News in July 2014

Tall Ships Challenge — Ups and Downs Posted on

Leader’s Race has begun but the weather has been working against them. Here’s how the Tall Ships Challenge team have been making the most of their experience.

Day 9: Slow going.

The site of all these amazing square riggers is something I will never forget. It has been great fun, but sadly the wind has been non existent.

I was fortunate enough to be helming Leader across the start line of the race, which was incredibly cool. Sadly the wind didn’t pick up through the rest of the day. We are still sailing, just really slowly.

Jo, Cool Watch

Day 10: Waves likes skyscrapers.

My day started at 12.00 due to the rotation of the watch as my shift was between 12.00 and 16.00. We came up on deck with a plate of fresh food: Feta cheese, tuna sandwiches, crackers, and fruit.

At this point of the day the sea was fairly calm, with a little wind. About an hour in the wind began to increase so we brought down the topsail, which went well as there were many of us around to help get it down.

As our watch was about to finish Katie brought up an amazing ginger cake, baked by the wonderful Anne. After I inhaled the cake I scurried down to my bunk for some shut eye, which was impossible due to the squeezing and rocking of the boat.

I was awakened suddenly, practically falling out of my bunk, as Leader was heading through a near gale seven. I stumbled in to the galley to find a drenched Colin saying: “Give me a camera those waves are serious.” I grabbed my camera, headed-up on deck and it was seriously scary, stomach tensing stuff. Waves and splashed were covering the deck and everyone up there. Stupidly I wasn’t wearing any oilskins so, thanks to a reminder from Colin, I headed back down below and was delighted to see some food: stew and dumplings, moulded by Ben. This warmed me up nicely and went down a treat. Sadly the same couldn’t be said for Ben’s which ended up on the floor as a big wave tilted the boat to port.

I changed in to my wet weather gear and headed back up on deck, where I became part of the “super crew” to reef the main sail (this was very hard!). The wind picked up, with waves like skyscrapers, covering the deck like an ice rink. We were pulling on ropes until our hands were raw. After about 10 to 15 minutes of reefing the sail, is again the turn of Ice Watch to take over, working 11pm to 2am.

I took the helm and then the night sky dropped. The mist picked up and the waves were still humongous. on the deck, and in the sea, were little phosphorescence glowing blue. It was like stars in the sea and on the floor.

We were moving at six knots. For the last 30 minutes of the watch it chucked it down and there were massive flashes of lightning across the sky. It was very cold and this extreme weather showed us how tough we all were.

Stan asked: “What would you normally be doing on a week night?” I said: “Be in bed.”

Reece, Ice Watch

Day 11: It’s not the winning  that counts, it’s the taking part.

After a stormy night, the weather today was amazing with glorious sunshine and light winds. Sadly, after some mathematical calculations the light winds meant we were left with little option but to turn the engine on motor some of the way back to get back in to port on time. It was a similar story for several of the other vessels, the wind was working against us and the distance to cover was too large.

Fear not, our spirits remained high and an amazing tiramisu helped boost morale even more.

Sam, Ice Watch

Jo Coomber up on Leader's deck

Tall Ships Challenge – Anchors Away Posted on

Leader’s Tall Ships Challenge Team have now begun their sailing adventure, heading out of Harlingen to make the long voyage to Fredrikstad.

Here’s how they have been getting on.

Day 7: Hagelsaag and Slagroom

Today was the day of our crew party but more on that later. First of all we had to restock Leader. Being the only person on board who had lived in the Netherlands I volunteered to assist Anne. After an hour, and three trolley loads, we had all the fresh food we needed for the race to Norway, as well as some biscuit paste and hagelslaag (ice-cream sprinkles) and plenty of slagroom (cream)!

Just before the party started the skies decided to dampen our spirits but after repurposing a sail into a makeshift gazebo we ready to go!  Twister, punch and homemade nachos were enjoyed by the crew and a few hundred of our new international friends. Some tasty Devon cider was provided by our skipper for the adults. A very successful party!

