The 2016 Crew


Meet the crew of 2015! You can also see the 2015 & 2017 crews.

Our much loved skipper Gavin

Our much loved skipper, Gavin

Skipper – Gavin Taylor

Gavin comes from a naval family, and has been working in Sail Training for the past decade. He was the skipper of the classic racing yawl Duet, who he took through the famous Fastnet race, until he came to skipper Excelsior in 2014. Gavin is a Yachtmaster Instructor and can help those working towards RYA qualifications. He has a certificate in Coastal Leadership and is passionate about environmental sustainability and connecting people to their natural surroundings.

First Mate – Karol Petryka

Karol trained in the world’s largest tall ships but now that he has settled in Suffolk he wants to put his energies into East Anglia’s very own sail training ship.


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!

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