Sailing Holidays

Excelsior LT472 – to give you her full name – is a very special historic vessel offering memorable sailing experiences. On board you’ll find good company, excellent food, quiet time for reflection plus the sheer enjoyment that comes from helping to sail a fully-restored traditional sailing vessel. For those with a sense of adventure, Excelsior offers a rewarding way of getting away from it all, whether for a few hours or a week.

Our Sailing Holidays are suitable for all ages and abilities:
Corporate Charters and Teambuilding
Under 21s and School Groups
Duke of Edinburgh’s Gold Award Residential
Sail Training

Throughout the year we sail round the coasts of the UK and northern Europe including:
• Holland, Brittany, Normandy and the Channel Islands
• The south coast, Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly

We specialise in sailing holidays for individuals who wish to book-by-berth for voyages that take in events like maritime festivals and regattas. For those who would like more of a taster experience, we also offer weekend breaks and day sails.
Whilst on board, guests will learn all that is required to navigate and explore the coast in one of the nation’s 60 most important historic ships.

What you can expect

The group plan each day with the Skipper before Excelsior sets out on her journey.

Once the ship is set up and on its way the watch system starts; the on-watch take turns on the helm and are taught how to steer by compass, wind, sea and points of reference. Any sail-handling is also done by the on-watch. The importance of looking-out is explained and what to look for. The off-watch may be preparing food at this point or cleaning or chilling out or sleeping, though if they would like to help out on the deck watch duties they are almost always welcome! Watches are normally 3 hours long then rotate and there are normally 3 watches with a crew member as watch leader.

As Excelsior nears the evening’s destination it is all hands on deck for dropping sail and preparing warps or anchor. Once secured there is a group discussion on what the majority would like to do. There will often be the opportunity to eat in restaurants onshore or in more remote places you may even decide to have a beach barbeque.

There will be hard work involved when you sail onboard Excelsior, not to mention mundane tasks such as washing up and deck scrubbing, but the experience will be one you carry with you forever!

The skipper and his crew will ensure you have a superb time onboard Excelsior. We have an exceptional safety record so you can rest assured that whether you or a member of your family is sailing with us, passenger care is paramount at all times.

Interested? Contact us on 0845 3082323 or email sailing@excelsiortrust.co.uk for more information and to book.