It’s been a busy few months – we’ve carried over 1000 passengers and have welcomed a few local ‘frequent flyers’, so must be doing it right!
We are always looking at ways to improve our passenger experiences and have recently added a winch so that we can anchor at Scroby Sands when we go to see the seals. This means the engine can be switched off and we won’t drift away from the colony with the wind and tide. It’s incredibly peaceful with just the sound of the seals (they can be quite noisy – and smelly if the wind is heading to us!); waves lapping onto the sand; wind turbines; and seabirds. We’ve had some lovely feedback from our wildlife watching passengers – and the seals seem to be more inquisitive too. We are wondering whether they are actually looking out for us to bring humans for them to watch.
As we head into the summer we thank all of our passengers for their patience when we have to rebook due to weather conditions – we only wish we had more control of the wind! Sometimes we have to disappoint people but only as we have to consider everyone’s safety.
On Saturday 30th July we will be supporting the Vessels Festival where Excelsior will be competing with many other smacks in a race set out on a course heading towards Hopton and back. There will be great views from the South Pier and along some of the coastline with binoculars but we think we will have the best one! To support the Excelsior Trust we will be offering trips to watch the action from he sea – some great photography opportunities of these historic vessels which are coming from all over the world. All proceeds of these trips will be donated to the Trust to help support them with the work that they do on Excelsior.
In September, Shearwater will be part of the Heritage Open Days in Lowestoft commencing on the 9th September and finishing on the 18th. Watch our website and online booking system for booking onto some free harbour and coastal sightseeing tours. One of these tours will be led by Bob Collis who is an expert on aviation history- booking opens on 8th August and you can see more information at the Heritage Days website.