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Flexible funding – this project will receive all pledges made by 4th June 2020 at 11:04am

We are aiming to raise funds to keep Excelsior sailing and fill the financial hole left by coronavirus cancellations of our voyages.

by The Excelsior Trust in Lowestoft, England, United Kingdom

What we do.

Broadening horizons at sea

In 2021 Excelsior will celebrate its 100th anniversary. For more than 30 years the Excelsior Trust has been providing young people with the opportunity to become part of the crew aboard our historic sailing vessel. Many of the young people who come aboard come from disadvantaged backgrounds or have personal challenges.  A voyage on Excelsior truly broadens horizons.

10,000th person

This year we were anticipating celebrating taking our 10,000th person to sea. We hope that this will still happen but with the coronavirus pandemic, our boat is ready to sail but like us all is currently self-isolating and social distancing. Schooling and education have been massively disrupted and inevitably groups of young people who had voyages planned have had to cancel.

Maintaining our Maritime Heritage

Each year we spend the winter months repairing and maintaining the boat as an historically faithful working sailing ship. Historical accuracy that has been rewarded with a place in the National Historic Fleet and good looks which have earned us sail on parts in films such as Pirates of the Caribbean. 

A season in Crisis due to Coronavirus

We rely on our summer sailing season to replenish our funds with the work we do with young people and additional fundraising voyages for adults. The coronavirus lockdown stops us from replenishing our funds and puts our future program of voyages in jeopardy. We need to raise funds now to keep the ship ready to sail, maintaining its fabric, and in doing so maintaining traditional boatbuilding skills. We in common with other small charities have found that we are not eligible for many of the government or lottery-funded financial help schemes available at the moment, so we are making a direct appeal to all of you who would like to sail on Excelsior or know people who could benefit from the experience.  

Generous Rewards for you

We know that money is tight for everybody so we are offering a huge range of rewards to suit everything from a tenner through to those with deep pockets! We are offering opportunities to meet the crew and sail on Excelsior at special advantageous rates to acknowledge your support for us at this difficult time. The rewards will be provided as soon as is practical within the prevailing public health restrictions. If not before the end of this season then we will deliver them in April and May next year.

How we will use funds raised

It costs £10,000 per month to run Excelsior. The money we raise in this campaign will help us meet our core costs allowing us to keep the ship ready to sail. We will be able to retain the skills that we need both in the short and long term,  improve the resilience of our operation,  provide online experiences to engage with our community at this difficult time and make our offering to young people even better for years to come.

Please support us.

We ask project owners to honour their rewards wherever possible but please note that all pledges are donations and there is no guarantee that you will receive any rewards from the project owner. Please see Crowdfunder's Terms of Use for more information regarding rewards for pledges.

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£10 or more

0 of 20 claimed

Zoom to the rescue

Spare us a tenner to help Excelsior weather the COVID-19 storm. Join with a small group of people on a zoom video call to tour the ship and meet the crew.

£25 or more

5 of 20 claimed

Have a brew with the crew

£25 Visit the ship and share a cuppa and biscuits with the crew. A place for one person for a guided 40 minute group guided tour of Excelsior (max 6 in each group tour) once social distancing rules have been relaxed.

£60 or more

19 of 36 claimed

Run away to sea! (for a day)

Pledge £60 today and we'll reward you with a Lowestoft-Lowestoft day sail on Excelsior. No previous sailing experience required. The day includes lunch and refreshments. To be arranged later this season (or at the latest) before June next year.

£225 or more

2 of 10 claimed

3 day adventure at sea for a young person (14-17)

A place for one adventurer on a 3 day voyage especially for 14-17 year olds exploring the Thames Estuary aboard Excelsior. No previous sailing experience required. All food and accommodation on board provided. To be arranged during the summer holidays this year (or at the latest by the end of August next year)

£390 or more

1 of 5 claimed

Weekend Getaway for Two

A weekend getaway for two aboard Excelsior. Embarking Lowestoft on a Friday lunchtime and returning by lunchtime on Sunday. No previous sailing experience required. Accommodation and all food provided onboard. To be arranged later this season or at the latest by June next year.

£450 or more

3 of 12 claimed

6 Day adventure at sea for a young person (18-24)

Pledge £450 today and we'll reward you with a place for a young person (aged 18-24) to join us on board for a 6-day adventure on Excelsior sailing across the North Sea or around the UK Coast. No previous sailing experience required. All food and accommodation provided on board. To be arranged later this season or at the latest before June next year.

£600 or more

1 of 12 claimed

6 Day voyage for adults

A place for one adult (aged 25 or over) on a 6-day voyage on Excelsior sailing across the North Sea or around the UK Coast. No previous sailing experience required. All food and accommodation on board provided. To be arranged later this year or at the latest before June next year.

£750 or more

0 of 6 claimed

Team Building Day

Motivate your team or reward your loyal customers with a fully catered day sail on Excelsior for 12 adults. No previous sailing experience required. Lunch and refreshments provided. Sailing from Lowestoft Heritage Quay with plenty of opportunities for hands-on teamwork and individual challenges!

£4,500 or more

0 of 2 claimed

Youth Group Voyage

6 day voyage for a group of 10 young people (14-24) with 2 accompanying adult group leaders. Sailing across the North Sea or exploring the UK Coast. No previous sailing experience required. An amazing life changing opportunity. Find out more by contacting us at sailing@excelsiortrust.co.uk.

£6,000 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Private 6 day charter of Excelsior for 12

Take a group of 12 away for an adventure with an exclusive charter of Excelsior. All food and accommodation provided on board. Setting off from Lowestoft the voyage can be exploring the UK Coast or to destinations across the North Sea subject to prevailing travel restrictions. Find out more by contacting us at sailing@excelsiortrust.co.uk

£500,000 or more

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The Captains Cabin

Exclusive use of Excelsior for 1 week each year for the rest of your life. For you and 11 guests with professional crew and provisioned for the voyage of your choice. Cruising grounds in France, Belgium and Holland are all within a day or two from Excelsior’s home port. Further time could be made available by arrangement. Imagine, a 75ft heritage vessel without the cost or trouble of maintaining her! Contact skipper@excelsiortrust.co.uk

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