Voyage Kit List – Excelsior Packing Tips!

Coming on a Voyage with Excelsior? Don’t know what to bring?

Well, look no further than here, along with the great kit list that we provide everyone when you book below is a little breakdown of some handy tips from the team and previous voyage crew who have been in your position before.

Top Tips!

“Don’t bring your best stuff! – Excelsior is a working ship, she is old and traditionally built, therefore anything that moves is going to be greased (usually Tallow) and everything that is black is going to come off on you (Pitch/Tar/Diesel/Soot).”

“You don’t need a change of clothes for every day – Your kit bag will be too heavy, and you won’t use half of it any way, aim for a couple of changes and a spare set.”

“Excelsior is a working ship, she can be slippery on deck when wet, good gripping waterproof walking boots or deck shoes/ sailing boots combo are great, a pair of trainers and a pair wellies can also be a great combo – It can be good to have a spare set for when something gets wet. Sandals are not often ever a good choice on board!”

“Don’t bring a hairdryer – Excelsior doesn’t have anywhere to plug a hairdryer whilst off shore, we will always make a stop or two into a marina which usually has nice hot showers and usually a dryer of some form – the natural look will suit you, we promise!”

“Bring warm clothes! – It may be warm locally, but when you get out into the North Sea it can be a very different story – there are legends out there that our Skipper Gavin doesn’t have a torso the same as everyone else, he is just layers of jumpers and yet more jumpers!”

“Copy the crew – if you see the Skipper go below and get his wet weather gear on, go do the same, you’ll be glad you did.”

Have you sailed with us before? share with us your top tip, or if you’ve scheduled for a trip ask us a question, we’re always happy to help. Get in touch or call 0845 308 2323 or even get in touch via Facebook / Twitter.

Has this tempted you? Is the call of the sea too much ? Get in touch now to book a berth or two on board on of Excelsior’s remaining few voyages this season in our Sailing Calendar

Happy Sailing!

A busy season ahead for The Cirdan Sailing Trust


The annual winter refit of all three Cirdan vessels ensures they are operationally sound and looking good for the season that follows. This year is no exception with a new boiler for the heating on Queen Galadriel, new winches on Faramir, new upholstery on Duet and metres of new rope and sail cloth across the fleet.

Many of the popular dates are already filled with voyages including local East Coast passages and further afield to Hartlepool and the South Coast with Queen Galadriel and Faramir sailing in company to Boulogne with a mixture of French and English students. Queen Galadriel is being used a stage for a youth theatre production at the Poole Boat Show and Duet is promoting the Trust by taking part in the Round the Island Race.

Various other dates and events are available as the season progresses for any group looking for a positive experience to help their young people gain confidence, work as a team and develop social skills. Our Voyage of Discovery Fund provides grants to help groups participate in this experience.

Cut price voyage with Adventures Offshore

Adventures Offshore has an absolute bargain voyage – £150 for a seven day fully catered voyage. There are still some berths available on Offshore and Ocean Scout for 27 August – 3 September. The two Oyster 49 yachts sail from Southampton to Ipswich via France and the D-Day landing beaches. No previous sailing experience is necessary. RYA Start Yachting and Competent Crew may be completed on this voyage, and it also qualifies as a DofE residential week. Young people will need a passport for this trip. Adventures Offshore provide waterproof clothing and personal safety equipment.
Enquiries to: Adventures Offshore, tel 01206 385071, or email