Sailing Barge Greta
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Covid-19 InformationCovid 19 Status:
Covid-19 Description of measures & availability:
- Open with limitations
- Open with distancing measures
Our skipper, Steve, has been busy working on how to get some sort of season started for the summer months. Ensuring that the government guidelines around health & Safety for the Crew and Passengers are in place (we have kept the mainsail and topsail down to ensure social distancing as an example).
We are happy to announce that we have our 'We're Good to Go' COVID-19 industry standard certificate and consumer mark from Visit England.
We are providing shorter trips of 3 - 4 hours under engine power with the possibility of limited sailing.
All decisions not to sail is made by the Skipper for safety reasons.
Any pre-booked and paid for normal sailing trips will be moved to the 2021 sailing season.
COVID 19 – Safety information:
Please always follow instructions from the Skipper and Crew – precautions are in place for everyones safety.
Face masks and gloves are not essential, but if you prefer to wear them please bring them along.
Hand Sanitisers provided for use before going down the ladder & to be used as you come aboard.
If not from the same household, please always keep 2 meters apart – families can sit together.
We are sadly unable to provide refreshments, please bring it in a small backpack or closed bag - no alcohol please.
Additional clothing like raincoats or jumpers also need to be brought along in a closed bag as we are unable to provide them.
Only 1 person at a time to access to the bathroom which is below decks.
Keep safe and well.: Open 24 hoursMonOpen 24 hoursTueOpen 24 hoursWedOpen 24 hoursThuOpen 24 hoursFriOpen 24 hoursSatOpen 24 hoursSunOpen 24 hours
Where do we Sail?
One of Greta’s most popular trips is a visit to the World War II Army Forts designed by Guy Maunsell. The Forts can be seen from Whitstable and Herne Bay.
We regularly sail through the Kentish Flats Wind Farm, out to the Red Sands WWII Army Forts or towards Herne Bay Pier, Reculver Tower and back to Whitstable Harbour.
Day trips on the Thames Barge Greta can be up to 6 hours long (reduced to 4hr due to COVID-19) we recommend that you bring cold drinks and sandwiches with you.
On another trip we could take a relaxing sail up the River Swale, under Kingsferry Bridge and see the wreck of the USS Montgomery off the Isle of Sheppey.
We often watch the seals and seal pups sunning themselves, or lazily playing in the shallow water.
All trips are subject to weather, give skipper Steve a call 24hrs before your trip to check what the weather will be.
Safety on board
Please be aware that passengers will have to board and disembark
via a near vertical ladder attached to the harbour wall, at their own risk but of course over seen by the skipper.
We suggest that you wear casual comfortable clothes, usually jeans/ casual trousers/shorts and casual tops. A pair of non-slippery deck shoes are essential. No high heels please.
Although you can take shelter below deck, we recommend that you also bring a lightweight jacket/fleece.
For those hot sunny days, don’t forget your hat, sun cream & sun glasses.
- : Open 24 hoursMonOpen 24 hoursTueOpen 24 hoursWedOpen 24 hoursThuOpen 24 hoursFriOpen 24 hoursSatOpen 24 hoursSunOpen 24 hoursPhone: 07711657919Email:
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These special 4 hr £35pp weekday and £45pp for weekend sailing experience will depart from the South Quay of Whitstable Harbour in Kent and visit the old WW2 Maunsell Army Forts in the Thames Estuary. (This route may change depending on wind and tide conditions on the day.)