Wroxham & Coltishall

Grand old ladies set sail for Norfolk Day

Just Regional
Jul 5, 2024 2 mins read

Five wherries – icons of the Broads – will sail together in a historic event to mark Norfolk Day.

For the first time in its history, Wherry Yacht Charter Charitable Trust is holding a gathering of all its fleet on Malthouse Broad at Ranworth.

The Wherry Showcase Sailing starts on Thursday, July 25, when the pleasure wherry Hathor sails to Ranworth from her summer mooring at How Hill while pleasure wherry Ardea and the charity’s three wherry yachts make the trip from Wroxham.

Return journeys will take place on Sunday, July 28.

And members of the public can be part of these sailings, as places onboard can be booked on the WYC website, at  www.wherryyachtcharter.org.

Proceeds from ticket sales are one of the main sources of income for the charity which restores, maintains and operates five of the last eight remaining wherries in the world.

“We anticipate high demand for places after the sell-out success of last year’s end-of-season multi-wherry sailing, as this is an exceptional opportunity to be part of a historic event on the Broads,” said WYC chair of trustees Andrew Scull.

All five wherries will be sailing onto and around Malthouse Broad between 4pm and 5pm on July 25, creating a sight never seen before at the location.

On Norfolk Day – Saturday, July 27 – Hathor will be open for viewings and there will be land-based wherry-themed activities for children.

There will also be demonstrations of raising and lowering the sail and mast, quanting and other water-based manoeuvres undertaken by the crew for spectators to watch.

Charity trustees and volunteers will be on hand to provide information about how to get involved with the trust and to help book a charter or scheduled sailing on one of the wherries.

The programme of free Norfolk Day events will run from 10am to 5pm.

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