David, Ice Watch

Day 8: Leading the Parade

The last few days in port before any significant voyage are always full of check lists, shopping and excitement about the passage ahead. Today was no exception. Anne supported Colin and Katie making some general and final checks, which the crew of trainees carried out some accommodation checks.

We had lunch on deck, in the sunshine, tidied-up a few bits and pieces and spent the last few hours on shore to spread our legs.

I was proud that we were leading our class out to sea as the first vessel in the parade, surrounded by cheering and applauding as we headed on our way to Fredrikstad.

Ben, Skipper

Tall Ships Races 2014

Sea Picnic 2014 success Posted on

Sun shines on Sea Picnic as over £10k is raised for Trinity

Over two hundred people joined Trinity Sailing for the Sea Picnic on Saturday 7th June at Anstey’s Cove in Torquay. Despite the threat of thunderstorms, the ‘weather gods’ shined again and our guests enjoyed a delicious three course seafood lunch by the water’s edge with jazz provided by the Dart Valley Stompers and sea shanties from the Exmouth Shantymen.

The afternoon included an auction of maritime art and a range of excellent opportunities, expertly overseen by auctioneer Chris Hampton, which helped bring the total raised from the day to over £10,000, which is a fantastic achievement. Later on, the famous “Trinity sea & air spectacular” took place in the Cove which saw Bond villain Goldfinger and accomplice Oddjob capture the Trinity trawlers before 007 was flown in be helicopter, with support from a para-motor, to see off the attack, rescue the crew of the tralers and head-off into the distance with Pussy Galore…

The planning and running of the Sea Picnics (now at number 5) are reliant on so many people and organisations to ‘make it happen’ –  from our generous sponsors to our suppliers, helpers and key supporters such as our Vice-President Maj. Rayner – our grateful thanks from everyone at Trinity for making this event such a resounding success.

Sea Picnic 2014 - Anstey's Cove

Tall Ships Challenge – Fun and Games in Harlingen Posted on

Leader’s Tall Ships Challenge Team have arrived in Harlingen to begin the main part of their adventure and mingle with people from across the globe.

Here’s how they have been getting on.

Day 5: Arrival at the first host port.

Today we arrived in Harlingen! Sailing in to the dock with Martin singing created quite a sight, with everyone stopping and watching us arrive in to port.

As we were coming in to the dock we cleaned and polished the boat so it looked nice. Looking at all the other boats was definitely a sight. The huge square riggers were extremely impressive.

Our Dutch word of the day is Scheepswinkel (chandlery).

Alice, Bay Watch.

Day 6: Soaking up the atmosphere of the Tall Ships Races

The morning of July 4th started particularly slowly in the aftermath of last night’s party. We sat on deck and basked in the early morning sunshine. Many of the crew nursed sore heads and stomachs with some toast and fruit juice. We then made our way down to the internship sports events. I managed to have a go at volleyball which was really good fun.

After lunch mainly consisted of preparing for the 3pm crew parade. We all painted our faces and headed down to the harbourside. We joined a procession that was alive  with colour and full of pageantry from all over the world.

After the crew dinner I went to the habourside to listen to the Pink Floyd tribute band and bask in the atmosphere.

Tom, Cool Watch

BREAKING NEWS: Leader has picked up one of the first prizes at the 2014 Tall Ships Races after being named the Oldest Vessel in the Fleet!

You can now track Leader’s progress at the Tall Ships Races, via Sail Training International’s official site.


Leader crew playing Volleyball

Tall Ships Challenge Sails On Posted on

The Tall Ships Challenge team have been settling in well to their life on Leader.

Here is a report from their last few days together.

Day 3:  Hoisting sales and sea shanties

“Today we sailed up the coast from Ijmuiden to Den Helder. The weather was really nice, apart from insufficient wind, and the sailing was really relaxed after the initial hoisting of sails.

“The Dutch coastline consists of sand dunes and the occasional wind turbine, but we did see a very cool low-flying fighter jet. My favourite bits of the day included helming, learning about navigation, eating cake, and singing sea shanties.”

Jo, Cool Watch

Day 4: Good spirits all round

“Today we set sail a little earlier and had breakfast on the go, which was nice. As usual a few of us felt a little seasick, but this soon passed.

