Wroxham & Coltishall

Jump aboard and join the crew

Just Regional
Feb 15, 2024 2 mins read

The two youngest volunteers at Wherry Yacht Charter charitable trust are hoping they can encourage more young people to join them to maintain and operate some of the grandest vessels on the Broads.

Teenage brothers Max and Timo Stam joined the charity as Friends last year and are now qualified as crew members – one of many volunteering roles offered by WYC.

The brothers completed a training course organised by WYC and achieved the first-level qualification enabling them to go out on the wherry fleet, which comprises five of the eight surviving wherries in the world.

Last summer they helped to crew on day and charter trips – the main source of income for the charity.

Max and Timo Stam

“It’s good to help and give something back to the community,” said Max, 15. “Without volunteers, lots of activities wouldn’t happen and historic things like the wherries wouldn’t be there for future generations to enjoy.”

As well as being volunteers at the Wroxham-based trust, he and Timo, 17, are also leaders at their local Cubs group.

Timo said: “The wherries are beautiful boats – over 100 years old – and it’s amazing to be able to sail on them. We meet interesting people and enjoy doing our bit to help keep the wherries sailing on the Broads. Volunteering is good for our mental health and gives us a sense of wellbeing. It’s a great thing to do and we’d recommend it to other young and older people.”

The trust, which restores, maintains and operates the fleet, is run by volunteers from the Friends group, and none of their activities would take place without them.

Volunteer organiser Judith Keogh – a volunteer herself – said: “We are always looking for people to join us and we have volunteering roles to suit various strengths and abilities. We are particularly keen to find new volunteers of all ages to help with events, social media, photography and graphic design and to train as viewing guides on our wherry based at How Hill in the summer.”

To find out more about the trust, email jk@wherryyachtcharter.org

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