This year Terror is 125 years old and as the last remaining example of a gaff-rigged, open decked sailing boat, in service throughout Emsworth’s once thriving Oyster industry, it’s an important year in Terror’s long history.

Recently, the day to day running of Terror became the responsibility of the Friends of Chichester Harbour, operating under a licence from the Conservancy, although the Conservancy retains ownership.

A team of volunteers has set up a ‘Terror Group’, with Chris Clode as its Chairman. The team is lucky enough to have a lot of support from locals, businesses, CHC and most importantly from many experienced sailors. They’ll all help with the maintenance and upkeep of Terror and help to promote and organise boat trips around Emsworth Harbour from May until September.

Plans are being made to celebrate the special birthday too.

Chris said, “We have a wonderful team of skippers, crews and helpers all of whom are looking forward to welcoming many more people on board the historic Oyster Boat Terror, so they can enjoy not only the thrill of sailing on a traditional gaff-rigged boat, but can also experience the natural beauty of Chichester Harbour.

Emsworth Yacht Harbour is playing an important role, as Terror is based in the Marina and that’s where maintenance can be carried out.  The Yacht Harbour is planning to hold a quayside celebration for Terror this year. It’s all part of their own celebration as they have a big birthday themselves – 50 years as a Marina.

To book a trip, please call Emsworth Yacht Harbour. Tel: 01243 377727 and ask for Terror Bookings.

Full details of the dates, times and terms of trips on Terror can be found here.

Leaflets with details of trips will soon be found in local pubs, retaurants B&B’s and hotels around Chichester Harbour. The Friends newsletter has details in it too.

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