The 2018 Excelsior Crew

Meet our new 2018 season crew who sail Excelsior. You can view our previous years crews by clicking on the year you wish to view. 2017,  2016 and 2015.

Karol Petryka – Credit Betty Sederquist – September 2016

Relief Skipper – Karol Petryka

Karol graduated from an unpronounceable maritime university in Poland, and has worked on all kinds of ships all around the world – from container ships to superyachts. He was previously on the Polish brig-rigged Fryderyk Chopin, a Sail Training tall ship. He has extensive mechanical and rigging knowledge and is always happy to teach what he knows. Karol also used to be in a well-known choir, and can sing many traditional sea shanties. He has been with Excelsior since 2015. Working as mate for the past 3 seasons, Karol has now stepped in to the shoes of Skipper whilst our regular skipper takes some much needed rest. Having covered the role since 2017, Karol is well positioned for sailing Excelsior and has exceptional ability with both young people and adults alike.

First Mate – Isaac Erdman

Isaac has volunteered with Excelsior since 2015, having worked through the ranks in Greece obtaining his Yachtmaster qualifications, he is now ready to take the helm with Excelsior. With great skills in working with young people, and getting the most out of the ship, he is well placed for life at sea. We are excited to see how 2018 pans out for Isaac with a running start straight out to the Baltic Isaac shares the crews energy and passion for Sail Training, Foraging and preservation of Excelsior.

Credit Will Paterson 2017

Boatswain – Vincent Vigo-di-Gallidoro

Vinny was born and raised in Lowestoft, just like Excelsior herself, and first became involved with Excelsior as part of his work with the Princes Trust. His background with the Princes Trust has made him particularly good at working with disadvantaged teens. He has been with Excelsior since 2016.

Regular Volunteer – Bob Lampert

Bob first came to Excelsior decades ago as a teacher leading a school trip, and he has been volunteering for her winter maintenance schedule and as a deckhand ever since. He has many woodworking skills, and sailing experience from taking both Excelsior and his own little boat all around the UK and Europe. He has a very, very dry sense of humour.

Deckie Will hanging about

Regular Volunteer -Will Paterson

Will has been volunteering in UK Sail Training since he was twelve, and has sailed on almost all of the Sail Training ships. He comes back to Excelsior every year, and knows her and her rig very well. He is passionate about everything about historic ships, and can teach everything about rigging and splicing and caulking and pitching that you’d want to know.

Regular Volunteer -Anton Middleton

Anton is a shipwright by trade, and has been on and off Excelsior for many years. He has past experience with other historic ships, notably as a hand on board the replica of the Endeavour as she redid her original journey under Captain Cook. He built Excelsior’s current mizzenmast, and is restoring his own little historic boat to take her around the Norfolk broads.

Regular Volunteer – Mette Bundvad

Having snapped up the sailing bug only a couple of years ago, Mette has been ever increasing her time working on board both during the winter on refit, and at sea. Having an incredibly interesting background with a PhD in Theology, a passion for outreach and education, Danish roots, Mette has found herself volunteering a great deal for Excelsior this 2018 season. 

Regular Volunteer -Jenna Howe

2018 See’s Jenna sharing her first season with Excelsior, dedicating pretty much all her time to the ship since February, working tirelessly over refit and then getting Excelsior out to sea.

Building her experience and seamanship skills, we look forward to sharing the rest of the season and beyond with her. 


credit to Betty Sederquist

Regular Volunteer -Seraphina Goldfarb-Tarrant

Seraphina comes from a sailing family, and has been sailing modern boats since she was little. She always wanted to sail a historic wooden ship, and after a month on Excelsior she gave up her other plans and stayed for the whole season. Seraphina has a passion for sailing history, and finds Excelsior to be unique in how accurately she is historically maintained.

Regular Volunteer -Max Yuill-McEwan

Max is a mental-health worker, and first sailed on Excelsior when he organised bringing a group aboardas part of their recovery program. He has been helping out ever since, and has uncommon grit and skills with rehabilitation programs.


Read more about the other brilliant people who work behind the scenes to make the Excelsior Trust great.