Wherry Yacht Charter
Caring for the Broads' last wherry fleet

All charter customers receive complimentary membership of the Friends of WYC.

Charter a wherry for your special occasion, or for a relaxing family holiday.

Crew members winching up the sail.

© June Splitt

A little of your time could make a huge difference to us. From crewing to boatbuilding to welcoming visitors on board, we have a wealth of opportunities for you to get involved with our wherries. Read on for details of roles and current training dates.

Volunteer with us

As a charity we rely on volunteers to achieve our aims, and we welcome assistance in all areas. Becoming actively involved with WYC is a fantastic way to learn more about the wherries, meet other supporters, brush up old skills or learn new ones. We have roles to suit various strengths and abilities, and whether you work behind the scenes or share your enthusiasm with the public at our events, you're part of the team that helps to keep our fleet sailing and bring in much-needed support.

Full training is of course given and experience is welcome but not necessary. We positively welcome young volunteers, but anyone under 16 must be accompanied by an adult both during training and while volunteering. We do ask that, for insurance purposes, all volunteers should be current members of the Friends of WYC.

Crewing and skippering
From winching the sail and quanting to preparing the boat before and after a trip, and even making a round of hot drinks, crew allow our passengers to simply relax and enjoy a safe and comfortable sailing. Although this is one of our more physical volunteer roles, crewing on a wherry yacht is not usually an arduous task. Crewing on Hathor requires you to gain more experience, including quanting - this and other requirements are set out in a clear training and progression system for crew.
Training dates for new volunteers are currently planned for Sunday 3rd May and Monday 4th May..
Enquiries are welcome from non-members as well as members and previous crew of any or no experience, and crew training would be the starting point for potential skippers as well as crew - please contact us for full details of the sessions or to let us know you are interested but unable to make these dates.

Maintenance and restoration
Our volunteer team at the wherry base in Wroxham takes care of routine tasks such as painting and varnishing, repairs large and small to wood, metal and canvas, and maintenance of the interior fixtures and fittings. They also look after the base facilities themselves. In all cases, no experience is necessary and tasks will be allocated according to your ability. Our regular work days are currently on Tuesdays, and all you need to bring is work clothing and a packed lunch. We'll provide tea and coffee and any tools and materials needed. Please contact us to register interest so that someone can arrange to meet you on your first visit.

Viewing guides and events volunteers
These tasks are less physical than crewing or maintenance but certainly no less important. We strive to offer a friendly welcome to visitors on board our wherries or at an on-shore event, and to be able to answer questions and recruit new supporters; no experience is needed for this role. Volunteers also assist with educational activities (experience and current background checks are desirable). Training and support materials are given to help you settle in to the role, and you will learn more from experienced colleagues as you go. Training sessions will be advertised here once organised, but you can also arrange to meet experienced guides on board to learn more. Please contact us to arrange a taster session.

None of our activities could take place without significant input behind the scenes. Planning the details of sailings and events, taking bookings, organising volunteer duties, and communicating with customers, volunteers and outside organisations are just some of the essential tasks we carry out. No experience is necessary, just time and good general communication and organisation skills.

Professional skills
If you are willing to give us the benefit of your experience in marketing, publicity, feature writing, accounts, web or graphic design, photography or any other areas that can help our work, we'd love to hear from you.

In all cases, please contact us for more information. To continue after a taster or training day, we ask volunteers to join as Friends for insurance and administration purposes.

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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