How it all began
Sail training is an excellent means of channelling the energy and spirit of young people. Many countries around the world finance and run sail training.
In Norfolk there is a rather special set-up, it began as the dream of local man, Andrew Cuthbert. He and a group of like-minded friends saw the potential of sail training in developing the ‘spirit of Norfolk youth’ and started fundraising to buy a boat specifically for the young people of the County to sail in.
In 1980, Andrew organised the Holkham Country Fair and the profits, together with donations from generous Norfolk individuals, trusts and the Marine Society, raised enough to buy a 50% share in a custom built 72′ Robert Clarke Ketch named Spirit of Boadicea. Her co owners were the Ocean Youth Trust. The rest of the money was invested with the dividend paying for the annual bursaries for young people who could not afford the full voyage fees.
From 1982 Spirit of Boadicea spent many happy seasons sailing out of East coast harbours. She entered the Cutty Sark Tall Ships Race on numerous occasions and had become a regular sight in many Dutch ports.
A decision was made in 2000 that Spirit of Boadicea should be sold and for The Norfolk Boat to enter into a new phase of assisting the young people of Norfolk into going to sea.
Currently The Norfolk Boat is able to offer funds to young people from all walks of life to help them afford to sail on any sea going boats run by approved sail training organisations.
The Norfolk Boat’s motto is ‘inspiring and developing the spirit of Norfolk youth’ and the Charity looks forward to helping many more young people sail in the future.