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Join Trinity for a fundraising dinner… Posted on

The Trinity Sailing Foundation will be taking over Rockfish for an exclusive event next month.

Mitch Tonks, and his team, have kindly allowed us to use his restaurant, in Brixham, for an evening to support and promote the outstanding charitable work of the Foundation, as well as providing a chance to enjoy a specially-designed seafood menu.

There will be an auction of various desirable items and experiences, and we will have some special guests talking about the work of the Trinity Sailing Foundation briefly before dinner.

The event is taking place on Wednesday, April 18, from 7pm at Rockfish, in the New Fish Quay.

A delicious three course seafood dinner is available for just £22.50, and there are also alternative meals for vegetarians and a gluten free option. For an additional £19.00, you can reserve a bottle of red, or white wine, for your table.

It will be a fantastic occasion so please invite your friends to join us, or pass this invitation on to others if you are sadly unable to join us.

If arriving by car there’s ample parking with a short five minute walk from Oxen Cove Car Park, in Blackball Lane, TQ5 8AY.

The proceeds from the evening will be supporting the Trinity Sailing Foundation, which hopes to introduce an increasing number of disadvantaged young people to life at sea on our fleet of historic Brixham Trawlers.

To book, or find out more, please call 01803 88 33 55 or email team@trinitysailing.org

Rockfish

Meet the Team — Trinity Sailing 2018 (Harry) Posted on

In the final days running up to the 2018 season getting underway we will be introducing the current Trinity Sailing Foundation team. Today we caught up with another member our office staff — Harry Gottschalk…

 

What is your role at Trinity Sailing?

I am Trinity’s Marketing & Sales Manager

How long have your worked for Trinity?

This will be my sixth season working here, it doesn’t seem anywhere near that long though.

What did you do prior to joining the team?

I was a journalist, based in the West Midlands, and one day decided I’d had enough of Birmingham and wanted to escape to the seaside.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

I love the challenge of making sure that these historic vessels are kept busy throughout the season. Now I have been here a while I have got to know many of our adult clients and it’s great sharing their enthusiasm for the boats. Above all I also enjoy seeing the positive changes in the young people who join us for a week at sea.

Where is your favourite sailing destination?

I did the West Coast of Scotland on Leader, last year, which was just incredible – Fingal’s Cave and Rhum being the highlights. This year I will be sailing to Brittany for the first time, on Provident, and I can’t wait.

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

I very rarely go sailing, but when I’m not at work I love going to gigs, playing the guitar and exploring Devon.

Harry

Meet the Team — Trinity Sailing 2018 (Jo) Posted on

In the final days running up to the 2018 season getting underway we will be introducing the current Trinity Sailing Foundation team. Today we caught up with another member our sea staff — Jo Coomber…

 

What is your role at Trinity Sailing?

I will be sailing as Mate on Provident.

How long have your worked for Trinity?

This is my first year working here full-time. For the past couple of years I have been working as relief Bosun and Deckhand over the summer, while at uni. Before that, I came on board a couple of times as a sail training trainee.

What did you do prior to joining the team?

I was at university doing a degree in Oceanography.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

I love being able to sail these awesome boats, and getting to go out to sea with lots of different people.

Where is your favourite sailing destination?

So far, my favourite places have been on the West Coast of Scotland and I loved sailing around Norway, which I did on Leader during the Tall Ships Races.

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

I enjoy basically anything outdoorsy, alongside reading and taking time to catch-up with friends.

Jo

Meet the Team — Trinity Sailing 2018 (Adam) Posted on

In the final days running up to the 2018 season getting underway we will be introducing the current Trinity Sailing Foundation team. Today we caught up with another member our sea staff — Adam Spargo…

 

What is your role at Trinity Sailing?

I’m the Skipper on Golden Vanity

How long have your worked for Trinity?

Just a few weeks, but settling in nicely.

What did you do prior to joining the team?

I was previously mate on a West Country Trading Ketch and have spent many years oyster dredging in the Fal, under sail, on a 20-footer called Mistress.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

Well, sailing for a living obviously. It’s nice to teach people and see them develop and I enjoy visiting new places.

Where is your favourite sailing destination?

Hopefully I haven’t been there yet, ha. I love Southern Ireland and Brittany, great food and great people.

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

Fishing, home improvement, and going to the pub.

Adam

Meet the Team — Trinity Sailing 2018 (Ida) Posted on

In the final days running up to the 2018 season getting underway we will be introducing the current Trinity Sailing Foundation team. Today we caught up with another member our sea staff — Ida Schelhase Langenskov…

 

What is your role at Trinity Sailing?

I am going to be Bosun on board Provident

How long have your worked for Trinity?

I came down over the winter and started working here officially at the start of February.

What did you do prior to joining the team?

I graduated as ordinary ships assistant from Georg Stage last summer and I then worked on the schooner Maja and did some refit work in Denmark. Prior to all that I worked at The Viking Ship Museum, in Roskilde.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

I love working aloft, doing rig repair. I also enjoy working on deck, pulling ropes and adjusting sails. I really like navigational work, working with charts and planning.

Where is your favourite sailing destination?

I had a pretty incredible sail from Bermuda to The Azores, I’m looking forward to exploring the West Country on Provident.

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

I love going to concerts, or staying in and watching movies. I’m usually sailing though, if not for work then for fun.

Ida

Meet the Team — Trinity Sailing 2018 (Ben) Posted on

In the final days running up to the 2018 season getting underway we will be introducing the current Trinity Sailing Foundation crew and staff. Today we caught up with a member our office team — Ben Wheatley…

 

What is your role at Trinity Sailing?

I am Trinity Sailing’s Operations Director.

How long have your worked for Trinity?

This is my sixth year with Trinity and my third in the office.

What did you do prior to joining the team?

