The barge owners and the sailing barge community do a gallant job of keeping these vessels maintained and in good seaworthy sailing condition, but there are times when this self preservation takes it toll on their personal pockets.
CAMBRIA is owned by a registered charity and Company Limited by Guarantee, the Cambria Trust, established with the specific objective of restoring, preserving and using what many view as the most famous sailing barge ever!
lthough she may be big, Alice is far from sluggish. Her sails include a mainsail, topsail, foresail, staysails and mizzen, which span 3,500 square feet in total to catch the maximum amount of wind possible.
Comments from our friends who hire or work on Thames Sailing Barges…
Thanks to the Edith May for letting me hire out the Barge as a venue for my 21st birthday. It managed to add something different to my party and my friends really enjoyed being on the boat… thanks Geoff for a great party venue.
Me and my family had a wonderful time on the Edith May Thames Barge, sailing up and down the River Medway. They day was very sunny and the crew were very informative and helpful. Thanks for the experience, will have to do again soon…