Reminder

TOPSAIL CHARTERS Ltd
Cooks Yard
The Hythe
Maldon
Essex
CM9 5HN

Tel: 01621 857 567
E-mail: info@top-sail.co.uk

GROUP HIRE PRICES 2017 (max 12 guests)
Price per person – minimum 8 guests

Mid-week & Low season Weekend high season
May 20 to Sept 17
self cater catered self cater catered
DAY SAIL £90 £110 £100 £120
2 DAYS £215 £245 £235 £265
3 DAYS £290 £310 £310 £340

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

Saturday
English Breakfast (2 bacon, 1 sausage, fried egg, beans. Granary bread & jam)
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Mid morning Coffee & Biscuits
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Sailing lunch – Jacket Potatoes with Coleslaw, Cheese, Salad.  Chocolate Bars, Fruit
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Afternoon Tea with cake
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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)
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Mid morning coffee & biscuits
Lunch
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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.

Pin Mill Barge Race

Pin Mill Barge Race

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
must !

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.

Stag Weekends

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.

Optional Extras

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