Day trip from £1,200
A four-and-a-half-hour cruise on the sailing bawley ‘Mary Amelia’ for up to 6 guests. The day includes a chauffeured classic Rolls Royce from Wilderness to Ramsholt where the Mary Amelia is moored, and a pick up available from Woodbridge or Waldring eld tide depending. The cruise is guided by Mr Simper, Mary Amelia’s owner and skipper, and a light lunch will be prepared by Wilderness chefs on board with fresh catch of the day.
Starting: 10:30am at Ramsholt Lodge Farm.
Finishing: 3.00pm at Woodbridge Tide Mill Quay or Waldring eld Maybush dependant on tide.
Price: All day tour £1,200 (excluding beverages).
Arrival & Welcome:
After a chauffeured transfer Wilderness’s private car guests are welcomed by Mr Simper and are taken on a quick tour around the mussel, oyster and sh processing premises before walking through the asparagus elds to the beach.
If the tide is too low to embark immediately guests will be invited to try their hand at traditional mussel raking and oyster gathering on the foreshore while the tide rises.
Following a short safety brie ng on the tender and the embarkation procedure, guests are invited to board the tender together and Mr Simper will row them to the Mary Amelia’s mooring. Once on board the passengers will be familiarised with the craft and receive an onboard safety brie ng by Jonathan Simper. The boat will then get underway.
When the tide is suf ciently high guests will be invited to help dredge for oysters before cruising up the beautiful River Deben and past Waldring eld. Mr Simper is on hand to share some of Deben’s history and point out natural and historic landmarks. Lunch will be served on board and guests are welcome to eat in the cabin or on deck as they prefer.
Tide depending the boat will continue to Woodbridge where guests will disembark at the town’s historic tide Mill Quay where Wilderness’s private car will be waiting. If the tide is too low to continue up river Mary Amelia will proceed back down River to Waldring eld, where the passengers will disembark via the tender on to Waldring eld beach. They will meet the car in the public car park just above the Maybush pub.
A General Note With Regard to Sailing:
The Mary Amelia is a sailing bawley – a traditional English boat typed by a boomless cutter rig and named for having a boiler for cooking shrimp amidship. Whilst underway Mr Simper will sail her when he judges it suitable to do so, however sailing can never be guaranteed and the decision to sail or motor rests with owner and skipper Mr Simper whose first consideration is the safety and comfort of the passengers and crew.