News in March 2015

Refit Blog: The Final Countdown Posted on

Trinity’s crew, and a team of volunteers, are busy getting the boats ready for the 2015 season with just over a week to go before the first voyage.

Leader’s new mate, Stan, is sharing how things are going for him and his team, and here’s how the refit went last week:

“Eight days until we go back to sea! The crew are all ready to go and Leader is not far behind.

“She went onto the grid last weekend to be cleaned and have a fresh coat of antifoul. Despite a 4am. start we had loads of volunteers (Anna, Lucy, Andy, Ross, Jeremy, Maddie, Elise and Teymour) down to help us out. As soon as the tide was out far enough not to come over the top of our wellies the guys were down under the boat, pressure washing, scraping, drying and painting. No one stopped for longer than it took to stuff a pasty down until the tide was back lapping around our feet. A brilliant effort from everyone.

“Now we are once again back on our pontoon, making Leader look as good as she should. Capping rails are being varnished, boxes painted and lines served. Last year’s National Historic Ships apprentice, Denning, has been down to help us out, fixing our sticking engine hatch and boxing off the last of our new water system.

“Unfortunately Teymor is now on leave for a short while, but he will be back to sail with us in the summer. Kath has come down to help us out and is currently repainting the wheel box.

“We are back to sea on Good Friday (April 3) but if you would like to come and give us a hand, finishing her off and varnishing on deck, we would love to have you down. As ever you are welcome to stay the night and eat with us. Just give Matt, or Harry, a ring on 01803 883355, to arrange a date.”

Stan

Cleaning and Painting Leader's hull

Volunteer to Crew Member: Teymour’s Journey Posted on

Leader’s newest recruit is continuing a long-standing Trinity Sailing tradition of establishing himself as a fully fledged crew member after putting in the hours as a volunteer.

Teymour Kashani, from Essex, first heard of Trinity after his grandfather returned from a Provident charter a few years ago and since then decided he wanted to have a go on the traditional vessels himself.

He said: “I had an interest in sailing before as my uncle‘s also quite a yachty guy, I thought Trinity’s boats looked pretty cool so I did I my Duke of Edinburgh on Golden Vanity in 2013.”

From here the 19-year-old’s interest in traditional boat sailing grew and grew and he decided he wanted to join Leader at the 2014 Tall Ships Races.

He said: “On Golden Vanity I got speaking to Ben and Becca (Vanity’s crew at the time) about the Tall Ships and it sounded great, so I came back and took part in the third leg of the races sailing from Bergen, in Norway, to Esbjerg, in Denmark.

“It was better than I expected, a great atmosphere, everyone there was up for having a good time and it great getting to know so many people while enjoying such a celebratory atmosphere. Bergen was the highlight for me, lots of live bands, a great firework display, we won the crew parade and the crew party was great.”

After leaving sixth form in the summer Teymour could not decide what to do with his life and found himself wanting to take his new-found hobby to the next level.

He said: “I was at a bit of a loose end, not doing anything so I thought I would get involved in the Trinity refit, so I came down in January and I’m still here.

“I’ve really learnt a lot, had a lot of fun and met lots of new and nice people. I’ve learned how to maintain the boats, all about the rigging, and generally a lot more about the sailing industry.”

Teymour has now become a member of Trinity’s crew, being offered a position as deck-hand on board Leader, with a chance to do some relief work as bosun during 2015.

If anyone would like to develop their sailing skills or experience, by signing up as a volunteer with Trinity, please give Trinity Sailing a call on 01803 88 33 55 or email team@trinitysailing.org

Teymour Kashani

Refit Blog: Busy and Productive Week Posted on

Trinity’s crew, and a team of volunteers, are busy getting the boats ready for the 2015 season with less than a month to go before the first voyage.

Leader’s new mate, Stan, is sharing how things are going for him and his team, and here’s how the refit went last week:

“Week 10 of refit and we have finished-off down below on Leader. Two-and-a-half months of heat gunning, sanding, varnishing, priming, undercoating, glossing and she is looking very shiny indeed — thanks to everyone who has helped us out along the way.”

“Last week was very busy with Ben working on the new fresh water system, gas inspections, fire inspections, fitting our refurbished on-deck bilge pumps and sorting our life jackets. We also had the crane down to put our freshly varnished spars back on board. Thankfully Ian volunteered all week to help us out, so a massive thank you to him.

“We also had our third volunteer weekend, with a total of 11 of us staying on board. Despite some drizzly weather everyone worked really hard and we managed to tick off two A4 pages worth of little finishing off jobs, as well as moving a large amount of the rigging back down to the boat. Jeremy worked on the generator for the whole weekend, and we finally have it bolted back in and (almost!) up and running. It was a busy two days, but we did manage to stop for long enough to squeeze in one or two Dark ‘N’ Stormys on Saturday night.

“We have another full on week coming up, where we will be coding the boat, putting the rig back together and sanding on deck. Thursday and Friday next week (19th and 20th) we will be moving Leader to the grid in Brixham to dry her out and antifoul her. This is a massive job involving painting everything below the waterline, as well as an amazing opportunity to see just how massive she is out of the water!

“If you are free we would love to have you down to help us out, either for one day, or to stay overnight. If you can make it, just give Harry and Matt in the office a ring on 01803 883355. You’ll get a very unique view of the boat!”

Stan

Leader Getting Ready for Sea