To Lee and the team at Viking Mariners.  On behalf of Gothic Farms Ltd, We would like to congratulate you all for a highly successful day on 13th June 2016.  We celebrated  25 years of  a successful farming operation by inviting staff and associated business contacts from those years to have a day on Victor, the majestic Thames barge. Our guests were not all known to each other and none had met our owners from Switzerland before the trip. The changing scenery and weather in our case, provided much in common to talk about helped by the liquid and delicious canapé refreshments. We know from the thank you letters and comments just how much the guests enjoyed meeting and talking to others. In addition we thank you for rearranging our day at short notice because of illness. We are delighted to recommend this venue to others who wish to entertain or reward a group.

Sam . Clare, Alan and Lissie
Gothic Farms Ltd
(Corporate Hospitality, June 2016)

Many thanks to you and Lee for making the Sailing Day on Wednesday a great success. Everybody had a most memorable time. You both demonstrated such calm professionalism and a relaxed approach to the variously experienced crew which was just right. I look forward to repeating the experience again in warmer weather soon.

Martin Corrall
Martin Corrall, St James’s Wealth Management
(Corporate Hospitality, March 2014)

Many many thanks for taking such care of us onboard…(it) was a delightful experience that I hope we can repeat!

Susana Fialho
Riverbed Technology
(Team building day, August 2012)

Just a quick note to thank you for our day on Friday, the feedback has been really positive and everyone seems to have had a really great day…

“10/10! Perfect hosts and we would recommend them to anyone else. Lee and Bev are so accommodating and make the day easy going, relaxed and FUN! Both have a great sense of humour and are very easy to get along with…Just keep on doing what you are doing and thanks for a lovely day, well done!”

Laura Meadows
(Team building day, August 2012)

“I thought it was a very effective way to facilitate bonding between my team and the Audit guys. The day far exceeded my expectations and I’d be very keen to go on another event like this one.”

“The highlight of the day for me was the wonderful people on the boat, Bev, her cooking, her hostess skills, the amazing weather, the beautiful boat. Both Bev and Lee were fantastic – we had a great laugh.”

“Having some sailing experience I quickly formed a bond with the crew who were clearly focused on making sure all participants , whatever experience, had an enjoyable day………great!”

Various participants
(Team building day, June 2012)

It was a monumental effort by Viking Mariners. Our brief – to include a level balance of excitement and relaxation – was rather ambitious…We were delighted with the entire day and we all returned with a very happy bank of memories of our time in Suffolk.

Claire Stevens
Berkeley Partnership (Top 10 small business UK winners)
(Corporate team building and reward day, May 2012)

Dear Lee,
This is just a short note to record my personal thanks for a job well done. The impact that the last two days have had on the Senior Management team here are beyond my expectations.

I personally found the session on board Viking Blue very insightful in terms of seeing my team interact in a way that would not normally be obvious in the day to day operation of the business.

The individual team members all had to address new challenges and not only stepped up but also crystallised into an amazingly smooth unit under the guidance of the excellent skipper.

All in all a fantastic experience and achieved on a sensible budget and in a sensible time frame (and the food was good)

Charles Challinger
UKME, London
(Leadership & team building event)

Dear Bev,
Just to thank all at Viking Mariners, especially to you and John for looking after us so well yesterday. The meeting room worked perfectly, the lunch was fabulous and we had a good trip up the river. I think all our management team enjoyed the experience.

Caroline Wildgoose
Anser Project Managers
(Senior Management Team Building Event)

Dear Beverley,
Experienced, safe, professional, fun and a real learning curve. Thanks to all at the Viking Mariners.

I went looking for an event that would really stretch my team, take us out of our comfort zones and provide us with a different team bonding experience. In Viking Mariners what I found was an extraordinary day out, that challenged people, gave us an entirely new perspective on understanding each other – on how we worked as a unit and fundamentally, on how we needed to work more effectively together.

Whether you are seeking team bonding events, a team challenge or a team fun day out, the Viking Mariners experience is just the ticket for you. Topped off by sailing home on the calm seas with Michael Buble as loud as you like!

Thanks again for a special day!

Ross Chaplin
The Training Team
(Management team building)

Hi Beverley

Thank you for making our afternoon extremely enjoyable, it is good to see how certain members of the team can react in different arenas and was helped by your ability to ensure that everyone pitched in.

I am sure our paths will cross in the future.

I look forward to receiving the photo’s from the day.

Kind regards.

Mark Debman
Ryan Insurance Group
(Team Building)


Just a note to thank you, Lee and young George for a splendid day yesterday. The whole trip was carried out in a most professional and thorough manner with consideration for those a little nervous of what to expect.
We all enjoyed it very much and the weather could not have been better.

David (+ family and friends)
(Afternoon sail, August 2014)

We enjoyed our day with you and found you all to be part of our amazing day and the celebrating of our parents 80th birthday. The food and hospitality were of a high standard and a day we shall remember for a long time.
My dad still talks about the day with fond memories.

Denise and Clive
(Exclusive sail – 80th birthday celebration, July 2014)

Thank you for the wonderful afternoon. Everything went to plan and Tina was greatly surprised. The hospitality, the weather, the skipper and first mate all made for a great occasion.

(Leisure Sail, July 2014)

Sonia and I would like to thank Lee, Hannah and Fiona for making the sailing experience on Saturday an enjoyable and memorable occasion. Even given the flukey winds, the good humoured banter and the excellent lunch made the day go by far too quickly.

The highlight of the day was the fun we had in rigging and flying the enormous cruising chute, what a sight as it billowed against the blue sky and the surge of power even in those light winds was awesome.

Sonia who sails only rarely was encouraged on the winches by Lee and thoroughy enjoyed the day. We would therefore highly recommend a day like this for those, like us who were visiting Suffolk, and who wanted a bit of fun on the water in new surroundings with a great boat (Viking Blue) and a great team.

John and Sonia
(Leisure – day sail, June 2014)

What a fantastic family outing we all had today! We never imagined it could work so well. We were all deeply impressed by your safety measures & your standard of service -which allowed us all so to enjoy having your boat on the water.

The terrible weather merely seemed to accentuate all of the above.

Piers, Frances, Nigel, Alice, Lucy, Sarah, Philippa, Harry, Samuel & Holly
(Private Sail, December 2013)

Thank you so much for the lovely sailing afternoon for my parents.

They were so pleased with the afternoon and had such a fantastic time with you. They said you were a lovely host and they were taken care of so well and the boat was lovely. Only problem for me is that they will want to go again!
(Half Day Sail, May 2013)

This is the first time I have experienced an event such as this – a bespoke package for a specific occasion where a day’s eventing, meal and overnight hotel are combined into one event. The whole experience – sailing, evening meal and hotel were received by all the guests as a complete success.

It was an excellent sail, well organized and, at times, really exciting, I would rate both Beverley and Jane very highly indeed for their sailing ability, attention to detail (safety), friendliness to those on board and thoughtfulness.

Peter Gammage
(Birthday Celebration, August 2012)

Thank you for the photos, they are a reflection of the wonderful day we had with you all, I can honestly say David and I have never enjoyed a day more despite the cold, which hardly seemed to matter at all!

Watching the birds from so close a range and areas we simply could not get to normally was great, but your organisation and friendly comraderie made us feel part of the crew which only enhanced the whole experience for us.

You certainly will be seeing us again this year, not just for another bird watching trip, but any other sailing trips we can get on to that you organise; if only you did training courses we would be first in line as we trust your expertise.

I think I can say that we as a couple and as the whole group commented, it was a fabulous day and thank you very much.
(Leisure Sail, March 2011)

We are sitting here desperately trying to think of constructive criticism to give you,

The timings of the day were spot on; the food was delicious and perfectly catered for. Everyone involved was extremely friendly and professional, the venue was more beautiful than we could ever have hoped for, and the water sports were so much fun.

All in all it was the perfect day we were looking for a wedding that reflected us, a chance for us to spend some quality time with out family and friends which was laid back but a day to remember. You guys put so much extra effort in that you didn’t have to, and we noticed and appreciated that because it made our day feel special. So thank you all for the effort and care you put into the day, we would recommend you to anyone looking to get married with a difference. We are both sat here just wishing we could do it all over again!

We have got some great photos and I’m going to get some of the good ones together and send them over to you as soon as Ive gathered them in from everyone.

Thanks again
Mr and Mrs Rose
(Wedding reception)

I had a good feeling from our first telephone conversation, you were full of enthusiasm and immediately gave me the confidence that we were going to be in safe hands. You were all superb hosts, professional and knowledgeable but most importantly you were all very personable, it was more like sailing with a group of friends. It was great that we could be so hands on and I will always remember Wendy’s face when the boat listed over! (I also have the video footage!)

We will certainly be singing your praises and would not hesitate to recommend you. Now I just need to convince my business partner that we need to have a team building day!!
(Birthday Celebration, August 2010)

It is a while now since we conspired together and arranged the
70th Birthday Celebration for my husband and what a wonderful event you provided for us. The opportunity for a family of ‘Land Lubbers’ to take water in an ocean going yacht and under the instruction and supervision of your nautical experts, John and Bev, to actually take control of the vessel under sail was an experience never to be forgotten.

So may I express the sincere gratitude of my husband and I, our children and their partners.
Vlasta Kennedy
(Birthday celebration, July 2009)