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Sailing smack's maritime celebrations

PUBLISHED: 13:28 05 September 2008 | UPDATED: 21:13 05 July 2010

The Excelsior leaves Lowestoft Harbour.

The Excelsior leaves Lowestoft Harbour.

A restored sailing smack left Lowestoft yesterday to take part in a weekend of maritime celebrations.

The Excelsior, which is one of the last surviving sailing trawlers in Lowestoft, set sail yesterday with a dozen motor boats to make her way up the coast to the two-day Yarmouth maritime festival.

A restored sailing smack left Lowestoft yesterday to take part in a weekend of maritime celebrations.

The Excelsior, which is one of the last surviving sailing trawlers in Lowestoft, set sail yesterday with a dozen motor boats to make her way up the coast to the two-day Yarmouth maritime festival.

The vessel was due to sail from Lowestoft to Ipswich yesterday for a four-day trip, but the stormy weather and strong winds meant the crew decided instead to make the shorter trip to Yarmouth for this weekend's maritime festival on the town's South Quay.

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Excelsior Trust, which was set up to restore the 1920s trawler. The Excelsior is now used to provide seafaring adventures for disadvantaged young people.

Paul Thomas, marketing trustee for the Excelsior Trust, said: “We were not originally able to go to Yarmouth because of our pre-planned sailing days to Ipswich, but now we can go.

“We are sailing to Yarmouth with a company of 12 motor boats, which will spend the weekend on the Broads before accompanying the Excelsior back to Lowestoft on Monday.”

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