Thank you once again for supporting our now annual Mencap sailing day. Feedback was terrific and as with last year we all thoroughly enjoyed our time with you onboard Alice. The weather once again was kind to us which was a nice bonus.
Alan, thanks so much for a great weekend on board Alice. Everyone had the greatest time, it really was a very memorable weekend. I will be recommending it to all Cheers Rob.
For one with a life times interest in sailing barges nothing could
compliment 'Father's Day' more than a days sailing on board sailing barge
"Alice" it was an absolute pleasure in every way; the welcome, instruction
and most enjoyable food, all made possible by Alan the skipper and his crew
in the most friendly and professional manner.
I, and many others have to thank Alan for his devotion to the Thames
spritsail sailing barge ; enabling today's generation to experience what
was once a way of life and transport throughout the east coast of England
Good luck Alan and thank you for a perfect days sailing; enjoyed by a
"sailorman" and guests alike.
Ken & Rita Peters and Steven Woodcock
Alan - many thanks to you and Reg for a wonderful weekend on Alice! It was great to meet you and to sail such a fine boat. Thank you for looking after us - will be sure to recommend a weekend on Alice to all the sailing enthusiasts I know. Best wishes, Andrew
P.S. Do congratulate your son on his fantastic fence dive! ( on Google )
Thanks for giving us such a fun day on Monday. I'm quite sure that all our guests really enjoyed themselves.
Just want to say thanks for a brilliant weekend! We had a really great time
on board Alice - We left a big bottle of champagne in the fridge that I'm sure you'll put to good use at some point! Do send over the pictures and we'll do the same.
PS Please say thanks to Reg, and give Wilson a biscuit from us.
I had a fantastic time aboard Alice. I'd been wanting to do some proper sailing for a very long time, and so when Ian invited me on his stag do, I jumped at the chance, and it was a bonus that you own a Thames Barge (again, I've been wanting to sail a Thames for a very long time), so it was a privilege to be on her.
Thank you, and hope to see you again soon.(I'm going to see if I can persuade Ian that we repeat the trip annually!)
Thank you so much for allowing us to use Alice for our Gun Wharf Quays sailing challenge in partnership with Mencap. The day gave a fantastic opportunity to engage with local adults with learning difficulties and to better understand of both Mencap and the people they support. Colin, Maria, Mike and Paul particularly enjoyed the pirate attack of deliberately running aground in Priory Bay. Many thanks again.
Thanks a million for a great w/e. It could not have gone better and everything we planned over the last couple of months all came together brilliantly. I know Dean had a fantastic time (copied in) and am sure he will remember it as a right royal good’un. Please thank Tricia as well for the prep work on Friday with the food and as ever the loveable Reg for his help. Life in the old dog yet eh!! And finally thanks to you and Alice. She made a perfect home for us all and as I’ve said a top w/e. See you maybe for a re run next year! Tim Hyatt - Best man
Thanks again for a wonderful time. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves.
Thank you very much for a lovely day today everyone enjoyed themselves thoroughly.
Thank you for entertaining us all on my stag do last weekend; we had a fantastic time...2 of the best nights of our lives. Many thanks for your generous hospitality and sense of humour! We will certainly keep you in mind for future stag do's!
it was really a pleasure to sail with alice and meet you.
and i do not forget... one day we will sail the douro river and drink a nice glass of porto wine together.
good luck with the searching of the new barge dog.
looking forward to meet him.
kind lisbon regards from carolina and my chocolat labrador cacau right next to me.
From all the guys present can I say a big thank you to you and Alice for providing us with a great Stag Weekend.
I’m sorry to hear that neighbouring boats at Gun Wharf were kept awake by some awful renditions of some popular songs – please pass on our apologies.
Once again thanks for the great time....we will certainly spread the work re: Alice and her captain.
I am writing to express our thanks to you for the excellent evening we spent on board Alice and the accompanying yachts.
