As a charitable trust, Wherry Yacht Charter relies on public support to survive and ensure that we can keep history sailing. If you have time to spare and want to meet new people, how about joining our community of volunteers? You can even learn how to skipper and crew these incredible boats.
There are lots of ways to join in…
Becoming a Friend is open to anyone who wants to support the Wherries.
You’ll become part of the family and keep up to date with restoration news, special sailings and events. You'll also have the opportunity to meet the Trustees from time to time and ask questions about the aims and progress of Wherry Yacht Charter Charitable Trust.
All Wherry Friends membership fees directly help to keep these beautiful boats operational.
Minimum donation to become a Friend:
Individual Friend - £25 per annum
Family Friend - £50 per annum
Life Friend - £500+ single donation
Please contact us if you would like to leave a legacy donation to Wherry Yacht Charter Trust.
Benefits of being a Friend
A newsletter four times a year (this can be emailed or posted to you)
Invitations to exclusive Wherry Friends sailings and events, talks and social gatherings
Information about new trips and offers
We can also arrange memberships for someone else as a special gift
The main benefit of course is the knowledge that your contribution is helping the Trust in its key aim to 'Keep History Sailing'.
None of our activities could take place without our team of friendly and enthusiastic volunteers and we are always looking for new people to join us.
Becoming a volunteer is a fantastic way to meet like-minded people, learn more about the wherries and brush up old skills or learn new ones!
Whether as a crew member or viewing guide, carrying out maintenance or helping with administration, we gladly welcome assistance in all areas.
No previous experience is necessary and we have roles to suit various strengths and abilities, so whether you want to work behind the scenes or interact with our visitors, you'll be assured of a warm welcome.
Volunteer roles include:
Skippers and Crew
We are actively recruiting and training skippers and crew at the moment (see further below on this page for more details)
Viewing Guides and Event Volunteers
Offer a friendly welcome to our visitors and provide background information on the Wherries
Maintenance and Restoration
From painting and varnishing, making repairs to wood, metal and canvas and maintenance of the interior fixtures and fittings, all tools and materials are provided
Planning the details of sailings and events, taking bookings, fundraising and donor sourcing, training, organising volunteer duties, and communicating with customers, volunteers and outside organisations
If you have experience in marketing, publicity, copywriting, accounts, web or graphic design, photography, fund-raising or any other areas that can benefit our work, we'd love to hear from you.
If you’re interested in finding out more about becoming a volunteer, please click below and tell us a bit about yourself and how you think you could help us:
Train to become a skipper or crew
We are actively recruiting for skippers and crew.
From winching the sail and quanting, to preparing the boat before and after a trip, there is nothing that beats the thrill of being in charge of an authentic Norfolk Wherry.
Becoming a skipper or crew member is a unique opportunity to experience life on board the most famous boats in Norfolk!
No previous experience is necessary as a structured crew training programme is in place for all volunteer crew members. This can then lead on to skipper training if so wished.
We are now looking for new skippers and crew to run our scheduled and charter sailings, so please do get in touch to find out more.