The Thames sailing barges are know for the fact that the usually sailed
with only 2 crew, a skipper/captain and mate
- possibly with a third hand for longer trips on the larger vessels.
There are frequent requests for information about how to be part of
a sailing barges crew.
expectations and levels of experience/expertise vary, but the following
information may be of some assistance.
Firstly you can get on board a sailing barge with any of the charter
and whilst out sailing, may be able to help the crew - an ideal introduction
If you are more seriously interested in learning about how barges
are sailed and want to get involved,
possibly to become a qualified mate and later skipper, then a useful
way of doing this would be
by joining the Thames Sailing
Barge Trust, who sail two barges and can offer this type of involvement.
For those wanting to be part of professional crews there is the Association
which can advise and give introductions - there are recent changes
in their committee
- awaiting new contact details - contact email addres for more details.
Alternatively, the charter companies may have opportunities for regular
or casual crew for longer passages and can be approached directly.
If your requirements are more specific, then send details to the email