TOPSAIL CHARTERS Ltd
Tel: 01621 857 567
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 Greens, Maldon
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.
2017 Barge Racing Weekends
(please ring to check current availability and options)
All race weekends start from Maldon except Pin Mill which is
from Mistley or Ipswich.
June 3 Medway Race (Upnor)
June 17 Blackwater Race (Maldon)
July 1 Pin Mill Race (Ipswich)
July 15 Thames Race (Gravesend)
July 29 Swale Race (Faversham)
August 27 Southend Race
September tbc Colne Barge & Smack Race (Brightlingsea)
Hands-on & History Weekends
Find out more about these fascinating vessels, learn about
their adaptability to the East Coast and Thames, the crews who sailed them, the
places they visited in trade, how they are sailed by only 2 people, how the
sails and rigging work. The crew get you involved in setting the sails, taking
the wheel, dropping the barge boat, weighing the anchor and many other aspects
of sailing an 82 year old vessel without use of modern technology.
We also include folders with historical photos and further explanation.
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.
Photography & Painting Weekends (maximum 11 guests)
Join our resident artist Tony for a weekend tailored to
getting great atmospheric photos and lessons from Tony on how to turn them into
paintings. Visit creeks and anchorages we usually miss on other weekends.
Further details and prices from office