Recharge the spirit

Assist with navigation; forage and fish for your meals; visit special places that can only be accessed by sea and creek.

salt marsh sail

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sail along the coast

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traditional sea training

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Recharge the family

Create a memory that will last a lifetime with an indulgent charter with friends and family on the Norfolk coast.

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Recharge the team

Blue sky thinking takes on real meaning when you're at sea. Re-energise the team with an away day aboard one of our boats.

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what we do

“We create fun, relaxing, sometimes challenging, but undoubtedly life-enriching adventures on traditional wooden sailing boats, based in Wells-next-the-Sea, on the beautiful North Norfolk coast.

Run by a small, local team of professional adventurers, we skipper and host trips ranging from four hours to three days, through creeks, marshes and open sea. Get involved with the sailing and cooking, or sit back and connect with nature – the pace is yours to choose.

We only use locally sourced high-quality food and drink on our sails, ensuring a full Norfolk experience. Our philosophy is to run a sustainable business by investing in slow food, community engagement projects and the movement of cargo under sail.”


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Be inspired

Every Friday we publish our weekly sailing schedule our recommended sails for the week ahead.

WEEKLY SAILS Saturday 22nd February 2020

Saturday 22nd February – depart Wells 0545 (approx. 8 hour day)
Enjoy a guided sail whilst being taught the fundamentals of sailing - knots navigation foraging tides
£145 p/p (-20% children under 11) – contact Veronica for sailing times and available boats 07484 736283

Sunday 23rd February – depart Wells 0600 rtn 0930
Early start catch our breakfast sailing down our heritage coast bound for Holkham and Scolt Head too
Whelk boat max 8 persons – exclusive charter £695 or £95 per person

Monday 24th February – depart Wells 0615 rtn 0945
Today we go on an exhilarating adventure taking in our heritage coast sailing as far as Blakeney Point
Whelk boat max 8 persons – exclusive charter £695 or £95 per person

Tuesday 25th February – depart Wells 0700 arrive Cley 1100
Our adventure today takes us through creeks and open sea our destination the medieval port of Cley
Crab boat max 6 persons – exclusive charter £495 or £95 per person

Wednesday 26th February – depart Cley 0715 arrive Wells 1115
Early start as we head back up the channel out into the open sea enjoying a delicious breakfast aboard
Crab boat max 6 persons – exclusive charter £495 or £95 per person

Thursday 27th February – depart Wells 0750 rtn 1020
Come and enjoy breakfast aboard with us passing the iconic line of coloured beach huts out of Wells
Whelk boat max 8 persons – exclusive charter £695 or £95 per person

Friday 28st February – depart Wells 0815 rtn 1145
Enjoy an afternoon’s sail explore the harbour before heading out over towards the enigmatic East Hills
Crab boat max 6 persons – exclusive charter £495 or £90 per person

Saturday 29th February – depart Wells 0830 rtn 1200
Powered by wind water and sculling action only we set off to explore the wildlife of Warham marsh
Mussel Flat max 4 persons – exclusive charter £345 (min 2 pax £195)

Sunday 1st March – depart Wells 0900 rtn 1230
Join our morning exploration of the habitat and wildlife found in the saltmarsh environs of Stiffkey
Mussel Flat max 4 persons – exclusive charter £345 (min 2 pax £195)

North Norfolk silk escape and evasion map

My silk escape and evasion map of the Caucasus was spread out in front of me, shaking as the Russian helicopter gunships and artillery tried to dislodge Chechen and Ingush bearded fighters who had streamed out of the heavily wooded foothills to capture our small Russian town. It was 0100 during a cold winter’s night and I was trying to work out if we should hunker down in the damp concrete basement or follow one of the tracks on the map...

During WW2, MI9, the British military intelligence escape and evasion service had developed these silk maps for downed pilots, covert operatives, special forces and other ad hoc units. They used silk because it was durable, easy to conceal and didn’t make crinkly noises when used. Today they are printed on synthetic Tyrek. During my adventurous life I have always travelled with a silk map of the areas that I am working in, they are if nothing else reassuring, but more often than not very useful. This thread of my life provided the inspiration for CEC HQ to produce a silk map of the North Norfolk coast, worn by all of our skippers and often used to get us out of a tight spot, especially when in a tight spot.

Guests' reviews

swallows and amazons

“FOLLOW THE WITHIES,” advises Henry, as I tug on the wooden tiller of his clinker-built, 1950s crab boat My Girls with trepidation, watching the narrow, marshy creek zig-zag before her prow.

“Swallows and Amazons, remember? Secret Water? Withies are the sticks that mark the channel, so you know where it is at high tide,” he explains. I spot them, a reassuring line of thin willows, standing upright above swirling eddies of muddy water, steadfastly marking deep water and our safe passage.

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Learn to sail with the RYA-accredited Norfolk etc (01263 740704; or book a sailing expedition in a traditional Norfolk fishing boat through the newly launched Coastal Exploration Company for an adventurous trip along the coast and along the atmospheric creeks and backwaters between Thornham and Cley in North Norfolk. Spot wildlife, catch mackerel, learn about navigation and enjoy delicious homemade food.

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Navigating Norfolk’s hidden creeks and salt marshes – in a 1950s whelk boat

We’re sailing across a sandy-coloured sea. Seals pop up around our little crab boat and then vanish, like a game of Whac-A-Mole. Further ahead, a group lie motionless on the water, as if levitating. It takes me a moment to realise that the sea is so shallow they are resting on a submerged sand bank.

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