The post of Skipper of EXCELSIOR has come vacant for the 2020 Season onwards.

This is a unique opportunity to become involved with one of the most authentic sea-going vessels under the Red Ensign. Her present role as a busy Sail Training and charter vessel around the Western seaboard of Europe is demanding and requires previous sail training experience.

EXCELSIOR is a 100 Ton (displacement) 77ft L.O.A. former Lowestoft Smack. As a Core List vessel in the UK’s Historic Fleet she is maintained traditionally which involves the skipper and mate in working on the refit over the winter (with technical support). This includes supervising volunteers and trainees.

The skipper is responsible for the day-day management of the vessel and for delivering training to charter groups including socially diverse young people and vulnerable adults. Candidates must have some experience of traditional rig, and ideally should hold a R.Y.A. Yachtmaster (Sail) Ocean STCW Endorsed, or equivalent, plus the other relevant qualifications. The minimum requirement is RYA Yachtmaster (Sail) Offshore with Commercial Endorsement.

For further details please contact John Wylson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

The successful candidate will be seeking to stretch him or herself in developing the Excelsior Trust’s delivery of life-changing experience to young people and adults, while looking after an important part of our maritime heritage. For more details see