Excelsior Trust marks 25th anniversary

SOME adventurous ways to go boating will be toasted at a party being run by the East coast's famous Excelsior Trust later this month.It is being held to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Trust which was founded to restore and maintain the old Lowestoft sailing trawler Excelsior, herself now nearly 90 years old, and still sailing with disadvantaged young people from all over Britain.

SOME adventurous ways to go boating will be toasted at a party being run by the East coast's famous Excelsior Trust later this month.

It is being held to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Trust which was founded to restore and maintain the old Lowestoft sailing trawler Excelsior, herself now nearly 90 years old, and still sailing with disadvantaged young people from all over Britain.

The party is at the Royal Norfolk and Suffolk Yacht Club in Lowestoft on Friday, March 27, from 7pm, and anyone interested in boating can attend.

The evening includes a reception on board Excelsior, a buffet supper in the club, which itself is 150 years old this year, then 'entertainment and education on different boating experiences' as organising trustee Paul Thomas puts it.


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He says: 'We have a strong bunch of supporters, with many being interested in boats - so we thought we'd tell them about a world yacht race starting from the East coast later this year - and also introduce them to a great couple who are really into adventures, including rowing the Atlantic. There will also be news of Excelsior of course including how to day sail on her.'

The 'adventure' couple are Ian and Heather Couch from Pulham Market. Ian has rowed the Atlantic among various feats and, with Heather, is starting an adventure experience company which offers to take people up mountains, across deserts, on rowing voyages and other exciting expeditions.

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David Cusworth from the Clipper Challenge Round the World race will tell guests what the event is like - several East Anglians are already entered including Graham Patrick, a 58-year-old department manager for Lotus from Norwich; Ken Jorday, a 59-year-old from Thetford who works in agriculture and Gill Cardy, a 43-year-old training and business strategy consultant from Ipswich.

Paul Thomas says: 'We will show some exciting film, answer questions and hope we can get some new members for Excelsior - even if people think sailing the world or rowing an ocean is a bit over-adventurous.'

More details of the evening, which costs �17.50 including supper and a free drink from Adnams who help Excelsior, are available from: Paul Thomas on 01603 738582 or paul@paulgwynthomas.co.uk . You will need to book and pay before March 23.

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