News in February 2017

Meet the Team – Stephen Brennan Posted on

In the run up to the 2017 season getting underway we will be introducing the current Trinity Sailing Foundation team. Today we caught up with another member of our sea staff — Stephen Brennan.

 

What is your role at Trinity Sailing?

I am the new bosun on Leader. Like Eli, who is bosun on Provi, I joined about a month ago and initially got stuck in with Leader’s maintenance work which was taking place in Polruan at Tom’s Yard. Now I am back in Brixham doing all sorts of jobs before she starts sailing in the spring,

What did you do prior to joining the team?

I was doing cetacean studies in the Mediterranean as a marine scientist and ecologist on vessels of difference sizes with deckhand duties. I’ve also done some trans-atlantic crossing as assistant bosun. Most recently I was crew on the delivery of a 16m Catamaran around Italy, from Venice to Genoa. Working as a marine scientist showed me that I love being at sea and I am making a slight career change so that I might spend more time with my hands dirty rather than in the office.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

I am looking forward to going to new destinations, meeting new people and doing a lot of sailing.

Where is your favourite sailing destination?

Anywhere around Oban, in Scotland, I can see why it’s so popular.

When you’re not sailing, what else do you enjoy doing?

Diving, drinking Beamish, reading, travelling. I’m also learning to play the piano; unfortunately there’s no room for that on Leader.

Stephen Brennan

Meet the team… Eli Pacey Posted on

In the run up to the 2017 season getting underway we will be introducing the current Trinity Sailing Foundation team. Today we caught up with another member of our sea staff — Eli Pacey.

 

What is your role at Trinity Sailing?

I am the new bosun on board Provident.

How long have your worked for Trinity Sailing?

Not long, just a month. I’m having a lot of fun so far though. I helped sail Leader around to Fowey for some maintenance and I spent a few, very cold, weeks living on board in Polruan helping with her refit. I am now in Brixham helping get Provi ready for sea, and this week I have been servicing her blocks.

What did you do prior to joining the team?

I was a bosun’s mate with another sail training organisation, prior to that I was working as a shop assistant. I spent most of my early life living over in Spain.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

It’s early days but right now I particularly enjoy giving both Stephen and Harry hugs.

What’s your favourite sailing destination?

I haven’t sailed too much around here with my previous job, I have mainly been sailing around the Canary Islands. I am looking forward to exploring the Isles of Scilly this season.

When you’re not sailing, what else do you enjoy doing?

Giving hugs, running, reading — and even more sailing.

Eli Pacey

Meet the team… Martin Hendry Posted on

In the run up to the 2017 season getting underway, we will be introducing the current Trinity Sailing Foundation team. Today we caught up with a member of our sea staff — Martin Hendry.

 

What is your role at Trinity Sailing Foundation?
I am mate aboard Provident. This is a bit of a challenge for me, currently, as we have a big ongoing project to replace much of her deck ready for the new season which I am overseeing.
What did you do prior to joining the team?
This is my third year with the Trinity Sailing Foundation, though this will be my first year sailing on Provident. Last year I worked for another sail training organisation but now I am back where I belong. Before I joined the team here — the first time that is — I did a woodworking apprenticeship. Before that I was working some dead-end jobs and I haven’t looked back since.
What do you enjoy most about your role?
The social interaction with both holiday guests and sail trainees. The variety as well, it’s nice to have a couple of weeks of sail training and and then switch to a few weeks of cruising with adult guests, and vice versa. 
Where is your favourite sailing destination?
Binic, in Brittany. It’s the first place I sailed to and it is also the first place where I encountered Trinity Sailing. I hope to be going back there this year!
When you are not sailing, what else do you enjoy doing?
Karaoke and singing in general, board games, video gaming, watching shows, reading comics.
 
Martin Hendry

Meet the team… Ben Wheatley Posted on

In the run up to the 2017 season getting underway, we will be introducing the current Trinity Sailing Foundation team. To kick things off, here’s a bit of information about our Operations Director Ben Wheatley…

What is your role at Trinity Sailing Foundation?

I look after the operational side of the organisation, supporting the skippers and crew on board the vessels during the season, and coordinating the refit plans in the winter. I have been at Trinity since February 2013 when I joined as Golden Vanity’s skipper.

What did you do prior to joining the team?

I spent 12 years working at sea on a number of square riggers and worked my way up through the ranks to first mate. This was great and I saw some amazing places however I reached the age where I needed somewhere to base myself and start a family, and Trinity was a good fit as it means I can still enjoy a life at sea as well as home life.

What do you enjoy most about your role?

I enjoy the variety of challenges the job brings. I spend some time out sailing, which I love, and some time on maintenance tasks, whilst also having the opportunity to work from our office in Brixham and interface with the rest of our shore-based  team. This allows a good balance of family life and work.

Where is your favourite sailing destination?

The west coast of Scotland; such variety, stunning scenery and great sailing opportunities. There is always something new to visit.

When you are not sailing, what else do you enjoy doing?

I enjoy spending time with my family, hillwalking and doing up our house.

Ben Wheatley

Fundraising Talk in aid of The Trinity Sailing Foundation Posted on

A fundraising talk is being held in Torquay this month in aid of the Trinity Sailing Foundation.

Major Ranulf Rayner — one of the charity’s patrons — will be giving a talk on the America’s Cup, having written several books on the subject.

The talk, which is free to attend, is being held at Royal Torbay Yacht Club, in Beacon Terrace, on Saturday, February 25th. For more information call Martin in Trinity’s office on 01803 88 33 55 or email martin@trinitysailing.org

 

 

Rayner Talk Poster

Paimpol 2017 – Festival du Chant de Marin Posted on

An exciting preview video showcasing this year’s Festival du Chant de Marin has been launched by the organisers.

Leader and Provident will be both be attending the Paimpol Festival this August which is a highlight in the 2017 sailing calendar.

All berths on Leader are now full, however there are still two berths available on board Provident. If this promotional video tickles your fancy please book quickly to avoid disappointment.

Our vessels will be calling in to Paimpol as part of an extended Brittany cruise, allowing us to spend more time than usual exploring various ports and pretty anchorages along this fantastic stretch of the French coastline. We also anticipate spending a short amount of time visiting some of the Channel Islands.

Berths are available for £1,095 — which works out to just £121 a night — for this nine-night cruising holiday adventure. To book, or find out more, call Harry in the office on 01803 88 33 55 or email team@trinitysailing.org

Maritime festival