Excelsior Trust: 100 Year Celebrations

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The Excelsior Trust is a registered charity and provides traditional sailing in a restored fishing ‘Smack’ for everyone.

To mark the Excelsior’s 100th year – the waters off Lowestoft Ness were festooned with the red sails of traditionally rigged sailing smacks, as The Excelsior Trust hosts an international Smack Race.

The event was staged to celebrate the centenary of Lowestoft’s own 77ft sailing vessel Excelsior LT472, an icon of the town’s national fishing heritage.

Up to 25 traditional vessels were in Lowestoft,and the 70ft 1st Class Essex Oyster Smack Pioneer was in the racing, the last of the large Essex Smacks to survive.

Back on Lowestoft’s South Pier, there was the ‘Vessels Festival’ with stalls, music and displays reflecting the now vibrant maritime, business and arts scene in Lowestoft.

Listen now to Excelsior Trustee, Laurence Vulliamy talk to us at East Suffolk One, about the centenary celebrations:

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