Trinity’s sailing’s oldest and largest vessel has left her home port for some essential winter maintenance work.
Leader, built in 1892 at Galmpton on the river Dart, has just completed a passage from Brixham to Polruan — by Fowey —to be hauled out of the water on the slipway of the C Toms and Son shipyard.
Leader is there for approximately two weeks whilst the hull undergoes its annual cleaning and antifouling, the stern gland packing and hull anodes are renewed. While she is out of the water some caulking of hull seams will also be done by way of preventative maintenance.
Ben Wheatley, Trinity Sailing’s Operations Manager said “This is a great opportunity to access the parts of the vessel we cannot easily reach while she is operational during the sailing season. We are taking the opportunity to carry out some scheduled maintenance at the same time as we do some work on the sterngland and replace the sacrificial anodes. The maintenance work is never ending when you are dealing with a traditional vessel like this, and we are very grateful to those who have been down to help us out in Brixham in preparation for the slipping at Toms’ Yard.”
This gives her hardworking crew of Trinity staff and volunteers a change of scene from Brixham harbour, where Leader has been berthed since October last year following the end of her successful 2016 sailing season.
All three of Trinity Sailing’s vessels; Leader (1892), Provident (1924) and Golden Vanity (1908), sail from April to October and are refitted during the winter months by a core team of Trinity seastaff. These professional skippers and mates are supported by a band of dedicated volunteers who give up their free time to travel to Brixham and help maintain these important historic vessels. If you are interested in getting involved, please call us on 01803 88 33 55 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can view Leader’s full sailing programme for 2017 here.