Q. Can I charter a vessel at any time of year?
A. Absolutely yes! Autumn clay-shoots, Christmas parties, New Year cruises, Topsail Events sail all year round. All vessels have heating onboard and for static events we can also arrange deck heaters and awnings.
Q. Are the ships suitable for all ages?
A. Our events are tailored individually to your specific requirements, including the choice of vessel. Although not all historic ships are suitable for children, if you do require this option we will do our best to find you a suitable ship.
Q. Are the ships suitable for disabled persons?
A. As our events are aboard historic ships the vessels do not all have disabled facilities, however we will do everything we can to follow current legislation and endeavour to maximise access wherever possible.
Q. Who will host the event?
A. An experienced Topsail Events Event Manager will be on board to ensure everything runs smoothly on the day. At Topsail Events we pride ourselves on our high standards of event management so you can be sure that nothing will be left to chance.
Q. What should I wear?
A. As the occasion demands – dress can be as formal or as relaxed, as you choose. However, flat-soled shoes are always a good idea aboard ships, and for group racing days we would recommend casual dress. We cannot allow stiletto heels on Thames Sailing Barges and Tall Ships as they may damage the deck. Wrap up warm in winter and bring extra layers even in summer as it can get sometimes cold on deck.
Q. Do these ships have engines?
A. Yes. As a concession to the modern age, engines complement wind power on all of our classic sailing ships.
Q. Are there good galley facilities?
A. The interiors are spacious and well kept with generously proportioned galleys. Our caterers are adept at producing the finest foods afloat.
Q. Can guests take part?
A. Yes, if they wish they can gain ‘hands on’ experience of sailing and even racing, our classic ships. Even experienced yachtsmen will be amazed at the speed and agility of a 100-year-old, 100 ton Thames sailing barge.
Q. Will I be seasick on the Thames?
A. No – you would be the first of our clients in 22 years to suffer seasickness on the Thames! Our ships are large and stable under nearly all conditions.