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 Sailing Calendar 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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We're now set up on JustGiving, so it's even easier for you to donate and support the work we do with our fine ship.

Whether you'd like raise money by running a marathon or taking part in a sponsored silence, or simply make a one-off donation, you can now do so via our dedicated page on JustGiving. Click the link below for more details.

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2016 Dates Released!

We've got our calendar arranged for 2016! Take a look and give us a call to book your place. We're doing loads in Northern Europe new year, with trips to Gothenburg, Oslo and Copenhagen to name but a few. Whether you're a complete novice or experienced sailor we guarantee you'll have a great time on board.

2016 Dates

Christmas Gathering

Join us at Mandell's Gallery in Elm Hill, Norwich on December 10 for an evening of tales, drinks and nibbles in the company of friends and supporters of the ship. Donations towards Excelsior's upkeep are very welcome - click our JustGiving link on the left to contribute or speak to Mary on the night. Thanks go to the Allen family for providing us with a superb venue once again!

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