“The weather has been fantastically good and everyone really seems to be entering in to the spirit of things.”

Rowan, Bay Watch

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Anne’s Foodie Blog 1: Recipes from Leaders galley and beyond Posted on

Leader’s cook Anne shares some of her famous recipes…

All the recipes in this blog are recipes I can do standing on my head, because as a boat cook sometimes there is a need to; and if not standing on your head then certainly without two feet firmly placed on the ground. There is often the added challenge of various members of crew asking you if they can open your kitchen up to check the engine belts or standing on your work surfaces to do goodness know what important nautical task.

This blog covers a series of recipes cooked on a voyage from Brixham to Ramsgate with a group of young people from South London. On the voyage I was ably assisted by an enthusiastic crew of 18 to 22 year olds all with a liking for ” spicy ricy ” food and with excellent prep skills – one lad was particularly handy in the veg prep department having spent time preparing veg for the monkeys at London Zoo!

I hope this recipe and the others in the blog will be enjoyed by all those that come sailing with Trinity…let me know how you have got on replicating them in the kitchen at home…

BLOG 1: “West Indian Jerk chicken with rice and peas and mango and sweet corn Salsa”

This was written on a boiling hot day making the Isle of Wight feel like the Isle of Jamaica, so it feels fitting to create West Indian Jerk chicken with rice and peas and EPIC mango and sweet corn Salsa.

To Download this recipe please CLICK HERE.

W.Indian Jerk Chicken

Tall Ships Challenge Sets Sail Posted on

The Tall Ships Challenge team have all arrived safely in Amsterdam and joined the crew on Leader.

The group have been getting to know each other, and split themselves in to three watches: Cool, Bay, and Ice. Here is a report from their first few days together.

Day 1: Arrival at Leader in Amsterdam

“Great to have arrived – even stationary the experience of being on board Leader is the best. All the crew are friendly and helpful. I can’t wait to set sail and see more amazing places.

“Today we started with a brief talk on who we are and afterwards we had a health and safety briefing. Later on, we settled down to our evening meal and played board games. The adventure has started.”

Sam, Ice Watch.

Day 2: Getting to know Leader

“Today was an early start. I had to be awake at 7.3opm as it was my turn to set-up breakfast. After everyone had eaten, and we had put everything away, we got in to our waterproofs and headed up on deck to go through lifejackets and ropes with Trinity crew members Stan and Alice.

“We then prepared and set sail to Zaandam where we refuelled the boat. Heading down the canal I had the opportunity to steer the boat which was great fun.

“For lunch we gathered in the saloon for a delicious lunch made by Trinity’s cook, Anne. We had risotto, cheese and fresh bread and it was a little taste of heaven. Afterwards we got taken to the bow to learn some knots, such as the figure of eight. It was hard to get my head around at first but it was very satisfying when the knot was complete.

“Later we arrived in Ijmuiden where we completed some basic sea training, getting used to ropes and sails, performing two tacks and a gybe. After that we headed to the seaport which is where we stopped for dinner, prepared by Anne and Cool Watch, which was meatballs, red peppers and cheesy pasta.

“After dinner we had access to the marine showers, which everyone enjoyed, before heading below deck for some time to chill, play board games and go to sleep.”

Reece, Ice Watch.


Grab an adventure under sail this summer Posted on

DofE and adventure sailing voyages on Golden Vanity this August.

A 7 day adventure sailing voyage  on board Golden Vanity is all about having a great time, making friends, visiting new places and learning new skills. You’ll get to visit coves, estuaries, beaches and harbour towns, go for a swim ashore or have a barbecue and there’s plenty of time to chill out and keep your eye for dolphins, seals and basking sharks.

These voyages will also qualify for your DofE Gold Residential plus you’ll get the chance to complete your RYA Start Yachting or Competent Crew qualification. No experience is necessary, our crew will show you everything you need to know to get to grips with sailing a gaff rigged vessel.

To find out more about our adventure sailing voyages please click HERE

We have a number of voyages, departing from Brixham,  during the whole of August, but places are now limited so give the team at Trinity a call to reserve your berth!

Sunset at anchor