Boat Trips Information

Our radio-ship Ross Revenge

The march of health and safety and today's litigation culture, mean that we could not offer access to Ross Revenge without having comprehensive insurance.

The ship was surveyed in May 2015 to see what improvements were needed. We were given a mighty list of work to do and items to obtain.

As ever, all the work was carried out by volunteers who bought their own food and often their own materials. It is difficult to thank everyone, but we mention Peter Clayton and his team, Alan Beech and his team and George Johnson for his work on our electrical systems. We also thank the kind people who offered fire and first aid training at no cost and who provided valuable items free of charge.

In spite of these advantages, the work took 16 months and cost a giddy fortune and the more we did, the more we were required to do. When a second survey in August found the ship to be in fit condition, our Insurance Premiums went up on the basis of the more visitors we have, the more we pay.

The tender Razorbill 3

Our Trips

The tender we use for trips to visit Ross Revenge from West Mersea is Razorbill 3. The boat is fully licensed and insured with a fully qualified skipper.

We offer two types of trips, those during a live Radio Caroline North broadcast from the ship and those when there is no broadcast. Both tours of the ship last approx one-and-a-half hours and the journey time between West Mersea and the ship is approx 20/30 mins.

Radio Caroline North live broadcast trips

The ship is broadcasting and the DJs are resident on board. After a welcome cuppa and introduction, the group is split into two and the tours are taken by two of the weekend's resident DJs, most of whom have served at sea during the pirate radio days and who can talk about their experiences. They are also happy to answer any questions. The tour covers the whole ship, with the exception of the cabins, and includes a visit to the main studio while the on-air presenter is broadcasting.

Non-broadcast trips

On arrival on board there is a short talk on the history of Ross Revenge as a record-breaking fishing trawler by our tender skipper Stuart Belbin, an experienced fisherman. The tour of the ship is the same as during a live broadcast, but the studios are not up and running. Caroline DJs Paul Brown or Lee Shuttlewood take the part of the tour which includes the studios and crew rooms, while Stuart takes people to visit the engine room, transmitter room and generators.

Reductions are available for contributing members of the Radio Caroline Support Group. See below for details of how to book a trip

We are delighted that our trips to visit and tour Ross Revenge have been awarded a Travellers' Choice 2020 Award by Tripadvisor. A Travellers’ Choice award is given to accommodations, attractions and restaurants that consistently earn great reviews from travellers and are ranked within the top 10% of properties on Tripadvisor.

Covid-19 precautions

If you are visiting Ross Revenge during the next few months, please be aware of the following information which will enable us to comply with Government Covid-19 instructions and keep you and the crew safe in these difficult times.

1. Please do not come on your trip if, a) you have any symptoms of Covid-19, or have been in contact with anyone with Covid-19 or who has symptoms, during the two weeks before your trip, or b) are coming from an area currently in lockdown. Instead see contact details below for more information.

2. We ask that all visitors bring face coverings or masks, to be worn from the point of boarding our tender Razorbill 3 until disembarking back at West Mersea.

3. When arriving on the jetty at West Mersea, please wait near Razorbill 3 until you are asked to board. We will then ask you to use our hand sanitizer and board the boat in accordance with 1m+ social distancing requirements.

4. We may not be able to offer you the usual tea and coffee in the mess room on arrival if restrictions are in place. You may wish to bring a non-alcoholic drink with you.

5. There are two toilets to the aft of the ship and there is a washroom behind them. These toilets and the washroom will be regularly cleaned and are the only toilets available to visitors at this time.

6. While the Covid-19 situation is ongoing we have a ‘no handshake’ policy on board Ross Revenge, and we ask that all visitors observe the 1m+ social distancing rule at all times, from others who are not in your party

7. Your tour guide on the ship will advise you of any other precautions put in place as the tour progresses.


How to Book Your Trip

Firstly call Paula Shaw 07535 493501 9am – 6pm, Monday – Saturday, or email boattrips@radiocaroline.co.uk to check availability on your chosen trip and to book your place(s).

Then Pay online at our Web Shop. The cost is £25 per person.

All trips are subject to weather conditions and could be cancelled at short notice. We also reserve the right to cancel trips in the event of technical problems. In such cases a full refund or alternative date will be offered. Departure times may occasionally be adjusted in the case of extreme low tides. The Ross Revenge is a former fishing trawler and visitors should therefore be reasonably able-bodied. Unfortunately this trip is not suitable for anyone who is partially sighted for safety reasons.  Please wear clothing appropriate for the weather and sensible footwear with grip (not sandals). Safety briefings will be provided on Razorbill 3 during the trip out to the Ross. Minimum age eight years. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult and are the responsibility of that adult.


Booking Dates for 2021

June

Saturday‪ 26/Sunday 27 June (*LB)

July

Saturday 17/Sunday 18 July (*LB)

August

Friday 13/Saturday 14/Sunday 15 August (*LB)

September

Saturday 18/Sunday 19 September (*LB)

October

Saturday 16/Sunday 17 October (*LB)

November

Saturday 20/Sunday 21 November (*LB)

December

Saturday 11/Sunday 12 December(*LB)

(*Radio Caroline North live broadcast)

Pandemic information:

Depending on instructions on numbers at the time, we are initially looking to run six smaller trips in relay each day. If these restrictions are sufficiently eased, we will again combine these trips to run three daily trips. Should Government restrictions at the time mean we are unable to run trips we will offer an alternative date or a voucher to re-book at a later date. As always, the health and safety of our visitors and crew is of paramount importance.