Oyster boat Terror, Emsworth’s beautifully restored historic sailing boat, used throughout the town’s glorious Oyster industry days, was handed over to a new operating team at a signing ceremony at Emsworth Yacht Harbour recently.

Pieter Montyn, Chairman of Chichester Harbour Conservancy, signed a document with Mark Stanton, Chairman of Friends of Chichester Harbour, for Friends to operate Terror for three years from 1st April this year.

Although the boat will still be owned by Chichester Harbour Conservancy, a team of volunteers from Friends and other enthusiasts are taking care of her now. The group is collectively known as the Terror Operating Committee.

This year Terror celebrates her 125th year, so it’s a special year in her life. Celebratory events are planned. Anyone is welcome to take a memorable voyage on Terror around the Harbour during the summer and it all costs very little; just call Emsworth Yacht Harbour on 01243 377727 or take a look at the Terror website. Look out for leaflets and posters in the town too.

All trip costs go back to maintain Terror as she is a totally non – profit making boat.

The first sailing date for paying passengers is 22nd May and demand is likely to be high, so early booking is recommended. Trips carry on until September.

Chris Clode, recently retired Commodore of Emsworth Sailing Club, who is Chairman of the Terror Operating Committee, is delighted with the new arrangements, “we have a wonderful group of volunteers who skipper, crew and maintain Terror and we are all looking forward to a busy season this year. She takes up to six passengers at a time, and trips last just over two hours, giving plenty of time to experience the beauty of Chichester Harbour.”

Chris Clode

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