I worked on some other large sailing vessels which was a really exciting way to live, but a job that kept me away from home for much of the year.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

I still, thankfully, have the opportunity to take these beautiful vessels to sea, covering for our existing skippers when they are on leave. This allows me to have a nice balance of sailing and time at home with  my family.

Where is your favourite sailing destination?

It has to be the west coast of Scotland. There are so many options to choose from and there is always somewhere new to explore.

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

I enjoy gardening, hill-walking and spending time at home with the family.

Ben

Meet the Team — Trinity Sailing 2018 (Lisa) Posted on

In the final days running up to the 2018 season getting underway we will be introducing the current Trinity Sailing Foundation team. Today we caught up with another member our sea staff — Lisa McDowell…

 

What is your role at Trinity Sailing?

I am Leader’s Bosun/Deck Hand.

How long have your worked for Trinity?

This is my first season, I am new and came down to help with the winter refit and I was invited to stay which is great.

What did you do prior to joining the team?

I finished school last summer and have been sailing on various boats ever since then.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

I look forward to being able to introduce other people to the joys of sailing, taking them out of their comfort zones and placing them in an entirely new environment and seeing them thrive from the experience.

Where is your favourite sailing destination?

So many places to choose from, many of Trinity’s will be new to me and I can’t wait to get out there and see them. Georgian Bay, Lake Huron, in Canada has been my favourite place to see so far in my sailing career.

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

I enjoy messing around with computers, playing tabletop role-playing games — particularly Dungeons & Dragons — plus freerunning Parkour.

Lisa

Meet the Team — Trinity Sailing 2018 (Enya) Posted on

In the final days running up to the 2018 season getting underway we will be introducing the current Trinity Sailing Foundation team. Today we caught up with our first member of sea staff — Enya Williams…

 

What is your role at Trinity Sailing?

I will be cooking on both Leader and Provident this year — obviously not at the same time!

How long have your worked for Trinity?

This is going to be my third season with Trinity, as cook, though I have been sailing longer than that as a charter guest.

What did you do prior to joining the team?

Before I joined the Trinity team I worked at my parent’s pub, and part-time as Boston Tea Party while studying Catering at Plymouth City College.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

I really enjoy working with the young people, teaching them to cook and working together as a team.

Where is your favourite sailing destination?

All the places we go, I haven’t got a favourite, they’re all great.

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

I like spending my time off with friends and family, arts and crafts, and going to see live bands.

Enya Williams

Provident & Golden Vanity to Enter Brixham Heritage Regatta Posted on

Two of Trinity Sailing’s vessels will be taking part in the historic Brixham Heritage Regatta.

Guests are invited to join both Provident and Golden Vanity for the fun annual event, taking place of the late May bank holiday.

Sailing boats of many shapes and sizes sail in company for the Regatta on Sunday, May 27. During the previous day, crew members will be invited to the official party, with fish suppers and sea shanties at Brixham Yacht Club,  followed by a large firework’s display over the harbour.

Guests are being invited to join Golden Vanity between Friday, May 25 and Monday, May 28 for a weekend experience. On Provident guests will be joining on Saturday, May 26, ahead of a eight-night extended cruise to Brittany and the Channel Islands, before she returns to Brixham on Sunday, June 3.

Several interesting and historic vessels are set to take part in the good-natured races around Tor Bay, including Le Grand Lejon. For more information, or to book, call 01803 88 33 55 or email team@trinitysailing.org

 

 

Brixham Heritage Regatta

Sailing Adventure Opportunity for Young People in Brixham Posted on

YOUNG people from Brixham are being offered the chance to take part in an exciting sailing adventure to celebrate one of the town’s most historic vessels.

Brixham-based charity the Trinity Sailing Foundation is teaming up with The Golden Vanity Trust to offer seven young people the chance to go sailing on the 1908 vessel for a week, this spring.

Trinity Sailing’s Marketing & Sales Manager, Harry Gottschalk, said: “Golden Vanity turns 110 this year and we wanted to do this to raise awareness of this special vessel — as not a lot of people in the town know how interesting her history is — and provide some young people from Brixham with a great experience.

“Our charity takes hundreds of young people to sea each year but it is actually quite rare we see people from the town on board. We wanted, also, to teach young people about how important these historic trawlers are to Brixham’s past. Not to mention, a week at sea can often be life-changing for those who join us.”

Golden Vanity was built for the marine artist Arthur Briscoe by J Sanders & Co, at Galmpton, on the River Dart, where Trinity’s other two Brixham trawlers — Leader (1892) and Provident (1924) — were also constructed. Her name was taken from a ship in the sea shanty ‘The Golden Vanity’, which dated from the seventeenth century.

As a marine artist Briscoe used her to follow the fishing fleets which he sketched and painted, helping to record the last working days of sail. One of the friends who sailed with him 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.

Georgina Gosling, who acts as a trustee for both the Trinity Sailing Foundation and the Golden Vanity Trust, said: “At one time everyone who grew up in a harbour town had access to boats but as sailing has become such an expensive sport this is no longer the case. This week is a chance for those who may not otherwise have the opportunity to spend time on a very special boat.”

Young people from Brixham can apply to become part of the crew before she sets sail out of the town for a week between Saturday, April 28 and Friday, May 4. No previous sailing experience is required. The trip includes all of the meals on board, bedding, waterproofs and safety equipment. Two qualified members of sea staff will work with the young people during the voyage.

Trinity Sailing works with a wide range of youth organisations, from schools and colleges to social services and community groups.

People have until Friday, March 9th, to apply for a place. Trinity will then compile a shortlist and invite people to come along to office and ask any questions they may have and get a tour of the boat.

For more information call Trinity Sailing on 01803 88 33 55 or email team@trinitysailing.org

Golden Vanity