With a blustery end of the season concluding with a sadly cancelled Day Sail on Saturday we say a MASSIVE well done to all the crew and volunteers who have made this season a great one! Starting with the Baltic adventures, some great weather across to Holland, exploring Norway, covering some great Comp Crew Training weeks and broadening Horizons in Paimpol, as well as making a real difference to lives sailing in and around the Thames Estuary and around the East Coast. 2017 – Its been a blast!

Over the next few weeks plans will come into action for the WINTER REFIT which takes place every year on Excelsior as she gets all ship shape again for another season.

Work on Excelsior over the winter can be tough going, she comes out of the water for around four weeks (picture from last year as featured) and the ‘to do’ list is always long. With this in mind many hands make light work – if you have some spare time, either skilled or unskilled, we could use some more volunteers.

If you are interested in lending a hand over the winter, please get in touch with the following information:-

  • Full Name
  • Availability between November 2017 and March 2018
  • How much time you can give
  • Any relevant skills / experience

In the meantime, as the nights draw in, we will take some time to look back over, what is certainly, my favourite season, sharing with you some feedback from trainees who have sailed with us, some great footage taken on board as well as some more great drone footage. Stay tuned.

Don’t forget, if you missed your chance to sail with Excelsior and her crew this season, get in touch and book your berth for 2018. You can find out where she will take you here.

Well done to all our wonderful crew, we’ve had a super busy last half of the season and yet they’ve been some of the best trips with great groups!

Still to come

  • 2017 Tea Towel Competition winners
  • Norwegian Fjords cruising
  • North Sea Crossing of Epic proportion
  • Excelsior Day Sailing of Lowestoft
  • My time on board Excelsior  – a Trainee blog
  • October Festivals
  • Life as an Excelsior Volunteer – a volunteer blog
  • Winter Social 2017