Excelsior, the historic Lowestoft sailing trawler has won a regional Flagship award from National Historic Ships UK.

The award has been given in recognition of the commitment that Excelsior gives promoting historic ships in her home cruising grounds and her 2016 Shipshape East Anglia programme, which extends across the North Sea and the South coast of England. A regional award of £250 has been made to support elements of this programme along with a Regional Flagship Broad Pennant.

The criteria for this award requires vessel owners to come forward with seasonal programmes which engage with the public through festivals, demonstrations, offering on-board cruises, quayside visits, educational programmes, participation in races and similar activities.

Martyn Heighton, Director of National Historic Ships UK said: “This award is designed to recognise vessels that are undertaking very exciting programmes of public events in their regions which raise the profile of historic vessels and the importance of our maritime heritage.”

Excelsior Trust Chair Jamie Campbell: “We are delighted that our commitment to maintaining part of East Anglia’s maritime heritage has been recognised by National Historic Ships. This prestigious award reflects the dedication by a small group to ensure Excelsior’s iconic red sails will continue to be a much loved sight off our coastal shores. Hundreds of people every year, both young and not so young enjoy their time aboard her and we are determined to carry on making her available to as many people as possible in years to come.”

Excelsior will shortly be leaving Lowestoft on 3rd May for a voyage to Norway. Berths are still available at a subsidised cost of £300 for seven days.

Further information: Mary George, Excelsior Trust : marketing@excelsiortrust.co.uk 07977 441901