Thames Barge Match

21st July 2018

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Departing Gravesend Town pier, head down down river to see the annual Thames Barge match competeing in the Thames Estuary. 


This Barge race is one of the oldest Sailing Barge races in exsitance which starts near Standford-le-hope heads out towards Southend and then finishes at Gravesend.


Our tours have been put together due to popular demand, in support of the Thames Barge match Committee.

We have two tours on offer:


Breakfast at the start - Departing 0900

Take a seat aboard our seagoing Catamaran "Jacob Marley" for a 4 hour cruise to see the 2018 annual Thames Sailing barge match. Departing Gravesend Town Pier at 0900 we will follow the barges down to the start line as they start to hoist their sails and prepare for a long hard day's sail.

We will take up position abrest of the start line and hear the start cannons fire at 1000am. With three classes of barges in this years race there will be three sets of start cannons. 1000am, 1015am and 1030am but once the last barge has crossed the startline your cruise will follow the barges downriver towards Canvey Island giving you a great opportinity to see these powerful workhorses plough through the waves using only their iconic red sails. The cruise will depart the barges around Canvey Island to return back to Gravesend.

Complimentary Tea and Coffee and a breakfast buffet of Bacon rolls and paistries will be served. Cash Bar also available.

Cruise for 4 hours returning at 1300


Fish and Chips at the Finish - Departing 1330

Take a seat aboard our seagoing Catamaran "Jacob Marley" for a 4 hour cruise to see the Thames Sailing barge match. Departing Gravesend Town Pier at 1330, you will steam downriver towards Southend to meet the Barges on their homeward leg of the race giving you the opportunity to see these old workhorses race head to head and pick up the action as the river starts to narrow.

After meeting up with the race we will follow them back towards Gravesend and the finishline and wil take up position abrest of the Clarendon Hotel when the majority of the Barges make their final push to be this years winner.

Complimentary Tea and Coffee will be available throughout the cruise and a Fish and Chip lunch will be served. Cash bar also available.

Cruise for 4 hours (estimated return 1730 depending on race finish time)

Medway Barge Match

9th June 2018

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We are currently not operating a tour to see the Medway barge match in 2018 due to a change race start/finish locations. 

Please check back in 2019 for further updates.

Southend Barge Match

Event Cancelled

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The Southend Barge match in 2018 has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances.

For more information on Thames Sailing Barges and the race itself please visit: