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Excelsior - our 77' Lowestoft fishing smack


Based at Lake Lothing on Oulton Broad, The Excelsior Trust offers educational and youth sailing charters as part of a wider life skills programme. Throughout its 25 year history thousands of young people have sailed aboard Excelsior and, through the challenging environment that sailing this traditionally built boat provides, have developed a better awareness of themselves and the world around them.

Excelsior is also available for charters and day sails for families, social groups and individuals who want to experience sailing aboard one of the 60 most important historic ships in Britain. Lovingly restored to her original 1921 condition, Excelsior is a regular participant in maritime events and races around the UK and Europe and berths are available to anyone who wishes to be part of her adventures! See our Voyages and Events page for more details.

We are also proud to announce that we are now an Approved Activity Provider for the Duke of Edinburgh's Award! Click the link below for more information.

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Get a taste of sailing on board a traditional wooden ship with our Day Sails. Departing from Heritage Quay, Lowestoft on either the 18th or 19th July, you'll get the experience of sailing on board Excelsior with lunch and refreshments included. You don't need any experience - we'll show you the ropes - and you don't need to take part in any activity if you don't want to!

We've got limited space, so click the button below to email us at and book your place!

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Refurbishment is an ongoing process and it will be for the rest of her sea going life. At The Excelsior Trust we need to appeal in hope that charitable trusts and foundations will continue to help us fulfil our mandate of transforming young people's lives at sea. Please click the button below to find out how you can help.

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We're Recruiting!

The Excelsior Trust is now recruiting for the 2015 season. We have posts available on board and at home.

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Do you have a few hours to spare?

Get in touch and find out how you can help maintain this historic vessel, fundraise for us or promote the Trust's work.

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