Boats We Use

Below are a few of the many sailing organisations who are members of ASTO and available for you to use with The Norfolk Boat:

Adventures Offshore

Adventures Offshore began sailing with Essex Scouts almost 50 years ago. Today we are a Scouting District in our own right, extending our unique sailing experience beyond Scouting to Schools, Colleges, Youth groups and individuals nationwide. Ocean Scout and Offshore Scout, our two Oyster 49 ketches, sail weekend cruises between April and October, while our mid-summer programme is built around longer voyages to European ports, including the annual Tall Ships races. These cruises are ideal for D of E Residential or Expedition candidates, as well as those seeking RYA Competent Crew or Watch Keeper certificates. The ketches sail with volunteer afterguard and each carries up to 11 trainees. Our sailing programme is kept as flexible as possible and any cruise can be extended or adjusted to meet a client’s exact needs. Based in Ipswich on the River Orwell, Ocean Scout and Offshore Scout are ideally placed to make landfall among the rivers and creeks of Essex, Suffolk and Kent, or far beyond the East Coast horizon.
If you would like further information please visit the website:

Cirdan Sailing Trust

Cirdan Sailing Trust provides young people, in particular those who are disadvantaged, with the opportunity to develop life skills through the challenge and adventure of life at sea, aboard three large sailing vessels – Duet, Faramir and Queen Galadriel. Operating from various ports around the country the voyages vary in length and can be tailored to the needs of the group. Depending on the length of the voyage, RYA accreditation can be gained and a limited number voyages are designed to meet the criteria of the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Residential Award.
If you would like further information please visit the website:

Excelsior Trust

Excelsior Trust offers the opportunity for motivation & training to young people. Thousands have sailed in the last 25 years – for many it has been a life-changing experience, it has developed their character, stamina and an understanding of life and, most importantly, it’s great fun! Teachers, leaders, parents and authorities all agree on the value of “Excelsior” as a learning and growing environment.
If you would like further information please visit the website:

Sea-Change Sailing Trust

Based in Essex, the Sea-Change Sailing Trustuses Thames sailing barges to provide opportunities to live and work together afloat, using traditional seamanship to help young people and vulnerable adults develop confidence, teamwork and positive change.
We offer short voyages of up to five days for clients accompanied by their staff and extended programmes each year where clients work directly with us in small numbers based on individual need. Apart from food costs which we normally expect people to provide, we are used to working with clients to help them raise funds and operate a small bursary scheme so that finance should not prevent anyone working with us.
For further details please email and visit:

Leila Sailing Trust

Leila Sailing Trust restored an 1892 gaff racing cutter which was sinking by Fisherman Quay, Great Yarmouth in 2008. She was launched in 2013 after £170k with help from the Heritage Lottery Fund, and immediately started to provide sail training to disadvantaged people, travelling as far as Finland for the Tall Ships in her first year. Her old Perkins 4108 expired off Copenhagen the day before the race start, but she re-engined in three days and caught up with the fleet in Helsinki.
In 2015 the trust was awarded £300k by the Big Lottery for a four year project in Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth, which allows them to provide almost free sail training in an area of significant deprivation.
Leila is 12 metres on deck with a bowsprit, a narrow beam of 3m and deep draft of 2.4m – a lively and wet boat. She is a rare example of the transition from plank on edge to more modern hull shapes, and allegedly won the 1904 Round Britain Race.
We are always looking for volunteers and supporters.

Jubliee Sailing Trust

The Jubilee Sailing Trust (JST) is a registered charity whose mission is to promote the integration of people of all physical abilities through the challenge and adventure of tall ship sailing aboard two very special ships, Lord Nelson and Tenacious.
We offer both able-bodied and disabled people holidays where you get the chance to experience working together in a fantastic environment. We also find a number of people take the opportunity to go on one of our tall ship sailing adventures by themselves.

Pioneer Sailing Trust

Originally built in 1864, the 70ft Essex smack Pioneer fell into decay after a life spent dredging oysters in the North Sea. An audacious restoration project by the Pioneer Sailing Trust recovered the wreck in 1998 and restored her.
Pioneer’s new life as a sail training vessel can take up to 16 people and is used as a vehicle to facilitate learning skills and exploring new and adventurous territory whilst in a unique environment.
The Trust has also maintained the boat building ethos by developing a specialist training facility at Harker’s Yard, Brightlingsea where young Apprentices learn boat-building skills and develop essential values needed to seek future employment.
Hundreds of young people benefit from their time at Pioneer Sailing Trust each year, whether on a sailing adventure, work experience in the boat yard, or an Apprenticeship.
The Trust is passionate about developing and supporting young people through education and new experiences.