Our American customers and our European team enjoyed the experience of being on board and sailing such an impressive vessel. The buffet meal below deck, together with the wine worked well.
It was a memorable evening event that our customers and team thoroughly enjoyed and I am grateful to you for arranging it all and for your hospitality.
What a splendid treat this long week-end was. If the wind was a little unaccommodating, the same could certainly not be said of Alice and her Skipper and Crew, who entertained us excellently. Plenty of opportunity to get to grips with the many aspects of Thames Barge manoeuvring and sail handling, with a comprehensive exploration of the Solent (sometimes in the light airs, it has to be said, stern-first) , culminating in a grand send-off on the Squadron Launch at Cowes. Many thanks to Alan, Reg and Brian for their display of skills in both hospitality and nautical tuition
We had a lovely time on board Alice
Geoff looked after us fantastically and we have many happy memories. The weather was favourable, steaks in Yarmouth delicious and The Folly did not disappoint in any way. Hoisting the sails on Saturday was quite an experience and we were very comfortable on Alice all weekend.
A huge thank you for such a superb day yesterday. I think the whole party really enjoyed it and it was a truly fantastic way to celebrate my 60th birthday. I was so glad that we had some wind so we could experience Alice sailing, which I found fascinating; although I have sailed in many different boats throughout my life, I have never experienced a spritsail barge, and I would have liked much longer to learn more about the rig, and the particular techniques. Maybe another time!
Thanks to David as well, and for the wonderful catering. We all left tired and exhilarated.
Thanks Alan, we had a fantastic time. Hannah is very grateful for her time on Alice and hopes to come back for some more time at the wheel soon. A great birthday experience, both on the water, at Cowes and eating cake.
Many thanks- it was a great success. Caterers were fantastic. The bar seemed to work very well to the end Thank you again and hope to see you out in the Solent
Sorry to hear about barge dog Newton, coming from a dog lover myself it is always hard to lose a loved one.
Many thanks for a great weekend; it will be one to remember!
Once again, thank you very much. It really was a fantastic weekend that we’ll never forget, Andy. Thank-you to you and Reg for making us feel so welcome and taking us out on a great trip. Was a fantastic weekend for me, but recovery is taking it's time... Martin
Thank you for the photos, and most of all thank you for a very enjoyable day. Everybody had a great time.
Hi Alan, Just a note to thank you again for an extremely successful weekend! Everything went to plan, and everyone (Simon most importantly) was very happy! Julian Roffe, Head of Operations
A massive THANK YOU Alan, Ainsley and David, for such a fantastic weekend, it was thoroughly enjoyed by all. Great atmosphere, food and company. Do you have a Facebook page? I have uploaded all of my photos already. They are brilliant pics and I have some beautiful ones of Newton. I can send all of them to you on disc if you would like?
I cannot thank you and your colleagues enough for the fantastic day we shared with you on Friday, Finding an activity that includes everyone is very difficult but Alice was perfect.
We all thoroughly enjoyed our time on board and the chance to crew such an iconic vessel. I have fourteen very happy and very excited colleagues to contend with on Monday. We took over 400 photographs of our day with you and we will post them on our company Facebook page shortly.
You mention Alice's Facebook page. Please would you let me know the site details and I will gladly comment and get 14 Likes!
I was immensely pleased with the whole day – as organiser I tend to take responsibility for ensuring everybody’s enjoyment and as a result I struggle to relax and enjoy myself. However, I can quite categorically say that I had a fabulous time as did everyone else. It has been great fun in the office today with all the stories and photo’s that are going around!!
Dear Alan and crew, Many thanks for a wonderful day last Friday, we had a fantastic time, not even the weather could spoil our enjoyment! The guys have all said how they would love to do it again and get more involved, so we will be in touch again sometime in the future to arrange a return visit!
Thank you for a wonderful evening sail on Tuesday. Amazing with the 7 P&O liners passing, everyone was buzzing the next day at school. It is such a good team building activity and I'm sure there will be future business from other departments in the school. - many thanks.
