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EXCELSIOR under full sail

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EXCELSIOR under full sail consisting of Jib, Jib topsail, Foresail (smacksman term), Mainsail, Main topsail, Mizzen sail, Mizzen Topsail.

This is the start of the London Hamburg leg of the 1989 Cutty Sark Tall Ships Race.  In the background is GRATITUDE, another former Lowestoft smack owned in Sweden. 

EXCELSIOR has just had a brief refit following a non-stop trip around the mainland of Britain undertaken as a proving voyage in this, her first year of operation.  Owing to persistant headwinds she had to take a short-cut through the Caledonian Canal in order to be able to represent Lowestoft in this prestigeous race. 

EXCELSIOR finally came 4th in her class and 13th overall. 

 

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Posted:2011 3 29 20:59:05 GMT
Excelsior - Sailing through 2011
Excelsior continues to take young people to sea, giving them an experience of a bygone age. Schools put crews aboard for Duke of Edinburgh's Award Gold Residences, The Princes Trust, Benjamin Foundation and other charities take underpriviledged young people aboard and have great success in bringing them back as motivated, useful members of society. Sailing on Excelsior may be arranged direct with her office, details are at:- http://www.excelsiortrust.co.uk/
The Excelsior Trust Lowestoft, Suffolk, UK

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