News in May 2017

Calling All Volunteers Posted on

A volunteer weekend is being organised this weekend to help get Provident back to sea.

Recruits are needed to help her full-time crew with some essential maintenance work before the new sailing season gets underway.

Harry Gottschalk, Trinity Sailing’s Marketing & Sales Manager, said: “Provident has had her entire aft deck removed and replaced over the winter and spring and we are now entering the crucial final stages. We would like as many people as possible to come down this weekend and help with the fun jobs we always get to do at the end of the refit process. This includes some woodwork and getting the rigging sorted. You don’t have to have any special skills though as the main job will be cleaning her hull and grabbing a paintbrush to ensure she looks as good as possible when she heads back to sea.

“If you’re local to us, in Brixham, it would be great if you could pop down and lend a hand for a few hours. However if you live further afield we can provide you with food, drink, and accommodation between this Friday (26th) evening and Sunday afternoon. We will make sure the crew look after you and I am led to believe by the vessels’ cook that there may be a fairly sociable night out on the Saturday evening — though I couldn’t possibly comment.”

For more information please call the office on 01803 88 33 55 or email






Art Auction Organised to Support Golden Vanity Posted on

An art auction is being held in Brixham next month in aid of Trinity Sailing’s 1908 vessel Golden Vanity.

The Great Golden Vanity Art Auction is being held at The Queen’s Arms, in Station Hill, having been organised by The Golden Vanity Trust. It will coincide with a weekend of live music at the same venue, also in aid of the historic trawler.

There are several pieces up for auction, during the event on on Sunday, June 18, including a limited edition print of ‘Hoshi & Provident’ by Michael Lees. Other contributors include Nicky Stevens, Paul Barclay and John Gillo.

Golden Vanity is thought to be the sole surviving Mumble Bee still sailing, the smallest of the Brixham trawlers. She was restored in the 1980s by a local trust and is now used for, Duke of Edinburgh weeks, youth adventure sailing and RYA Courses.

She was built by Sanders at Galmpton in 1908. Although built as a working boat, she was used as a base by marine artist Arthur Briscoe to paint the Brixham fishing fleet.

One of the friends who sailed with Briscoe was Erskine Childers – who had already written his famous yachting spy novel ‘Riddle of the Sands’. Before the First World War they sailed Golden Vanity extensively in the southern North Sea, regularly visiting Holland and Belgium, the ‘lowlands, low’ mentioned in the shanty.

Her name was taken from a ship in the sea shanty ‘The Golden Vanity’ which dates back to from the 17th century.

If any other artists — amateur or professional — would like to submit anything, please call 07411488745.



Hoshi and Provident