Alan, & Alice crew, Thank you so much for allowing us to make Katie’s Hen do so incredibly special. You were all enormously accommodating, and we couldn’t have asked for a more perfect boat – so practical, with so much space and everything seemed so easy. I will always recommend you, and hope to have another excuse to stay on board Alice again soon.
Many thanks for the really good day out. I have had the phone ringing all morning by my guests saying the same. One of the highlights was that seeing the red faces of the unfit (most of us) getting involved in some of the work. You even delivered the weather. Thanks also to your wife for the superb breakfast and lunches and to the crew for their help.
Just to compliment you and the crew of ALICE for a great day out on Sunday. All my guests really enjoyed themselves (as well as myself !) The running of your barge was very professional but also laid back which is a nice combination.Our only disapointment was having to weigh anchor and leave Priory Bay to get back to Portsmouth ! All in all a great day which was different to anything else that we have done.
Hi Alan, Just wanted to say thanks again for everything during the weekend. We all had a great time which was in no small part down to your and Reg's efforts.
Alan, Thanks for a brilliant trip across the Solent in Alice. An excellent time was had by all. enclosed is your wine card you lent me and I forgot to return. Thanks again and all the best Matt
By luck or good judgement I decided to book a day’s sailing on Alice for my mums 80th birthday present. As it turned out it has been one of her lifelong ambitions to sail a Thames Barge so I couldn’t have made a better choice. Despite the changeable weather and fickle winds Alan, Tricia, David and the dog Newton ensured we had a great day out on the solent which was thoroughly enjoyed by all. Luckily some clouds bought enough wind to get her cracking along at nearly 6 knots when mum was on the helm which will be a moment we will always remember. Ellen [aged 10] was very pleased that she was trusted to gybe Alice and would now like to live on a barge so if you have the room you’re welcome to take her on as cabin girl.
I would thoroughly recommend [and already have] a day out on Alice
We all had a fantastic weekend, great hosts, Jos you probably put up with a lot, but it was appreciated, and not forgetting rootin rootin Newton. We were really well looked after, hangover or otherwise, and the food and drink was plentiful. I have recommend Alice to everyone I've seen and all I need now is another reason to book her up again.
Loved it. thanks again for everything.
Just a note to say thanks very much for such a super weekend - we were clearly blessed with the weather and it was really great fun. Everyone has said how enjoyable it was to do something a bit different for a hen weekend and we can at least all say we went sailing even if some exerted themselves more than others! The crew looked after us very well - although a particular mention has to go to Newton as our favourite deck hand!
Many thanks to you and your wife for Saturday. We all had an absolutely brilliant time, great sailing and food, and even a swim at Priory Bay! A day to remember, especially for my Father on his 80th Birthday
We were looking for something different to do for a stag, and couldn't of found a better option, Alice is beautiful. It's pretty unusual for so many people to fit on one boat, and then be able to sit around a big table comfortably to have dinner, which you and your crew effortlessly pulled off with style (pretty impressive from a galley kitchen). The sailing was a great complement to the hangover, so thank you for getting us all involved, I promise you it feels pretty majestic to be able to pull up to a casino in basically, a pirate boat.
You and the crew looked after us exceptionally well, both on the boat and off it, it felt more like being hosted by friends than a business. This comes from everyone, who said after how much fun it was. So thank you for making me look good!
Alan, I just wanted to thank you and Tricia for a great day yesterday. Everyone really enjoyed it. If the fridge magnet sales are a guide
we will all definitely be promoting "Alice" to friends!
Thank you so much for organising such a brilliant day out on Tuesday! Despite the dull weather it was great fun being on board the wonderful Alice & having a go at being crew, a quite unique experience. Also lovely to meet your friends & enjoy wining & dining on board, food was delicious.
Alan & Geoff were such good hosts - a memorable day all round, thank you!
