News in April 2017

New RYA Date Added to Golden Vanity’s Programme Posted on

Due to popular demand we will now be offering an additional voyage on board our 1908 vessel Golden Vanity this May for the anyone looking to gain an RYA accredited qualification.

These activity holidays offer the opportunity to have formal instruction while enjoying a sailing holiday.

Based in Brixham, this is an ideal cruising ground for those wanting to learn to sail.  Tor bay offers sheltered waters to the prevailing winds and the many estuaries and harbours on the south coast offer plenty of opportunities to teach the syllabus and learn how to sail traditional vessels.

The courses we offer begin with ‘Start Yachting’ for complete beginners; ‘Competent Crew’ for those looking to build up their skills; and ‘Day Skipper’ for those who wish to be introduced to all aspects of skippering a yacht.

If you are uncertain as to which course would be most suitable for you, or would like further information or advice, please contact us and speak to one of our instructors.

Your skipper will be an RYA qualified Cruising Instructor or Yachtmaster Instructor. To find out more about the RYA and the cruising scheme certificates, visit the RYA website.

Start Finish Nights Vessel Cost Course
Sat, Apr 22 Fri, Apr 28  6  Golden Vanity £695 Start Yachting, Comp Crew, or Day Skipper
Sat, Apr 29 Fri, May 5  6  Golden Vanity £695 Start Yachting, Comp Crew, or Day Skipper
Sat, May 6 Fri, May 12  6  Golden Vanity FULL
Sat, May 20 Fri, May 26  6  Golden Vanity £695 Start Yachting, Comp Crew, or Day Skipper
Thu, Jun 15 Wed, Jun 21  6  Golden Vanity FULL
Fri, Jul 28 Wed, Aug 2  6  Golden Vanity FULL
Sat, Aug 26 Fri, Sep 1  6  Golden Vanity £695 Start Yachting, Comp Crew, or Day Skipper
Fri, Sep 15 Thu, Sep 21  6  Golden Vanity £695 Start Yachting, Comp Crew, or Day Skipper

*July 28th voyage is Start Yachting/Competent Crew only.

All voyages start and end in Brixham, apart from July 28th voyage which is a mile-builder, departing in Poole, Dorset.

Start Yachting

The Start Yachting course is designed to run as a short break and offers an introduction to sailing for complete beginners. By the end of the course you will have experienced steering a yacht, sail handling, ropework and have an awareness of safety on board. Holders of the Start Yachting certificate can go on to complete the Competent Crew course in a reduced time of three days, instead of the normal five, or over two weekend breaks.

Competent Crew

Competent Crew is a sailing course aimed at those starting out in sailing, and wishing to learn the fundamentals required to be a useful member of crew aboard a sailing boat. No previous sailing experience is required. Topics covered include seamanship, knowledge of sea terms and parts of a boat, sail handling and ropework, knowledge of safety procedures, helmsman-ship, and the principles of sailing.

Day Skipper

The Day Skipper course is aimed at those with previous sailing experience who wish to become competent to skipper a small yacht by day in familiar waters. It is assumed that they will have at least the knowledge of a competent crew member, and must have a minimum of 5 days, 100 miles and 4 night hours logged before undertaking the course. Some basic navigational knowledge is required, either through practical experience or a Day Skipper Theory course. The course goes into greater depth on the topics covered in Competent Crew, and also includes navigation, pilotage and boat handling under sail and power.

If you have any queries over which RYA course would be the right one for you, or would like further information or advice, please do not hesitate to contact us by e-mail or call 01803 883355 and speak to one of our skippers.
Golden Vanity

New Deck Goes Down on Provident Posted on

The first new deck planks have been laid on board Provident today as her crew and a team of shipwrights work tirelessly to get her ready for the new sailing season.

This May the 1924-built sailing vessel Provident will be heading back out to sea after having her entire aft deck removed and replaced.

The work was part-funded by The Preservation of Industrial and Scientific Material (PRISM) Fund, through the Arts Council, along with support from other generous individuals and organisations.

The vessel forms part of UK National Historic Fleet, a status which ranks her alongside the likes of HMS Victory and the Cutty Sark.

After the Second World War, Provident arrived in Salcombe, in 1951, as the founding vessel of the Island Cruising Club where she remained until 1999 when she started working from Brixham as part of the newly-formed Trinity Sailing Foundation. Provident was built in 1924, in the same yard on the River Dart as Leader. She was a replacement for an earlier vessel of the same name, sunk during the First World War by a German U-boat. She fished out of Brixham for 10 years before being sold to a wealthy American and converted to a private yacht.

If you would like to join Provident for a cruise this year, you can call Trinity Sailing on 01803 88 33 55 or email Her full voyage programme is available online at


Provident's New Deck

2017 Season Springs in to Action Posted on

Leader to set sail next Friday…

Trinity Sailing’s sold-out Easter Cruise will be getting the season off to a flying start on Good Friday. If you would still like to get on board, don’t worry, we still have plenty of opportunities for you to join us throughout the coming season.

Leader will be starting off operating out of her home port of Brixham, taking part in the Small Ships Race in Tor Bay, followed by her first week-long voyage to Brittany and the Channel Islands at the end of the month.

In May we will be celebrating our 1892 vessel’s 125th birthday with a special cruise, visiting Galmpton where she was built, for a champagne dinner, ahead of a great week of sailing across Devon and Cornwall.

Leader will then have a short Cornwall Cruise, operating out of Falmouth, before heading up the west coast for a mile-builder to Oban.

Once in Scotland she will be spending eight weeks taking in the best of the Inner and Outer Hebrides and we have organised some themed voyages, including a wildlife cruise and a traditional Scottish music week.

Come the end of July, Leader will be having another UK west coast adventure, back down to Falmouth, in time to head across the Channel for the Paimpol ‘Chant du Marin’ Festival 2017.

Throughout August she will be taking in the best of the Cornish coast, along with two visits to the Isles of Scilly, before setting sail back to Brixham on our Shanty Music Cruise.

It doesn’t end there. Leader will be off to Brittany again for two weeks for a change over in St Malo. This will allow guests the opportunity to join and depart in France, or stay on board for the whole two weeks. Either way, these two trips will allow more time to explore this magnificent cruising ground and its wealth of ports and sandy beaches.

We hope you can join us!

For more information, or to book, call Harry in the office on 01803 88 33 55 or email

Leader at sea