TOPSAIL CHARTERS Ltd
Tel: 01621 857 567
Built in 1929, Reminder was once part of a large fleet of cargo carrying sailing barges that worked between the rivers of Suffolk, Essex and Kent and the Thames Estuary.
Now based in Maldon, Essex, home to the largest active fleet of these historic vessels, Reminder takes up to 12 guests sailing for one of the most relaxing weekend breaks you can take, cruising the Rivers Blackwater and Colne .
Her former cargo hold now provides a spacious saloon with open plan galley and a corridor leads to 2 washrooms (one with shower) and 6 cabins. Comprising two doubles, two twins and two cabins each with 3 single berths. This suits 6 couples or 12 single people or a mixture of families with children. Six of the single bunks are at height
We provide a qualified sailing crew of skipper and mate (they have separate sleeping quarters) and you can choose to self-cater or take a break from the stove and let our cook prepare fresh food on board – see the various catering options.
Your weekend route will depend on the wind direction and tides, and the skipper will usually discuss with you options for a shore visit, either by barge boat or coming alongside a jetty or Quay. Shore trips include beach combing on Osea Island, walking to St Peters on the Wall at Bradwell (Britain’s oldest consecrated church), swimming off East Mersea Stone, stretching your legs with a wander around delightful Wivenhoe, or a visit to Brightlingsea for the pub or sea wall walk.
Participation in sailing is down to you – you may get involved as little or as much as you wish. There are options to help set the sails, take the wheel, weigh the anchor, or simply sit on deck and watch the world go by.