Meet the Crew

Charlie Ward

Owner and Skipper

Charlie has sailed since he was four on the North Norfolk coast. He has a wealth of experience sailing all types of boats from racing dinghies to large traditional sailing vessels, and has skippered the famous Falmouth Pilot Cutter Chloe May for several years. He has run his own boat building company for over 50 years building all sizes of traditional style craft including the well-known Norfolk Urchin and Norfolk Oyster dayboats, and Norfolk Gypsy and Norfolk Smuggler yachts.

For many years he was one of only six licensed builders, worldwide, of lifeboats for ships and oil rigs and built many lifeboats for all the leading cruise ship and North Sea oil exploration companies. He was also a principal contractor to the Ministry of Defence and Trinity House.

He lives beside his boatyard at Morston on the edge of the salt marshes overlooking Blakeney harbour.

Charlie has always had a passion for barges and has spent many years searching both in the UK and overseas for a barge to live on and charter during the summer. Unable to find a suitable vessel in good condition, he decided to build JUNO, which was launched in March 2000 creating considerable publicity. She is now available for local charter.

Henry Archer

Relief Skipper and First Mate

Henry grew up in Norfolk and has been sailing constantly from a young age. He has been a sailing instructor for the past 15 years, spending time teaching and skippering both in the UK and overseas. Henry became a Yachtmaster Offshore aged 19, and since then has gained experience of skippering yachts in destinations all over the world. He has skippered commercial boats and powerboats, and is thrilled to be part of Juno’s crew alongside Charlie and Neil.

Henry now lives in Langham with his wife Lucy and Cocker Spaniel Heidi. He has his own business, Archer Engineering, servicing marine engines and restoring Land Rovers. In recent years Henry has had the opportunity to service Juno, and assist Charlie with the required ongoing maintenance onboard Juno.

Neil Thompson

First Mate

Neil Thompson is a local boat builder. He began his career working for Charlie Ward in Morston where he built and serviced the Norfolk range of sailing boats. In 2000 Neil set out on his own and now runs a thriving boat yard at Wells-Next-The-Sea where he continues to build the Norfolk range sailing boats and launches.

Neil was part of the team that built Juno in 1999 so has a strong bond with this beautiful vessel, even having his wedding ceremony on her in 2005.

Neil has sailed with Charlie on Juno since she was first launched in April 2000 and has helped out as First Mate since 2015

As you can you tell from the information above, Neil is passionate about boats and loves the North Norfolk coast with its wildlife and history.