Wherry Yacht Charter
Caring for the Broads' last wherry fleet

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2018 sailings are now mostly sold out. Each season we offer a variety of sailings, some with extras such as wildlife walks or afternoon tea. We believe that the best way to see the Broads is from the deck of an iconic wherry, but if you can't be on board then try to catch a glimpse of us sailing by.

Our sailings and events

2018's standard sailings are now sold out, with spaces only remaining on our luxury catered day trips on 12th and 13th September. However, do contact us if you wish to join a waiting list for any sailing, in case spaces become available at the last minute due to cancellations. Otherwise, the information below will let you know when and where you have a chance of spotting a wherry - why not share any photos you take with us on social media?

We do still have wherries on view while moored, free of charge, on various dates including as part of the Heritage Open Days. This period also sees two free talks in Norwich about our wherries and our work. Full details are below.

To be among the first to hear of our 2019 programme, and benefit from exclusive early booking, become a Friend from just £15. Once the early booking period expires, we advertise sailings more widely and announce them via our mailing list.

2018 events

August

Sat 25 August to Sat 1 September - Wroxham to Norwich
Ardea on Wroxham Broad

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A residential course offered by our friends at How Hill, a rare opportunity to sail on Ardea this year. Based at How Hill with full board accommodation, you will be transported to and from the wherry to sail day-by-day from Wroxham to Norwich. There will also be evening talks on the history of wherries and the work of WYC. Organised by How Hill - see their site for full details. SOLD OUT

Sun 19 August, Sun 26 August - How Hill
Hathor sailing

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Pleasure Wherry Hathor on view, 10am to 5pm, free.

Tue 28 August - How Hill circular

Sailing on Pleasure Wherry Hathor. 10am to 5pm, £35. SOLD OUT

September

Sun 2 September - How Hill

Pleasure Wherry Hathor on view, 10am to 5pm, free.

Thu 6 September - Wroxham to How Hill

Sailing on a Wherry Yacht. 11am to 6pm, £40. Return transport by coach. SOLD OUT

Thu 6 September, 12 noon at The Forum, Norwich: HATHOR - The Story of an Edwardian Pleasure Wherry, 1905 - 2018
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Built in Reedham in 1905 for Helen and Ethel Colman, two of the daughters of the founder of the Colman's Mustard company, the Pleasure Wherry Hathor is one of the most iconic vessels to have sailed the Broads, with her 45 foot mast, voluminous white sail and magnificent Egyptian themed interior. Despite periods of decline after being sold by the Colmans in 1953 she has managed to survive into the 21 st century as one of the few remaining examples of these historic vessels following her rescue from an ignominious existence as a houseboat by Peter Bower and Barney Matthews in 1985. In 2005 she passed into the care of the Wherry Yacht Charter Charitable Trust (WYC) to safeguard her future and following further extensive restoration in 2015 she continues to sail the Broads, offering opportunities for this generation to experience sailing in true Edwardian style.

The talk will tell the story of the building of Hathor, the sad tale of her Egyptian themed interior, her owners through the years and the ongoing restoration work that has been undertaken to ensure she will continue to sail the Broads for the foreseeable future. Speaker Peter Bower is a renowned wherryman and advisor to Wherry Yacht Charter Charitable Trust. The talk, part of Norfolk's programme of Heritage Open Days, is free but donations are appreciated. Reservations are recommended.

Thu 13 September, 10am at The Forum, Norwich: SAVING A HISTORIC NORFOLK WHERRY FLEET - how a Broads charity is "Keeping History Sailing"
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In 2005 the Wherry Yacht Charter Charitable Trust (WYCCT) was set up with the prime objective being to restore to sailing condition the Pleasure Wherry Hathor and Wherry Yachts Olive and Norada. Heritage Lottery Funding was obtained and after a ten year programme all three wherries were sailing again and their Wroxham Base had been rebuilt. Subsequent to that the Wherry Yacht White Moth and Pleasure Wherry Ardea were added to the fleet. Crewed by volunteers, an annual programme of scheduled sailings between April and September allows both local residents and visitors the chance to sail the Broads in Edwardian style on these iconic vessels.. All five wherries are also available for charter, complete with skipper and crew.

The talk will track the progress of restoring the wherries and rebuilding the Base (including a slipway) and discuss some of the challenges of maintaining over-100 year old wooden wherries in sailing condition. Speaker John Ash is a Trustee and past Chairman of WYCCT. The talk, part of Norfolk's programme of Heritage Open Days, is free but donations are appreciated. Reservations are recommended.

Fri 7 September - How Hill to Stalham
White Moth in black and white

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Sailing on a Wherry Yacht. 10am to 2pm, £35. Return transport by coach. SOLD OUT

Sat 8 September, Sun 9 September - Museum of the Broads
Wherry Yacht at Stalham Museum of the Broads

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Wherry Yacht on view, 10am-4.30pm, free (wherry and museum). Part of Norfolk's programme of Heritage Open Days.

Sun 9 September - How Hill

Pleasure Wherry Hathor on view, 10am to 5pm, free. Part of Norfolk's programme of Heritage Open Days.

Mon 10 September - Stalham to How Hill

Sailing on a Wherry Yacht. 2pm to 5pm, £35. Return transport by coach. SOLD OUT

Mon 10 September to Sat 15 September - Norwich to Wroxham
Ardea on Wroxham Broad

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This event has been cancelled.

Tue 11 September, Wed 12 September - How Hill

Wherry Yacht on view, 10am to 5pm, free.

Wed 12 and Thu 13 September - Norwich to Wroxham
Ardea on Wroxham Broad

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Two separate day sailings on Ardea, and our most luxurious offering yet! Each day sees a full day of sailing with meals prepared on board by our chef. Wednesday 12th sees Ardea go from Norwich to Great Yarmouth, over 11 hours of sailing, and meals comprising a cooked breakfast, lunch, and three-course dinner with wine while crossing Breydon Water. £195 per person. Thursday 13th covers Great Yarmouth to Wroxham in over 8 hours of sailing, and includes a cooked breakfast and three-course lunch with wine. £155 per person. Each sailing also offers morning coffee and biscuits, and afternoon tea and cakes. Special offer: Book both trips for £325 per person. Please note that these trips do not include return land transport or overnight accommodation, but do enquire if you need advice on these.

As well as the above two links we have a downloadable brochure. Bookings are being taken by How Hill Trust: 01692 678555 or secretary@howhilltrust.org.uk - please do not contact WYC to book.

Thu 13 September - How Hill to Wroxham

Sailing on a Wherry Yacht. 10am to 5pm, £40. Return transport by coach. SOLD OUT

Sun 16 September - How Hill

Pleasure Wherry Hathor on view, 10am to 5pm, free.

Sun 23 September - How Hill
Hathor moored at Ludham Bridge, sunset

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Pleasure Wherry Hathor on view, 10am to 5pm, free.

Sat 29 September - How Hill to Ranworth

Sailing on Pleasure Wherry Hathor. 10am to 3pm, £35. Return transport by coach. SOLD OUT

Sun 30 September - Ranworth to Wroxham

Sailing on Pleasure Wherry Hathor. 10am to 5pm, £35. Return transport by coach. SOLD OUT

 

Wherry Yacht Charter is a registered charity (as Wherry Yacht Charter Charitable Trust), number 1096073

WYC is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, RDPE, Geoffrey Watling Trust, Town Close Estate Charity and others.

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