Thames Barge Sailing

Thames Barge Sailing

Maldon, Essex

Aug 28-Sept 1 *FULL* - £650

The Location

Sailing from Maldon, we explore the beautiful ‘Essex Sunshine Coast’ with partners the Sea Change Sailing Trust. The Essex coast is the longest of any English county with 350 miles of varied and beautiful coastline. Our route takes in rugged sheltered coves, vast saltmarshes that teem with wildfowl and beautiful sandy beaches. Here at Dementia Adventure we have witnessed first-hand for years how much benefit people with dementia and their carers can derive from joining a group sailing trip like this—even if they have never sailed before. When the SeaChange Sailing Trust offered to host our groups on board back in 2013 we jumped at the chance, and have since run five successful voyages with them. Once on board, the group become active members of the crew, and we aim to help everyone to achieve as much as they can during the voyage. The feeling of camaraderie which develops naturally on a trip like this one can be brilliant, life affirming and with long lasting benefit. The SeaChange Sailing Trust supplies all safety equipment including lifejackets and waterproofs, and the crew comprises a skipper, first mate and often a third hand who we will get to know and love!

Your Accommodation

You will be eating and sleeping onboard an iconic full-sail Thames Sailing Barge, famous along this stretch of coast. The boat is both comfortable and unique with two and three-bed bunked cabins available, alongside a large living and dining area, with plenty of headroom. This means that we will be able to give our clients a degree of sleeping privacy but that the general nature of the voyage is a communal one. There are two toilets, and a hot shower (for limited use). The lower deck is accessed via a steep ladder staircase and as such a degree of mobility is required on this trip. The group will operate in “watches” to sail the vessel and undertake domestic duties. These include: deck work, helming, chart work/navigation, cooking and cleaning. Joining in with the tasks necessary to run the voyage is a huge part of the fun of being on board, but of course, if people are not feeling like it, they can relax—there are plenty of us on board to get the jobs done! There are opportunities for everyone to help in preparing meals as well as helping sail the boat up on deck. Mealtimes are enjoyed together around the large table. Dementia Adventure organises a menu plan and the shopping beforehand so the hard work is already taken care of. Expect tasty food made to satisfy hungry sailors, interspersed with many cups of tea and the odd piece of cake!

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Thames Barge Sailing

Maldon, Essex

- Aug 28-Sept 1 *FULL*

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