We are sure that the many young people who sailed with Excelsior’s Bill Ewen would like to join us in paying tribute to a great skipper. Bill, who sadly passed away in March, made such a positive difference to so many young people’s lives. His leadership skills, sailing experience and knowledge is a great loss and he is sadly missed by all who sailed with him. http://www.lowestoftjournal.co.uk/news/tributes_paid_to_skipper_of_lowestoft_s_last_sailing_trawler_1_4476616
Leila is entered into the ASTO Small Ships Race from Gosport to Dartmouth.
August 10th leave Ipswich to sail south – race training and competent crew and possibly calling in to France and the Channel Islands on the way. Arriving in Dartmouth to party with the ASTO Fleet on August 20th.
August 22nd to 24th race 24/7 to Gosport for another party.
August 25th to 30th sail home to Lowestoft and do watchleader assessment.
Sounds too good to miss!
Sailing in Excelsior a group of girls from City Academy learnt to ‘sweat and pull’ halyard lines, coil long excesses of rope and steer the boat between particular navigational points. One evening they went onto the beach in a rib and cooked food the food they had prepared on a bbq. The trip ended with an overnight sail back to Lowestoft, each took three hour watches to make sure the boat was safe and stayed on course. Overall, they learnt many new skills but eagerly looked forward to a shower on their return!
Dolphins, head winds & lumpy seas, wonderful scenery and a night time encounter with almost the entire Fastnet Race fleet …. these were some of the ingredients of the 2015 Suffolk Explorers Scouts summer cruise. With sponsorship from Norfolk Boat the Suffolk Scouts booked berths on the Adventures Offshore sail training yachts ‘Offshore Scout’ & ‘Ocean Scout’ sailing from Milford Haven to Plymouth via The Scilly Isles. The cruise included stopovers in Hugh Town, the Helford River, Falmouth and sailing into Plymouth whilst scoffing a classic Cornish Cream Tea !! A great week with a great crew and lots of memories. Thanks to Norfolk Boat for making it possible.