing dates (Additional sailing dates will be added to this schedule throughout the 2017 sailing season).   If your preferred date is not yet shown you can purchase a Gift Voucher and redeem it at a later date. The 2017 Sailing Season is from May up to the end of September or if the weather is suitable for sailing mid October.

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)

Enjoy the peace and relax for up to 6 hours on board the historic Thames Sailing Barge ‘GRETA’ We depart/return from the South Quay, Whitstable Harbour, Kent CT5 1AB

COST PER PASSENGER - (£48 Mon-Fri except UK Bank Holiday) (£54 Sat or Sun or UK Bank Holiday)

TO BOOK - Select from the drop-down list of scheduled sailing dates and enter number of passengers places required.

  Scheduled Sailing dates are added during the  the sailing season which is usually from April/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

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.

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.