Hi Alan, sorry for the delay in my answer, we have just come back from holidays. After being in Portsmouth we were in Scotland and then in the beach in the south of Spain, so we had really nice holidays ;-)))
Thanks a lot for the pictures and for the great time with you and Reg. We enjoyed it a lot. In fact, last week my husband and I were attending a sailing training course for beginners (in a catamaran), and we remembered many of the things you commented to us during our tour in the Alice (the direction of the wind, the 45º you should take when sailing towards the wind....)... really interesting and amusing!
Thanks again and hope to see you in another occasion.
Thankfully I had the foresight to take Monday off work in anticipation of a recuperation day! Back in action now though!
I’ll send you a couple of paragraphs as a testimonial for your website in the next couple of weeks, but just to say a big thanks for such a great weekend! Without exception everyone has said to me it was one of the best stag weekends they have ever been on, and I don’t think I’ve laughed so much in ages! Please pass my thanks on to Jocelyn, David and Tricia too, they were so helpful and nothing was too much trouble.
We just wanted to say a big thank you for the great weekend end that we had on board Alice. Alice is an amazing boat & was perfect for our pirate themed party!! We had loads of fun & beautiful weather to top the weekend off! Emma had a brilliant time & loved it!
Thanks again from Cap'n Bloodbuck & her crew of scallywags!!!!
Just wanted to drop you a line as promised to say thanks loads for our recent Stag Weekend aboard Alice. Everyone had a fantastic time thanks in no small part to you and your enthusiasm, fry ups and beer!
I'm almost hoping Pete gets divorced in a couple of years, so we can arrange another weekend aboard. Failing that, I'll be sure to spread the word about Alice so as many people as possible can enjoy her.
Thanks again and all the best - happy sailing for the rest of the Summer.
Many thanks again for such a great weekend. Everyone has said since how much of a brilliant experience it was and a pleasure to meet you and your crew.
If you have a chance would you be able to upload any photos you have onto the linked website for Paul. I will put some videos and photos which I took onto a CD and put these in the post shortly.
Username (to reflect Paul's imminent demotion of duties) : paulthecabinboy
All the best,
Hello Alan, Tricia & David
I just wanted to thank you all for making our trip out on Alice such a joy and success under the circumstances. You were all very empathetic to our situation and made every effort to make our journey meaningful and enjoyable. We were all a bit red from the sun when we got home - so thank goodness it only came out on the way back to Portsmouth!
Thanks again and best wishes.
I just wanted to drop you guys a quick line to thank you all for hosting such a fantastic weekend for Pete's stag. Your energy levels were amazing with continuous supplies of food and booze appearing from the kitchen.
Everyone has said it's one of the best stags they've ever been on, and we'll promote your word out and about to the masses.
Have a great Summer, and thanks again.
All the best,
Thank you for letting us use your magnificent boat to scatter our fathers ashes at sea ,you made it very special for us.
Although it was a sad day we had a lovely time out in the Solent.
We scattered his ashes and we each dropped a rose in the water and then toasted his health with a very good whisky, my father would have approved.
My mother has also asked me to thank you for your kindness.
My Family have suggested we make it an annual trip, I will speak to you about it closer to the time.
thank you once again.
Tis paul here - firstly..thank you so much for a wonderful trip on the beautiful Alice it was bloody magnificent. And thank you so much for being so chilled and informative during our gorgeous weekend. Secondly I will be forwarding your details on to as many people as I can - I would not be able to recommend it highly enough.
I will send you the photos shortly so you can use them on your site. You take bloody good care of yourself and I hope to see you soon.
Many thanks – Paul
I just wanted to thank you, Tricia and David for making Anne's birthday such a memorable day. We really enjoyed the thrill of sailing Alice in the fresh breeze (weren't we lucky that the weather was so good) and we all thought that the party in the evening was a great success. Special thanks to Tricia for coping so well with the lobsters and curry
Thank you both so very much for the great time we had on Alice last Wednesday, particularly being able to stay on board overnight and travel back to Gun Wharf with you on Thursday morning. We hope to sail with Alice one day!
