Wherry Yacht Charter
Caring for the Broads' last wherry fleet

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Hathor sailing

© 2009 Sue Hines

History of the Trust

Wherry Yacht Charter Charitable Trust takes care of the only surviving fleet of Norfolk wherries - Hathor, Olive, Norada and White Moth - and is the successor to the non-profit company Wherry Yacht Charter. You can read more about our wherries' history and current status here.

The Trust was established in 2002 to secure the future of the wherries and allow access to a wider range of funding opportunities. Its stated aims are to restore, maintain and preserve Hathor, Olive and Norada for public benefit, to foster skills related to these activities, and enable education on wherries' important historic and cultural importance in the Broads. WYCCT's Patrons are the architect and conservationist Roger de Freitas and, as of August 2020, the Rt Revd Graham Usher, Bishop of Norwich.

The original three wherries were acquired in 2004, following an award of £492,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) towards their purchase and restoration. In 2010 the HLF awarded a further £148,000 - however the entire award requires match funding at a ratio of approximately 2:1, that is, for every £2 raised and spent we can claim £1 from the HLF money. In 2012 the Trust acquired the use of White Moth for charter purposes, bringing a new source of much-needed income. As a new arrival, she is not covered by the HLF award and is not currently owned by the Trust, although this can be considered a long-term aim.

The Trustees are responsible for the overall strategy of the project; their work currently concentrates on the administration of the HLF award, the business plan, and seeking grant funding. The eventual aim is that the Trust will finance itself as far as possible from charter income and public sailings alongside donations and such grants as may be available. More information on our Trustees and their roles can be found here, along with details of Trustee vacancies. Supporting the work of the Trust is the Friends group, who look after events, sailings and fundraising. Membership of the Friends is available by yearly subscription: to join, donate or find information on Friends events and fundraising activities please visit our Friends section.

WYCCT is a registered company (no. 4552637) limited by guarantee (with the Trustees as the directors) and makes audited accounts available each year (see the Charity Commission page for WYCCT).

Watch - our wherry yacht sailing experience on video.

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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