What we do

Educational Charters

Tailor-made to your youth group or school, our educational charters are a fun and hands-on way to get every young person involved. We even offer a resource pack so you can take life on board ship into the classroom!

Corporate Charters

From day sails to 7-day voyages, our corporate charters offer a unique teambuilding experience for all ages and abilities. Your employees will learn new skills and develop bonds through shared experiences on board.

Sailing Holidays

Whether you are on your own or part of a group, our sailing holidays offer a perfect way to meet new people, discover places only accessible by boat and learn to sail a traditional wooden ship. Join us for a day sail or a voyage to Europe and we will guarantee you an enjoyable, exhilarating experience. No experience is necessary – our friendly crew are experienced in showing newbies the ropes!


Latest Blog

Gavin working on Excelsior by Kate Batchelor Nov 2016

Kate first met the trust last year when on board Deodar. Thanks to Kate for sharing this beautiful sketch of our Skipper working hard on the hull of Excelsior. We are loving this image, and would love to start collecting any art work that has been produced of the crew, our voyage crew or the

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Excelsior LT472 Sailing Calendar for 2017 Launches

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Sailing Calendar for 2017 Launches Whilst our Winter Refit gets underway, we are pleased to announce our 2017 season sailing calendar is drafted up! This is by no means set in stone as it is a working document, you may find there are tweaks here and there as the season progresses. We have already started

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Late season availability

LATE SEASON SAIL SALE! Excelsior is offering fantastic bargains on its late season sale sails! Here is your chance to sail on board one of the nation’s sixty most important historic ships – recently awarded Regional Flagship of the Year 2016! See below for availability and cost. All voyages are inclusive of accommodation and full

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Bill Ewen Memorial in Lowestoft

There will be an open-air Memorial Service for Bill in Lowestoft Harbour on the Bandstand Quay which is behind EXCELSIOR’s usual berth in the Yacht Basin  – off the South Pier near the RNLI shop – on Tuesday 26th April at 12.00.  There is parking nearby on Royal Green, off Marine Parade at NR33 0QL

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Excelsior Wins Award from National Historic Ships

Excelsior wins FLAGSHIP OF THE YEAR AWARD Excelsior, the historic Lowestoft sailing trawler has won a regional Flagship award from National Historic Ships UK. The award has been given in recognition of the commitment that Excelsior gives promoting historic ships in her home cruising grounds and her 2016 Shipshape East Anglia programme, which extends across

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Welcome to new Bosun!

Welcome to new Excelsior Bosun – Vincent Vigo-Di-Gallidoro! Suffolk-based Vincent has been involved with Excelsior as part of his volunteer work with The Princes Trust. He has RYA Competent Crew and Watch Leader qualifications and brings with him welcome catering skills

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Bill Ewen obituary in the Lowestoft Journal and Eastern Daily Press

The EDP featured a fitting tribute to our old skipper Bill Ewen, who sadly passed away last week. You can read the article here

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£300 for 7-day trip to Norway!

We have subsidised places available for a voyage from Lowestoft to Norway departing on the 3rd May. £300 all inclusive will allow you the most exciting trip with some stunning scenery along the way. The current cost of a flight back to the UK from Copenhagen is roughly £30 if not less. How can you

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Excelsior in the EDP!

We’ve been featured in the Eastern Daily Press again! Read the article online here.

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Bill Ewen

We are deeply saddened to hear of the sudden loss of past Excelsior skipper Bill Ewen. We will be posting thoughts and memories from friends and colleagues on the website and via social media. Read Paul Thomas’ tribute to Bill here. Carol Willis writes:- Very sad to hear of Bill’s passing. He was Skipper when

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Christmas Gathering 2015

It was really great to see so many friends, old and new, at Mandells Gallery on Thursday 10th December. Thank you all for your support – we’re looking forward to an exciting 2016! Thanks were given too with a lovely decanter and an appropriately named bottle of wine to Excelsior’s President Geoffrey Copeman CBE, DL

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Come to our Christmas Gathering!

We would be delighted if you could join us in Norwich on Thursday 10th December for a pre-Christmas social event in the atmospheric surroundings of Mandells Gallery in Elm Hill. Once again the Allen family are kindly supporting Excelsior Trust by providing the venue. The gallery will be showing their Christmas exhibition with some traditional

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Changes at the Excelsior Trust

February has seen some changes at the Excelsior Trust, including the appointment of a new Trustee and the departure of a valuable team member. The Trust is delighted that Ron Mitchell has agreed to become a Trustee. Ron has played a pivotal role over the past few years and is a much valued contributor to

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Christmas Gathering goes with a swing!

Thank you to all who attended our Christmas get-together at Mandells Gallery last night. The evening was a fantastic success, with the re-formed Excelsior Shanty Band providing musical entertainment and a very heartfelt contribution from Alex reminding us why we are all involved in this project. We were delighted to present Bob Lambert with our

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NEW! Join our festive gathering!

We have lots to tell you about Excelsior’s 2014 season and many stories to share about Hurricane Bertha, Disney and Lewis Carroll as well as the young people who’ve enjoyed the ‘Excelsior Experience’. Join us for drinks and nibbles at Mandells Gallery, Elm Hill, Norwich on Friday 19th December, 6-8pm and hear about our exciting

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Excelsior is involved in something exciting in Gloucester

Take a look! http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-gloucestershire-28844711    

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The Excelsior in this month’s Suffolk Magazine

The Excelsior has been featured in the August 2014 edition of the Suffolk Magazine. You can download the four page article here. Suffolk Mag Page 1 – August 14 Suffolk Mag Page 2 – August 14 Suffolk Mag Page 3 – August 14 Suffolk Mag Page 4 – August 14

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Training Aboard Excelsior

Many yachtsmen want to extend their sailing experience to commercial gaff sail by training aboard EXCELSIOR, for which we do not charge any more than the standard voyage fees – even though EXCELSIOR is one of only a handful of large gaffers under the British Flag that are authentically rigged (as opposed to having been

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If you've spotted Excelsior out and about or you've sailed with us and have images to share, we'd love to see them! Email them to marketing@excelsiortrust.co.uk and we'll share them via our Gallery.