With very best wishes from us both and for the wedding and trip to France with the cyclists!
Many thanks to you and David for another great day yesterday aboard Alice - we all had a fantastic time and the weather was very good to us again.
There are a lot of photographs posted at http://www.flickr.com/photos/51825534@N04/
Look forward to hearing from you and thanks again for a memorable day.
Alan, This is just a short e-mail to express our thanks to you, Tricia, and David for a wonderful day out. We all had a great time, we enjoyed the varied weather and our visit to Ryde harbour. Everybody said that the food was excellent, the bacon rolls were just the thing on arrival and the lunchtime spread was handsome.
We will send some photo's and a fuller write up in a few days time when we have sorted the pictures out.
Once again, many many thanks for a wonderful day out on the water.
Thanks for a wonderful day, all were extremely pleased, but worn out !!!!
Thank you so much for a truly brilliant day onboard Alice! All the girls had such a great time, they haven't stopped talking about it since we left you yesterday! Please send our thanks again to Trish and to David, you all made us feel so welcome. It has certainly made my sister's hen do a memorable one! Many thanks again Nicola x
I just wanted to drop you a note to say thank you for the great trip we had on Alice on May 21st-23rd. It was a wonderful weekend and I think both your and Tricia’s relaxed and fun attitude made the whole weekend such a success. I had a fantastic time with a suitable amount of learning, eating, drinking, singing and of course humiliation. I will remember that bbq on the Saturday night for a long time; not sure what it was but for some reason those salads and baked potatoes tasted amazing.
I have already recommended Alice to some work colleagues and I hope someone takes you up for a few work trips.
Thanks for a great weekend - we all had a fantastic time, especially my Dad. I'll collate some of the best photos from the weekend and send them on to you in due course. Thanks again.
Just to thank you, Trish and David for a fabulous day out on the water last Saturday. All evening EVERYONE involved in our party would not stop talking about their fabulous day on board - both seasoned sailors and those who had no idea what to expect had a most enjoyable experience. Peter now feels fully 50 and, as promised has placed your details on the sailing club notice board - hope you get lots of enquiries! and look forward to sailing on ALICE again.
Many thanks for a great day out on Alice. We all very much enjoyed the experience and learn't many different terms and techniques. The evening get-together went very well and she made a great base to get everybody together. All the best Robert + Alice
The general consensus is that Friday was a brilliant day out. They all enjoyed it immensely and asked me to pass on their thanks to you and Tricia for all your hard work. The food was described as delicious and Alice as "something else"
Dear Alan, On behalf of all the crew, many thanks indeed to you and Trish for a fantastic weekend onboard “Alice”.
- Excellent Company
- Great Food
- Superb Charter Plan
Don’t be surprised if you get “buzzed” by JoAli lV on the Solent
Love to Trish and Best Wishes
Chairman & CEO
Just a line to thank you for a wonderful evening on "Alice" - and for fixing the weather into the bargain. Barrie M was just thrilled to helm her, which gave you more time to talk with the rest of us, which we enjoyed. Thanks to the crew too.
I would like to thank you for giving our Scouts the opportunity to not only go aboard Alice, but to also help in the running and sailing of her. I have spoken to all of the Scouts and they have all told me what a fantastic experience they have had aboard her, and how much they have learnt. Thank you again for the opportunity for the Scouts and we will be booking her again for next year to give more of our Scouts this fantastic experience.
Assistant Scout Leader
Thank you to you and David for a great trip out today, everyone agreed Pa would have loved it. If possible, would you mind emailing a few photographs from the day? Hope to see you again maybe for an evening trip in the summer.
Many, many thanks for the weekend, completely loved it all and appreciate being able to get involved. It gave me a good taste and I'd love to learn more so if you do ever need a hand tightening wangs and whatnot (seriously) I'll be down in a shot. Am free every Sunday and every other sat if you are ever short.
Thanks again Alan, you're a proper star.