News in January 2013

Hiking boots and haliards… Posted on

As we enter a cold winter spell our thoughts move to some of the more sunny warm destinations in our 2013 cruising programme….

In the first of our series exploring the destinations and highlights of this season, we asked Dougie Walker, one of Trinity’s relief skippers and leader of our new ‘walking and sailing’ cruise in Scotland, to tell us a bit more about what you can expect from this cruise.

“The exact detail for the week will obviously be dependant on the weather, ability and desires of the group. At the start of the week the guests, skipper and I will sit down and discuss our options, in light of these factors, and develop a plan for the week.

Should conditions allow we have the opportunity to explore the high peaks and passes of Knoydart or the island peaks of Rum or Jura, these areas all synonymous with wilderness and beauty requiring long days and commitment, possibly being dropped in one area for pick-up on the other side of our chosen peaks (possibly beside the one of the most famous pubs in Scotland).

Should conditions rule out exploring the higher areas or an easier day is appropriate there is an abundance of lower peaks and coastal walks to be had often giving a fantastic opportunity to witness the amazing flora and fauna of the area as well as the romantic and often tragic history.

Due to the long summer daylight, hill days should not require early starts and could be anything from a few hours lazy exploring to a long and arduous mountain crossing. Tides may mean that we occasionally have some early starts on board. Food will be provided but you may wish to bring extra snacks for your time ashore, please bring personal equipment for the hills and whatever extras (binoculars, spotters guides etc) you wish.  For a full kit list you can talk to the Team at Trinity.

I look forward to welcoming you on this fantastic week involving what I think is some of the finest walking and sailing Scotland has to offer…”.

For more info on this cruise and our other Scottish trips this summer, please click HERE

Walking boots on beach

Golden Vanity gets a makeover Posted on

Over the past couple of months there has been lots going on at Trinity with the winter refit of Golden Vanity.

‘Vanity’ was taken out of the water in early December and our Operations Team, Golden Vanity Trust members and volunteers have been flat out stripping back years of old paint and, working with shipwrights, the whole hull has now been re-caulked protecting the vessel for many years to come.

There have been various other works such as replacing several deck planks, removing and servicing the heads as well as lots of other general maintenance.

Over the next week or so, Golden Vanity will get a new coat of paint – involving two coats of undercoat and then faired before the final top Gloss coat. She will soon be looking her very best for the start of the 2013 season!

There’s lots of important jobs to the vessels planned over the next three months – if you want to lend a hand and learn a few of the skills that goes into looking after these heritage vessels (and have a great time of course!) then give Nick or Matt a call in the Office.

GV refit