News in March 2017

Meet the Team — Harry Gottschalk 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 office staff — Harry Gottschalk.

 

What is your role at Trinity Sailing?

I am Trinity’s Marketing & Sales Manager. It’s my job to process bookings, keep the boats busy throughout the season and promote the organisation all year round, whether that’s online, over the phone, or in person.

What did you do prior to joining the team?

I’ve been here for just under four years. Before moving to Devon  I was a news reporter for a Midlands-based daily newspaper called the Express & Star, which involved everything from covering murder trials to interviewing celebrities and politicians. Prior to that I worked for some smaller papers in Derbyshire. When I left university I spent a few years doing sales jobs.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

Before working here I knew surprisingly little about sailing, and I enjoy learning more about all things nautical. I like speaking to a wide range of people and there is a lot of job satisfaction in seeing these great boats busy and speaking to happy customers looking forward to a holiday. Above all it’s nice to hear the feedback we get from the sail training groups we work with. For the majority of the disadvantaged young people we take to sea, these voyages are genuinely life-changing.

Where is your favourite sailing destination?

They don’t let me out the office much. I am looking forward to sailing to Mallaig this summer. Last year I spent a week in the Channel Islands and I really enjoyed exploring both Herm and Sark.

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

Well I’m hardly ever sailing, but when I’m not at work I enjoy exploring Devon, having only lived here for a few years. I’m obsessed with music and play the guitar. I’m a bit of a film geek, I also enjoy cooking. Unfortunately I support Aston Villa — the less said about that the better.

Harry Gottschalk

Meet the Team — Robin Maddex 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 rather crucial member of our sea staff — Robin Maddex.

 

What is your role at Trinity Sailing?

​I work as the cook on-board Leader ​and also crew on deck and pull a few lines when I can, as well as helping out the bosun and deck crew if needed. It’s really a matter of getting stuck in and everyone works together as a crew. ​ ​​I​ was press-ganged into joining Trinity Sailing before last season, in April 2016. I grew up in Brixham and have always been either on the sea or on the Moors, I had an opportunity to have a look around Leader with Ben​ and she’s such a beauty I felt it would be a fantastic experience to come aboard as part of her crew. So this is my second season now.

What did you do prior to joining the team? ​

I trained as a chef after school and worked in various restaurants and hotels, then after a short spell in the Army had been in the licensed hospitality businesses for many years until I decided to take a break, which turned to a longer break!​ Mind you it’s hard work aboard, fun, but definitely full on!

What do you enjoy most about your job?

​Goodness, that’s hard to say because there’s such a wonderful variety every day when we’re sailing and in port. I would have to say second to the camaraderie of all the crew, that it would be the pleasure of meeting and enjoying the company and fun of our lovely guests. Who come aboard Leader to support and experience such an amazing boat and sail around some of the world’s most fabulous coastlines. It is basically living history on-board all the boats and it’s a privilege to be a part of Trinity Sailing.

Where is your favourite sailing destination? ​

Ha ha, another hard question! Obviously I love the south coast as I grew up in these waters, but I would have to say that the west coast of Scotland and around the islands is just amazing, such a fantastic sailing area, it really is a wonderful experience.

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

​I enjoy seeing my family and friends, sitting by the harbour with a pint and good food. But I do travel a lot and spend four or five months of the winter skiing​ in the Alpes and a month or so visiting friends near Cognac in France.

Robin Maddex

Meet the team – Harri Smith 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 — Harri Smith.

 

What is your role at Trinity Sailing?

This year I am sailing as mate on board Golden Vanity. This is my second season with Trinity, having sailed as mate on board Provident last year. I first came to Trinity as a volunteer in 2012 helping to recommission Leader after a big refit. I wasn’t able to come back and sail until 2015 and I enjoyed it so much I applied for a job.

What did you do prior to joining the team?

My first experience of sailing was as a young person on another sail training vessel. I found it so inspiring and enjoyable that I began volunteering as much as possible. In 2012 I decided to give up my desk job and run away to sea and I have been working in sail training ever since.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

I love the variety. I love the maintenance side, learning about these incredible vessels and having an understanding of both the historic and modern skills needed to keep them working. I love the sailing; exploring news places and meeting a huge variety of different people.

Where is your favourite sailing destination?

As I mentioned, I love going to new places. Golden Vanity is the smallest vessel I’ve ever worked on so I am looking forward to exploring lots of lovely little spots that I have been unable to get in to with larger vessels before.

