With the lifting of the coronavirus restrictions, the historic Lowestoft-based sailing smack Excelsior is now able to leave harbour once more.

Adapting to Covid-19, it means the 99-year-old iconic sailing smack is now able to take passengers out for day sails.

Along with other sailing charitable trusts around the UK, Excelsior Trust has not been able to carry passengers aboard its 99-year old historic ship until the restrictions were eased.

But now the boat’s sailing season has adapted to the current situation, which means that for the time being it will be offering day sail trips.

Excelsior’s Chairman Jamie Campbell said: “We will be offering trips to one ‘bubble’ which means that a family group can have the entire boat to themselves for the day.

“This keeps both our guests and our crew safe.

“We are keen to get to sea again and are delighted that once more this much loved and familiar sight will be seen off the shores of East Anglia.”

Find out more about the Excelsior Trust, one of our Shipshape Network East Projects here.

This news item was taken from edp24.co.uk, 22 Jul 20, image credit Mike Page
The Excelsior will make a welcome return to sea. Picture: Mike Page