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

Maintenance?! I do actually really enjoy making homemade rope and canvas craft work. Out side of the “boat world” entirely, I really enjoy cooking and I love music. I’ve always done a lot of singing and now I am learning to play the guitar so that I can accompany myself!

Harri Smith

Leader’s Winter Refit – An Update… Posted on

It has been a busy winter on board Leader as her crew and volunteers work tirelessly to get her ready for her first voyage of the 2017 season. Her skipper, Stan, has given an update of how things are progressing…

“We have had a cracking, if slightly cold, first-half of our maintenance period. So far the team have mostly been focusing on improving our systems on board, with cosmetic part of our refit to take place in the last fortnight of the period.

“Leader spent approximately three weeks on a slipway at Tom’s Yard, in Polruan. In that time we had some work done to our stern gland, sea-cocks and spent a large amount of time caulking. One of our long term volunteers Beth, as well as our new bosun Stephen, also repainted the hull with tar paint, so she is looking shiny at the moment

“Other jobs you are unlikely to notice when she is back on the water but, which are essential for the running of the vessel, include cleaning the starboard fuel tanks, replacing their gaskets, chipping and protecting the engine beds and mounts, a complete engine service, and remarking our anchor cable. I am currently installing our very shiny new Raymarine electronics, and am very much looking forward to having them to play with during the season.

“We still have a few of these tasks to finish off before we can move on to the painting and varnishing but, at the moment, we are all very much looking forward to getting her looking gleaming for the season.

“As ever, I would like to extend a particular thank you to everyone who has come down to volunteer on board for your efforts help to preserve a maritime treasure… and bankroll most of the pubs in Brixham!

“If you would like to get involved with volunteering with us before the season starts, you would be more than welcome on board, please contact the office on 01803 883355. I am looking forward to seeing you all on board during the season. Cheers, Stan.”

Leader’s full sailing programme for the year can be seen here.

Leader sign

Meet the Team – Toni Knights 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 — Toni Knights.

What is your role at Trinity Sailing?

I am the current skipper of Provident but you could call me skipper of the fleet, having skippered all three boats at some point since Trinity formed back in 1999. I first skippered Leader to Brest in 2000 and I have been helming the boats on and off ever since.

What did you do prior to joining the team?

I have been a fisherman since the age of 16. I got my Captain’s ticket at the age of 19 and skippered some of the largest beam trawlers in Brixham which stay at sea for eight to nine days. I still fish all around the country. I had a short spell for six years as a seagoing fisheries officer, on the Drumbeat of Devon, while I had my daughter, Jessica. I decided to come ashore to spend more time with her as a baby as I missed watching my son, Peter, growing up as I was always at sea, fishing — headline of the Fishing News was ‘Poacher Turns Game Keeper’, ha!

At the same time I became a crew member on Torbay Lifeboat, The Edward Bridges. The then Coxon was Arthur Curnow. This was a rewarding experience but sometimes sad.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

Taking non-seagoing people to sea and watching them benefit from their experience of others, and the highs and lows of sailing. At the end of the trip everyone goes home happy.

Where is your favourite sailing destination?

The Brittany coast is my number one. I like the beautiful scenery. They are challenging harbours, huge tides, but you always get a great welcome from the local people. I also like the west coast of Scotland because there are lots of places to sail in such a close proximity — stunning scenery and lots of bagpipes.

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

I enjoy painting, teaching art, sailing my little dinghy, Pandora. At present, I am rebuilding my own boat which is the 1921-built Cornish Pilchard Driver I.R.I.S..

Toni Knights

Meet the Team – Martin “Stan” Stanfield 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 — Martin “Stan” Stanfield.

 

What is your role at Trinity Sailing?

I’m the skipper of Leader. This is my fifth year working for Trinity. I arrived on a work placement whilst at South Devon College and, as yet, they have been unable to get rid of me.

What did you do prior to joining the team?

I went to South Devon College on their “yacht ops” degree to get my Yacht Master qualification.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

The three boats are so special; it’s a massive privilege to be working on them. I love introducing people to the world of traditional sailing, as well as going to new places and building relationships with clients you enjoy seeing return each year.

Where is your favourite sailing destination?

When sailing out of Oban I always try to fit in visits to the islands of Staffa and Lunga. One is full of puffins and the other has the famous Fingal’s Cave. That is always a magical day of sailing and I enjoy running people ashore in the rib, while Leader is anchored in the Lee.

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

Sailing other people’s boats.

 

Stan